Amy Tan Quotes

American writer

I’d like to be more forgiving. There are times when I’ve had a hard time forgiving people who have betrayed me.
– Amy Tan

What happened to Violet was terrible, and I’m not saying fate happens without blame. But when fate turns out well, everyone should forget the bad road that got us here.
– Amy Tan

All of us are like stairs, one step after another, going up and down, but all going the same way.
– Amy Tan

What was worse, we asked among ourselves, to sit and wait for our own deaths with proper somber faces? Or to choose our own happiness.
– Amy Tan

Do you know what morals are Violet? They’re other people’s rules. Do you know what a conscience is? Freedom to use your own intelligence to determine what is right or wrong. You possess that freedom and no one can remove it from you.
– Amy Tan

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

A psychiatrist does not want you to wake up. He tells you to dream some more, to find the pond and pour more tears into it. And really, he’s just another bird drinking from your misery.
– Amy Tan

Whenever others disapprove of you, you must disregard them and be the only one to judge your own decisions and actions.
– Amy Tan

You see what power is – holding someone Else fear in your hand and showing it to them.
– Amy Tan

The life we receive is not always what we choose.
– Amy Tan

Free time was the most precious time, when you should be doing what you loved, or at least slowing down enough to remember what made your life worthwhile and happy.
– Amy Tan

A little knowledge withheld is a great advantage one should store for future use.
– Amy Tan

You can never be an artist if your work comes without effort.
– Amy Tan

To save myself, I destroyed another, and in doing so, I destroyed myself.
– Amy Tan

A good government had to guide its people, sometimes gently, sometimes strictly, just as parents did. It could allow certain freedoms, but in a style that suited the country.
– Amy Tan

Hardships can harden even the best person.
– Amy Tan

Forever did not mean what it once had. Forever was what changed inevitably over time.
– Amy Tan

What is a secret wish? It is what you want but cannot ask.
– Amy Tan

You can’t stay in the dark for too long. Something inside you starts to fade, and you become like a starving person, crazy-hungry for light.
– Amy Tan

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.
– Amy Tan

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

So much of history is mystery. We don’t know what is lost forever, what will surface again. All objects exist in a moment of time. And that fragment of time is preserved or lost or found in mysterious ways. Mystery is a wonderful part of life.
– Amy Tan

While it is good to speak well, it is better to speak the truth.
– Amy Tan

I discovered that maybe it was fate all along, that faith was just an illusion that somehow you’re in control.
– Amy Tan

With hope, a mind is always free.
– Amy Tan

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.
– Amy Tan

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

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.
– Amy Tan

God, life changes faster than you think.
– Amy Tan

When you already believe something, how can you suddenly stop? When you are a loyal friend, how can you no longer be one?
– Amy Tan

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