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Margaret Atwood Quote: “Ah men, why do you want all this attention? I can write poems for myself, make love to a doorknob if absolutely necessary. What do you have to offer me I can’t find otherwise except humiliation? Which I no longer need.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “If social stability goes pear-shaped, you have a choice between anarchy and dictatorship. Most people will opt for more security, even if they have to give up some personal freedom.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “As they say, history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Then I find I’m not ashamed after all. I enjoy the power; power of a dog bone, passive but there.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “It’s clear, it’s fresh, like a mint candy.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “The truth, it seems, is not just what you find when you open a door: it is itself a door, which the poet is always on the verge of going through.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Happy as a clam, is what my mother says for happy. I am happy as a clam: hard-shelled, firmly closed.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “There’s the story, then there’s the real story, then there’s the story of how the story came to be told. Then there’s what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Better not to invent her in her absence. Better to wait until she’s actually here. Then he can make her up as she goes along.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “This is what I miss, Cordelia: not something that’s gone, but something that will never happen. Two old women giggling over their tea.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Imagine a famine. Now imagine a piece of bread. Both of these things are real but you happen to be in the same room with only one of them. Put yourself into a different room, that’s what the mind is for.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Snowman wakes before dawn.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “To want is to have a weakness.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Malum quidem nullum esse sine aliquo bono, Tin noted in the journal he was sporadically keeping then. Every cloud has a silver lining.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I used to think of my body as an instrument, of pleasure, or a means of transportation, or an implement for the accomplishment of my will.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I think of her as a woman for whom every act is done for show, is acting rather than a real act. She does such things to look good, I think. She’s out to make the best of it.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “How easy it is to invent a humanity, for anyone at all.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Good writing takes place at intersections, at what you might call knots, at places where the society is snarled or knotted up.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “People use technology only to mean digital technology. Technology is actually everything we make.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “They will not let you have peace, they don’t want you to have anything they don’t have themselves.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I wish this story were different. I wish it were more civilized. I wish it showed me in a better light, if not happier, then at least more active, less hesitant, less distracted by trivia. I wish it had more shape. I wish it were about love, or about sudden realizations important to one’s life, or even about sunsets, birds, rainstorms, or snow.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason. Think of it as the altar of the Muse Oblivion, to whom you sacrifice your botched first drafts, the tokens of your human imperfection.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Farewells can be shattering, but returns are surely worse. Solid flesh can never live up to the bright shadow cast by its absence.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Writing of the narrative kind, and perhaps all writing, is motivated deep down, by a fear or and fascination with mortality – by a desire to make the risky trip to the underworld and to bring something or someone back from the dead.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Every Canadian has a complicated relationship with the United States, whereas Americans think of Canada as the place where the weather comes from.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “She who weeps when the sun’s in sky, Will never pile the platter high.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Happiness is a garden walled with glass: there’s no way in or out. In Paradise there are no stories, because there are no journeys. It’s loss and regret and misery and yearning that drive the story forward, along its twisted road.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Then sail, my fine lady, on the billowing wave – The water below is as dark as the grave, And maybe you’ll sink in your little blue boat – It’s hope, and hope only, that keeps us afloat.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “You young people don’t appreciate things, she’d say. You don’t know what we had to go through, just to get you where you are. Look at him, slicing up the carrots. Don’t you know how many women’s lives, how many women’s bodies, the tanks had to roll over just to get that far?”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I began to forget myself in the middle of sentences.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “How furious she must be, now that she’s been taken at her word.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I am alive, I live, I breathe, I put my hand out, unfolded, into the sunlight.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Messy love is better than none, I guess. I am no authority on sane living.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “You refuse to own yourself, you permit others to do it for you.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “So much better to travel than to arrive.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Time in dreams is frozen. You can never get away from where you’ve been.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I’ve learned quite a lot, over the years, by avoiding what I was supposed to be learning.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Death is a beautiful woman, with wings and one breast almost bare; or is that Victory? I can’t remember. They.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Pen Is Envy, Aunt Lydia would say, quoting another Center motto, warning us away from such objects.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Love’s never a fair trade.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I’m a fool, to confuse this with goodness. I am not good. I know too much to be good. I know myself. I know myself to be vengeful, greedy, secretive and sly.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “As all historians know, the past is a great darkness, and filled with echoes.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Lambhood and tigerishness may be found in either gender, and in the same individual at different times.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I’m a strict, strict agnostic. It’s very different from a casual, ‘I don’t know.’ It’s that you cannot present as knowledge something that is not knowledge. You can present it as faith, you can present it as belief, but you can’t present it as fact.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Knowledge is power only as long as you keep your mouth shut.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “One detaches oneself. One describes.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Monkey brains, had been Crake’s opinion. Monkey paws, monkey curiosity, the desire to take apart, turn inside out, smell, fondle, measure, improve, trash, discard – all hooked up to monkey brains, an advanced model of monkey brains but monkey brains all the same. Crake had no very high opinion of human ingenuity, despite the large amount of it he himself possessed.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “You’d be surprised how quickly the mind goes soggy in the absence of other people. One person alone is not a full person: we exist in relation to others. I was one person: I risked becoming no person.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “There were so many things that could be done to it or go wrong with it, this adult female body, that I was left feeling I would be better off without it.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “This is what I feel like: this sound of glass. I feel like the work shatter. I want to be with someone.”
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