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105 Inspiring Quotes by Pearl S. Buck

  • Last updated Jul 27 2021

Welcome to our collection of quotes by Pearl S. Buck.

Wikipedia Summary for Pearl S. Buck

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (June 26, 1892 – March 6, 1973), also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu (Chinese: 赛珍珠), 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 in Literature.

After returning to the United States in 1935, she continued writing prolifically, became a prominent advocate of the rights of women and minority groups, and wrote widely on Chinese and Asian cultures, becoming particularly well known for her efforts on behalf of Asian and mixed-race adoption.


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The greatest problem that war leaves, in a man, is how to recapture reality. That's because war is unreal.

--Pearl S. Buck

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A person's heart withers if it does not answer another heart.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Nothing in life is as good as the marriage of true minds between man and woman. As good? It is life itself.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Purposeless activity may be a phase of death.

--Pearl S. Buck

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God is not in the vastness of greatness. He is hid in the vastness of smallness . He is not in the general. He is in the particular.

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When men destroy their old gods they will find new ones to take their place.

--Pearl S. Buck

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To those at the great house it means nothing, this handful of earth, but to me it means how much!" (Buck, 57).

--Pearl S. Buck

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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.

--Pearl S. Buck

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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.

--Pearl S. Buck


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We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights.

--Pearl S. Buck


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None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Men would rather be starving and free than fed in bonds.

--Pearl S. Buck


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Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Somehow I had learned from Thoreau, who doubtless learned it from Confucius, that if a man comes to do his own good for you, then must you flee that man and save yourself.

--Pearl S. Buck


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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.

--Pearl S. Buck

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The boundary between civilization and barbarism is difficult to draw: put one ring in your nose and you are a savage, put two rings in your ears and you are civilized.

--Pearl S. Buck


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A woman's mind is not an instrument apart from her other being. She does not separate herself as man does, now flesh, now mind, now heart. She is there as one, a unity complete and unified.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Love alone could waken love.

--Pearl S. Buck


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As for New York City, it is a place apart. There is not its match in any other country in the world.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Our bodies can be mobilized by law and police and men with guns, if necessary-but where shall we find that which will make us believe in what we must do, so that we can fight through to victory?

--Pearl S. Buck

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For our democracy has been marred by imperialism, and it has been enlightened only by individual and sporadic efforts at freedom.

--Pearl S. Buck


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If you start to revise before you've reached the end, you're likely to begin dawdling with the revisions and putting off the difficult task of writing.

--Pearl S. Buck

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I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings.

--Pearl S. Buck

Longer Version:

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.




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The proper place to eat lobster ... is in a lobster shack as close to the sea as possible. There is no menu card because there is nothing else to eat except boiled lobster with melted butter.

--Pearl S. Buck


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The basic discovery about any people is the discovery of the relationship between its men and its women.

--Pearl S. Buck


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Only very coarse persons wanted wars.

--Pearl S. Buck

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But hers was a strange heart, sad in its very nature, and she could never weep and ease it as other women do, for her tears never brought her comfort.

--Pearl S. Buck

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I am always glad when any of my books can be put into an inexpensive edition, because I like to think that any people who might wish to read them can do so. Surely books ought to be within reach of everybody.

--Pearl S. Buck

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In this unbelievable universe in which we live, there are no absolutes. Even parallel lines, reaching into infinity, meet somewhere yonder.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Music is not technique and melody, but the meaning of life itself, infinitely sorrowful and unbearably beautiful.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Life without idealism is empty indeed. We just hope or starve to death.

--Pearl S. Buck

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For no country is a true democracy whose women have not an equal share in life with men, and until we realize this we shall never achieve a real democracy on this earth.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Crowds moved wherever he went, across the bridge to Manhattan, in New York, wherever he went, life flowed and eddied, but he was not part of it.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Most mothers kiss and scold together.

--Pearl S. Buck


Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Love dies only when growth stops.

--Pearl S. Buck



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We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Euthanasia is a long, smooth-sounding word, and it conceals its danger as long, smooth words do, but the danger is there, nevertheless.

--Pearl S. Buck

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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.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.

--Pearl S. Buck

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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.

--Pearl S. Buck

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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.

--Pearl S. Buck

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The test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members.

--Pearl S. Buck

galaxy

We learn as much from sorrow as from joy, as much from illness as from health, from handicap as from advantage and indeed perhaps more.

--Pearl S. Buck

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When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail.

--Pearl S. Buck

sunset

Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.

--Pearl S. Buck

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It certainly must have been a relief for women of the country to realize that one could be a woman and a lady and yet be thoroughly political.

--Pearl S. Buck

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It is worse than folly... not to recognize the truth, for in it lies the tinder for tomorrow.

--Pearl S. Buck



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There is one word that can be the guide for your life- it is the word reciprocity.

--Pearl S. Buck

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But what happens when her beauty is torn from her like a cover from a book? Will he care to read her then, although her pages speak of nothing but love for him?

--Pearl S. Buck

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Can such stiff and formal moldings as words capture the spirit-essence of love?

--Pearl S. Buck



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The first peaches of spring -- the first peaches! Buy, eat, purge your bowels of the poisons of winter!

--Pearl S. Buck

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When one commits one's self to an airborne craft and the door is fastened against earth and home, there is no escape even by running away. The result is a strange sense of peace -- desperate, perhaps, but peace.

--Pearl S. Buck


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Destructiveness comes only when life isn't lived. People who can live their lives don't destroy themselves.

--Pearl S. Buck


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I am mentally bifocal.

--Pearl S. Buck




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Be born anywhere, little embryo novelist, but do not be born under the shadow of a great creed, not under the burden of original sin, not under the doom of Salvation.

--Pearl S. Buck

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All birth is unwilling.

--Pearl S. Buck


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She had always been too wise to tell him all she thought and felt, knowing by some intuition of her own womanhood that no man wants to know everything of any woman.

--Pearl S. Buck


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What seems new is only new to us.

--Pearl S. Buck

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The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.

--Pearl S. Buck

Longer Version:

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.


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We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won't let them into our country.

--Pearl S. Buck

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There will never cease to be ferment in the world unless people are sure of their food.

--Pearl S. Buck

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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.

--Pearl S. Buck

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The heart never grows old.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.

--Pearl S. Buck



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The main barrier between East and West today is that the white man is not willing to give up his superiority and the colored man is no longer willing to endure his inferiority.

--Pearl S. Buck

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In our changing world nothing changes more than geography.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Exclusion is always dangerous. Inclusion is the only safety if we are to have a peaceful world.

--Pearl S. Buck

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What is a neglected child? He is a child not planned for, not wanted. Neglect begins, therefore, before he is born.

--Pearl S. Buck

Arizona landscape

The feeling one has after coming to know American women is that they are starving at their sources.

--Pearl S. Buck

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The melting-pot idea is futile ... The brew in a melting pot is always boiling over.

--Pearl S. Buck

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From that house there has come so much life that it ought never to die or fall into ruin... For me that house was a gateway to America.

--Pearl S. Buck

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It is better to learn early of the inevitable depths, for then sorrow and death can take their proper place in life, and one is not afraid.

--Pearl S. Buck

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You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.

--Pearl S. Buck

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To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death.

--Pearl S. Buck

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