We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming - well, that's like saying you can never change your fate.
In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.
If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.
And then it occurs to me. They are frightened. In me, they see their own daughters, just as ignorant, just as unmindful of all the truths and hopes they have brought to America. They see daughters who grow impatient when their mothers talk in Chinese, who think they are stupid when they explain things in fractured English. They see that joy and luck do not mean the same to their daughters, that to these closed American-born minds "joy luck" is not a word, it does not exist. They see daughters who will bear grandchildren born without any connecting hope passed from generation to generation. The Joy Luck Club