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How Hours Measured

I measured my success by how many clients I had and how many billable hours I had.

- Amy Tan

Always Read Luck

When my mother read 'The Joy Luck Club', she was always complaining to me how she had to tell her friends that, no, she was not the mother or any of the mothers in the book.

- Amy Tan

About Surrounded Stems

Our uniqueness makes us special, makes perception valuable - but it can also make us lonely. This loneliness is different from being 'alone': You can be lonely even surrounded by people. The feeling I'm talking about stems from the sense that we can never fully share the truth of who we are. I experienced this acutely at an early age.

- Amy Tan

Success Rebellion Attack

It's both rebellion and conformity that attack you with success.

- Amy Tan

Some Makes Otherwise

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

Over Many Age

For many courtesans, it was over by age 22.

- Amy Tan

Read Loud Billy

Poetry. I read Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Jane Hirschfield. I like to read Billy Collins out loud.

- Amy Tan

Works Bad Luck

My mother believed in curses, karma, good luck, bad luck, feng shui. Her amorphous set of beliefs showed me you can pick and choose the qualities of your philosophy, based on what works for you.

- Amy Tan

Gift Someone Writing

Writing is an extreme privilege but it's also a gift. It's a gift to yourself and it's a gift of giving a story to someone.

- Amy Tan

Perhaps Inspiration Muses

Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses.

- Amy Tan

Think Faster Than

God, life changes faster than you think.

- Amy Tan

Expected Failure Fear

I didn't fear failure. I expected failure.

- Amy Tan

Deliberately Hot Dogs

There is this myth, that America is a melting pot, but what happens in assimilation is that we end up deliberately choosing the American things - hot dogs and apple pie - and ignoring the Chinese offerings.

- Amy Tan

Means Level Values

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

Ashamed Being Different

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

- Amy Tan

Own Religious Stems

No one can travel your own road for you; you must travel it for yourself. My faith in this stems from my childhood. I grew up in a family with a system of religious beliefs handed down to me.

- Amy Tan

Think Always Right Path

There are a lot of people who think that's what's needed to be successful is always being right, always being careful, always picking the right path.

- Amy Tan

Other Part Allow

When you read about the lives of other people, people of different circumstances or similar circumstances, you are part of their lives for that moment. You inhabit their lives, and you feel what they're feeling, and that is compassion. If we see that reading does allow us that, we see how absolutely essential reading is.

- Amy Tan

Think Need Country

People talk about this 'bucket list': 'I need to go to this country, I need to skydive.' Whereas I need to think as much as I can, to feel as much as I can, to be conscious and observe and understand me and the people around me as much as I can.

- Amy Tan

Book Read Kid

I read a book a day when I was a kid. My family was not literary; we did not have any books in the house.

- Amy Tan

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Intelligence Think Always

Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

- A. A. Milne

Think Forget Ever

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

- A. A. Milne

Think Love Some

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.

- A. A. Milne

Think Zionism Other

I don't think that when Zionism began there was a claim that we were losing - even in part - our capacity to contribute to other peoples.

- A. B. Yehoshua

Work Social About

My work is not directly about the social or political.

- A. Balasubramaniam

About Show I Remember

I remember, in my first show in New York, they asked, 'Where is the Indian-ness in your work?'... Now, the same people, after having watched the body of my work, say, 'There is too much Indian philosophy in your work.' They're looking for a superficial skin-level Indian-ness, which I'm not about.

- A. Balasubramaniam

About Expert Held

I'm the world's expert on sterotypes held by academics about athletes and held by athletes about academics. To me, both of them are caricatures.

- A. Bartlett Giamatti

Think Some Special

Some of my academic friends think I've fallen from a very special grace.

- A. Bartlett Giamatti

Think Goal Been

My goal has been to encourage jointness, to push people to think of affiliations rather than to operate as solo entrepreneurs.

- A. Bartlett Giamatti

Think College Sacrifices

I think that the young people today feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to their brothers and sisters because of the sacrifices that most families make to send their children to college.

- A. Bartlett Giamatti

Thought About Alive

But, somewhere in there, I did have the thought that this really fits in with my thinking about what I wanted to do; with what has to be done by a writer in order to stay alive as a writer.

- A. E. van Vogt

About Pay Indifference

If the first requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite, the second is to put in your apprenticeship as a feeder when you have enough money to pay the check but not enough to produce indifference of the total.

- A. J. Liebling

About Impossible Within

The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite. Without this, it is impossible to accumulate, within the allotted span, enough experience of eating to have anything worth setting down.

- A. J. Liebling

Ever Last Red

But great loves, to the last, have pulses red; All great loves that have ever died dropped dead.

- Helen Hunt Jackson

Ever Last Red

Great loves, to the last, have pulses red; All great loves that have ever died dropped dead.

- Helen Hunt Jackson

Ever United States Career

I had a career for 25 years in Australia before I ever came to the United States.

- Helen Reddy

Think Ever Zimbabwe

I don't think we will ever go the way of Zimbabwe, but people are concerned.

- Helen Suzman

Ever Signs Becoming

As signs of climate instability increase, radical and rapid action is becoming ever more urgent.

- Helena Norberg-Hodge

Ever Original Only

I have a theory that the only original things we ever do are mistakes.

- Billy Joel

Ever Role Only

Every role is the best role you've ever got. It's the only role you have.

- Billy Magnussen

About Been Learned

The poet exposes himself to the risk. All that has been said about poetry, all that he has learned about poetry, is only a partial assurance.

- A. R. Ammons