Frases de Pearl S. Buck
Pearl S. Buck
Fecha de nacimiento: 26. Junio 1892
Fecha de muerte: 6. Marzo 1973
Otros nombres: Pearl S. Bucková
Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker Buck fue una escritora estadounidense, ganadora del Premio Nobel de Literatura en 1938. Pasó la mitad de su vida en China, donde la llevaron sus padres misioneros con tres meses de edad y donde vivió unos cuarenta años. Es conocida por el apellido de su primer marido, puesto que su apellido de soltera era Sydenstricker.
Frases Pearl S. Buck
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„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.“
Fuente: What America Means to Me (1943), p. 8
Contexto: 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. It is not healthy when a nation lives inside 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. For it is never the one who suffers injustice who is the injured one, but the one who is unjust. Slavery bred a race of idle and shiftless white men, and race prejudice continues the evil work. White people who insist on their superority because of the color of the skin they were born with- can there be so empty and false a superiority as this? Who is injured the most by that foolish assumption, the colored or the white? In his soul it s the white man. It is the wise white people who ought now to be angry because of race prejudice, for as surely as night follows day our country will fail in its democracy because of race prejudice unless we root it out. We cannot grow in strength and leadership for democracy so long as we carry deep in our being this fatal fault.
„You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.“
"My Neighbor's Son"
To My Daughters, With Love (1967)
"To the Young"
Fuente: To My Daughters, With Love (1967)
„The wild winds had been sown and the whirlwinds were gathering… and I was reaping what I had not sown… None of us could escape the history of the centuries before any of us had been born, and with which we had nothing to do.“
Fuente: My Several Worlds (1954), p. 208
Contexto: The wild winds had been sown and the whirlwinds were gathering... and I was reaping what I had not sown... None of us could escape the history of the centuries before any of us had been born, and with which we had nothing to do. We had not, I think, ever committed even a mild unkindness against a Chinese, and certainly we had devoted ourselves to justice for them, we had taken sides against our own race again and again for their sakes, sensitive always to injustices which others had committed and were still committing. But nothing mattered today, neither the kindness nor the cruelty. We were in hiding for our lives because we were white.
„His whole duty is only to sort life as it flows through him, and in the vast fragmentariness of time and space and event to discover essential and inherent order and rhythm and shape.“
The Chinese Novel (1938)
Contexto: A good novelist, or so I have been taught in China, should be above all else tse ran, that is, natural, unaffected, and so flexible and variable as to be wholly at the command of the material that flows through him. His whole duty is only to sort life as it flows through him, and in the vast fragmentariness of time and space and event to discover essential and inherent order and rhythm and shape. We should never be able, merely by reading pages, to know who wrote them, for when the style of a novelist becomes fixed, that style becomes his prison. The Chinese novelists varied their writing to accompany like music their chosen themes.