"Deliver me from writers who say the
way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can
write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on
earth is it for."
"Life is like an onion You peel it off one layer at a
time, and sometimes you weep."
"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."
Pearl S. Buck
"... we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well.
Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a
very small number, really. How many more times will you
remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon
that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even
conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times
more. perhaps not even that. How many more times will you
watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems
"True religion is real living; living with one's
soul, with one's goodness and righteousness."
"The same stream of life that runs through my veins
night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic
measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the
dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks
into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same
life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death,
in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the
touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the
life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment."
"The truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is
dull without it."
Pearl S. Buck
"Ethics cannot be based upon our obligations toward
[people], but they are complete and natural only when we feel
this Reverence for Life and the desire to have compassion for
and to help all creatures insofar as it is in our power. I
think that this ethic will become more and more recognized
because of its great naturalness and because it is the
foundation of a true humanism toward which we must strive if
our culture is to become truly ethical."
"Without discipline, there's no life at all."
"What we call the secret of happiness is no more a
secret than our willingness to choose life."
"Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to
"People do not live nowadays - they get about ten
percent out of life."
"Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states
we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to
elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death."
"People living deeply have no fear of death."
"Service is what life is all about."
Marian Wright Edelman
"Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the
actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence
produces the highest form of living."