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Margaret Atwood Quote: “Where to start is the problem, because nothing begins when it begins and nothing’s over when it’s over, and everything needs a preface: a preface, a postscript, a chart of simultaneous events.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I wish you good writing and good luck. Even if you’ve already done the good writing, you’ll still need the good luck. It’s a shark-filled lagoon out there. Cross your fingers and watch your back.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I don’t think I solve problems in my poetry; I think I uncover the problems.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I was born in the Ottawa General Hospital right after the Gray Cup Football Game in 1939. Six months later, I was backpacked into the Quebec bush. I grew up in and out of the bush, in and out of Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “It’s a lifelong failing: she has never been prepared. But how can you have a sense of wonder if you’re prepared for everything? Prepared for the sunset. Prepared for the moonrise. Prepared for the ice storm. What a flat existence that would be.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “No one knows what cuases an outer landscape to become an inner one.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Things musicals taught me: All your problems will go away if you sing about it.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “It’s somewhat daunting to reflect that Hell is – possibly – the place where you are stuck in your own personal narrative for ever, and Heaven is – possibly – the place where you can ditch it, and take up wisdom instead.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “The liver is evil and must be punished.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I feel like cotton candy: sugar and air. Squeeze me and I’d turn into a small sickly damp wad of weeping pinky-red.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Love is the pursuit of shadows...”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Instead I will say, “Take me to your trees. Take me to your breakfasts, your sunsets, your bad dreams, your shoes, your nouns. Take me to your fingers; take me to your deaths.” These are worth it. These are what I have come for.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “We are two-legged wombs, that’s all: sacred vessels, ambulatory chalices.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I wait. I compose myself. My self is a thing I must now compose, as one composes a speech. What I must present is a made thing, not something born.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “They should have never given us uniforms if they didn’t want us to be an army.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow. The sky is clear but hard to make out, because of the searchlight; but yes, in the obscured sky a moon does float, newly, a wishing moon, a sliver of ancient rock, a goddess, a wink. The moon is a stone and the sky is full of deadly hardware, but oh God, how beautiful anyway.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Canada was built on dead beavers.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “His mouth is on me, his hands, I can’t wait and he’s moving, already, love, it’s been so long, I’m alive in my skin, again, arms around him, falling and water softly everywhere, never-ending.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “But some people can’t tell where it hurts. They can’t calm down. They can’t ever stop howling.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “It was like being in an elevator cut loose at the top. Falling, falling, and not knowing when you will hit.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Live in the present, make the most of it, it’s all you’ve got.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “If I love you, is that a fact or a weapon?”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I was sand, I was snow – written on, rewritten, smoothed over.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Nothing takes place in the bed but sleep; or no sleep. I try not to think too much. Like other things now, thought must be rationed. There’s a lot that doesn’t bear thinking about. Thinking can hurt your chances, and I intend to last.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “There’s more than one way to skin a cat, my father used to say; it bothered me, I didn’t see why they would want to skin a cat even one way.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Fallow state, the Gardeners would say. They used that diagnosis for a wide range of conditions, from depression to post-traumatic stress to being permanently stoned. The theory was that while in a Fallow state you were gathering and conserving strength, nourishing yourself through meditation, sending invisible rootlets out into the universe.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I feel like the word shatter.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Our curiosity is supposed to have limits, though these have never been defined exactly.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “There has to be an “us” because now there is “them”.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “No mother is ever, completely, a child’s idea of what a mother should be, and I suppose it works the other way around as well. But despite everything, we didn’t do too badly by one another, we did as well as most.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “All I can hope for is a reconstruction: the way love feels is always only approximate.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “As for you, she’d say to me, you’re just a backlash. Flash in the pan. History will absolve me. But.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “A suicide is both a rebuke to the living and a puzzle that defies them to solve it. Like a poem, suicide is finished and refuses to answer questions as to its final cause.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “You can wipe your feet on me, twist my motives around all you like, you can dump millstones on my head and drown me in the river, but you can’t get me out of the story. I’m the plot, babe, and don’t ever forget it.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “But my dreaming self refuses to be consoled. It continues to wander, aimless, homeless, alone. It cannot be convinced of its safety by any evidence drawn from my waking life.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “What will Ofwarren give birth to? A baby, as we all hope? Or something else, an Unbaby, with a pinhead or a snout like a dog’s, or two bodies, or a hole in its heart or no arms, or webbed hands and feet? There’s no telling. They could tell once, with machines, but that is now outlawed. What would be the point of knowing, anyway? You can’t have them taken out; whatever it is must be carried to term.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I pray silently: Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. I don’t know what it means, but it sounds right, and it will have to do, because I don’t know what else I can say to God.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there’s less of you.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Happy endings are best achieved by keeping the right doors locked.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “God gave unto the Animals A wisdom past our power to see: Each knows innately how to live, Which we must learn laboriously.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “If the national mental illness of the United States is megalomania, that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “If you’re a woman writer, sometime, somewhere, you will be asked: Do you think of yourself as a writer first, or as a woman first? Look out. Whoever asks this hates and fears both writing and women.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I wanted to forget the past, but it refused to forget me; it waited for sleep, then cornered me.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “By telling you anything at all I’m at least believing in you, believe you’re there, I believe you into being. Because I’m telling you this story I will your existence. I tell, therefore you are. So I will go on. So I will myself to go on.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I’ll make you mine, lovers said in old books. They never said, I’ll make you me.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Although from you I far must roam, do not be broken hearted. We two, who in the souls are one, are never truly parted.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Why do men feel threatened by women?”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “What you don’t know won’t hurt you. A dubious maxim: sometimes what you don’t know can hurt you very much.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Science and fiction both begin with similar questions: What if? Why? How does it all work? But they focus on different areas of life on earth.”
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