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Margaret Atwood Quotes

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Margaret Atwood quotes

I began writing at the age of 5, but there was a dark period between the ages of 8 and 16 when I didn't write. I started again at 16 and have no idea why, but it was suddenly the only thing I wanted to do.

I don't think of poetry as a 'rational' activity but as an aural one. My poems usually begin with words or phrases which appeal more because of their sound than their meaning, and the movement and phrasing of a poem are very important to me.

Canada was built on dead beavers.

If you feel that there's the author and then the character, then the book is not working. People have a habit of identifying the author with the narrator, and you can't, obviously, be all of the narrators in all of your books, or else you'd be a very strange person indeed.

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

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

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.

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

If I were going to convert to any religion I would probably choose Catholicism because it at least has female saints and the Virgin Mary.

Time is compressed like the fist I close on my knee... I hold inside it the clues and solutions and the power for what I must do now.

Gardening is not a rational act.

Science and fiction both begin with similar questions: What if? Why? How does it all work? But they focus on different areas of life on earth.

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

I know that some books and some writers, you can pretty much draw a square around it and say, 'Nobody under 40,' or 'Nobody under 25.' With my books, it always has been, and continues to be, spread right across the board, and I think the operative term is 'reader.'

If social stability goes pear-shaped, you have a choice between anarchy and dictatorship. Most people will opt for more security, even if they have to give up some personal freedom.

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

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

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

This above all, to refuse to be a victim.

We thought we were running away from the grownups, and now we are the grownups.