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Jung Chang Quotes and Sayings

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It's taken us 10 years, and it was constant excitement.
I was constantly shocked by how evil he could be.
Mao was very, very shrewd but he didn't have human feeling.
- Jung Chang

Although my book is banned I am still allowed to go to China and travel.
There is no longer the kind of control that Mao used
to have-there have been deep fundamental changes in society.
- Jung Chang

While I was writing Wild Swans I thought the famine
was the result of economic mismanagement but during
the research I realised that it was something more sinister.
- Jung Chang

In certain areas where the media are still controlled,
the changes have come to a halt, which is a very frustrating situation.
I would like the changes to take place throughout China.
- Jung Chang

 

I feel perhaps my heart is still in China.
- Jung Chang

What has marked Chinese society is its level of cruelty,
not just revolutions and wars.
We ought to reject it totally, otherwise in another
upheaval there will be further cruelty.
- Jung Chang

China is more prosperous than before.
The people have better lives but they are not happy
and confident because the scars are still there.
- Jung Chang

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I think because of their terrible past,
particularly this century, the Chinese have come to
accept cruelty more than many other people,
which is something I feel very unhappy about.
- Jung Chang

At the age of fifteen my grandmother became the concubine of a warlord general.
- Jung Chang

We were not treated by our own government as proper
human beings and consequently,
some outsiders did not regard us as the same kind of humans as themselves.
- Jung Chang

I always wanted to be a writer.
- Jung Chang

When I was in China, Mao was Chairman,
and parents were terrified to tell their children anything
that differed from the party line in case the children
repeated it and endangered the whole family.
- Jung Chang

For anyone to open their heart, they need the right atmosphere,
and something to prompt them.
For my mother it was her trip abroad:
she was in a very relaxed,
understanding environment.
I was very sympathetic towards her.
- Jung Chang

I no longer have the terrible nightmares that I used to have.
Mao had just died in 1976, and China began to open up.
For the first time scholarships to go to the West to
study were awarded on academic merit.
- Jung Chang

The Chinese seemed to be mourning Mao in a heartfelt fashion.
But I wondered how many of their tears were genuine.
People had practiced acting to such a degree that they
confused it with their true feelings.
- Jung Chang

I remember when my mother pointed to a stone,
and she said this was the kind of stone people used
to place on the feet of the baby girls to stop them
trying to climb away and unbind their feet.
- Jung Chang

I like to have Chinese furniture in my home as a constant
and painful reminder of how much has been destroyed in China.
The contrast between the beauty of the past and the
ugliness of the modern is nowhere sharper than in China.
- Jung Chang

I would love mainland Chinese to read my book.
There is a Chinese translation which I worked on myself,
published in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Many copies have gone into China but it is still banned.
- Jung Chang

I was not allowed to take notes but my friend and I
memorised those two and a half pages.
Most people talked to me because of the warning.
They knew this book was not going to be the official line.
- Jung Chang

If children were brought up to become non-conformists
it would only ruin their lives.
So parents all over China who loved their children
told them to do as Chairman Mao said.
It was not possible to tell them anything else.
- Jung Chang

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
- Oscar Wilde PHOTO

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer PHOTO

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl PHOTO

Life is to be taken lightly
by those who wish to be happy
and by those who wish to age gracefully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is better to conquer yourself
than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you,
not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
- The Buddha

There is no substitute for the comfort supplied
by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.
- Iris Murdoch

Your innermost core has always been pure.
Purity is intrinsic to you,
it cannot be taken away.
- Osho

Between believing a thing and thinking you KNOW
is only a small step and quickly taken.
- Mark Twain

You can learn how to let go of the past.
Whether you have experienced a break up
with someone you cared for deeply,
whether death has taken a loved one,
whether you have had a feud with a friend or family member,
whether you have lost a job.
Move on and let go.
Life can be joyful and rewarding again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask.
She has long ago taken her resolution.
- Henry David Thoreau

Most of us believe that we have
been betrayed by someone outside of us -
in other words someone has done something to hurt us,
been dishonest or broken a promise made:
some trust in some concept was broken.
Indeed someone may have taken an action
that took only their needs into consideration,
they may have not followed through on a promise made,
and they may have not told you the truth.
But their actions have nothing to do with you
and have everything to do with them.
That's why no one can do anything TO you.
They can take actions that involve you that you may not like -
according to your point of view.
But you are not a victim, no way, no how.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Society is always taken by surprise
at any new example of common sense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you doubt the virtue in self-honor,
remember what the flight attendant says,
"Put your own oxygen mask on first."
You are of no use to anyone else
if you have not taken care of your own needs first -
this includes your own emotional,
as well as physical, well-being.
In addition, your greatest value to your children,
your family, your friends, and your community
is the example you set, leading a great life that inspires
those around you to emulate your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Babies don't need fathers, but mothers do.
Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of.
- Amy Heckerling

