MARGARET ATWOOD QUOTES

Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic (1939- )

An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.

MARGARET ATWOOD, Cat's Eye

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In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.

MARGARET ATWOOD, Woman's Day Magazine, Apr. 1, 2007

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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, The Year of the Flood

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Time is not a thing that passes ... it's a sea on which you float.

MARGARET ATWOOD, The Year of the Flood

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"Why do men feel threatened by women?" I asked a male friend of mine.... "They're afraid women will laugh at them," he said.... Then I asked some women students in a quickie poetry seminar I was giving, "Why do women feel threatened by men?" "They're afraid of being killed," they said.

MARGARET ATWOOD, Writing the Male Character

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There is more than one kind of freedom... Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it.

MARGARET ATWOOD, The Handmaid's Tale

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The past is a closed door.

MARGARET ATWOOD, The Year of the Flood

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There's nothing like drawing a thing to make you really see it.

MARGARET ATWOOD, The Year of the Flood

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As with all knowledge, once you knew it, you couldn't imagine how it was that you hadn't known it before.

MARGARET ATWOOD, The Year of the Flood

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Longed for him. Got him. Shit.

MARGARET ATWOOD, "Very Short Stories", Wired, Nov. 2006

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Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.

MARGARET ATWOOD, Cat's Eye

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I knew what love was supposed to be: obsession with undertones of nausea.

MARGARET ATWOOD, Cat's Eye

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War is what happens when language fails.

MARGARET ATWOOD, The Robber Bride

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Knowing too much about other people puts you in their power, they have a claim on you, you are forced to understand their reasons for doing things and then you are weakened.

MARGARET ATWOOD, Cat's Eye

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A divorce is like an amputation; you survive, but there's less of you.

MARGARET ATWOOD, Time Magazine, Mar. 19, 1973

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Any religion is a shadow of God. But the shadows of God are not God.

MARGARET ATWOOD, The Year of the Flood

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Confronted by too much emptiness ... the brain invents. Loneliness creates company as thirst creates water. How many sailors have been wrecked in pursuit of islands that were merely a shimmering?

MARGARET ATWOOD, The Year of the Flood

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Love's never a fair trade.

MARGARET ATWOOD, The Year of the Flood

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Human reason is a pin dancing on the head of an angel, so small is it in comparison to the Divine vastness that encircles us.

MARGARET ATWOOD, The Year of the Flood

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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, The Year of the Flood

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