Amy Tan

Quotations

Look at this face. Do you see my foolish hope?

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

It is because I had so much joy that I came to have so much hate.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

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

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

I remember wondering why it was that eating something good could make me feel so terrible, while vomiting something terrible could make me feel so good.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

I began to look at all events and all things as relevant, an opportunity to take or avoid.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

I had new thoughts, willful thoughts, or rather thoughts filled with lots of won’ts. I won’t let her change me, I promised myself. I won’t be what I’m not.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

My mother had a look on her face that I’ll never forget. It was one of complete despair and horror, for losing Bing, for being so foolish as to think she could use faith to change fate.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

I discovered that maybe it was fate all along, that faith was just an illusion that somehow you’re in control.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

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

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

Over the years, she told me the same story, except for the ending, which grew darker, casting long shadows into her life, and eventually into mine.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

My father has asked me to be the fourth corner at the Joy Luck Club. I am to replace my mother, whose seat at the mah jong table has been empty since she died two months ago. My father thinks she was killed by her own thoughts.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)

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?

The Hundred Secret Senses (1995)

Whenever I’m with my mother, I feel as though I have to spend the whole time avoiding land mines.

The Kitchen God's Wife (1991)