I truly appreciate discovering worthwhile authors and coming across more of their works along the way. With Adeline Yen Mah, it started with Chinese Cinderella, then Falling Leaves, and finally, Watching the Tree. The quotes I’m going to share here are from the last one.
“The hardest part is having something to write about what succeeds in drawing words from your inner mind – that is very important, as one can always think of subjects, but they have to matter in that peculiar way that produces words and some kind of development of thought or theme, or else there’s no poem either in thought or words.”
“Writing has obliged me to spend long hours searching for those voices which we never hear except when our inner self is at peace and everything else is suspended.”
“I read somewhere that great art lies paradoxically in what the painter chooses to leave out as much as in what he elects to put in.”
I’ve always been frustrated by my utter lack of drive to write because ideas just seem to elude me. So I turn to books in the hopes that an idea might lodge itself in my brain and send me on a writing spree that would result to a best-seller and me quitting my job and going on book-signing tours. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened yet. What I find is something even better – I get affirmations of my frustrations.
“The older I get, the more I appreciate the importance of attitude on our understanding and enjoyment of life.”
“In the long run, what we think does matter. In fact, every idea we profess, and every action we undertake influences the formation of our own character… At the end of the day, a person’s character is made or unmade by the intentions behind her behavior.”
“For so many years I have put spiritual issues aside, in the hope of a miraculous and sudden enlightenment from I know not whom. Goals and horizons undergo significant transformation as we progress along the journey of life.”
” ‘The lessons of silence are peerless and are unmatched by anything else under Heaven’ … At that moment, I felt the overwhelming presence of God and knew that He was there: in the silence.”
Have you read any of Adeline Yen Mah’s books? If you haven’t, please you really have to. You’d be amazed by her incredible life story of resilience and fortitude.