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  • And after I played them both a few times, I realized they were two halves of the same song.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • I thought about things, the pros and cons. But in the end I would be so confused, because I never believed there was ever any one right answer, yet there were many wrong ones.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • Then she told me why a tiger is gold and black. It has two ways. The gold side leaps with its fierce heart. The black side stands still with cunning, hiding its gold between the trees, seeing and not being seen, waiting patiently for things to come. I did not learn to use my black side until after the bad man left me.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • We are living in a world where everything is false. The society is like bright paint applied on top of rotten wood.
    (Amy Tan, "The Kitchen God's Wife")

  • And for all those years, we never talked about the disaster at the recital or my terrible accusations afterward at the piano bench. All that remained unchecked, like a betrayal that was now unbreakable. So I never found a way to ask her why she had hoped something so large that failure was inevitable. And even worse, I never asked her what frightened me the most: Why had she given up hope?
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")


  • I thought this man had long ago drained everything from my heart. But now something strong and bitter flowed and made me feel another emptiness in a place I didn't know was there. I cursed this man aloud so he could hear. You had dog eyes. You jumped and followed whoever called you. Now you chase your own tail.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • Too many good things all seem the same after a while.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • When I returned home that day, I saw my life as if I already knew the happy ending of a story. I looked around the house and thought, soon I will no longer have to see these walls and all the unhappiness they keep inside.
    (Amy Tan, "The Kitchen God's Wife")

  • And then she had to fill out so many forms she forgot why she had come and what she had left behind.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • I tried to keep very still, but my heart felt like crickets scratching to get out of the cage.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • What is true about a person? Would I change in the same way the river changes color but still be the same person?... And then I realized it was the first time I could see the power of the wind. I couldn't see the wind itself, but I could see it carried water that filled the rivers and shaped the countryside.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • When Jesus was born, he was already the son of God. I was the daughter of someone who ran away, a big disgrace. And when Jesus suffered, everyone worshipped him. Nobody worshipped me for living with Wen Fu. I was like that wife of Kitchen God. Nobody worshipped me either. He got all the excuses. He got all the credit. She was forgotten.
    (Amy Tan, "The Kitchen God's Wife")

  • At first, I thought it was because I was raised with all this Chinese humility... Or maybe it was because when you're Chinese you're supposed to accept everything, flow with the Tao and not make waves. But my therapist said, Why do you blamd your culture, your ethnicity? And I remembered reading an article about baby boomers, how we expect the best and when we get it we worry that maybe we shoudl have expected more, because it's all diminishing returns after a certain age.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • I was no longer scared. I could see what was inside me.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")

  • What use for? asks my mother, jiggling the table with her hand. You put something else on top, everything fall down.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")


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