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Margaret Atwood quotes

Speculative fiction encompasses that which we could actually do. Sci-fi is that which we're probably not going to see.

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

The darkness is really out there. It's not something that's in my head, just. It's in my work because it's in the world.

The myth that everyone once read great literature is just a myth.

The problem with meditating is I generally go to sleep, and that's because I'm doing it wrong.

The story as told in The Odyssey doesn't hold water. There are too many inconsistencies.

The thing about delirium is you think it's great, but it actually isn't.

The threat to the planet is us. It's actually not a threat to the planet - it's a threat to us.

There is good and mediocre writing within every genre.

There may not be one Truth - there may be several truths - but saying that is not to say that reality doesn't exist.

There would be no Sherlock Holmes if it were not for serial publication.

Victorian literature was my subject at Harvard.

When I was 16, I started publishing all kinds of things in school magazines.

When things are really dismal, you can laugh, or you can cave in completely.

Writers and books are cheap dates, especially when you compare the cost of a book with a ticket to the opera - or an NHL game.

You hear doom and gloom about the Internet ruining young people's command of English - that's nonsense.

You quickly find, when you are a hand-reader as I am, that nothing interests people so much as themselves.

You're never going to kill storytelling, because it's built into the human plan. We come with it.

Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will shortly be no older ones. Literacy will be dead, and democracy - which many believe goes hand in hand with it - will be dead as well.

If I pick up a book with spaceships on the cover, I want spaceships. If I see one with dragons, I want there to be dragons inside the book. Proper labeling. Ethical labeling. I don't want to open up my cornflakes and find that they're full of pebbles... You need to respect the reader enough not to call it something it isn't.