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Margaret Atwood quotes

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

Gardening is not a rational act.

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.

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

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.

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.

An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.

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

A word after a word after a word is power.

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

Because I am a mother, I am capable of being shocked: as I never was when I was not one.

Reality simply consists of different points of view.

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.

Canada was built on dead beavers.

The beginning of Canadian cultural nationalism was not 'Am I really that oppressed?' but 'Am I really that boring?'