Pearl S. Buck

(Pearl Sydenstricker Buck)

Pearl S. Buck
Pearl S. Buck
  • Born: June 26, 1892
  • Died: March 6, 1973
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Novelist

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Pearl Sydenstricker Buck was an American writer and novelist. As the daughter of missionaries, Buck spent most of her life before 1934 in Zhenjiang, China. Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in the United States in 1931 and 1932 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces". She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Euthanasia is a long, smooth-sounding word, and it conceals its danger as long smooth-sounding words do, but the danger is there, nevertheless.. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
For we Americans, we are restless, the restless of all nations. None but the restless has ever come to America. Immigration & Emigration
He will be an extraordinary person, that pure American, who will be standing in my place five thousand years from today. He will have what no other human being has had in just the same richness, the inheritance of all ages, all races, all cultures…. a true superman, standing on the shoulders of those from all nations and races of the earth. Human Nature
Hunger makes a thief of any man. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings. Religion & God
If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
It is not healthy when a nation lives within a nation .... A nation cannot be confident of its tomorrow if its refugees are among its own citizens. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Men always suffer when women are ignorant. They suffer more than women, not only because women are stronger than men and more resistant, but because men are peculiarly vulnerable to the damage ignorant women can do at the periods of their life when they most need intelligent and wise care: in infancy, in adolescence, in times of illness and mental and emotional crisis, and in old age. Minorities & Women
Men do not take good iron to make nails or good men to make soldiers. Military & Veterans
None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom on those who are not free. Freedom & Liberty
Nothing and no one can destroy the Chinese people. They are relentless survivors .... They yield, they bend to the wind, but they never break. Miscellaneous
One faces the future with one's past. Future ;History
Our democracy has been marred by imperialism. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Ours is an individualistic society, indeed, and the state must do for the individual what the family does for the older civilizations. Families, Children & Parenting ;Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Race prejudice is not only a shadow over the colored—it is a shadow over all of us. Discrimination & Prejudice
Somehow our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
The test of civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members. Miscellaneous
There are no honorable rulers. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
When hope is taken away from the people moral degeneration follows swiftly after. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. Truth ;Religion & God
A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
A man is educated and turned out to work. But a woman is educated and turned out to grass. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
All things are possible until they are proved impossible - and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.
Chinese are wise in comprehending without many words what is inevitable and inescapable and therefore only to be borne.
Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.
Growth itself contains the germ of happiness. Happiness & Unhappiness
I am mentally bifocal.
I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels. Life ;Religion & God
If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.
In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on. A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book. I am a writer and I take up my pen to write. Hope ;Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that is where I renew my springs that never dry up.
It may be that religion is dead, and if it is, we had better know it and set ourselves to try to discover other sources of moral strength before it is too late. Religion & God
Let woman out of the home, let man into it, should be the aim of education. The home needs man, and the world outside needs woman. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Life without idealism is empty indeed. We just hope or starve to death. Life ;Hope ;Death
Like Confucius of old, I am so absorbed in the wonder of the earth and the life upon it, that I cannot think of heaven and the angels. Life
Love alone could waken love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Romantic
Love dies only when growth stops. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Men and women should own the world as a mutual possession. Women
Men would rather be starving and free than fed in bonds.
None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free. Power ;Hope ;Freedom & Liberty
Nothing and no one can destroy the Chinese people. They are relentless survivors.
Nothing in life is as good as the marriage of true minds between man and woman. As good? It is life itself. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.
Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members. Society
Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.
Race prejudice is not only a shadow over the colored it is a shadow over all of us, and the shadow is darkest over those who feel it least and allow its evil effects to go on.
Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment. Communication & Communications
Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The basic discovery about any people is the discovery of the relationship between men and women. Women
The bitterest creature under heaven is the wife who discovers that her husband's bravery is only bravado, that his strength is only a uniform, that his power is but a gun in the hands of a fool. Power
The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it. Truth ;Life
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation.
To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death. Hope ;Death
To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.
Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then; life is dull without it. Truth ;Life
We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won't let them into our country.
We should so provide for old age that it may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next. It is awful to see the lean hands of dotage making a coffer of the grave.
What is a neglected child? He is a child not planned for, not wanted. Neglect begins, therefore, before he is born.
When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail.
When men destroy their old gods they will find new ones to take their place.
You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.
You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.