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I enjoy the quiet life. ...
by Martin Yan

I enjoy the quiet life.
- Martin Yan

If I could only have one type of food with me,
I would bring soy sauce.
The reason being that if I have soy sauce,
I can flavor a lot of things.
- Martin Yan

At thirteen, when I arrived in Hong Kong after leaving China,
I made a living by working in a restaurant.
- Martin Yan

You can do almost anything with soup stock,
it's like a strong foundation.
When you have the right foundation, everything tastes good.
- Martin Yan

 

You don't have to show people how successful you are.
- Martin Yan

In general I love to eat anything.
I enjoy anything that is well prepared,
a good spaghetti, lasagna, taco, steak,
sushi, refried beans.
- Martin Yan

I can represent my culture while helping not only the
Chinese-American community,
but also the community at large.
- Martin Yan

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Chinese culture has a lot of virtues that are tremendously
valuable to not only us as Asian-Americans,
but also the world in general.
- Martin Yan

First of all, I can't really claim to be a great chef.
- Martin Yan

I also have a lot of preserved foods,
things that will keep for a long time like dried fish,
seaweed or lotus seed.
- Martin Yan

When you have a good stock, you can make a good soup.
- Martin Yan

As long as the food is well prepared and not overdone,
I think it tastes good.
It doesn't matter if it's Chinese, Japanese,
anything.
- Martin Yan

I've never considered myself a celebrity or even part
of the entertainment business.
I'm a cooking teacher.
- Martin Yan

When I retire or pass away, I will be able to look
back and say that this has been an exciting life.
That's all that matters.
- Martin Yan

I normally don't eat junk food.
- Martin Yan

When you enjoy what you do, work becomes play.
- Martin Yan

The problem with a lot of Chinese is that they put
up divisions between Taiwanese,
Hong Kong natives, mainlanders.
We are never united.
I really hope that the Chinese can be more united.
- Martin Yan

People who don't travel cannot have a global view,
all they see is what's in front of them.
Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live.
- Martin Yan

I think being famous is more of a hindrance,
a constraint, than just letting yourself be free.
- Martin Yan

Just like if you were brought up on a farm,
you would most likely carry on your father's business as a farmer;
I was brought up in the kitchen and ended up becoming a chef.
- Martin Yan

The hoopla, the applause, the praises have never excited me.
- Martin Yan

Soy sauce is really a multi-purpose seasoning.
- Martin Yan

I live a very low-key life.
- Martin Yan

I don't like to waste anything.
Any food left over from the night before is always eaten the next day.
- Martin Yan

I remember when I was in college, I used to watch Julia
Child's cooking show during dinner and joke with my
roommates about becoming a TV chef.
- Martin Yan

Because normally with Western cuisine,
you'll serve vegetables separate from the meat,
so kids will eat the meat and never touch the vegetables.
- Martin Yan

I am just a normal professional with a great job and a great life.
- Martin Yan

Why is America such a great country.
It is because we stand united.
- Martin Yan

Well, you know, if you get into the profession because
you think you can make a lot of money,
you can never become successful.
- Martin Yan

Anyone that has come to America past the age of eighteen
will be able to understand when I say that you can never shake your accent.
- Martin Yan

A lot of people don't enjoy their job,
they may even hate it, but I am lucky enough to be
able to make a living through my passion.
- Martin Yan

Some people never contribute anything positive to society,
they may even drain our resources, but most of us try to do something better,
to give back.
- Martin Yan

Happiness is within.
It has nothing to do with how much applause you get
or how many people praise you.
Happiness comes when you believe that you have done
something truly meaningful.
- Martin Yan

I have a lot of cooking tools.
In fact I have a whole drawer full of knives.
Cooking tools, especially cutlery, are my toys.
- Martin Yan

So when I do Chinese cooking, I mix everything together,
then the kids have to eat their vegetables.
They won't have the patience to pick them out.
- Martin Yan

The only thing that counts is if you know how to prepare your ingredients.
Even if with the best and freshest ingredients in the world,
if your dish is tasteless or burnt, it's ruined.
- Martin Yan

I think a lot of times it's not money that's the primary motivation factor;
it's the passion for your job and the professional
and personal satisfaction that you get out of doing
what you do that motivates you.
- Martin Yan

The truly rich are those who enjoy what they have.
- Yiddish Proverb

Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.
- Sai Baba

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a journey - enjoy the journey.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Play full-out and enjoy all of Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm,
you'll never enjoy the sunshine.
- Morris West

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day;
live life to the fullest;
make the most of what you have.
It is later than you think.
- Horace

Dance... enjoy each step along the way.
- Wayne Dyer

Know that life is a journey. Enjoy the journey.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I actually enjoy being out of my depth - I thrive on it.
- Bono

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
- Lao Tzu

Not what we have,
but what we enjoy,
constitutes our abundance.
- Epicurus

Life is a grand adventure - enjoy the ride.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.
- Robert Brault

I choose to enjoy people as I enjoy a rainbow or a butterfly -
they are most beautiful when they are free.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you dance, your purpose is not to get
to a certain place on the floor.
It's to enjoy each step along the way.
- Wayne Dyer

Holding-on does not have to be a desperate
teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life just happens - enjoy it anyway.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though chequered by failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the grey twilight
that knows not victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion
without the discomfort of thought.
- John F. Kennedy

God is Within You!
You yourself are the creator.
If you find that place within you
from which you brought this thing about,
you will be able to live with it and affirm it,
perhaps even enjoy it, as your life.
- Joseph Campbell

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.
- John Lennon

I rest in the light of forgiveness.
I forgive myself and others for that
which is done (and better left undone)
and also that which is not done (and better if done).
I give myself permission to enjoy this moment without guilt.
I freely release all uncertainty, regret, and fear.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Look at this butterfly, so beautiful, so delicate.
I can enjoy this butterfly from a distance,
but if I touched her, she would die.
While not quite as delicate as butterflies,
people also need private space and private time
away from the demands of the world -
even away from the attentions of those
with whom they are most bonded.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There's no reason to become alarmed,
and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight.
By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
- the movie Airplane!

We've put more effort into helping folks reach old
age than into helping them enjoy it.
- Frank Howard Clark

Most people enjoy the inferiority of their best friends.
- Lord Chesterfield

I think it's more important to be fit so that you can
be healthy and enjoy activities than it is to have a good body.
- Rachel Blanchard

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve
the world and a desire to enjoy the world.
This makes it hard to plan the day.
- E. B. White

I love cats because I enjoy my home;
and little by little,
they become its visible soul.
- Jean Cocteau

The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life.
Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.
- Albert Einstein

If you don't enjoy your career,
today is the day to begin a long-term plan
for creating a career that interests and excites you.
And, in the short term, even if you hate your job,
look for small joys at work each day,
perhaps in your interactions with customers and co-workers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.
- Gene Tunney


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