Pearl Sydenstricker Buck Quotes

Men and women should own the world as a mutual possession.

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

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 Sydenstricker Buck

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 Sydenstricker Buck

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

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

An intelligent, energetic, educated woman cannot be kept in four walls even satin-lined, diamond-studded walls without discovering sooner or later that they are still a prison cell.

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

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.

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

Yet somehow 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 in the way that it cares for its helpless members.

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

I am an inveterate homemaker, it is at once my pleasure, my recreation, and my handicap. Were I a man, my books would have been written in leisure, protected by a wife and a secretary and various household officials. As it is, being a woman, my work has had to be done between bouts of homemaking.

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

Chinese are wise in comprehending without many words what is inevitable and inescapable and therefore only to be borne.

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

The common sense of people will surely prove to them someday that mutual support and cooperation are only sensible for the security and happiness of all. Such faith keeps me continually ready and purposeful with energy to do what one person can towards shaping the environment in which the human being can grow with freedom.

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

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

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

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

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

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 Sydenstricker Buck

Story belongs to the people. They are sounder judges of it than anyone else, for their senses are unspoiled and their emotions are free.

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

The street is noisy and the men and women are not perfect in the technique of their expression as the statues are. They are ugly and imperfect, incomplete even as human beings, and where they come from and where they go cannot be known. But they are people and therefore infinitely to be preferred to those who stand upon the pedestals of art.

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

The Chinese novel was written primarily to amuse the common people. And when I say amuse I do not mean only to make them laugh, though laughter is also one of the aims of the Chinese novel. I mean amusement in the sense of absorbing and occupying the whole attention of the mind. I mean enlightening that mind by pictures of life and what that life means.

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

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