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Amy Tan Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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God, life changes faster than you think.
- 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

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 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

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

I have a writer's memory which makes everything worse
than maybe it actually was.
- 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 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 was intelligent enough to make up my own mind.
I not only had freedom of choice, I had freedom of expression.
- 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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Take time to sharpen the saw.
- Steven Covey

One day Alice came to a fork in the road
and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
"Which road do I take?" she asked.
His responses was a question: "Where do you want to go?"
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
- Lewis Carroll

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

When I saw you I fell in love,
and you smiled because you knew.
- commonly but falsely attributed to William Shakespeare

I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as though they liked it,
and though fast rooted, they travel about as far as we do.
- John Muir

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

I never saw a lawyer yet who would admit he was making money.
- Mary Roberts Rinehart

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
- Bernard Baruch

When I first saw you, I thought you were handsome.
Then, of course, you spoke.
- the movie As Good As It Gets (1997)

Mommy smoked but she didn't want us to.
She saw smoke coming out of the barn one time,
so we got whipped.
- Loretta Lynn

I came, I saw, I conquered.
- Julius Caesar

If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball,
most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.
- Charles Barkley

I was obsessed with romance.
When I was in high school, I saw 'Doctor Zhivago' every
day from the day it opened until the day it left the theater.
- John Hughes

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
- Michelangelo

I grew up not liking my father very much.
I never saw him cry.
But he must have.
Everybody cries.
- Charley Pride

It was so cold today that I saw a dog chasing a cat,
and the dog was walking.
- Mickey Rivers

I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath
toys were a toaster and a radio.
- Joan Rivers

A friend will tell you she saw your old boyfriend -
and he's a priest.
- Erma Bombeck

The first time my father saw me in the flesh was on the stage,
which is a bit weird.
We went out to dinner, and he was charming and sweet,
but I did all the talking.
- Christopher Plummer

What each man feared would happen to himself,
did not trouble him when he saw that it would ruin another.
- Virgil

I saw that all beings are fated to happiness:
action is not life,
but a way of wasting some force, an enervation.
Morality is the weakness of the brain.
- Arthur Rimbaud

I didn't play the game right because I saw a reward
at the end of the tunnel.
- Ryne Sandberg

I've seen some great write ups and I emailed her the
other night because I saw her on an awards show recently.
- Nia Long

With Cold Sassy Tree having its first production,
I saw no necessity to do anything other than produce
it with the correct setting.
- Bruce Beresford

Superstar was made so early in my career I had nothing to do with it at all.
The first time I saw it was the opening screening.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber

He can't imagine the result of the mission because he never saw it.
- James Dickey

Novelists have always had complete freedom to pretty
much tell their story any way they saw fit.
And that's what I'm trying to do.
- Quentin Tarantino

Like at Halloween: I knew I'd arrived when I saw people
dressing up on Halloween as my character.
- Jane Badler

I believe I can even yet remember when I saw the stars for the first time.
- Max Muller

I saw Krishnamurti speak one time.
And I thought, I'm not going to live here.
- Jules Shear

My classmates would copulate with anything that moved,
but I never saw any reason to limit myself.
- Emo Philips

I don't want to do anything like Can't Hardly Wait,
I don't want to do anything like Scream.
I saw all those movies, and they were good,
but they're just not what I want to do.
- Laura Prepon


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