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Top 400 Amy Tan Quotes (2024 Update)

Amy Tan Quote: “If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.”
Amy Tan Quote: “Don’t think too much. That makes you believe you have more choices than you do. Then you mind becomes confused.”
Amy Tan Quote: “That was how dishonesty and betrayal started, not in big lies but in small secrets.”
Amy Tan Quote: “I hid my deepest feelings so well I forgot where I placed them.”
Amy Tan Quote: “Language is the tool of my trade -and I use them all – all the Englishes I grew up with.”
Amy Tan Quote: “Chance is the first step you take, luck is what comes afterward.”
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.”
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.”
Amy Tan Quote: “You see what power is holding someone else’s fear in your hand and showing it to them.”
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.”
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.”
Amy Tan Quote: “A Mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place.”
Amy Tan Quote: “Only two kinds of daughters, she shouted in Chinese. Those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind!”
Amy Tan Quote: “With each passing day, I didn’t lose hope. I fought to have more.”
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.”
Amy Tan Quote: “Your only shame is to have shame.”
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.”
Amy Tan Quote: “If I now recognize evil in other people, is it not because I have become evil too?”
Amy Tan Quote: “Now I was a tiger that neither pounced nor lay waiting between the trees. I became an unseen spirit.”
Amy Tan Quote: “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 Quote: “I love and am loved, fully and freely, nothing expected, more than enough received.”
Amy Tan Quote: “Memory feeds imagination.”
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.”
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.”
Amy Tan Quote: “Writing what you wished was the most dangerous form of wishful thinking.”
Amy Tan Quote: “Then you must teach my daughter this same lesson. How to lose your innocence but not your hope. How to laugh forever.”
Amy Tan Quote: “Why do you think you are missing something you never had?”
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.”
Amy Tan Quote: “But she never looked back with regret. There were so many ways for things to get better. -Jing-mei.”
Amy Tan Quote: “Those who don’t heed the warnings don’t live to admit they were stupid not to do so.”
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.”
Amy Tan Quote: “I felt foolish and tired, as if I had been running to escape someone chasing me, only to look behind to discover there was no one there.”
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.”
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.”
Amy Tan Quote: “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 Quote: “My parents had very high expectations. They expected me to get straight A’s from the time I was in kindergarten.”
Amy Tan Quote: “It’s not that we had no heart or eyes for pain. We were all afraid. We all had our miseries. But to despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable.”
Amy Tan Quote: “I am fascinated by language in daily life: the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth.”
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?”
Amy Tan Quote: “How can you blame a person for his fears and weaknesses unless you have felt the same and done differently?”
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?”
Amy Tan Quote: “Fate is shaped half by expectation, half by inattention.”
Amy Tan Quote: “What is the past but what we choose to remember?”
Amy Tan Quote: “I have survivor skills. Some of that is superficial – what I present to people outwardly – but what makes people resilient is the ability to find humour and irony in situations that would otherwise overpower you.”
Amy Tan Quote: “I think books were my salvation, they saved me from being miserable.”
Amy Tan Quote: “From what I have observed, when the anesthesia of love wears off, there is always the pain of consequences. You don’t have to be stupid to marry the wrong man.”
Amy Tan Quote: “Why do some memories live only on your tongue or in your nose? Why do others always stay in your heart?”
Amy Tan Quote: “You remember only what you want to remember. You know only what your heart allows you to know.”
Amy Tan Quote: “I didn’t fear failure. I expected failure.”
Amy Tan Quote: “You must think for yourself, what you must do. If someone tells you, then you are not trying. -An-mei.”
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