The Child Who Never Grew 

One might consider The Good Earth as Pearl S. Buck’s magnum opus; after all she did win Pulitzer Prize because of it. But to me ‘The Child Who Never Grew’ is Pearl’s best work. This is a beautifully written and deeply moving account of Pearl S. Buck’s daughter, Carol Buck.

This small book delivers an incredibly powerful story. The book was first written as a 1950’s article for Ladies Home Journal as a way to educate people and help guide them through a world that didn’t offer many solutions or avenues of help. This is Pearl’s own story, and is evocatively told.

What a marvelous book. Pearl Buck speaks about her only child, a child that was mentally challenged, and through lessons she learned:

“So by this most sorrowful way I was compelled to tread, I learned respect and reverence for every human mind. It was my child who taught me to understand so clearly that all people are equal in their humanity and that all have the same human rights. None is to be considered less, as a human being, than any other, and each must be given his place and his safety in the world…


Other Quotes :

  • “Sorrow fully accepted brings its own gifts. For there is alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmitted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.”
  • “We learn as much from sorrow as from joy, as much from illness as from health, from handicap as from advantage—and indeed perhaps more.”
  • “I am always moved, with grateful wonder, by the goodness of people. For the few who are prying or meanly critical, for the very few who rejoice in the grief of others, there are the thousands who are kind. I have come to believe that the natural human heart is good, and I have observed that this goodness is found in all varieties of people, and that it can and do prevail in spite of other corruptions. This human goodness alone provides hope enough for the world. I have sometimes”
  • “It was in those days that I learned to distinguish between the two kinds of people in the world: those who have known inescapable sorrow and those who have not.”
  • “The best thing in the world for each of us is that which we can best do, because it gives us the feeling of being useful. That’s happiness.”

Excerpts of the book can be read at:

Go ahead have a touching time.

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