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Margaret Atwood

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'1984' is not a wonder tale. Not only could it happen, but it has happened, but under differ...
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A home filled with nothing but yourself. It's heavy, that lightness. It's crushing, that emptiness.
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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.
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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
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You know I love you. You're the only one."

"She isn't the first woman he's ever said that...
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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...
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This above all, to refuse to be a victim. Unless I can do that I can do nothing.
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Every Canadian has a complicated relationship with the United States, whereas Americans think of Can...
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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.
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By now you know: I come from another planet. But I will never say to you, "Take me to your leaders."...
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Art is long and life is brief and mortality looms.
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He wants to see, he wants to know, only to see and know. I'm aware that it is this mentality, this c...
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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.
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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...
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The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn't one.
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There is something powerful in the whispering of obscenities, about those in power. There's somethin...
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There were a lot of gods. Gods always come in handy, they justify almost anything.
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Women have curious ways of hurting someone else. They hurt themselves instead; or else they do it so...
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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...
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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.
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Nature is an expert in cost-benefit analysis,' she says. 'Although she does her accounting a little ...
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Nothing changes instantaneously: in a gradually heating bathtub you'd be boiled to death before you ...
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