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And to him war was a thing like earth and sky and water and why it was no one knew but only that it was.
To take each day as a separate page, to be read carefully, savoring all of the details, this is best for me, I think.
However impatient she might be in the day, however filled with little sudden angers, at night she was all tenderness.
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.
Whatever came to him was good. It was life. It was knowledge.
Now, five years is nothing in a man's life except when he is very young and very old...- Wang Lung
Wandering is never waste, dear boy, ' he said. 'While you wander you will find much to wonder about, and wonder is the first step to creation.
To those at the great house it means nothing, this handful of earth, but to me it means how much!" (Buck, 57)
Love dies only when growth stops.
Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.
It is better to be first with an ugly woman than the hundreth with a beauty.
The young do not know enough to be prudent and therefore they attempt the impossible-and achieve it generation after generation.
We should so provide for old age that it may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next. It is awful to see the lean hands of dotage making a coffer of the grave.
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.
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.
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
Some of the biggest failures I ever had were successes.
All things are possible until they are proven impossible.
Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that's where I renew my springs that never dry up. ~Pearl 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 earth.
In this unbelievable universe in which we live there are no absolutes. Even parallel lines reaching into infinity meet somewhere yonder.
Nothing in life is as good as the marriage of true minds between man and woman. As good? It is life itself.
I am comforted by life's stability by earth's unchangeableness. What has seemed new and frightening assumes its place in the unfolding of knowledge.
This was his mind, a storehouse, a computer programmed to life, minute by minute, hour by hour, day and night.
Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.
When we know what we want to prove we go out and find our facts. They are always there.
None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.
There was no need to hurry that future—yet the length of his own youth pressed upon him. Whatever he was to do next he wanted to begin now. But how to begin and on what?
The mistakes of history bring relentless reprisals.
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.
Truth is always exciting. Speak it then life is dull without it.
Once the "what" is decided the "how" always follows. We must not make the "how" an excuse for not facing and accepting the "what."
I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings.
Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.
One faces the future with one's past.
Men and women should own the world as a mutual possession.
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
Introversion at least if extreme is a sign of mental and spiritual immaturity.
We need to restore the full meaning of that old word duty. It is the other side of rights.
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.
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.
Fear alone makes man weak. If you are afraid, your hands tremble, your feet falter, and your brain cannot tell hands and feet what to do.
You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.
Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that is where I renew my springs that never dry up.
Of course imagination is the beginning of creation. Without imagination there can be no creation.
It is better not to say "lend." There is only giving.
Love cannot be forced, love cannot be coaxed and teased. It comes out of heaven, unasked and unsought.
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.