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  If you cant 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
  

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

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

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

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

  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
  

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

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

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

  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
  

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

  Why do you have to use me to show off? If you want to show off, then why dont you learn to play chess?  
 -  Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club
  

  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
  

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

  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 was no longer scared. I could see what was inside me.  
 -  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
  

  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
  

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

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

  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
  

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

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

  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 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
  

  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