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When you feel so strongly about something and other
by Joan Chen

When you feel so strongly about something and other
people feel equally strongly,
you have to feel stronger about it in order to succeed.
- Joan Chen

All teenagers have this desire to somehow run away.
- Joan Chen

My fairy-tale life ended the moment I wanted to apply for a passport.
- Joan Chen

Acting is actually private.
- Joan Chen

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How I was raised is what I am today.
- Joan Chen

I never went on an audition - when they were really looking at everybody.
- Joan Chen

The lowest budget U.S.
films are ten times times better than shooting in Tibet.
- Joan Chen

 

There is no theoretical study of motherhood.
You know, before I became a mother, I did play a mother,
but I was like - I was more thinking of my own mother.
I was doing my mother.
- Joan Chen

The romantic love we feel toward the opposite sex is
probably one extra help from God to bring you together,
but that's it.
All the rest of it, the true love, is the test.
- Joan Chen

For the past few years, I was the more visible Asian performer,
and I think it gave young girls a kind of role model
showing it's possible to actually reach success doing movies.
- Joan Chen

All Asian parents are into your children having a respectable,
decent stable job.
Acting was unimaginable to my parents.
- Joan Chen

I know what actors fear, what they like;
I know how to get things out of them and I listen to them better,
since I've been there.
- Joan Chen

As an actress I find the most enjoyable part of acting
is really just to please the director.
I just want to please my director.
- Joan Chen

I don't want to tell people what I make.
It's a lot more than I ever dreamed of as a kid.
I never think about it.
- Joan Chen

The difference between me and American-born actors
is that I came here with the expectation of not being treated fairly.
- Joan Chen

I would never offer advice without the person asking for it.
I, in general, don't believe in giving advice,
actually, as a human being I don't.
- Joan Chen

I will always have a career.
I believe in working.
I don't believe that taking care of your house and
children is enough for a woman.
You don't feel complete.
- Joan Chen

Acting for me is not a bad habit like smoking that
I must make an effort to quit.
I love acting; I love directing.
- Joan Chen

I don't find intimate scenes more difficult than other scenes.
- Joan Chen

If you know how to do a job very well,
you keep doing it.
- Joan Chen

There are a lot of stereotypes to be broken which I
think a lot of us are doing.
What I do is, as soon as people try to pin me down to one kind of part,
I'll play a very different kind of role,
so it explodes that stereotype.
- Joan Chen

Beauty is the result of having been through an experience
all the way through to the end -
therefore it has a poignancy.
Beauty that is singular always comes from following
an experience to the point where you can go no further.
- Joan Chen

How do you explain certain physical qualities that
somehow sell on screen? You're born with it...
Certain people are just more watchable,
and I was more watchable, but I don't think I understood
acting or drama very well when I was a kid.
- Joan Chen

Physical hunger and physical poverty is something I could only imagine.
I've been poor when I was in China...
As kids we never had to starve, but just didn't have enough meat,
enough rice.
- Joan Chen

There are many ways you can make money.
Certain ways will make you happy, certain other ways
will make other people happy.
But if you go in because there's money in there,
you're bound to fail, bound to fail!
- Joan Chen

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Life is not about how fast you run
or how high you climb
but how well you bounce.
- Vivian Komori

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stand often in the company of dreamers.
They believe you can achieve impossible things.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Be the change you want to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)


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