Quotes by Pearl S. Buck

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The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.

Love alone could waken love.
Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same -- and most mothers kiss and scold together.
To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.
None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.
Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked.
If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.
Love dies only when growth stops.
Nothing in life is as good as the marriage of true minds between man and woman. As good? It is life itself.
Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that is where I renew my springs that never dry up.
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.
I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to earth.
Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.
There must be acceptance and the knowledge that sorrow fully accepted brings its own gifts. For there is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom ….
Nothing and no one can destroy the Chinese people. They are relentless survivors.
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.
Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.
Men would rather be starving and free than fed in bonds.
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.
We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won't let them into our country.
Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.
For our democracy has been marred by imperialism, and it has been enlightened only by individual and sporadic efforts at freedom.
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.
Man was lost if he went to a usurer, for the interest ran faster than a tiger upon him.
What is a neglected child? He is a child not planned for, not wanted. Neglect begins, therefore, before he is born.
To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death.
When hope is taken away from the people moral degeneration follows swiftly after.
I contemplate death as though I were continuing after its arrival. I, therefore, survive since I can contemplate myself afterward as well as before.
Go out and be born among gypsies or thieves or among happy workaday people who live with the sun and do not think about their souls.
Every era of renaissance has come out of new freedoms for peoples. The coming renaissance will be greater than any in human history, for this time all the peoples of the earth will share in it.

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