Quotation by Maxine Hong Kingston

I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes. Petals are bone marrow; pearls come from oysters. The dragon lives in the sky, ocean, marshes, and mountains; and the mountains are also its cranium. Its voice thunders and jingles like copper pans. It breathes fire and water; and sometimes the dragon is one, sometimes many.
Maxine Hong Kingston (b. 1940), Chinese–American author. The Woman Warrior, ch. 2 (1976).

On being raised by Chinese parents in an atmosphere rich with storytelling, fantasy, and metaphor.
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