Having a baby is painful in order to show how serious a thing life is.— Lisa See
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Gone were my girlish ideas about romantic love and my later ideas about sexual love. From Yi, I learned to appreciate deep-heart love. Peony in Love
People say you need to be strong, smart, and lucky to survive hard times, war, a natural disaster, or physical torture. But I say emotional abuse—anxiety, fear, guilt, and degradation—is far worse and much harder to survive.
I am old enough to know only too well my good and bad qualities, which were often one in the same.
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.
Don't ever feel that you have to hide who you are.
Nothing good ever comes from keeping secrets like that.
While she is lovely, we need to remember that her face is not what distinguishes her. Her beauty is a reflection of the virtue and talent she keeps inside.
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.
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.
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.
All women on earth-- and men, too for that matter-- hope for the kind of love that transforms us, raises us up out of the everyday, & gives us the courage to survive our little deaths: the heartache of unfulfilled dreams, of career and personal disappointments, of broken love affairs.
My hardcover sales are 17% down in books but up 400% in electronics.
I think sometimes as an adult, you take people for what they do, and what they are now, instead of the whole picture of their lives.
There is no life without death. That is the true meaning of yin and yang
What stays with me most is a general sense of loss, unease, and longing for the past that cannot be relieved.
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.
When the sun is shining, 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. Page 279
He was in my hair, my eyes, my fingers, my heart.
I day-dreamed about what he was doing, thinking, seeing, smelling, feeling. I could not eat for thoughts of him.
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.
Model communes are the ones where the leaders lie the best and the biggest.
Anyone who says that women do not have influence in men's decisions makes a vast and stupid mistake.
I write a thousand words a day.
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.
One of the things that's pretty unique about nu shu, when you look especially at these old letters and stories that have been saved, is that there are certain lines that are very standard that are used again and again. It's almost like a formula in a sense, so that these certain lines come up again and again.
When people are alive they love, when they die, they keep loving.
If love ends when person dies, that is not real love
I think to really be literate in nu shu you only need about 600 characters because it is phonetic. So you're able to then create many words out of one character.
Seeing something once is better than hearing about it a hundred times.
Doing something once is better than seeing it a hundred times.
You make choices that are good and sound, but the gods have other plans for you.
A brave heart? It feels like a swollen and aching thing in my chest.
Parents die, daughters grow up and marry out, but sisters are for life.
People write to me all the time, and I write back.
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.
Maybe we're all like that with our mothers. They seem ordinary until one day they're extraordinary.
Let those who believe, believe. Let those who doubt, doubt.
I love research. I'd go so far as to say I'm a research fanatic.
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.
You can't fight your fate...It is predestined.
And one of the interesting things about bound feet is that they never age.
Nu shu means women's writing. And it was a secret writing system that was invented by women, used by women and kept a secret by women in one very remote county in China for a thousand years. It's the only language that was invented and used by women to have been found anywhere in the world.
Some of what I am doing when I am researching is looking for things people in my family have done and finding out what those things mean, why they did those things and seeing how I fit into them.
But, you know, I just did a big trip in the spring to Vietnam and Cambodia and Thailand, and that's when I bought a Kindle. I have like 15 books on this one little gizmo. But when I came home, the first night I picked up the book that was on my nightstand and I went right back to that.
The greatest calling of all is to have a literary life.
A book is one kind of an art form and a film is a different art form.
I think as a writer you just have to say, well the book is one thing, and the film is a completely different one.
My heart is empty & my life has no value anymore. Each moment a thousand tears.
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.
The classics tell us that, in relationships, the one between teacher and student comes second only to the one between parent and child.
Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.
In every message she spoke of birds, of flight, of the world away.
Even back then, she flew against what was presented to her. I wanted to cling to her wings and soar, no matter how intimidated I was.
For my entire life I longed for love.
I knew it was not right for me — as a girl and later as a woman — to want or expect it, but I did, and this unjustified desire has been at the root of every problem I have experienced in my life.