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Amy Tan Quote: “If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.”

If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.

— Amy Tan



Amy Tan Quote: “Don’t think too much. That makes you believe you have more choices than you do. Then you mind becomes confused.”

Don’t think too much. That makes you believe you have more choices than you do. Then you mind becomes confused.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “That was how dishonesty and betrayal started, not in big lies but in small secrets.”

That was how dishonesty and betrayal started, not in big lies but in small secrets.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “I hid my deepest feelings so well I forgot where I placed them.”

I hid my deepest feelings so well I forgot where I placed them.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “Chance is the first step you take, luck is what comes afterward.”

Chance is the first step you take, luck is what comes afterward.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “Only two kinds of daughters, she shouted in Chinese. Those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind!”

Only two kinds of daughters, she shouted in Chinese. Those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind!

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “You have to be your own person. You can’t let people’s opinions determine how you think about yourself. There’s a difference between identity and self-identity.”

You have to be your own person. You can’t let people’s opinions determine how you think about yourself. There’s a difference between identity and self-identity.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “I love my daughter. She and I have shared my body. There is a part of her mind that is a part of mine. But when she was born, she sprang from me like a slippery fish, and has been swimming away ever since.”

I love my daughter. She and I have shared my body. There is a part of her mind that is a part of mine. But when she was born, she sprang from me like a slippery fish, and has been swimming away ever since.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “Language is the tool of my trade -and I use them all – all the Englishes I grew up with.”

Language is the tool of my trade -and I use them all – all the Englishes I grew up with.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “You see what power is holding someone else’s fear in your hand and showing it to them.”

You see what power is holding someone else’s fear in your hand and showing it to them.

— Amy Tan



Amy Tan Quote: “Your only shame is to have shame.”

Your only shame is to have shame.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “Now I was a tiger that neither pounced nor lay waiting between the trees. I became an unseen spirit.”

Now I was a tiger that neither pounced nor lay waiting between the trees. I became an unseen spirit.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “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.”

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


Amy Tan Quote: “If I now recognize evil in other people, is it not because I have become evil too?”

If I now recognize evil in other people, is it not because I have become evil too?

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “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.”

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


Amy Tan Quote: “I am like a falling star who has finally found her place next to another in a lovely constellation, where we will sparkle in the heavens forever.”

I am like a falling star who has finally found her place next to another in a lovely constellation, where we will sparkle in the heavens forever.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “Why do you think you are missing something you never had?”

Why do you think you are missing something you never had?

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “We are living in a world where everything is false. The society is like bright paint applied on top of rotten wood.”

We are living in a world where everything is false. The society is like bright paint applied on top of rotten wood.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “A Mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place.”

A Mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “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.”

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



Amy Tan Quote: “But she never looked back with regret. There were so many ways for things to get better. -Jing-mei.”

But she never looked back with regret. There were so many ways for things to get better. -Jing-mei.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “Those who don’t heed the warnings don’t live to admit they were stupid not to do so.”

Those who don’t heed the warnings don’t live to admit they were stupid not to do so.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “You can’t have intentions without consequences. The question is, who pays for the consequences? Saving fish from drowning. Same thing. Who’s saved? Who’s not?”

You can’t have intentions without consequences. The question is, who pays for the consequences? Saving fish from drowning. Same thing. Who’s saved? Who’s not?

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “With each passing day, I didn’t lose hope. I fought to have more.”

With each passing day, I didn’t lose hope. I fought to have more.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “Why do some memories live only on your tongue or in your nose? Why do others always stay in your heart?”

Why do some memories live only on your tongue or in your nose? Why do others always stay in your heart?

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “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?”

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?

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “There’s no hope. There’s no reason to keep trying. Because you must. This is not hope. Not reason. This is your fate. This is your life, what you must do.”

There’s no hope. There’s no reason to keep trying. Because you must. This is not hope. Not reason. This is your fate. This is your life, what you must do.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “I love and am loved, fully and freely, nothing expected, more than enough received.”

I love and am loved, fully and freely, nothing expected, more than enough received.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “I think we often write because we feel a loneliness, and people read for the same reason, and then they come away feeling a little less lonely.”