Everyone who's ever taken a shower has an idea.
It's the person who gets out of the shower,
dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.
- Nolan Bushnell

A vow is a purely religious act
which cannot be taken in a fit of passion.
It can be taken only with a mind purified
and composed and with God as witness.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I always avoid prophesying beforehand,
because it is a much better policy to prophesy
after the event has already taken place.
- Winston Churchill

Once you have seen the truth
you must make the decision to let go
of the pain, anger, and resentment you have been holding on to.
This requires you to take action.
If you are attached to your pain, resentment,
and self-righteousness, and addicted to your emotional reactions,
this will be a difficult step for you.
Taking action requires letting go of the very thing
you have been holding on to for so many years.
There is comfort in what we find familiar,
even if we are experiencing pain and suffering.
The pain and suffering itself becomes the familiarity we seek.
It takes absolute faith in yourself
plus courage, will, and discipline to let go.
But once you let go, it will be as if
the weight of the world has been taken off your shoulders.
In this process it is important to forgive
not just the others in our lives, but also ourselves.
For most people, giving ourselves
the gift of forgiveness is very challenging.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse
to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.
- Mark Caine

Personally, I have fond memories of playing
on slippery rocks on the banks of a rushing river
as a child and hitchhiking in college.
To those who say, "But times are different now,"
I reply that statistically life is much safer now
than in the 1950s, with regard to both crime and accidents.
What has changed is our attitudes.
In those years, a broken leg from falling off a swing
or the back of a tractor was just part of childhood -
an excuse for gathering autographs.
Today that broken leg would be a source
of outrage and probably lawsuits.
I long for a simpler time when life was taken less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful;
but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health.
- Clarence Day

Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must
be taken one step at a time.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The one serious conviction that a man should have
is that nothing should be taken too seriously.
- Nicholas Murray Butler

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
- Fred Allen

For me, nothing has ever taken precedence over being
a mother and having a family and a home.
- Jessica Lange

Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge,
then a leap taken.
- David Herbert Lawrence

I have taken more out of alcohol
than alcohol has taken out of me.
- Winston Churchill

When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise,
life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange -
my youth.
- Sara Teasdale

They put me in the drama class, and that's the path I've taken.
- Joe Mantegna

So it's been a slow process and it's taken some patience.
That's why patients are called patients I think -
patience is required.
- Bowie Kuhn

The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.
- Franz Kafka

Besides the practical knowledge which defeat offers,
there are important personality profits to be taken.
- William Moulton Marston

I was taken by the romanticism of being thought of
as an adult and living in a world that was completely new to me.
I fell in love with acting then.
- Mariel Hemingway

The most effective step that may be taken to increase
the production of these crops is to enlarge the acreage
devoted to them in the regions where they are grown habitually.
- David F. Houston

I don't let my picture be taken.
I'm on too many hit lists.
- Jack Chick

I had taken on the color of the climate around me and
had driven back all the emotion that rose from the
Brooklyn streets so that I could belong to the exclusive club of Congress.
- Emanuel Celler

Perseverance is more prevailing than violence;
and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together,
yield themselves up when taken little by little.
- Plutarch

I love Dickens because it makes me chuckle to myself so.
He has taken me to another world and out of so many earthly miseries.
- Jane Birkin

The popular will cannot be taken for granted,
it must be created.
- Herbert Croly

Together, we created the STACKED brand and have really
taken the product up two or three notches.
- Tim Page

My dad was a musician, it was just what he did,
like another guy's dad drives a meat truck.
Our house was normal.
We weren't taken with the fact our dad was a musician.
- Branford Marsalis

It's difficult to talk to people...
I walk into a room and I'm Danielle Steel,
and whatever I say is going to be taken apart.
- Danielle Steel

After I got over the terrible pain of having something of mine taken from me,
I began to think how bad everybody else must be feeling.
It wasn't a nice time.
- Lena Horne

What's taken God 200 years to create was wiped out
in a couple of days by what was apparently an arsonist,
And it just shows you what a sick world we live in nowadays.
- Bill Janklow

In the first moments, the members of the Presidium
who were with me at the Secretariat were taken to the
Party Central Committee under the control of Soviet forces.
- Alexander Dubcek

I wanted to be the first woman to burn her bra,
but it would have taken the fire department four days to put it out.
- Dolly Parton

I think there are steps that can be taken that haven't
been required or energy to make that fight more secure
and we are going to continue to push the federal government to do that.
- George Pataki

Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give;
when to this truth you waken then you begin to live.
- Bayard Taylor

Basically, between 1989 and 1994, I hadn't taken a vacation.
- Evan Dando

One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked,
but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.
- Michael J. Fox


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