Pearl Buck

(1892_1973 / Hillsboro, West Virginia)

Pearl Buck Quotes

  • ''What is a neglected child? He is a child not planned for, not wanted. Neglect begins, therefore, before he is born.''
    Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), U.S. author. Children for Adoption, ch. 3 (1964).
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  • ''Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.''
    Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), U.S. author. "First Meeting," To My Daughters, With Love (1967).
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  • ''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.''
    Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), U.S. author. "Love and Marriage," To My Daughters, With Love (1967).
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  • ''Chinese are wise in comprehending without many words what is inevitable and inescapable and therefore only to be borne.''
    Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), U.S. author. My Several Worlds (1954). The daughter of American missionaries to China, Buck spent her childhood and much of her adulthood in that country.
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  • ''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 S. Buck (1892-1973), U.S. author. My Several Worlds (1954).
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  • ''Fate is unalterable only in the sense that given a cause, a certain result must follow, but no cause is inevitable in itself, and man can shape his world if he does not resign himself to ignorance.''
    Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), U.S. author. My Several Worlds (1954).
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  • ''... in any war a victory means another war, and yet another, until some day inevitably the tides turn, and the victor is the vanquished, and the circle reverses itself, but remains nevertheless a circle.''
    Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), U.S. author. My Several Worlds (1954).
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  • ''A man is educated and turned out to work. But a woman is educated—and turned out to grass.''
    Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), U.S. author; born in China. Of Men and Women, ch. 4 (1941).
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  • ''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.''
    Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), U.S. author; born in China. Of Men and Women, ch. 8 (1941).
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  • ''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.''
    Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), U.S. author; born in China. Of Men and Women, ch. 8 (1941).
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