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A Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer who spent the majority of her life in China. In 1938, she became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces." With no irony, she has been described in China as a Chinese writer.
(1892 - 1973)

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A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.
 

A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.
 

A man is educated and turned out to work. But a woman is educated and turned out to grass.
 

All things are possible until they are proved impossible-and even the impossible may only be so as of now.
[Positive]
 

Chinese are wise in comprehending without many words what is inevitable and inescapable and therefore only to be borne.
 

Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.
 

Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.
[Happiness]
 

Hunger makes a thief of any man.
 

I am comforted by life's stability, by earth's unchangeableness. What has seemed new and frightening assumes its place in the unfolding of knowledge.
[Goals]
 

I am mentally bifocal.
 

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.
[Work]
 

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings.
[Self Reliance]
 

If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.
 

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

In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on. A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book. I am a writer and I take up my pen to write.
 

In this unbelievable universe in which we live, there are no absolutes. Even parallel lines, reaching into infinity, meet somewhere yonder.
[Courage]
 

Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that is where I renew my springs that never dry up.
 

Introversion, at least if extreme, is a sign of mental and spiritual immaturity.
[Courage]
 

It is better not to say "lend." There is only giving.
 

It is better to be first with an ugly woman than the hundredth with a beauty.
[Women]
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