Happy Birthday, Maxine Hong Kingston, born 27 October 1940
- In a time of destruction, create something.
- This is the most important thing about me—I’m a card-carrying reader. All I really want to do is sit and read or lie down and read or eat and read or shit and read. I’m a trained reader. I want a job where I get paid for reading books. And I don’t have to make reports on what I read or to apply what I read.
- I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes.
- 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.
- There can’t be a pure myth, especially when the myth has been handed down in the oral tradition. As the stories are told, they change. If the stories don’t change they just die.
- We’re all under the same sky and walk the same earth; we’re alive together during the same moment.
- 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.
- When I’m teaching, I tell my students: It’s all process. Don’t even think of product.
- 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 is a Chinese American author and professor. She has written three novels and several works of non-fiction about Chinese immigrants in the United States. She is the author of China Men and The Woman Warrior.
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