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Amy Tan

American,  Novelist
Total Quotes : 83
Age Over Many

For many courtesans, it was over by age 22.

- Amy Tan

Failure Fear Expected

I didn't fear failure. I expected failure.

- Amy Tan

Pain Over Away

I did not lose myself all at once. I rubbed out my face over the years washing away my pain, the same way carvings on stone are worn down by water.

- Amy Tan

Thought My Life Fiction

I also thought of playing improvisational jazz and I did take lessons for a while. At first I tried to write fiction by making up things that were completely alien to my life.

- Amy Tan

Some Genres Toward

I don't steer clear of genres. I simply haven't steered myself toward some of them.

- Amy Tan

Beginning Career About

At the beginning of my career as a writer, I felt I knew nothing of Chinese culture. I was writing about emotional confusion with my mother related to our different beliefs. Hers was based in family history, which I didn't know anything about. I always felt hesitant in talking about Chinese culture and American culture.

- Amy Tan

Think Than Faster

God, life changes faster than you think.

- Amy Tan

Values Level Means

I am an American, steeped in American values. But I know on an emotional level what it means to be of the Chinese culture.

- Amy Tan

Being Different Ashamed

I felt ashamed of being different and ashamed of feeling that way.

- Amy Tan

Think Over Been

Chinese artists have been subversive over thousands of years, taking what they think of the government and embedding it in their art. There might be censorship of not going as far as they might.

- Amy Tan

I Think Reasons Provided

I have many reasons why I think reading is really important. It provided for me a refuge, especially during difficult times. It provided me with the notion that I could find an ending that was different from what was happening to me at the time.

- Amy Tan

Memory Which Actually

I have a writer's memory which makes everything worse than maybe it actually was.

- Amy Tan

Voice Want Before

For books I want to keep reading, it's definitely the voice. It must be a voice I've never heard before, and it must have its own particular intelligence. By 'voice,' I don't mean vernacular. It has to have its own particular history and world that it inhabits.

- Amy Tan

Father Every Day Fiction

I grew up with Bible stories, which are like fairy tales, because my father was a minister. We heard verses and prayers every day. I liked the gorier Bible stories. I did have a book of Chinese fairy tales. All the people except the elders looked like Italians. But we were not a family that had fiction books.

- Amy Tan

Some Otherwise Makes

I have survivor skills. Some of that is superficial - what I present to people outwardly - but what makes people resilient is the ability to find humour and irony in situations that would otherwise overpower you.

- Amy Tan

Circumstances Keep Else

In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.

- Amy Tan

Lucky Very Otherwise

I just feel very lucky to be able to write fiction because I think, otherwise, I would have had to spend a fortune on a psychiatrist - and I still wouldn't get 1/100th of what I get writing fiction.

- Amy Tan

Mother Forgive Learned

I learned to forgive myself, and that enabled me to forgive my mother as a person.

- Amy Tan

More Like Had

I'd like to be more forgiving. There are times when I've had a hard time forgiving people who have betrayed me.

- Amy Tan

Could One Night Period

In a second-class courtesan house, the courtship was much briefer. It could even be one night; usually it went on a little bit longer. But as the years went by, that period of courtship was shorter and shorter.

- Amy Tan