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born February 19, 1952; American author

If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.
Amy Tan

How can the world in all its chaos come up with so many coincidences, so many similarities
and exact opposites?
Amy Tan

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

You see what power is - holding someone else's fear in your hand and showing it to them.
Amy Tan

Why do you have to use me to show off? If you want to show off, then why don't you learn
to play chess?
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming - well, that's like saying you can never
change your fate.
Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses

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, The Joy Luck Club

Chance is the first step you take, luck is what comes afterward.
Amy Tan, The Kitchen God's Wife

In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.
Amy Tan

Chaos is the penance for leisure.
Amy Tan, The Bonesetter's Daughter

It's a luxury being a writer, because all you ever think about is life.
Amy Tan

You must think for yourself, what you must do. If someone tells you, then you are not trying.
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

That was how dishonesty and betrayal started, not in big lies but in small secrets.
Amy Tan, The Bonesetter's Daughter

Language is the tool of my trade -and I use them all - all the Englishes I grew up with.
Amy Tan

I wanted my children to have the best combination: American circumstances and Chinese
character. How could I know these things do not mix?
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

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, The Joy Luck Club

I would find myself laughing and wondering where these ideas came from. You can call it
imagination, I suppose. But I was grateful for wherever they came from.
Amy Tan

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

Writing is an extreme privilege but it's also a gift. It's a gift to yourself and it's a gift of giving
a story to someone.
Amy Tan

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