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  • 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")

  • 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")


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