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Margaret Atwood Quote: “As all historians know, the past is a great darkness, and filled with echoes.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Even an obvious fabrication is some comfort when you have few others.”
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: “Science fiction is filled with Martians and space travel to other planets, and things like that.”
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: “Publishing a book is like stuffing a note into a bottle and hurling it into the sea.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I admit I relish it, this lick of dissipation.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “A lot of being a poet consists of willed ignorance. If you woke up from your trance and realized the nature of the life-threatening and dignity-destroying precipice you were walking along, you would switch into actuarial sciences immediately.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “In Paradise there are no stories, because there are no journeys.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “We have been shark to one another, but also lifeboat.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Axiom: you are a sea. Your eye- lids curve over chaos My hands where they touch you, create small inhabited islands soon you will be all earth: a known land, a country.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “She had no images of this love. She could offer no anecdotes. It was a belief rather than a memory.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “He was deciding whether to cut her throat or love her forever.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Sons branch out, but one woman leads to another.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “You might ‘write from the heart,’ but you’d better polish with your brain.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Nevertheless, blood is thicker than water, as anyone knows who has tasted both.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Wars happen because the ones who start them think they can win.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I’ve never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It’s probably because they have forgotten their own.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “As God contains all good things, He must also contain a sense of playfulness – a gift he has shared with Creatures other than ourselves, as witness the tricks Crows play, and the sportiveness of Squirrels, and the frolicking of Kittens.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I did not know how to paint or even what to paint, but I knew I had to begin.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I could end this with a moral, as if this were a fable about animals, though no fables are really about animals.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “There is never only one, of anyone.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “As soon as you have a language that has a past tense and a future tense you’re going to say, ‘Where did we come from, what happens next?’ The ability to remember the past helps us plan the future.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “This above all, to refuse to be a victim. Unless I can do that, I can do nothing. I have to recant, give up the old belief that I am powerless and and because of it nothing I can do will ever hurt anyone. A lie which was always more disastrous than the truth would have been.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “But I began then to think of time as having a shape, something you could see, like a series of liquid transparencies, one laid on top of another.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “It’s good to have small goals that can be easily attained.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “I would rather dance as a ballerina, though faultily, than as a flawless clown.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Don’t eat anything you aren’t prepared to kill. Don’t kill anything you aren’t prepared to eat.”
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: “I didn’t much like it, this grudge-holding against the past.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “To take that risk, to offer life and remain alive, open yourself like this and become whole.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “How old do you have to get before wisdom descends like a plastic bag over your head and you learn to keep your big mouth shut? Maybe never. Maybe you get more frivolous with age.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Saved by childbearing, I think. What did we suppose would save us, in the time before?”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “At the very least we want a witness. We can’t stand the idea of our own voices falling silent finally, like a radio running down.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “As an artist your first loyalty is to your art. Unless this is the case, you’re going to be a second-rate artist.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “You need a certain amount of nerve to be a writer.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “It’s evening, one of those gray water-color washes, like liquid dust.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “We lived, as usual by ignoring. Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Debt is part of the human condition. Civilization is based on exchanges – on gifts, trades, loans – and the revenges and insults that come when they are not paid back.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Writing poetry is a state of free float.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Nature is an expert in cost-benefit analysis,′ she says. ‘Although she does her accounting a little differently. As for debts, she always collects in the long run...”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “There’s nothing like drawing a thing to make you really see it.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “If writing novels – and reading them – have any redeeming social value, it’s probably that they force you to imagine what it’s like to be somebody else. Which increasingly is something we all need to know.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “A reader can never tell if it’s a real thimble or an imaginary thimble, because by the time you’re reading it, they’re the same. It’s a thimble. It’s in the book.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “The body is so easily damaged, so easily disposed of, water and chemicals is all it is, hardly more to it than a jellyfish drying on sand.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “Don’t cry anymore, she tells herself. Just do one thing at a time. Get from hour to hour and day to day like a frog jumping on lily pads.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “How easy it is, treachery. You just slide into it.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “There are some virtues to not saying what you think all the time.”
Margaret Atwood Quote: “The ability to concoct plausible lies is a talent not to be underestimated.”
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