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I read a book a day when I was a kid.
by Amy Tan

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

My mother had a very difficult childhood,
having seen her own mother kill herself.
So she didn't always know how to be the nurturing mother
that we all expect we should have.
- Amy Tan

It's a luxury being a writer, because all you ever think about is life.
- Amy Tan

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

 

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

No one in my family was a reader of literary fiction.
So, I didn't have encouragement, but I didn't have discouragement,
because I don't think anybody knew what that meant.
- Amy Tan

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

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My parents had very high expectations.
They expected me to get straight A's from the time I was in kindergarten.
- Amy Tan

I would still like to have that luxury,
to be able to just sit and draw for hours and hours and hours.
In a way, that's what I do as a writer.
- Amy Tan

I didn't fear failure.
I expected failure.
- 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

I wanted to write stories for myself.
At first it was purely an aesthetic thing about craft.
I just wanted to become good at the art of something.
And writing was very private.
- Amy Tan

Placing on writers the responsibility to represent
a culture is an onerous burden.
- Amy Tan

I think I've always been somebody, since the deaths
of my father and brother,
who was afraid to hope.
So, I was more prepared for failure and for rejection than for success.
- Amy Tan

I was intelligent enough to make up my own mind.
I not only had freedom of choice, I had freedom of expression.
- Amy Tan

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.
- Amy Tan

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

I loved fairy tales when I was a kid.
Grimm.
The grimmer the better.
I loved gruesome gothic tales and, in that respect,
I liked Bible stories, because to me they were very gothic.
- Amy Tan

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

The forbidden things were a great influence on my life.
I was forbidden from reading A Catcher in the Rye.
- Amy Tan

My mother said I was a clingy kid until I was about four.
I also remember that from the age of eight she and
I fought almost every day.
- Amy Tan

I also thought of playing improvisational jazz and
I did take lessons for a while.
At first I tried to write fiction by making up things
that were completely alien to my life.
- Amy Tan

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

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

You write a book and you hope somebody will go out
and pay $24.95 for what you've just said.
I think books were my salvation.
Books saved me from being miserable.
- Amy Tan

I have a writer's memory which makes everything worse
than maybe it actually was.
- Amy Tan

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

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

I thought I was clever enough to write as well as these
people and I didn't realize that there is something
called originality and your own voice.
- Amy Tan

I would find myself laughing and wondering where these ideas came from.
You can call it imagination, I suppose.
But I was grateful for wherever they came from.
- Amy Tan

You can get sucked into the idea that,
'Gosh, this is impressive.
Maybe I should do this.
It will look good.' Or 'I'll write like this because
it will impress that critic.'
- Amy Tan

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

I started a second novel seven times and I had to throw them away.
- Amy Tan

God, life changes faster than you think.
- Amy Tan

We are the kind of people who obsess over one word...
but we have only one shot to get it right in concert.
It was hard the first time I practiced with them.
I was so nervous that my vocal chords were paralyzed for about a half-hour.
- Amy Tan

She said 'I'm by commission.
You don't have to pay anything until you sell anything.'
I said,
'Well fine.
You want to be my agent and not make anything.'
I thought,
'Boy, is she dumb.'
- Amy Tan

People think it's a terrible tragedy when somebody has Alzheimer's.
But in my mother's case, it's different.
My mother has been unhappy all her life.
For the first time in her life, she's happy.
- Amy Tan

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

The highest and most beautiful things in life
are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but,
if one will, are to be lived.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

We Learn...
10% of what we read,
20% of what we hear,
30% of what we see,
50% of what we see and hear,
70% of what we discuss,
80% of what we experience,
95% of what we teach others.
- William Glasser

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

To a philosopher all news,
as it is called, is gossip,
and they who edit and read it
are old women over their tea.
- Henry David Thoreau

When you read God's Word, you must
constantly be saying to yourself,
"It is talking to me, and about me."
- Soren Kierkegaard

Each of us is of infinite value,
and each of us has the ability to make
a profound difference in the lives we touch.
We leave our most profoundly positive impact
on those around us by the nature of our lives
and the example we set -
not by how busy we are,
or how important we believe we are.
Setting an example of being loving, relaxed and joyful,
regardless of external circumstances,
is a great legacy for our family and for the world.
Self importance - ego - is not a path to happiness.
Focusing one's whole life on responsibilities,
without taking time for self-renewal and play,
abandons the joy and the true value of life.
I want my tombstone to read, "Inspired others,"
rather than, "Never missed a day at the office."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The length of this document defends it well
against the risk of its being read.
- Winston Churchill

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.
- Clarence Darrow

I grew up in a very religious family.
I could read the Qu'ran easily at the age of five.
- Akhmad Kadyrov

The man who does not read good books
has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
- Mark Twain

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him
is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
- Barry Goldwater

I have tried lately to read Shakespeare,
and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
- Charles Darwin

I read that you should never go out with someone
if you can think of three reasons why you shouldn't.
- the movie Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

If you can speak what you will never hear,
if you can write what you will never read,
you have done rare things.
- Henry David Thoreau

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
- Saint Augustine

Read the best books first,
or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
- Henry David Thoreau

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice.
That's what I call a liberal education.
- Tallulah Bankhead

You may not be able to read a doctor's handwriting and prescription,
but you'll notice his bills are neatly typewritten.
- Earl Wilson

This report, by its very length, defends itself
against the risk of being read.
- Winston Churchill

O Day of days when we can read!
The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
- Anne Stevenson

Do you know the difference between education and experience?
Education is when you read the fine print;
experience is what you get when you don't.
- Pete Seeger

I would rather exercise than read a newspaper.
- Kim Alexis

If you want to read about love and marriage,
you've got to buy two separate books.
- Alan King

The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read.
It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
- Alvin Toffler

The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read With loads of
learned lumber in his head.
- Alexander Pope

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.
Half never voted for President.
One hopes it is the same half.
- Gore Vidal

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read,
and all the friends I want to see.
- John Burroughs

It is in our lives and not our words
that our religion must be read.
- Thomas Jefferson

If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means,
you have missed the body of the poem.
- M. H. Abrams


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