Amy Tan Quotes

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its-both-rebellion-and-conformity-that-attack-you-with-success
i-was-intelligent-enough-to-make-up-my-own-mind-i-not-only-had-freedom-of-choice-i-had-freedom-of-expression
i-am-like-a-falling-star-who-has-finally-found-her-place-next-to-another-in-a-lovely-constellation-where-we-will-sparkle-in-the-heavens-forever
the-forbidden-things-were-a-great-influence-on-my-life-i-was-forbidden-from-reading-a-catcher-in-the-rye
i-am-fascinated-by-language-in-daily-life-way-it-can-evoke-emotion-visual-image-complex-idea-simple-truth-amy-tan
i-was-punched-breathless-by-strongest-emotions-i-have-ever-felt-they-are-now-stored-in-my-intuition-as-writer-amy-tan
but-i-will-win-give-her-my-spirit-because-this-is-way-mother-loves-her-daughter-ying-ying-amy-tan
and-i-think-now-that-fate-is-shaped-half-by-expectation-half-by-inattention-but-somehow-when-you-lose-something-you-love-faith-takes-over-rose-amy-tan
and-after-i-played-them-both-few-times-i-realized-they-were-two-halves-same-song-amy-tan
fate-is-shaped-half-by-expectation-half-by-inattention-amy-tan
your-life-is-what-you-see-in-front-you-anmei-amy-tan
only-you-pick-that-crab-nobody-else-take-it-i-already-know-this-everyone-else-want-best-quality-you-thinking-different-amy-tan
after-all-bao-bomu-says-what-is-past-but-what-we-choose-to-remember-amy-tan
My mother believed in God's will for many years. It was af if she had turned on a celestial faucet and goodness kept pouring out. She said it was faith that kept all these good things coming our way, only I thought she said "fate" because she couldn't pronounce the "th" sound in "faith". And later I discovered that maybe it was fate all along, that faith was just an illusion that somehow you're in control. I found out the most I could have was hope, and with that I wasn't denying any possibility, good or bad. I was just saying, If there is a choice, dear God or whatever you are, here's where the odds should be placed. I remember the day I started thinking this, it was such a revelation to me. It was the day my mother lost her faith in God. She found that things of unquestioned certainty could never be trusted again. We had gone to the beach, to a secluded spot south of the city near Devil's Slide. My father had read in Sunset magazine that this was a good place to catch ocean perch. And although my father was not a fisherman but a pharmacist's assistant who had once been a doctor in China, he believed in his nenkan, his ability to do anything he put his mind to. My mother believed she had nenkan to cook anything my father had a mind to catch. It was this belief in their nenkan that had brought my parents to America. It had enabled them to have seven children and buy a house in Sunset district with very little money. It had given them the confidence to believe their luck would never run out, that God was on their side, that house gods had only benevolent things to report and our ancestors were pleased, that lifetime warranties meant our lucky streak would never break, that all the elements were now in balance, the right amount of wind and water.

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you-cant-stay-in-dark-for-too-long-something-inside-you-starts-to-fade-you-become-like-starving-person-crazyhungry-for-light-amy-tan
but-you-cant-stay-in-dark-for-long-something-inside-you-starts-to-fade-you-become-like-starving-person-crazyhungry-for-light-amy-tan
you-see-what-power-is-holding-someone-elses-fear-in-your-hand-showing-it-to-them-amy-tan
I do not consider myself a religious person, because I don't adhere to a particular religion or faith or prescribed beliefs, as did my father, who was a Baptist minister. And I am not an atheist, one who thinks that belief in anything beyond the here and now and the rational is delusion. I love science, but I allow for mystery, things that can never be proven by a rational mind. I am a person who thinks about the nature of the spirit when I write. I think about what can't be known and only imagined. I often sense a spirit or force or meaning beyond myself. I leave it open as to what the spirit is, but I continue to make guesses - that it could be the universal binding of the emotion of love, or a joyful quality of humanity, or a collective unconscious that turns out to be a unified conscience. The spirit could be all those worshiped by all the religions, even those that deny the validity of others. It could be that we all exist in all ten dimensions of a string-theory universe and are seeding memories in all of them and occupy them simultaneously as memory. Or we exist only as thought and out perception that it is a physical world is a delusion. The nature of spirit could also be my mother and my grandmother and that they really do serve as my muses as I fondly imagine them doing at times. Or maybe the nature of the spirit is a freer imagination. I've often thought that imagination was the conduit to compassion, and compassion is a true spiritual nature. Whatever the spirit might be, I am not basing what I do in this life on any expected reward or punishment in the hereafter or thereafter. It is enough that I feel blessed - and by whom or what I don't know - but I receive it with gratitude that I am a writer and my work is to imagine all the possibilities.

