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By Anonym 16 Sep

Lisa See

How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first meet. Laughter and tears shared. Secrets packed away to be treasured, hoarded, and protected. The wonder that someone can be so different from you and yet still understand your heart in a way no one else ever will.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lisa See

You can't fight your fate...It is predestined.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lisa See

If it is perfectly acceptable for a widow to disfigure herself or commit suicide to save face for her husband's family, why should a mother not be moved to extreme action by the loss of a child or children? We are their caretakers. We love them. We nurse them when they are sick. . . But no woman should live longer than her children. It is against the law of nature. If she does, why wouldn't she wish to leap from a cliff, hang from a branch, or swallow lye?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lisa See

Don't ever feel that you have to hide who you are. Nothing good ever comes from keeping secrets like that.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Lisa See

No one picks a friend for us; we come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son; we tie ourselves together through moments. The spark when we first meet. Laughter and tears shared. Secrets packed away to be treasured, hoarded, and protected. The wonder that someone can be so different from you and yet still understand your heart in a way no one else will.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Lisa See

To protect my heart, this is what I would have to do with Snow Flower. I couldn't let anyone know I was dying from anguish that she no longer loved me.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Lisa See

I had always thought it was her way of blinding herself to the messiness of the way we lived. Now I realised it was easier for her mind to go out through the air far above the clouds then to acknowledge the ugliness right before her eyes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lisa See

I don't really know anything about the movie business, even though I've lived in Los Angeles my whole life - somehow I've never bumped into it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lisa See

When I knew I couldn't suffer another moment of pain, and tears fell on my bloody bindings, my mother spoke softly into my ear, encouraging me to go one more hour, one more day, one more week, reminding me of the rewards I would have if I carried on a little longer. In this way, she taught me how to endure — not just the physical trials of footbinding and childbearing but the more torturous pain of the heart, mind, and soul.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Lisa See

No coincidence, no story.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Lisa See

The fear of death was a powerful aphrodisiac.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lisa See

My love for him had never gone away but only changed, growing deeper like wine fermenting or pickles curing. It bore into me with the pervasiveness of water working its way to the center of a mountain.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lisa See

I love research. I'd go so far as to say I'm a research fanatic.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Lisa See

I have heard that you should not do bed business after too much hard work, " Snow Flower told me, "but I don't believe that my mother-in-law has heard that." She looked exhausted. I felt the same way after visiting my husband's home-from the nonstop labor, from being polite, and from always being watched. "This is the one rule my mother-in-law doesn't respect either," I commiserated. "Haven't they heard an exhausted well yields no water?

By Anonym 20 Sep

Lisa See

You aren't aware your clothes are getting wet in the rain.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lisa See

Sisters, as you know, also have a unique relationship. This is the person who has known you your entire life, who should love you and stand by you no matter what, and yet it's your sister who knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt you the most.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lisa See

It's funny how in that moment I see things clearly. Am I beaten down? Yes. Have I allowed myself to become a victim? Somewhat. Am I afraid? Always. Does some part of me still long to fly away from this place? Absolutely. But I can't leave. Sam and I have built a life for Joy. It isn't perfect, but it's a life. My family's happiness means more to me that starting over again. Page 210

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lisa See

I've come to believe that part of lovesickness comes from this conflict between control and desire. In love we have no control. Our hearts and minds are tormented, teased, enticed and delighted by the overwhelming strength of emotions that make us try to forget the real world.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lisa See

When people are alive they love, when they die, they keep loving. If love ends when person dies, that is not real love

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lisa See

People come in and out of our lives, and the true test of friendship is whether you can pick back up right where you left off the last time you saw each other.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Lisa See

Sometimes you think you have all of tomorrow ahead of you,’ Mama often said. ‘When the sun is shinning, think of the time it won’t be, because even when you’re sitting in your house with the doors shut, misfortune can fall from above.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lisa See

In our country we call this type of mother love teng ai. My son has told me that in men's writing it is composed of two characters. The first means pain; the second means love. That is a mother's love.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lisa See

I am an eighth Chinese, and I come from a large Chinese-American family in Los Angeles.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Lisa See

Finally, the nima returns to our plane. "Wrong cannot be hidden. An outside spirit is insulted because Deh-ja made a mistake in one of her ancestor offerings.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lisa See

A brave heart? It feels like a swollen and aching thing in my chest.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lisa See

...comprendo que no valoraba el amor más importante: el que surge de lo más profundo del corazón.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lisa See

