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Being a mother must be the saddest yet the most hopeful thing in the world, falling into a love that, once started, would never end.
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Every place is a good place, only time goes wrong.

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What is revolution except a systematic way for one species to eat another alive?

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The boy will remain a son and never become a father. He will be forgotten by the crowd once his blood is rinsed clean from the ground; his sister will think of him but soon she will forget him, too. He will live on only in Han's memory, a child punished not for his own insincerity but someone else's disbelief.

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She knew that in all stories she must be left out-the life she had made for herself was a life of flight, of discarding the inessential and the essential alike, making use of the stolen pieces and memories, retreating to the lost moments of other people's lives.

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Our masters say that real arts never die. Real arts are about remembrance.

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One man's mistake can capsize a whole ship of people."
"True.

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Mrs. Pang was once a nanny for me, and she spoils me the way I imagined kindhearted women would spoil an orphan, loving me for whom I am, exactly the opposite of my mother, whose love I have to earn with great effort and with little success.

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We live in a wrong time, Yang said.

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The moment you admit someone into your heart you make yourself a fool,

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Our life, we realize, is not as happy as we have been taught to think.

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Persimmons are not born soft,"
"But they are valued for their softness."
"Their ripeness.

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He himself feels happier at this moment than he remembers he ever did in his life. The woman in front of him, who loves everything with or without a good reason, seems happy, too.

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Lucky she was, she would reply, with no children to break her back, no husband to break her heart.

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Sometimes Moran wondered if her chief merit was her willingness to serve as a human receptacle for details. Sympathy and admiration and surprise she dutifully yet insufficiently expressed, and afterward the others moved on, forgetting her face the moment she was out of sight, or else they would not have seen her in the first place: she was one of those strangers people needed once in a while to make their lives less empty.

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What a long way it is from one life to another: yet why write if not for that distance; if things can be let go, every before replaced by an after.

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Almost all of the stories in The Matchmaker, the Apprentice, and the Football Fan are told in the first person, yet, depending on the angle and distance of the narrator, they exert different effects. The best are those in which the speaker never poses as an objective outsider. ( ... ) Other stories are damaged by the urge to distance the narrator.

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I would never describe a cloud as 'fluffy'-in Chinese or in English.

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Regarding heroism, I grew up in a culture where you learn about heroes and heroines all the time. In a way, when you call someone a hero or heroine, it's the same as calling them a villain.

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I always tell my students to go back after a hundred pages and rewrite from the beginning. It's really harder if you've already finished four hundred pages and realize the first hundred aren't working.

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