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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

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

Magic Amazing Images

Words to me were magic. You could say a word and it could conjure up all kinds of images or feelings or a chilly sensation or whatever. It was amazing to me that words had this power.

- Amy Tan

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Always Vain Them

I gave up writing children's books. I wanted to escape from them as I had once wanted to escape from 'Punch': as I have always wanted to escape. In vain.

- A. A. Milne

Always Art Works

In India, nobody really talks about works of art; they always talk about the appreciation of art. You buy this for 3,000 rupees, it'll become 30,000 in two months.

- A. Balasubramaniam

Always Been Devoted

Americans have been remarkably devoted to the capacity for belief, to idealism. That's why we get into trouble all the time. We're always viewed as naive.

- A. Bartlett Giamatti

Always Yourself Try

If you just try long enough and hard enough, you can always manage to boot yourself in the posterior.

- A. J. Liebling

Luck Afterwards Good Luck

It wasn't like I felt I was on a wave. It was just so easy. It is only afterwards that I thought I really had a bit of good luck going on there with Yazoo.

- Alison Moyet

Could Luck Winning

Grandma cheated whenever she could. She cheated because it was a much more scientific and surer way of winning than trusting to luck.

- Allan Sherman

Luck Accessible Good Luck

Losing one's mother to a car crash at age four isn't a readily accessible idea of good luck, but I've come to accept it as the condition that was required for my luck to fall into place.

- Allegra Huston

Always Them Everyone

Everyone always says, 'When you look at a boy band, one of them has to be gay.' No, they don't.

- A. J. McLean

Always Reason Given

No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic.

- A. J. P. Taylor

Always Like Low

I've always kept a low profile, and I like it that way.

- A. James Clark

Next Business Luck

A business like acting is 90% luck. You can be a star one minute and out of work the next.

- Amber Tamblyn

Some Other Luck

This world is run with far too tight a rein for luck to interfere. Fortune sells her wares; she never gives them. In some form or other, we pay for her favors; or we go empty away.

- Amelia Barr

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

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

Read Most Meaning

The ability of humans to read meaning into patterns is the most defining characteristic we have.

- Eleanor Catton

Read Bad Bed

I find it is a bad habit to look at social media before bed, so I try to read something on paper - not on my phone - before I go to bed.

- Katrina Lake

Read Most Found

Most of my teachers probably found I made less trouble if they let me read.

- Eric Allin Cornell

Read Teach Chess

Between rounds of speed chess I read enough of a programming manual to teach myself to write programs on the school's DEC mainframe in the language Basic.

- Eric Allin Cornell

Read Books

I don't read books.

- Eric Bristow

Read Big Still

'Made it as a writer'? I'm still wondering if I've made it as a writer. I've made it as a published writer of the type of SF that I want to write and read, but I'm still waiting for that big breakthrough.

- Eric Brown

Which Read Start

Once I start reading something, I can't stop. I obsessively read, which is a problem with long books!

- Keegan Allen