I’ve never thought much about whether I was happy or if I had fun as a child. I was a so-so girl who lived with a so-so family in a so-so village. I didn’t know that there might be another way to live, and I didn’t worry about it either.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Lisa See

They did this to me. They did that to me. A woman who thinks that way will never overcome her anger. You are not being punished for your anger. You're being punished by your anger.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Lisa See

I used to think mothers-in-law are difficult the world over, but on that day I came to understand that they're simply unknowable.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lisa See

Our words had to be circumspect. We could not write anything too negative about our circumstances. This was tricky, since the very form of a married woman's letter needed to include the usual complaints -- that we were pathetic, powerless, worked to the bone, homesick, and sad. We were supposed to speak directly about our feelings without appearing ungrateful, no-account, or unfilial.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lisa See

I didn't know you would be here last night, but you were. We can't fight fate. Instead, we must accept that fate has given us a special opportunity.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Lisa See

You make choices that are good and sound, but the gods have other plans for you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lisa See

What stays with me most is a general sense of loss, unease, and longing for the past that cannot be relieved.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lisa See

May and I are sisters. We'll always fight, but we'll always make up as well. That's what sisters do: we argue, we point out each other's frailties, mistakes, and bad judgment, we flash the insecurities we've had since childhood, and then we come back together. Until the next time.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lisa See

My hardcover sales are 17% down in books but up 400% in electronics.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lisa See

I think all women have a friend who at some point dumped them or betrayed them or deeply disappointed them. And at the same time all women have a friend who they dumped or betrayed or hurt in some way. That's universal in women's friendships.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lisa See

Having a baby is painful in order to show how serious a thing life is.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lisa See

Poetry is on earth to make you serene, not corrupt your mind, thoughts,or emotions

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lisa See

I wonder if there was anything I would have done differently. I hope I would have done everything differently, except I know everything would have turned out the same. That's the meaning of fate.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Lisa See

Other kids get white rice, but the food you give us makes it look like we're living a subsistence life.” “I buy white rice for the New Year's Festival,” I said, stung. Then, defensively, “I often put barley in your lunch –” “Which is even more embarrassing, because that means we're really poor.” “What a lucky child you are to say that. You don't know what poor means –

By Anonym 16 Sep

Lisa See

In my life, no three miles have been flat and no three days have had sun. I've been brave in the past, but now I'm beyond devastated. My grief is like dense clouds that cannot be dispersed. I can't think beyond the blackness of my clothes and heart.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lisa See

I am still learning about love. I thought I understood it--not just mother love, but the love for one's parents, for one's husband, and for one's laotong. I've experienced the other types of love--pity love, respectful love and gratitude love. But looking at our secret fan with its messages written between Snow Flower and me over many years, I see that I didn't value the most important love--deep-heart love.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Lisa See

I accepted these limitations, knowing that my worth was based entirely on the child growing inside me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lisa See

a laotong relationship is made by choice...when we first looked in each other's eyes in the palanquin I felt something special pass between us--like a spark to start a fire or a seed to grow rice. But a single spark is not enough to warm a room nor is a single seed enough to grow a fruitful crop. Deep love--true-heart love--must grow.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lisa See

We hug, but there are no tears. For every awful thing that's been said and done, she is my sister. Parents die, daughters grow up and marry out, but sisters are for life. She is the only person left in the world who shares my memories of our childhood, our parents, our Shanghai, our struggles, our sorrows, and, yes, even our moments of happiness and triumph. My sister is the one person who truly knows me, as I know her. The last thing May says to me is 'When our hair is white, we'll still have our sister love.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lisa See

All these types of love come out of duty, respect, and gratitude. Most of them, as the women in my county know, are sources of sadness, rupture, and brutality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lisa See

And one of the interesting things about bound feet is that they never age.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lisa See

The classics tell us that, in relationships, the one between teacher and student comes second only to the one between parent and child.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Lisa See

Every day since waking up in the hospital I've wanted to die, but watching that man sink below the waves, I feel something inside me rise up. A Dragon doesn't surrender. A Dragon fights fate. This is not some loud, roaring feeling. It feels more like someone blew on an ember and found a slight orang glow. I have to hang on to my life—however ruined and useless. Mama's voice comes floating to me, reciting one of her favorite sayings, "There is no catastrophe except death; one cannot be poorer than a beggar." I want—need—to do something braver and finer than dying.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lisa See

Model communes are the ones where the leaders lie the best and the biggest.