“Confiding in someone means you are weak. Anything you say may one day be used against you. Better to hide what you think and feel.”
“The family goes to the brothel every month or so to pick up her earnings. Daughters have a duty to obey their parents and provide for them.
I know this is hard to imagine. But after all these years, I can truly say that I think that for many parents, feeling have nothing to do with it. Their children are money on legs, an asset, a kind of domestic livestock.”“Cambodians have a saying: You must not let the fire that is outside come inside your house, and the hearth fire must not be allowed outside. You don’t talk about what happens in your household.”
“What you have learned, from experience, is worth much more than gold. If you have a house it may burn down. Any kind of possession can be lost, but your experience is yours forever. Keep it and find a way to use it.”