Pearl S. Buck, fully Pearl Sydenstricker Buck, also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu

Pearl S.
Buck, fully Pearl Sydenstricker Buck, also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu

American Novelist and Humanitarian, Nobel Prize in Literature and Pulitzer Prize Winner

Author Quotes

It is better to be first with an ugly woman than the hundredth with a beauty.

Make love! He disliked the phrase. Could one make love?

People are lonely when they dream.

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.

Did one man write Shui Hu Chuan, or did it grow to its present shape, added to, rearranged, deepened and developed by many minds and many a hand, in different centuries? Who can now tell? They are dead. They lived in their day and wrote what in their day they saw and heard, but of themselves they have told nothing.

He had other fires and these flamed higher than Love.

I reminded myself that time takes care of many things. Asia had thought me that.

It is difficult not to wonder whether that combination of elements which produces a machine for labor does not create also a soul of sorts, a dull resentful metallic will, which can rebel at times.

Man was lost if he went to a usurer, for the interest ran faster than a tiger upon him.

Profound as race prejudice is against the Negro American, it is not practically as far-reaching as the prejudice against women. For stripping away the sentimentality which makes Mother's Day and Best American Mother Contests, the truth is that women suffer all the effects of a minority.

And as for equality, are the fingers on one hand equal in length? Each has its place.

Do not test the measure of his love for you by the way he expresses his body's heat. He is not thinking of you at those times. He is thinking of himself.

He saw on the paper a picture of a man, white-skinned, who hung upon a crosspiece of wood. The man was without clothes except for a bit about his loins, and to all appearances he was dead, since his head drooped upon his shoulder and his eyes were closed above his bearded lips. Wang Lung looked at the pictured man in horror and with increasing interest.

I would ask my teacher a question, Yehonala said. Ask, Lady Miao replied. She was brushing fine quick strokes upon a large sheet of paper spread upon a square table which the eunuch had brought to her side. When may I paint a picture of my own? Yehonala asked. Her teacher held her hand poised for an instant and cast a sidelong look from her narrowed eyes. When I can no longer command you.

It is natural anywhere that people like their own kind, but it is not necessarily natural that their fondness for their own kind should lead them to the subjection of whole groups of other people not like them.

Many people lose the small joys hoping for great happiness.

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

And listening to all the things they would do if they had these things, Wang Lung heard only of how much they would eat and sleep, and of what dainties they would eat that they had never tasted, and how they would gamble in this great tea shop and in that, and what pretty women they would buy for their lust, and above all, how none would ever work again, even as they rich man behind the wall never worked.

Drive out the tiger by the front gate and let in the wolf by the back gate.

He was part of a whole, a people scattered over the earth and yet eternally one and indivisible. Wherever a Jew lived, in whatever safety and isolation, he still belonged to his people.

If a superior man undertakes something and tried to lead, he goes astray. But if he follows, he finds guidance. it is favorable to find friends in the West and South, and quiet perseverance brings good fortune.

It is not healthy when a nation lives within a nation, as colored Americans are living inside America. A nation cannot live confident of its tomorrow if its refugees are among its own citizens.

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

Some of the biggest failures I ever had were successes.

And roots, if they are to bear fruits, must be kept well in the soil of the land.

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Pearl S.
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American Novelist and Humanitarian, Nobel Prize in Literature and Pulitzer Prize Winner