I think we often write because we feel a loneliness, and people read for the same reason, and then they come away feeling a little less lonely.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “I think books were my salvation, they saved me from being miserable.”

I think books were my salvation, they saved me from being miserable.

— Amy Tan



Amy Tan Quote: “But I don’t have anything left inside of me to figure out where I fit in or what I want. If I want anything, it’s to know what’s possible to want.”

But I don’t have anything left inside of me to figure out where I fit in or what I want. If I want anything, it’s to know what’s possible to want.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “Memory feeds imagination.”

Memory feeds imagination.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “You remember only what you want to remember. You know only what your heart allows you to know.”

You remember only what you want to remember. You know only what your heart allows you to know.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “Fate is shaped half by expectation, half by inattention.”

Fate is shaped half by expectation, half by inattention.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “Her education only made her unhappy thinking about it – that no matter how much she changed her life, she could not change the world that surrounded her.”

Her education only made her unhappy thinking about it – that no matter how much she changed her life, she could not change the world that surrounded her.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “It’s a luxury being a writer, because all you ever think about is life.”

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

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “All objects exist in a moment of time.”

All objects exist in a moment of time.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “And now I have to stop. Because every time I remember this, I have to cry a little by myself. I don’t know why something that made me so happy then feels so sad now. Maybe that is the way it is with the best memories.”

And now I have to stop. Because every time I remember this, I have to cry a little by myself. I don’t know why something that made me so happy then feels so sad now. Maybe that is the way it is with the best memories.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “You must think for yourself, what you must do. If someone tells you, then you are not trying. -An-mei.”

You must think for yourself, what you must do. If someone tells you, then you are not trying. -An-mei.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “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.”

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



Amy Tan Quote: “Wise guy, he not go against wind. In Chinese we say, Come from South, blow with wind – poom! – North will follow. Strongest wind cannot be seen.”

Wise guy, he not go against wind. In Chinese we say, Come from South, blow with wind – poom! – North will follow. Strongest wind cannot be seen.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “My mother had a look on her face that I’ll never forget. It was one of complete despair and horror, for losing Bing, for being so foolish as to think she could use faith to change fate.”

My mother had a look on her face that I’ll never forget. It was one of complete despair and horror, for losing Bing, for being so foolish as to think she could use faith to change fate.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “How do I create something out of nothing? And how do I create my own life? I think it is by questioning, and saying to myself that there are no absolute truths.”

How do I create something out of nothing? And how do I create my own life? I think it is by questioning, and saying to myself that there are no absolute truths.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “On the third day after someone dies, the soul comes back to settle scores. In my mother’s case, this would be the first day of the lunar new year. And because it is the new year, all debts must be paid, or disaster and misfortune will follow.”

On the third day after someone dies, the soul comes back to settle scores. In my mother’s case, this would be the first day of the lunar new year. And because it is the new year, all debts must be paid, or disaster and misfortune will follow.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “Writing what you wished was the most dangerous form of wishful thinking.”

Writing what you wished was the most dangerous form of wishful thinking.

— Amy Tan


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

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

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “For woman is yin, the darkness within, where untempered passions lie. And man is yang, bright truth lighting our minds.”

For woman is yin, the darkness within, where untempered passions lie. And man is yang, bright truth lighting our minds.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “We all hate moral ambiguity in some sense, and yet it is also absolutely necessary. In writing a story, it is the place where I begin.”

We all hate moral ambiguity in some sense, and yet it is also absolutely necessary. In writing a story, it is the place where I begin.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “Yesterday my daughter said to me, ‘My marriage is falling apart.’ And now all she can do is watch it falling.”

Yesterday my daughter said to me, ‘My marriage is falling apart.’ And now all she can do is watch it falling.

— Amy Tan


Amy Tan Quote: “I was intelligent enough to make up my own mind. I not only had freedom of choice, I had freedom of expression.”

I was intelligent enough to make up my own mind. I not only had freedom of choice, I had freedom of expression.

— Amy Tan


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