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Margaret Atwood quotes

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

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

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.

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?'