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Quotes of the Day for 26 June 2003 – Pearl S. Buck

Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker was born at Hillsboro, West Virginia on this day in 1892, daughter of Absalom and Caroline Sydenstricker, Southern Presbyterian missionaries stationed in China. She spent most of her first 40 years in China, surviving both the Boxer Revolution and the Nationalist movement of Chiang Kai-shek. She became Pearl Buck after her marriage in 1917 and started writing in the 1920s. Her second novel, The Good Earth, was the best selling book of both 1931 and 1932 and won her the Pulitzer Prize. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. The Quotemaster greatly appreciates the birthdays of prolific writers, it's easy to find good quotes!

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The quotes:

All birth is unwilling.

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.

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked.

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.

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

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.
     All from  Pearl S. Buck, 1892 - 1973

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