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Amy Tan

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Film writer - 1952-1933

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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That was a wonderful period in my life. I mean, i didn't become an artist, but somebody let me do something i loved. What a luxury, to do something you love to do. Amy Tan
And i remember wondering why it was that eating something good could make me feel so terrible, while vomiting something terrible could make me feel so good. Amy Tan
My mother imparted her daily truths so she could help my older brothers and me rise above our circumstances. We lived in san francisco's chinatown. Like most of the other chinese children who played in the back alleys of restaurants and curio shops, i didn't think we were poor. My bowl was always full, three five-course meals every day, beginning with a soup full of mysterious things i didn't want to know the names of. Amy Tan
Why do you have to use me to show off? If you want to show off, then why don't you learn to play chess." - ch. 5 Amy Tan
I used to think that my mother got into arguments with people because they didn't understand her english, because she was chinese. Amy Tan
To come so far, to lose so much and to find nothing. -jing-mei Amy Tan
External success has to do with people who may see me as a model, or an example, or a representative. As much as i may dislike or want to reject that responsibility, this is something that comes with public success. It's important to give others a sense of hope that it is possible and you can come from really different places in the world and find your own place in the world that's unique for yourself. Amy Tan
We are lost, she and i, unseen and not seeing, unheard and not hearing, unknown by others. Amy Tan
With hope, a mind is always free. Amy Tan
Libraries are the pride of the city. Amy Tan
How can the world in all its chaos come up with so many coincidences, so many similarities and exact opposites? Amy Tan
I thought this man had long ago drained everything from my heart. But now something strong and bitter flowed and made me feel another emptiness in a place i didn't know was there. I cursed this man aloud so he could hear. You had dog eyes. You jumped and followed whoever called you. Now you chase your own tail. Amy Tan
We all become different readers in how we respond to books, why we need them, what we take from them. We become different in the questions that arise as we read, in the answers that we find, in the degree of satisfaction or unease we feel with those answers...In the hands of a different reader, the same story can be a different story. Amy Tan
Yet part of me also thinks the whole idea makes perfect sense. The three of us, leaving our differences behind, stepping on the plane together, sitting side by side, lifting off, moving west to reach the east. Amy Tan
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
I discovered that maybe it was fate all along, that faith was just an illusion that somehow you're in control. Amy Tan
No two languages are ever sufficiently similar to be considered as representing the same social reality. The worlds in which different societies live are distinct worlds, not merely the same world with different labels attached. Amy Tan
Language is the tool of my trade -and i use them all - all the englishes i grew up with Amy Tan
You see what power is holding someone else's fear in your hand and showing it to them. Amy Tan
When i returned home that day, i saw my life as if i already knew the happy ending of a story. I looked around the house and thought, soon i will no longer have to see these walls and all the unhappiness they keep inside. Amy Tan
I love my daughter. She and i have shared my body. There is a part of her mind that is a part of mine. But when she was born, she sprang from me like a slippery fish, and has been swimming away ever since. Amy Tan
Isn't that how it is when you must decide with your heart? You are not just choosing one thing over another. You are choosing what you want. And you are also choosing what somebody else does not want, and all the consequences that follow. You can tell yourself, that's not my problem, but those words do not wash the trouble away. Maybe it is no longer a problem in your life. But it is always a problem in your heart. Amy Tan
All these years i kept my true nature hidden, running along like a small shadow so nobody could catch me. -ying ying Amy Tan
You can't have intentions without consequences. The question is, who pays for the consequences? Saving fish from drowning. Same thing. Whos saved? Whos not? Amy Tan