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I wonder which is preferable, to walk around all your life swollen up with your own secrets until you burst from the pressure of them, or to have them sucked out of you, every paragraph, every sentence, every word of them, so at the end you're depleted of all that was once as precious to you as hoarded gold, as close to you as your skin - everything that was of the deepest importance to you, everything that made you cringe and wish to conceal, everything that belonged to you alone - and must spend the rest of your days like an empty sack flapping in the wind, an empty sack branded with a bright fluorescent label so that everyone will know what sort of secrets used to be inside you?


Margaret Atwood

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Religious people of any serious kind made her nervous: they were like men in raincoats who might or ...
MARGARET ATWOOD
Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.
MARGARET ATWOOD
Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells ...
MARGARET ATWOOD
Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself.
MARGARET ATWOOD
I hate to tell you this, but you will never actually go to a galaxy far, far away and encounter Dart...
MARGARET ATWOOD
The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many...
MARGARET ATWOOD
Some people mistakenly think nature is very nice and benevolent and never betrays.
MARGARET ATWOOD
You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.
MARGARET ATWOOD
If social stability goes pear-shaped, you have a choice between anarchy and dictatorship. Most peopl...
MARGARET ATWOOD
Heroes need monsters to establish their heroic credentials. You need something scary to overcome.
MARGARET ATWOOD
No one knows what cuases an outer landscape to become an inner one.
MARGARET ATWOOD
The Eskimos had 52 names for snow because it was important to them; there ought to be as many for ...
MARGARET ATWOOD
Was this a betrayal, or was it an act of courage? Perhaps both. Neither one involves forethought: su...
MARGARET ATWOOD
Time is compressed like the fist I close on my knee... I hold inside it the clues and solutions and ...
MARGARET ATWOOD
I've never bought into any sort of hard and fast, this-box/that-box characterization. People are...
MARGARET ATWOOD
'1984' is not a wonder tale. Not only could it happen, but it has happened, but under differ...
MARGARET ATWOOD
A home filled with nothing but yourself. It's heavy, that lightness. It's crushing, that emptiness.
MARGARET ATWOOD
The story as told in The Odyssey doesn't hold water. There are too many inconsistencies.
MARGARET ATWOOD
If your not annoying somebody, you're not alive.
MARGARET ATWOOD
My self is a thing that I must now compose...as one composes a speech. What I must present is a 'mad...
MARGARET ATWOOD
For years I wanted to be older, and now I am.
MARGARET ATWOOD
Fatigue is here, in my body, in my legs and eyes. That is what gets you in the end. Faith is only a ...
MARGARET ATWOOD
Romance takes place in the middle distance. Romance is looking in at yourself through a window cloud...
MARGARET ATWOOD
It isn't running away they're afraid of. We wouldn't get far. It's those other escapes, the ones you...
MARGARET ATWOOD
I want everything back, the way it was. But there is no point to it, this wanting.
MARGARET ATWOOD
I know that some books and some writers, you can pretty much draw a square around it and say, 'N...
MARGARET ATWOOD
There was old sex in the room and loneliness, and expectation, of something without a shape or name....
MARGARET ATWOOD
The internet is 95 percent porn and spam
MARGARET ATWOOD
You know I love you. You're the only one."

"She isn't the first woman he's ever said that...
MARGARET ATWOOD
The trouble some people have being German, I thought, I have being human. In a way it was stupid to ...
MARGARET ATWOOD
The heart with letters on it shining like a light bulb through the trim hole painted in the chest, a...
MARGARET ATWOOD
There's more than one way to skin a cat, my father used to say; it bothered me, I didn't see why the...
MARGARET ATWOOD
We battled in secret, undeclared, and after a while I no longer fought back because I never won. The...
MARGARET ATWOOD
This above all, to refuse to be a victim. Unless I can do that I can do nothing.
MARGARET ATWOOD
Every Canadian has a complicated relationship with the United States, whereas Americans think of Can...
MARGARET ATWOOD
Two-thirty comes during Testifying. It's Janine, telling about how she was gang-raped at fourteen an...
MARGARET ATWOOD
A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.
MARGARET ATWOOD
By now you know: I come from another planet. But I will never say to you, "Take me to your leaders."...
MARGARET ATWOOD
Art is long and life is brief and mortality looms.
MARGARET ATWOOD
He wants to see, he wants to know, only to see and know. I'm aware that it is this mentality, this c...
MARGARET ATWOOD
If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you ...
MARGARET ATWOOD
I didn't know I was about to be left with her idea of me; with her idea of my goodness pinned onto m...
MARGARET ATWOOD
Stick a shovel in the ground almost anywhere and some horrible thing or other will come to light.
MARGARET ATWOOD
The minimalist life. Pleasure is an egg. Blessings that can be counted, on the fingers of one hand. ...
MARGARET ATWOOD
Speculative fiction encompasses that which we could actually do. Sci-fi is that which we're prob...
MARGARET ATWOOD
If you're waiting for the perfect moment, you'll never write a thing because it will never a...
MARGARET ATWOOD
Anybody who writes a book is an optimist. First of all, they think they're going to finish it. Secon...
MARGARET ATWOOD
The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn't one.
MARGARET ATWOOD
There is something powerful in the whispering of obscenities, about those in power. There's somethin...
MARGARET ATWOOD
There were a lot of gods. Gods always come in handy, they justify almost anything.
MARGARET ATWOOD
Women have curious ways of hurting someone else. They hurt themselves instead; or else they do it so...
MARGARET ATWOOD
But people will do anything rather than admit that their lives have no meaning. No use, that is. No ...
MARGARET ATWOOD
I’m not used to girls, or familiar with their customs. I feel awkward around them, I don’t know ...
MARGARET ATWOOD
How could I be sleeping with this particular man.... Surely only true love could justify my lack of ...
MARGARET ATWOOD
Publishing a book is like stuffing a note into a bottle and hurling it into the sea. Some bottles dr...
MARGARET ATWOOD
but nothing I ever gave was good for you;
it was like white bread to goldfish.
they cram a...
MARGARET ATWOOD
I'm a person of whim, and easily distracted. I don't like multitasking. When I'm doing o...
MARGARET ATWOOD
The proper study of Mankind is Everything.
MARGARET ATWOOD
Nature is an expert in cost-benefit analysis,' she says. 'Although she does her accounting a little ...
MARGARET ATWOOD
Nothing changes instantaneously: in a gradually heating bathtub you'd be boiled to death before you ...
MARGARET ATWOOD
It is shocking how many crimes the Bible contains. The Governor's wife should cut them all out and p...
MARGARET ATWOOD
I remember the rules, rules that were never spelled out but every woman knew: Don't open your door t...
MARGARET ATWOOD