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when the swine overwhelm, retreat into the wisdom of these words

Monday, June 26, 2006

Because psychologists have been able to discover, exactly as in a slow-motion picture, the way the human creature acquires knowledge and habits, the normal child has been vastly helped by what the retarded have taught us.

Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.

Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

Hunger makes a thief of any man.

I am mentally bifocal.

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.

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.

If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.

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.

Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that is where I renew my springs that never dry up.

It may be that religion is dead, and if it is, we had better know it and set ourselves to try to discover other sources of moral strength before it is too late.

Love alone could waken love.

Love dies only when growth stops.

Man was lost if he went to a usurer, for the interest ran faster than a tiger upon him.

Men would rather be starving and free than fed in bonds.

None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.

Nothing and no one can destroy the Chinese people. They are relentless survivors.

One faces the future with one's past.

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.

Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.

Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.

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.

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.

The truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it.

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation.

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

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.

To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.

We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won't let them into our country.

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.

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

You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.

You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.

~Pearl S. Buck

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