Do you know what a foreign accent is? It's a sign of bravery.

— Amy Chua

The most romantic Amy Chua quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

There's nothing better for building confidence than learning you can do something you thought you couldn't.

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Tenacious practice, practice, practice is crucial for excellence;

rote repetition is underrated in America.

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I kind of - I like my life, I feel I have lots of opportunities.

And my parents actually having had such high expectations for me - I would say it's the greatest gift that anyone has ever given me. I complained a lot when I was little, but that's how I feel now. And that's why I tried to do the same with my two daughters.

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Western parents worry a lot about their children's self-esteem.

But as a parent, one of the worst things you can do for your child's self-esteem is to let them give up. On the flip side, there's nothing better for building confidence than learning you can do something you thought you couldn't.

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Be modest, be humble, be simple.Make sure you come in first so that you have something to be humble about.

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I am definitely a Type A personality, always rushing around, trying to do too much, not good at just lying on the beach. But I'm so thankful for everything I have: wonderfully supportive parents and sisters, the best husband in the world, terrific students I love teaching and hanging out with, and above all, my two amazing daughters.

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Unlike Western parents, reminding my child of Lord Voldemort didn't bother me.

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Most things are difficult at the beginning and they become fun, something you love, only after you've worked at them.

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I'm a proud strict mom and, you know, I'm really proud of the two daughters I've raised. And I'm especially proud of my relationship with them. We're very close. I think we're good friends.

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There are all kinds of psychological disorders in the West that don't exist in Asia.

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Parenting cannot just be one size fits all.

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All decent parents want to do what's best for their children.

The Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that.

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About Amy Chua

Quotes 35 sayings
Profession Professor
Birthday October 26, 1962

The truth is I'm not good at enjoying life.

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I think there are many ways to raise great kids.

From what I can tell, Ayelet Waldman's kids are interesting, strong, and happy, and if that's the case, that's good parenting.

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What Chinese parents understand is that nothing is fun until you're good at it. pg 29

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Be modest, be humble, be simple.

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Never complain or make excuses. If something seems unfair, just prove yourself by working twice as hard and being twice as good.

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My dogs can't do anything--and what a relief.

I don't make any demands of them, and I don't try to shape them or their future. For the most part, I trust them to make the right choices for themselves. I always look forward to seeing them, and I love just watching them sleep. What a great relationship.

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I think the biggest difference is that I've noticed Western parents seem much more concerned about their children's psyches, their self-esteem, whereas tough immigrant parents assume strength rather than fragility in their children and therefore behave completely differently.

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The fact is that Chinese parents can do things that would seem unimaginable-even legally actionable-to Westerners. Chinese mothers can say to their daughters, "Hey fatty-lose some weight." By contrast, Western parents have to tiptoe around the issue, talking in terms of "health" and never ever mentioning the f-word, and their kids still end up in therapy for eating disorders and negative self image.

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There's something suspicious about saying, 'I'm just going to leave my child alone and let her pursue her passions.' You know what? I think most 13-year-olds' passion is sitting in front of the TV, or doing Facebook, or surfing the Internet for hours.

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Nothing is fun until you're good at it.

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As a purely mathematical fact, people who sleep less live more.

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I worry that by losing my temper so much and being so harsh and yelling so much that, by example, I will have taught my daughters to be that way, and I'm now constantly telling them not to do that.

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Parenting is the hardest thing I have ever done.

I tried to find the balance between the strict, traditional Chinese way I was raised, which I think can be too harsh, and what I see as a tendency in the West to be too permissive and indulgent. If I could do it all again, I would, with some adjustments.

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Every day that you don't practice is a day you're getting worse.

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Chinese parents believe that their kids owe them everything.

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The Chinese mom is not the helicopter mom.

I would never do their homework for them. It's all about: Take responsibility, don't blame others. Be self-reliant. Never blame the teacher.

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My goal as a parent is to prepare you for the future, not to make you like me.

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But just because you love something, I added to myself, doesn't mean you'll ever be great. Not if you don't work. Most people stink at the things they love.

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China is doing lots of things right. It's investing in education and R&D, it's opening up, it's more cosmopolitan than it's ever been. I think it's very likely that China will continue to explode economically and certainly become a superpower.

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We all want to do the right thing for our children.

We all don't know what that is and we all - you know, you won't know until the future.

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The most successful hyperpowers are the ones where there was actual intermixing.

Tang dynasty China was Chinas golden age, and contrary to what I was told when I was growing up, Tang China was founded by a man who by todays standards was no more than half Chinese. It was a mixed-blood dynasty that pulled in "barbarians" from the steppe.

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Everything I've ever done that's valuable is something I was afraid to try.

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