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Amy Tan Quotes


41 Amy Tan quotes:



"Whenever I'm with my mother, I feel as though I have to spend the whole time avoiding land mines. The Kitchen God's Wife"
Author: Tan Quotes Category: Land Quotes
"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."
Author: Tan Quotes Category: Pain Quotes
"People think it's a terrible tragedy when somebody has Alzheimer's. But in my mother's case, it's different. My mother has been unhappy all her life. ... For the first time in her life, she's happy."
Author: Tan Quotes Category: Mother Quotes
"I have a writer's memory which makes everything worse than maybe it actually was."
"I learned to forgive myself, and that enabled me to forgive my mother as a person."
"I thought I was clever enough to write as well as these people and I didn't realize that there is something called originality and your own voice."
"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 was intelligent enough to make up my own mind. I not only had freedom of choice, I had freedom of expression."
"I would still like to have that luxury, to be able to just sit and draw for hours and hours and hours. In a way, that's what I do as a writer."
"My mother said I was a clingy kid until I was about four. I also remember that from the age of eight she and I fought almost every day."
"My parents had very high expectations. They expected me to get straight A's from the time I was in kindergarten."
"People think it's a terrible tragedy when somebody has Alzheimer's. But in my mother's case, it's different. My mother has been unhappy all her life. For the first time in her life, she's happy."
"She said 'I'm by commission. You don't have to pay anything until you sell anything.' I said, 'Well fine. You want to be my agent and not make anything.' I thought, 'Boy, is she dumb.'"
"The forbidden things were a great influence on my life. I was forbidden from reading A Catcher in the Rye."
"There are a lot of people who think that's what's needed to be successful is always being right, always being careful, always picking the right path."
"Writing is an extreme privilege but it's also a gift. It's a gift to yourself and it's a gift of giving a story to someone."
"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."
"Language is the tool of my trade -and I use them all - all the Englishes I grew up with"
Author: Tan Quotes Category: Trade Quotes
"Whenever my mother talks to me, she begins the conversation as if we were already in the middle of an argument"
Author: Tan Quotes Category: Conversation Quotes
"In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you."



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