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  • 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")

  • 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, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • My mother and I never really understood one another. We translated each other's meanings and I seemed to hear less than what was said, while my mother heard more.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • If you asked me how I felt when they told me I would marry Wen Fu, I can say only this: It was like being told I had won a big prize. And it was also like being told my head was going to be chopped off. Something between those two feelings.
    (Amy Tan, "The Kitchen God's Wife")

  • I had always assumed we had an unspoken understanding about these things: that she didn't really mean I was a failure, and I really meant I would try to respect her opinions more. But listening to Auntie Lin tonight reminds me once agian: My mother and I never really understood one another. We translated each other's meanings and I seemed to hear less than what was said, while my mother heard more. No doubt she told Auntie Lin I was going back to school to get a doctorate.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • Only two kinds of daughters, she shouted in Chinese. Those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind!
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • In this matter,you should not concern yourself for my sake.
    (Amy Tan, "The Kitchen God's Wife")

  • I let one thing result from another. Of course, all of it could have been just loosely connected coincidences. And whether that's true or not, I know the intention was there. Becasue when I want something to happen-or not happen- I begin to look at all events and all things as relevant, an opportunity to take or avoid.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • Only you pick that crab. Nobody else take it. I already know this. Everyone else want best quality. You thinking different.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • Isn't that how it is when you must decide with your heart? You are not just choosing one thing over another. You are choosing what you want. And you are also choosing what somebody else does not want, and all the consequences that follow. You can tell yourself, That's not my problem, but those words do not wash the trouble away. Maybe it is no longer a problem in your life. But it is always a problem in your heart.
    (Amy Tan, "The Kitchen God's Wife")


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