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Amy Tan

1952 CE –

Rock and roll singer, bartender, and insightfully talented author

Rock and roll lead singer (in a band with Stephen King and Dave Barry), carhop, bartender, pizza maker, and insightfully talented author; Amy Tan has given the world memorable characters and a blended, wise view of world culture. A vivid example of how intense problems can transform into the evolution of goodness and wisdom, she had faced and transmuted challenges arising from a domineering, suicidal mother who once held a knife to her throat threatening to kill her, the murder of a college roommate, serious depression, and misdiagnosed Lyme disease that led to epileptic seizures. Exemplifying Einstein’s quote, “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds,” critics have accused her of perpetuating racial stereotypes, pandering to Western prejudices, and “casting Chinese men in the worst possible light.” If no negative reaction to a work of literature, it’s probably very insipid, meaningless, and not worth the time reading.

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Saving Fish From Drowning

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Quotes by Amy Tan (13 quotes)

“In the country of the insane, the integrated man doesn’t become king… he gets lynched.”

Themes: Crazy Wisdom

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“He had one of the finest attributes a human being can have—kindness without motives.”

from Saving Fish From Drowning

Themes: Kindness

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“The most interesting aspect to me is the other Shangri-La alluded to in Lost Horizon, a state of mind, one of moderation and acceptance.”

from Saving Fish From Drowning

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“Art despises placidity and smooth surfaces... art, lovely subversive are, you see what breaks through in spite of restraint, or even because of it.”

from Saving Fish From Drowning

Themes: Art

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“There are different levels of beauty… some are popular and ordinary, and thus of brief value, and others are difficult and rare, and hence worth pursuing.”

from Saving Fish From Drowning

Themes: Beauty

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“You don't have to be stupid to marry the wrong man... Isn't that what love is—losing your mind? You don't see your beloved's faults... [but] when the anesthesia of love wears off, there is always the pain of consequences.”

from Saving Fish From Drowning

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“With a limited diversity of life, there is a greater diversity of purpose.”

from Saving Fish From Drowning

Themes: Pluralism

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“Seek and you shall find your illusions through the magic of tourism.”

from Saving Fish From Drowning

Themes: Travel Magic

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“It was a Chinese kind of Buddhism, which is a bit of this, that, and the other—ancestor worship, a belief in ghosts, bad fate, all the frightful things. But it was not the Burmese version that desires nothing. With our kind of Buddhism, we desired everything…”

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“While it is good to speak well, it is better to speak the truth.”

from Saving Fish From Drowning

Themes: Truth

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“Never show a weapon before you need to use it.”

from Saving Fish From Drowning

Themes: Strategy

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“We fail to see 99% of the glories of nature, for to do so would require vision that is simultaneously telescopic and microscopic.”

from Saving Fish From Drowning

Themes: Sacred World

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“Saving fish from drowning... saving people for their own good... killing them as an unfortunate consequence of saving them... like Vietnam, Bosnia... you can't have intentions without consequences. The question is, who pays the consequences”

from Saving Fish From Drowning

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