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  • But later that day, the streets of Kweilin were strewn with newspapers reporting great Kuomintang victories, and on top of these papers, like fresh fish from a butcher, lay rows of people - men, women and children who had never lost hope, but had lost their lives instead.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • If I now recognize evil in other people, is it not because I have become evil too?
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • Ying-ying, you have tiger eyes. They gather fire in the day. At night they shine golden.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • But you can't stay in the dark for so long. Something inside of you starts to fade and you become like a starving person, crazy-hungry for light.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • If you are greedy, what is inside you is what makes you always hungry.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")


  • All night long I worried, not about myself but about Jimmy. I imagined him looking for me, running through the park, looking in the movie theatres. He was a good man, considerate and kind, but he was not strong. He had never been through any kind of bad hardship before. So I worried.
    (Amy Tan, "The Kitchen God's Wife")

  • Fate is shaped half by expectation, half by inattention.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • In It's Only Temporary, Evan Handler confronts the ambiguities of life backward, forward, and in between. With hilarious honesty he reflects on the realization that we can start over again. It's Only Temporary is a heartfelt book for all of us who are getting younger and older at the same time.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • 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, "The Kitchen God's Wife")

  • For unlike my mother, I did not believe I could be anything I wanted to be. I could only be me.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • Isn't hate merely the result of wounded love?
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • 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, "The Kitchen God's Wife")

  • I discovered that maybe it was fate all along, that faith was just an illusion that somehow you're in control.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • It means we're looking one way, while following another. We're for one side and also the other. We mean what we say, but our intentions are different.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • How can you blame a person for his fears and weaknesses unless you have felt the same and done differently?
    (Amy Tan, "The Kitchen God's Wife")


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