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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

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

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

Then Concert Spare Time

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.

- Amy Tan

Think Been Over

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

Die Deep I Write

I write because I know that one day I will die, and thus I should experience as many deliberate observations, careful thoughts, wild ideas, and deep emotions as I can before that day occurs.

- Amy Tan

Cherry Seeds Berries

My breakfast is usually a wholegrain cereal or porridge, with walnuts sprinkled in it, berries, a tablespoon of honey, and chia seeds. I have coffee and a little cherry juice with seltzer. I have a seat by the window, and I look out at the view.

- Amy Tan

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Men Than Revealed

The latest research has revealed that women have a higher IQ than men.

- A. N. Wilson

More Than Itself

To a child, often the box a toy came in is more appealing than the toy itself.

- Allen Klein

Better Than Drama

Great drama is all about conflict, and what's a better conflict than Republican-Democrat?

- Allison Janney

Think Always Enough

The legwork is always hard. Really finding people that you think are good enough. Just the definition of what we have to do is finding good enough people that you really think are special.

- Allison Jones

Think Going Over

You think NASA is going to be cutting edge, but they've got so many buildings that are just left over from the '60s. It's old.

- Allison Schroeder

Think I Think Audience

I think a broader audience is really amazing. If there's no need for curse words or darkness, why go there? Why not make it PG?

- Allison Schroeder

Think Love Which

I don't think I've ever been called up for an action film with a male lead - which is a shame. I'd love to take on Bond.

- Allison Schroeder

Think Like Television

I don't think you realize how often on television people are not like anyone we know or have known.

- Allison Tolman

Think Over Worn

I don't think I have ever worn more outfits over the course of four days than I did Emmy weekend. You barely sleep. You don't eat.

- Allison Tolman

Think I Think Throat

For me and accent work, I think once you've figured out where that energy is, where the sound is in your throat or your mouth, it's a whole lot easier to do.

- Allison Tolman

More Than Comfortable

I feel more comfortable in saris than gowns.

- Amy Jackson

Than Far Pick

Hindi is far easier a language to pick up than Tamil.

- Amy Jackson

More Than Legs

There are plenty of people who have legs who are way more disabled than me.

- Amy Purdy

More Than Chose

The clarinet chose me more than I chose the clarinet.

- Anat Cohen

Faster Than Easier

I make friends faster and easier than journalists.

- Anthony Bourdain

Faster Months Getting

If you get depressed, you can be stuck for months; if you have an analyst, you at least have a chance of getting out of it faster.

- Hanif Kureishi

Never Faster Broke

I'll go for broke. Swim faster. It's not going to be easy - this whole thing was never going to be easy.

- Ian Thorpe

Faster Than Cannot

You cannot run faster than a bullet.

- Idi Amin

Faster Power Powerful

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.

- Bruce Lee

Society Science Faster

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

- Isaac Asimov

Faster Mouth Travels

Word of mouth travels faster than anything else.

- Cam Newton