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Amy Tan

American,  Novelist
Total Quotes : 83
New Need Saw

I saw my mother in a different light. We all need to do that. You have to be displaced from what's comfortable and routine, and then you get to see things with fresh eyes, with new eyes.

- 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

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

Think Than Faster

God, life changes faster than you think.

- 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

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

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

Being Different Ashamed

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

- 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

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

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 About Ever

It's a luxury being a writer, because all you ever think about is life.

- 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

Mother Forgive Learned

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

- 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

Hours Measured How

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

- Amy Tan

Luck Bad Works

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

Circumstances Keep Else

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

- Amy Tan