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a-painting-was-translation-language-my-heart-amy-tan
Can I tell my daughter that I loved her father? This was the man who rubbed my feet at night. He praised the food that I cooked. He cried honestly when I brought out trinkets I had saved for the right day, the day he gave me my daughter, a tiger girl. How could I not love this man? But it was a love of a ghost. Arms that encircled but did not touch. A bowl full of rice but without my appetite to eat it. No hunger. No fullness. Now Saint is a ghost. He and I can now love equally. He knows the things I have been hiding all these years. Now I must tell my daughter everything. That she is a daughter of a ghost. She has no chi. This is my greatest shame. How can I leave this world without leaving her my spirit? So this is what I will do. I will gather together my past and look. I will see a thing that has already happened. The pain that cut my spirit loose. I will hold that pain in my hand until it becomes hard and shiny, more clear. And then my fierceness can come back, my golden side, my black side. I will use this sharp pain to penetrate my daughter's tough skin and cut her tiger spirit loose. She will fight me, because this is the nature of two tigers. But I will win and give her my spirit, because this is a way a mother loves her daughter. I hear my daughter speaking to her husband downstairs. They say words that mean nothing. They sit in a room with no life in it. I know a thing before it happens. She will hear the table and vase crashing on the floor. She will come upstairs and into my room. Her eyes will see nothing in the darkness, where I am waiting between the trees.

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what-are-ghosts-if-not-hope-that-love-continues-beyond-our-ordinary-senses-if-ghosts-are-delusion-then-let-me-be-deluded-amy-tan
now-they-seemed-to-be-in-contest-over-who-could-irritate-her-more-she-sometimes-had-to-remind-herself-that-teenagers-had-souls-amy-tan
isnt-hate-merely-result-wounded-love-amy-tan
you-remember-only-what-you-want-to-remember-you-know-only-what-your-heart-allows-you-to-know-amy-tan
when-anesthesia-love-wears-off-you-suffer-pain-consequence-amy-tan
your-tears-do-not-wash-away-your-sorrows-they-feed-someone-elses-joy-and-that-is-why-you-must-learn-to-swallow-your-own-tears-amy-tan
dementia-was-like-truth-serum-amy-tan
how-can-world-in-all-its-chaos-come-up-with-many-coincidences-many-similarities-exact-opposites-amy-tan
too-much-happiness-always-overflowed-into-tears-sorrow-amy-tan
auntie-yang-is-not-hard-hearing-she-is-hard-listening-amy-tan
we-dream-to-give-ourselves-hope-to-stop-dreaming-well-thats-like-saying-you-can-never-change-your-fate-amy-tan
everyone-must-dream-we-dream-to-give-ourselves-hope-to-stop-dreaming-well-thats-like-saying-you-can-never-change-your-fate-isnt-that-true-amy-tan
it-felt-like-all-truth-got-whitewashed-with-fake-happiness-she-said-only-it-was-not-happy-it-was-worse-than-fake-it-was-dangerous-amy-tan
he-simply-translated-what-was-in-lulings-heart-her-better-intentions-her-hopes-amy-tan
its-luxury-being-writer-because-all-you-ever-think-about-is-life-amy-tan
all-objects-exist-in-moment-time-amy-tan
forever-did-not-mean-what-it-once-had-forever-was-what-changed-inevitably-over-time-amy-tan
then-you-must-teach-my-daughter-this-same-lesson-how-to-lose-your-innocence-but-not-your-hope-how-to-laugh-forever-amy-tan
our-love-would-be-solace-companionship-mending-wounds-amy-tan
those-who-dont-heed-warnings-dont-live-to-admit-they-were-stupid-not-to-do-amy-tan
i-did-not-lose-myself-all-at-once-i-rubbed-out-my-face-over-years-washing-away-my-pain-same-way-carvings-on-stone-are-worn-down-by-water-amy-tan
all-these-years-i-kept-my-true-nature-hidden-running-along-like-small-shadow-nobody-could-catch-me-ying-ying-amy-tan
among-writers-if-you-dont-have-therapist-its-like-saying-you-dont-keep-journal-use-thesaurus-its-natural-accompaniment-amy-tan
even-though-i-was-young-i-could-see-pain-flesh-worth-pain-amy-tan
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