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    When I'm teaching, I tell my students: It's all process. Don't even think of product.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: process  teaching 
     
    I have found things that I could have done better in 'The Woman Warrior.' But then I thought: Let the work of one's youth just stand.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: work  youth  women 
     
    What does old look like? Sometimes I am wrinkled, sometimes not.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    I learned to shoot more accurately because my teachers held the targets.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    The difference between mad people and sane people... is that sane people have variety when they talk-story. Mad people have only one story that they talk over and over.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: people  stories 
     
    The sweat of hard work is not to be displayed. It is much more graceful to appear favored by the gods.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: work  god 
     
    To shut the door at the end of the workday, which does not spill over into evening. To throw away books after reading them so theydon't have to be dusted. To go through boxes on New Year's Eve and throw out half of what is inside. Sometimes for extravagance to pick a bunch of flowers for the one table. Other women besides me must have this daydream about a carefree life.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: women  flowers  reading  book  year 
     
    You must not tell anyone,' my mother said, 'what I am about to tell you.'
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: mother 
     
    Let my life as Poet begin. I want the life of the Poet. I have labored for over twelve years, one thousand pages of prose. Now, I want the easiness of poetry. The brevity of the poem.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: poetry  poem  poet  year 
     
    Reading Ngo Tu Lap's poems, terrible nostalgia wells up in me- nostalgia for a lost time and a far-gone country, nostalgia for people I've loved, and for creatures of forests and rivers. I feel gratitude too. War is over. Peace arrives with these beautiful poems.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    Before we can leave our parents, they stuff our heads like the suitcases which they jam-pack with homemade underwear.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: parent 
     
    The swordswoman and I are not so dissimilar. May my people understand the resemblance soon so that I can return to them. What we have in common are the words at our backs. The idioms for revenge are 'report a crime' and 'report to five families.' The reporting is the vengeance-not the beheading, not the gutting, but the words.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: crimes  people  revenge 
     
    The images of peace are ephemeral. The language of peace is subtle. The reasons for peace, the definitions of peace, the very idea of peace have to be invented, and invented again
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    Not many women got to live out the daydream of women-to have a room, even a section of a room, that only gets messed up when she messes it up herself.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: women  live 
     
    The work of preservation demands that the feelings playing about in one's guts not be turned into action. Just watch their passing like cherry blossoms.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: work  action 
     
    How unlike a dead fish a live fish is.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: live 
     
    Do the right thing by whoever crosses your path. Those coincidental people are your people.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: people  right  path 
     
    When we Chinese girls listened to the adults talk-story, we learned that we failed if we grew up to be but wives or slaves. We could be heroines, swordswomen. Even if she had to rage across all China, a swordswoman got even with anybody who hurt her family. Perhaps women were once so dangerous that they had to have their feet bound.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: women  adult  hurt  girls  wife  dangerous 
     
    Long ago in China, knot-makers tied string into buttons and frogs, and rope into bell pulls. There was one knot so complicated that it blinded the knot-maker. Finally an emperor outlawed this cruel knot, and the nobles could not order it anymore. If I had lived in China, I would have been an outlaw knot-maker.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: frog  noble 
     
    When alone I am not aware of my race or my sex, both in need of social contexts for definition.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: alone  sex  race  definition 
     
    To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world-that I am able to change it in positive ways.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: world  value  positive  success  ideas 
     
    Hunger also changes the world - when eating can't be a habit, then neither can seeing.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: world  seeing  hunger 
     
    We're all under the same sky and walk the same earth; we're alive together during the same moment.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: moment  sky 
     
    In a time of destruction, create something: a poem, a parade, a community, a school, a vow, a moral principle; one peaceful moment.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    A story can take you through a whole process of searching, seeking, confronting, through conflicts, and then to a resolution. As the storyteller and the listener, we go through a story together.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    In a time of destruction, create something.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: time  destruction 
     
    I do not believe in old age. I do not believe in getting tired.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: believe  age 
     
    Gods you avoid won't hurt you.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: hurt  god 
     
    I'd like to go to New Society Village someday and find out exactly how far I can walk before people stop talking like me.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: people  society 
     
    My job is my own only land.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: job 
     
    Ocean people are very different from land people. The ocean never stops saying and asking into ears, which don't sleep like eyes.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: people  sleep  eyes  ocean  saying 
     
    You can't eat straight A's.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    Attraction eludes control so stubbornly that whole societies designed to organize relationships among people cannot keep order, not even when they bind people to one another from childhood and raise them together.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    People who can comfort the dead can also chase after them to hurt them further-a reverse ancestor worship.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: people  hurt  comfort  worship 
     
    Joy and life exist nowhere but the present.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: joy  present 
     
    Perhaps women were once so dangerous that they had to have their feet bound
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: women  dangerous 
     
    And I had to get out of hating range.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    I may be ugly and clumsy, but one thing I'm not, I'm not retarded.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    You're too young to decide to live forever.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: live  young  forever 
     
    I'm so proud that my offspring became a musician. I'm full of awe that we are able to have a whole family live the life of artists.
    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    tags: live  artist 
     
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