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)
— Pearl S. Buck, To My Daughters, With Love
"To the Young"
Fuente: To My Daughters, With Love (1967)
This I Believe (1951)
Contexto: I believe in human beings, but my faith is without sentimentality. I know that in environments of uncertainty, fear, and hunger, the human being is dwarfed and shaped without his being aware of it, just as the plant struggling under a stone does not know its own condition. Only when the stone is removed can it spring up freely into the light. But the power to spring up is inherent, and only death puts an end to it. I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings.
„Every event has had its cause, and nothing, not the least wind that blows, is accident or causeless.“
Fuente: My Several Worlds (1954), p. 52 - 53
Contexto: Every event has had its cause, and nothing, not the least wind that blows, is accident or causeless. To understand what happens now one must find the cause, which may be very long ago in its beginning, but is surely there, and therefore a knowledge of history as detailed as possible is essential if we are to comprehend the present and be prepared for the future. Fate, Mr. Kung taught me, is not the blind superstition or helplessness that waits stupidly for what may happen. 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.
„I became mentally bifocal, and so I learned early to understand that there is no such condition in human affairs as absolute truth. There is only truth as people see it, and truth, even in fact, may be kaleidoscopic in its variety.“
Fuente: My Several Worlds (1954), p. 52
Contexto: I became mentally bifocal, and so I learned early to understand that there is no such condition in human affairs as absolute truth. There is only truth as people see it, and truth, even in fact, may be kaleidoscopic in its variety. The damage such perception did to me I have felt ever since, although damage may be too dark a word, for it merely meant that I could never belong entirely to one side of any question. To be a Communist would be absurd to me, as absurd as to be entirely anything and equally impossible. I straddled the globe too young.