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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

Think Than Faster

God, life changes faster than you think.

- Amy Tan

Age Over Many

For many courtesans, it was over by age 22.

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Failure Fear Expected

I didn't fear failure. I expected failure.

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Circumstances Keep Else

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

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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.

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Being Different Ashamed

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

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Luck Always Read

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.

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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.

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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

Some Genres Toward

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

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Success Rebellion Attack

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

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Mother Forgive Learned

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

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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.

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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.

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Amazing Magic 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.

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Concert Spare Time Then

My parents told me I would become a doctor and then in my spare time I would become a concert pianist. So, both my day job and my spare time were sort of taken care of.

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Book Kid Read

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.

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Allow Other Part

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