Pearl S. Buck citáty
Pearl S. Buck
Datum narození: 26. červen 1892
Datum úmrtí: 6. březen 1973
Další jména: Pearl S. Bucková
Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker Buck (26. června 1892, Hillsboro, Západní Virginie - 6. března 1973, Danby, Vermont) byla americká spisovatelka, nositelka Nobelovy ceny za literaturu za rok 1938.
Citáty 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.“
— Pearl S. Buck
What America Means to Me (1943), Context: 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. p. 8
„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
To My Daughters, With Love (1967), "My Neighbor's Son"