Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Happy Birthday. Pearl S. Buck!

Today we celebrate the birthday of esteemed author, Pearl S. Buck.  Also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhju , she was an American writer who spent most of her time until 1934 in China. Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in the U.S. in 1931 and 1932, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces."

To honor her today, we're sharing some of her most memorable quotes:

“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.”

"The test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members”

“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.”

“You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.”
“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word-excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”

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