Inspirational Amy Tan Quotes

Amy Tan (born February 19, 1952) is an American writer. Below is a list of Inspirational Amy Tan Quotes.

Amy Tan Quotes
Amy Tan Quotes

Amy Tan Quotes

“You remember only what you want to remember. You know only what your heart allows you to know.”
― Amy Tan

“We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming – well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.”
― Amy Tan

“I hid my deepest feelings so well I forgot where I placed them.”
― Amy Tan

“You can have pride in what you do each day, but not arrogance in what you were born with.”
― Amy Tan

“Writing what you wished was the most dangerous form of wishful thinking.”
― Amy Tan

“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?”
― Amy Tan

“A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin.”
― Amy Tan

“If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.”
― Amy Tan

“Isn’t hate merely the result of wounded love?”
― Amy Tan

“That was how dishonesty and betrayal started, not in big lies but in small secrets.”
― Amy Tan

“Too much happiness always overflowed into tears of sorrow.”
― Amy Tan

“Your life is what you see in front of you.”
― Amy Tan

“I am like a falling star who has finally found her place next to another in a lovely constellation, where we will sparkle in the heavens forever.”
― Amy Tan

“For unlike my mother, I did not believe I could be anything I wanted to be. I could only be me.”
― Amy Tan

“What is the past but what we choose to remember?”
Amy Tan

“They know where happiness lies, not in a cave or a country, but in love and the freedom to give and take what has been there all along.”
― Amy Tan

“I love and am loved, fully and freely, nothing expected, more than enough received.”
― Amy Tan

“Too many good things all seem the same after a while.”
― Amy Tan

“Chance is the first step you take, luck is what comes afterward.”
― Amy Tan

“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.”
― Amy Tan

“You must think for yourself, what you must do. If someone tells you, then you are not trying.”
― Amy Tan

“Fate is shaped half by expectation, half by inattention.”
― Amy Tan

“But she never looked back with regret. There were so many ways for things to get better.”
― Amy Tan

“If she doesn’t speak, she is making a choice. If she doesn’t try, she can lose her chance forever.”
― Amy Tan

“I did not lose myself all at once. I rubbed out my face over the years washing away my pain, the same way carvings on stone are worn down by water.”
― Amy Tan

“I learned to make things not matter, to put a seal on my hopes and place them on a high shelf, out of reach. And by telling myself that there was nothing inside those hopes anyway, I avoided the wounds of deep disappointment.”
― Amy Tan

“We all had our miseries. But to despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable.”
― Amy Tan

“If I look upon my whole life, I cannot think of another time when I felt more comfortable: when I had no worries, fears, or desires, when my life seemed as soft and lovely as lying inside a cocoon of rose silk.”
― Amy Tan

“Words to me were magic. You could say a word and it could conjure up all kinds of images or feelings or a chilly sensation or whatever. It was amazing to me that words had this power.”
― Amy Tan

“All these years I kept my true nature hidden, running along like a small shadow so nobody could catch me.”
― Amy Tan

“Then you must teach my daughter this same lesson. How to lose your innocence but not your hope. How to laugh forever.”
― Amy Tan

“How can you blame a person for his fears and weaknesses unless you have felt the same and done differently?”
― Amy Tan

“Your tears do not wash away your sorrows. They feed someone else’s joy. And that is why you must learn to swallow your own tears.”
― Amy Tan

“And I think now that fate is shaped half by expectation, half by inattention. But somehow, when you lose something you love, faith takes over.”
― Amy Tan

“Why do you think you are missing something you never had?”
― Amy Tan

“Because sometimes that is the only way to remember what is in your bones. You must peel off your skin, and that of your mother, and her mother. Until there is nothing. No scar, no skin, no flesh.”
― Amy Tan

“I had on a beautiful red dress, but what I saw was even more valuable. I was strong. I was pure. I had genuine thoughts inside that no one could see, that no one could ever take away from me. I was like the wind.”
― Amy Tan

“Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses.”
― Amy Tan quotes

“Now you see,’ said the turtle, drifting back into the pond, ‘why it is useless to cry. Your tears do not wash away your sorrows. They feed someone else’s joy. And that is why you must learn to swallow your own tears.”
― Amy Tan

“From what I have observed, when the anesthesia of love wears off, there is always the pain of consequences. You don’t have to be stupid to marry the wrong man.”
― Amy Tan

“That is the way it is with a wound. The wound begins to close in on itself, to protect what is hurting so much. And once it is closed, you no longer see what is underneath, what started the pain.”
― Amy Tan

“I think now that fate is half shaped by expectation, half by inattention. But somehow, when you lose something you love, faith takes over. You have to pay attention to what you lost. You have to undo the expectation.”
― Amy Tan

“A girl is like a young tree, she said. You must stand tall and listen to your mother standing next to you. That is the only way to grow strong and straight. But if you bend to listen to other people, you will grow crooked and weak. You will fall to the ground with the first strong wind. And then you will be like a weed, growing wild in any direction, running along the ground until someone pulls you out and throws you away.”
― Amy Tan

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  1. I really like the last quote – grow tall and strong, and always stand in our own ground.

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