Li Yu (author)

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A portrait of Li Yu

Li Yu (Chinese: 李漁; 1610 – 1680 AD), also known as Li Liweng, was a Chinese playwright, novelist and publisher.


  • First we look at the hills in the painting,
    Then we look at the painting in the hills.
    • As quoted in Lin Yutang's My Country and My People (1935), pp. 99 and 248
    • Compare:
      • We're made so that we love
        First when we see them painted, things we've passed
        Perhaps a hundred times nor cared to see;
        And so they are better, painted,—better to us,
        Which is the same thing. Art was given for that;
        God uses us to help each other so,
        Lending our minds out.

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