Talk:Amy Tan

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  • God, life changes faster than you think.
  • 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.
  • I didn't fear failure. I expected failure.
  • I have a writer's memory which makes everything worse than maybe it actually was.
  • I learned to forgive myself, and that enabled me to forgive my mother as a person.
  • I think I was a gloomy kid. I was trying to behave, trying to be good. I really loved my father. He was my mentor in a way, so I wanted to please him a lot.
  • I think I've always been somebody, since the deaths of my father and brother, who was afraid to hope. So, I was more prepared for failure and for rejection than for success.
  • I was in a school in the third grade and they were thinking of skipping me, putting me in a higher grade. But then somebody said that would be bad psychologically.
  • I was intelligent enough to make up my own mind. I not only had freedom of choice, I had freedom of expression.
  • 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.