Amy Tan Quotes

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Amy Tan Quotes

We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming - well, thats like saying you can never change your fate.
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Now you see,' said the turtle, drifting back into the pond, 'why it is useless to cry. Your tears do not wash away your sorrows. They feed someone else's joy. And that is why you must learn to swallow your own tears.

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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.'

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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.

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Too much happiness always overflowed into tears of sorrow.

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All these years I kept my true nature hidden, running along like a small shadow so nobody could catch me.
-Ying Ying

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You should think about your character. Know where you are changing, how you will be changed, what cannot be changed back again.

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And for all those years, we never talked about the disaster at the recital or my terrible accusations afterward at the piano bench. All that remained unchecked, like a betrayal that was now unbreakable. So I never found a way to ask her why she had hoped something so large that failure was inevitable. And even worse, I never asked her what frightened me the most: Why had she given up hope?

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Our world is full of temporary promises and guile. It is necessarily so. We are not evil people, this is just how we survive. There are only a few steps that separate success from failure. Understand this and you will not suffer from disillusionment as often as I did.

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The only thing certain in times of great uncertainty is that people will behave with great strength or weakness, and with very little else in between.

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But to pretend that all was right with the world, I first had to know what was wrong.

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Death was not necessarily a portal to the blank bliss of absolute nothingness. It was a deep dive into the unknown.

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Our meeting each other could not possibly be as random as two leaves from two trees being blown together.

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So sad! This is the saddest part when you lose someone you love- that person keeps changing. And later you wonder, Is this the same person I lost?

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I can never remember things I didn't understand in the first place.

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