Inspiring Quotes from The Good earth novel (1931) by Pearl S. Buck

 Inspiring images Quotes and short excerpts from The Good earth novel.

Inspiring Quotes from The Good earth

The Good Earth is a historical fiction novel by American author Pearl S. Buck published in 1931 that dramatizes family life in a Chinese village in the early 20th century. It is the first book in her House of Earth trilogy, continued in Sons and A House Divided.

The reason i added this novel because it was special for me, it was the first novel I have ever managed to read. for some reason or another, it is still in my mind. highly recommended if you did not read it .

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Inspiring Quotes from The Good earth


“We must have this rule, for there are those whose hearts are so hard that they will come and buy this rice that is given for the poor--for a penny will not feed any man like this--and they will carry the rice home to feed to their pigs for slop. And the rice is for men and not for pigs"

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth

“He lived in the rich city as alien as a rat in a rich man’s house that is fed on scraps thrown away, and hides here and there and is never a part of the real-life of the house.”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Eart



“Well I know I am ugly and cannot be loved—”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth

“I am always glad when any of my books can be put into an inexpensive edition because I like to think that any people who might wish to read them can do so. Surely books ought to be within reach of everybody.”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth




Inspiring Quotes from The Good earth

“And listening to all the things they would do if they had these things, Wang Lung heard only of how much they would eat and sleep, and of what dainties they would eat that they had never tasted, and how they would gamble in this great tea shop and in that, and what pretty women they would buy for their lust, and above all, how none would ever work again, even as the rich man behind the wall never worked.”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth


“To those at the great house it means nothing, this handful of earth, but to me, it means how much!" 

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth


Inspiring Quotes from The Good earth


“Out of the woman's great brown breast the milk gushed forth for the child, milk as white as snow, and when the child suckled at the one breast it flowed like a fountain from the other, and she let it flow. There was more than enough for the child, greedy though he was, life enough for many children, and she let it flow out carelessly, conscious of her abundance. There was always more. Sometimes she lifted her breast and let it flow out upon the ground to save her clothing, and it sank into the earth and made a soft, dark, rich spot in the field. The child fat and good-natured and ate of the inexhaustible life his mother gave him.”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth


“Hunger makes a thief of any man.”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth


“If I have a handful of silver it is because I work and my wife works, and we do not, as some do, sit idling over a gambling table or gossiping on doorsteps never swept, letting the fields grow to weeds and our children go half-fed!"

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth


Inspiring Quotes from The Good earth

“And to him, war was a thing like earth and sky and water and why it was no one knew but only that it was.”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth


“The first peaches of spring - the first peaches! Buy, eat, purge your bowels of the poisons of winter!”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth


Inspiring Quotes from The Good earth



“He saw on the paper a picture of a man, white-skinned, who hung upon a crosspiece of wood. The man was without clothes except for a bit about his loins, and to all appearances, he was dead since his head drooped upon his shoulder and his eyes were closed above his bearded lips. Wang Lung looked at the pictured man in horror and with increasing interest.”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth


“But hers was a strange heart, sad in its very nature, and she could never weep and ease it as other women do, for her tears never brought her comfort.”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth


“He lived in the rich city as alien as a rat in a rich man's house that is fed on scraps thrown away, and hides here and there and is never a part of the real-life of the house.”



Inspiring Quotes from The Good earth

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth

“And from that time on the boys were no longer called Elder and Younger, but they were given school names by the old teacher, and this old man, after inquiring into the occupation of their father, erected two names for the sons; for the elder, Nung En, and for the second Nung Wen, and the first word of each name signified one whose wealth is from the earth.”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth


“and his voice came from him in a whisper,”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth



Inspiring Quotes from The Good earth

“Wang Lung sat smoking, thinking of the silver as it had lain upon the table. It had come out of the earth, this silver, out of the earth that he ploughed and turned and spent himself upon. He took his life from the earth; drop by drop by his sweat he wrung food from it and from the food, silver. Each time before this that he had taken the silver out to give to anyone, it had been like taking a piece of his life and giving it to someone carelessly. But not for the first time, such giving was not pain. He saw, not the silver in the alien hand of a merchant in the town; he saw the silver transmuted into something worth even more than life itself - clothes upon the body of his son.”

― Pearl S. Buck, T



Inspiring Quotes from The Good earth


“Then the good land did again its healing work and the sun shone on him and healed him and the warm winds of summer wrapped him about with peace.” 

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth


“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.”

― Pearl Buck, The Good Earth

“So Wang Lung sat, and so his age came on him day by day and year by year, and he slept fitfully in the sun as his father had done, and he said to himself that his life was done and he was satisfied with it.”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth




“It is the end of a family- when they begin to sell their land. Out of the land, we came and into we must go - and if you will hold your land you can live- no one can rob you of land.”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth



“And roots, if they are to bear fruits, must be kept well in the soil of the land.”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth









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