Amy Tan Quotes

American writer

That was how dishonesty and betrayal started, not in big lies but in small secrets.
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A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin.
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Sure I loved him – too much. And he loved me, only not enough. I just want someone who thinks I’m number one in his life. I’m not willing to accept emotional scraps anymore.
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Isn’t hate merely the result of wounded love?
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If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.
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Everyone must dream. We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming – well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate. Isn’t that true?
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You remember only what you want to remember. You know only what your heart allows you to know.
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You see what power is – holding someone Else fear in your hand and showing it to them.
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Chance is the first step you take, luck is what comes afterward.
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Don’t think too much. That makes you believe you have more choices than you do. Then your mind becomes confused.
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You can have pride in what you do each day, but not arrogance in what you were born with.
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We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming – well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.
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What is the past but what we choose to remember?
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Memory feeds imagination.
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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.
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Isn’t hate merely the result of wounded love?
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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.
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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.
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Too much happiness always overflowed into tears of sorrow.
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A little knowledge withheld is a great advantage one should store for future use.
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