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Well, you know, if you get into the profession because
by 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

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

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

 

I enjoy the quiet life.
- 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

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

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

I normally don't eat junk food.
- 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 also have a lot of preserved foods,
things that will keep for a long time like dried fish,
seaweed or lotus seed.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is not about how fast you run
or how high you climb
but how well you bounce.
- Vivian Komori

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

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

Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often.
- Anonymous

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All's well that ends well.
- Proverb (and title of a Shakespeare play)

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The more we care for the happiness of others,
the greater is our own sense of well-being.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Violence, even well intentioned,
always rebounds upon oneself.
- Lao Tzu

The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing,
and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
- George Bernard Shaw

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a dangerous - ultimately fatal - endeavor,
so you may as well live it full out.
Chart your course, cast off the lines,
and boldly sail the seas of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Learn to do common things uncommonly well;
we must always keep in mind that anything
that helps fill the dinner pail is valuable.
- George Washington Carver

No face which we can give to a matter
will stead us so well at last as the truth.
This alone wears well.
- Henry David Thoreau

Always aim at complete harmony
of thought and word and deed.
Always aim at purifying your thoughts
and everything will be well.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep,
so a life well spent brings happy death.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is better to travel well than to arrive.
- The Buddha

Nothing is ever going to work out the way you want,
so you may as well choose to want the way life does work out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread.
- John Muir

I distrust those people who know so well
what God wants them to do,
because I notice it always coincides
with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony

Before we acquire great power
we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and cheer
and give strength to the body and soul.
- John Muir

That some achieve great success,
is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
- Abraham Lincoln

You are defined by your habits - choose well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin


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