Pearl S. Buck Quotes

When hope is taken away from a people, moral degeneration follows swiftly thereafter.

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

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.

“We shall fight until all anti-Japanese feeling is stamped out and the Chinese are ready to cooperate with us.” I-wan stared at him, not believing what he heard. “You mean,” he repeated, “you will kill us and bomb our cities – and – and – rape our women – until we learn to love you?”

I do not believe in a child world. It is a fantasy world. I believe the child should be taught from the very first that the whole world is his world, that adult and child share one world, that all generations are needed.

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

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.

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.