If you have not read Kai Lung’s Golden Hours, by Ernest Bramah, do so. Together with The Wallet of Kai Lung and Kai Lung unrolls his mat, it forms a little-known English classic. The humorous stories are set in an imagined version of Imperial China where everyone talks in a kind of English Mandarin. Kai Lung is a Chinese story-teller, and the books contain a series of stories and aphorisms. It sounds dull; but in truth the books are enchanting.
Thinking of atheism just now, I stumbled online across this quotation, which reminded me.
It is a mark of insincerity of purpose to spend one’s time in looking for the sacred Emperor in low-class teashops.
Office politics made me think of another:
It has been said there are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice on a dark night.
There are not nearly enough good, gentle, amusing books in the world. Enjoy the Golden Hours. And do buy it in paperback form, rather than read it online?