27 Joy Luck Club Quotes That Might Just Change the World

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27 Joy Luck Club Quotes You Absolutely Should Know By Now

The Joy Luck Club is a critically important book to read.

The film adaptation was equally important, detailing cultural differences between generations of Chinese women. Written by Amy Tan The Joy Luck Club is a fantastic book that should be mandatory reading for students and adults alike. That's why you absolutely need to read these Joy Luck Club quotes, they'll remind you why you like the novel in the first place, or might convince you to pick it up for the very first time.

Joy Luck Club Quotes

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

  • "I had on a beautiful red dress, but what I saw was even more valuable. I was strong. I was pure. I had genuine thoughts inside that no one could see, that no one could ever take away from me. I was like the wind." - Lindo

  • "We all had our miseries. But to despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable."

  • "I won't be what I'm not." - Jing-mei

  • "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." - Rose

  • "Isn't hate merely the result of wounded love?"

  • "Because sometimes that is the only way to remember what is in your bones. You must peel off your skin, and that of your mother, and her mother. Until there is nothing. No scar, no skin, no flesh." - An-mei

The Joy Luck Club Quotes

  • "A girl is like a young tree, she said. You must stand tall and listen to your mother standing next to you. That is the only way to grow strong and straight. But if you bend to listen to other people, you will grow crooked and weak. You will fall to the ground with the first strong wind. And then you will be like a weed, growing wild in any direction, running along the ground until someone pulls you out and throws you away."

  • "If she doesn't speak, she is making a choice. If she doesn't try, she can lose her chance forever." - An-mei

  • "Too many good things all seem the same after a while."

  • "All these years I kept my true nature hidden, running along like a small shadow so nobody could catch me." - Ying Ying

  • "But I was no longer sacared. I could see what was inside me." - Lindo

  • "We are lost, she and I, unseen and not seeing, unheard and not hearing, unknown by others."

  • "You can't stay in the dark for too long. Something inside you starts to fade, and you become like a starving person, crazy-hungry for light."

  • "If you are greedy, what is inside you is what makes you always hungry."

  • "I wanted my children to have the best combination: American circumstances and Chinese character." - Lindo

  • "Now I was a tiger that neither pounced nor lay waiting between the trees. I became an unseen spirit."

  • "I love my shadow, this dark side of me that had my same restless nature."

  • "Your tears do not wash away your sorrows. They feed someone else's joy."

  • "We translated each other's meanings and I seemed to hear less than what was said, while my mother heard more."

  • "I have already experienced the worst. After this, there is no worst possible thing." - Lena

  • "She sprang from me like a slippery fish, and has been swimming away ever since." - Ying Ying

Quotes From The Joy Luck Club

  • "A mother is best. A mother knows what is inside you." - An-mei

  • "I think now that fate is shaped half by expectation, half by inattention." - Rose

  • "Only ask you be your best. For you sake." - Suyuan Woo

  • "Chinese people do business, do medicine, do painting. We do torture. Best torture." - Lindo

  • "I was taught to desire nothing, to swallow other people's misery, to eat my own bitterness." - An-mei

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