Quotation by Pearl S. Buck

Chinese were born ... with an accumulated wisdom, a natural sophistication, an intelligent naivete, and unless they were transplanted too young, these qualities ripened in them.... If ever I am homesick for China, now that I am home in my own country, it is when I discover here no philosophy. Our people have opinions and creeds and prejudices and ideas but as yet no philosophy.
Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973), U.S. author. My Several Worlds (1954).

The daughter of American missionaries to China, Buck had spent her childhood and much of her adulthood in that country. She left unwillingly after the revolution.
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