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Canadian novelist, Birth: 18-11-1939 Margaret Atwood Quotes
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Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.
Margaret Atwood

2.
But nothing is more opaque than absolute transparency.
Margaret Atwood

But nothing is more inscrutable than utter clarity.
3.
I hope that people will finally come to realize that there is only one 'race' - the human race - and that we are all members of it.
Margaret Atwood

4.
Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.
Margaret Atwood

5.
Canada was built on dead beavers.
Margaret Atwood

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I don't want to see anyone. I lie in the bedroom with the curtains drawn and nothingness washing over me like a sluggish wave. Whatever is happening to me is my own fault. I have done something wrong, something so huge I can't even see it, something that's drowning me. I am inadequate and stupid, without worth. I might as well be dead.
Margaret Atwood

7.
A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there's less of you.
Margaret Atwood

8.
We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.
Margaret Atwood

Quote Topics by Margaret Atwood: Thinking Writing People Book Past Mean Want Believe Men Running Way Real Children Lying Heart Stories Reading Eye School Hands Girl Fall Art Looks World Water Needs Animal Ideas Two
9.
You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.
Margaret Atwood

10.
Nature is to zoos as God is to churches.
Margaret Atwood

11.
If the national mental illness of the United States is megalomania, that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia.
Margaret Atwood

12.
Another belief of mine; that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
Margaret Atwood

13.
You think I'm not a goddess? Try me. This is a torch song. Touch me and you'll burn.
Margaret Atwood

14.
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
Margaret Atwood

15.
Some of our earliest writing, in cuneiform, was about who owes what.
Margaret Atwood

16.
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

17.
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

18.
Men are not to be told anything they might find too painful; the secret depths of human nature, the sordid physicalities, might overwhelm or damage them. For instance, men often faint at the sight of their own blood, to which they are not accustomed. For this reason you should never stand behind one in the line at the Red Cross donor clinic.
Margaret Atwood

19.
All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel. ...Think about it. There's escaping from the wolves, fighting the wolves, capturing the wolves, taming the wolves. Being thrown to the wolves, or throwing others to the wolves so the wolves will eat them instead of you. Running with the wolf pack. Turning into a wolf. Best of all, turning into the head wolf. No other decent stories exist.
Margaret Atwood

20.
In view of the fading animals the proliferation of sewers and fears the sea clogging, the air nearing extinction we should be kind, we should take warning, we should forgive each other Instead we are opposite, we touch as though attacking, the gifts we bring even in good faith maybe warp in our hands to implements, to manoeuvres
Margaret Atwood

21.
A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.
Margaret Atwood

22.
The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.
Margaret Atwood

23.
The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.
Margaret Atwood

24.
Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.
Margaret Atwood

25.
Everyone thinks writers must know more about the inside of the human head, but that's wrong. They know less, that's why they write. Trying to find out what everyone else takes for granted.
Margaret Atwood

26.
In the end, we'll all become stories.
Margaret Atwood

27.
Well. Then we had the irises, rising beautiful and cool on their tall stalks, like blown glass, like pastel water momentarily frozen in a splash, light blue, light mauve, and the darker ones, velvet and purple, black cat's ears in the sun, indigo shadow, and the bleeding hearts, so female in shape it was a surprise they'd not long since been rooted out. There is something subversive about this garden of Serena's, a sense of buried things bursting upwards, wordlessly, into the light, as if to point, to say: Whatever is silenced will clamor to be heard, though silently.
Margaret Atwood

28.
Nobody dies from lack of sex. It's lack of love we die from.
Margaret Atwood

29.
Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.
Margaret Atwood

30.
Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress.
Margaret Atwood

31.
Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized.
Margaret Atwood

32.
Good writing takes place at intersections, at what you might call knots, at places where the society is snarled or knotted up.
Margaret Atwood

33.
Our problem right now is that we're so specialized that if the lights go out, there are a huge number of people who are not going to know what to do. But within every dystopia there's a little utopia.
Margaret Atwood

34.
I feel like cotton candy: sugar and air. Squeeze me and Iā€™d turn into a small sickly damp wad of weeping pinky-red.
Margaret Atwood

35.
The trickle-down theory of economics has it that it's good for rich people to get even richer because some of their wealth will trickle own, through their no doubt lavish spending, upon those who stand below them on the economic ladder. Notice that the metaphor is not that of a gushing waterfall but of a leaking tap: even the most optimistic endorsers of this concept do not picture very much real flow, as their language reveals" pg. 102.
Margaret Atwood

36.
Oppression involves a failure of the imagination: the failure to imagine the full humanity of other human beings.
Margaret Atwood

37.
Happy as a clam, is what my mother says for happy. I am happy as a clam: hard-shelled, firmly closed.
Margaret Atwood

38.
It's a feature of our age that if you write a work of fiction, everyone assumes that the people and events in it are disguised biography ā€” but if you write your biography, it's equally assumed you're lying your head off.
Margaret Atwood

39.
Where do the words go when we have said them?
Margaret Atwood

40.
The fabric of democracy is always fragile everywhere because it depends on the will of citizens to protect it, and when they become scared, when it becomes dangerous for them to defend it, it can go very quickly.
Margaret Atwood

41.
If you disagree with your government, that's political. If you disagree with your government that is approaching theocracy, then you're evil.
Margaret Atwood

42.
Inside the peach, there is a stone.
Margaret Atwood

43.
And yet it disturbs me to learn I have hurt someone unintentionally. I want all my hurts to be intentional.
Margaret Atwood

44.
If your not annoying somebody, you're not alive.
Margaret Atwood

45.
One of the gravestones in the cemetery near the earliest church has an anchor on it and an hourglass, and the words In Hope. In Hope. Why did they put that above a dead person? Was it the corpse hoping, or those still alive?
Margaret Atwood

46.
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

47.
There is more than one kind of freedom," said Aunt Lydia. "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

48.
Hatred would have been easier. With hatred, I would have known what to do. Hatred is clear, metallic, one-handed, unwavering; unlike love.
Margaret Atwood

49.
If we were all on trial for our thoughts, we would all be hanged.
Margaret Atwood

50.
A fist is more than the sum of its fingers.
Margaret Atwood