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Don't let the bastards grind you down. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
Don't let the bastards grind you down.
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A word after a word after a word is power. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
A word after a word after a word is power.
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War is what happens when language fails. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
War is what happens when language fails.
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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.
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Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.
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In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
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Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.
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An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.
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We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.
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This above all, to refuse to be a victim. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
This above all, to refuse to be a victim.
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Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.
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But nothing is more opaque than absolute transparency. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
But nothing is more opaque than absolute transparency.
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Canada was built on dead beavers. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
Canada was built on dead beavers.
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A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there's less of you. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there's less of you.
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I don't want to see anyone. I lie in the bedroom with the curtains drawn and nothingness washing over me like a sluggish wave. Whatever is happening to me is my own fault. I have done something wrong, something so huge I can't even see it, something that's drowning me. I am inadequate and stupid, without worth. I might as well be dead.
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You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.
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If the national mental illness of the United States is megalomania, that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia.
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Another belief of mine; that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
Another belief of mine; that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
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You think I'm not a goddess? Try me. This is a torch song. Touch me and you'll burn. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
You think I'm not a goddess? Try me. This is a torch song. Touch me and you'll burn.
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Some of our earliest writing, in cuneiform, was about who owes what. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
Some of our earliest writing, in cuneiform, was about who owes what.
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Nature is to zoos as God is to churches. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
Nature is to zoos as God is to churches.
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The body is so easily damaged, so easily disposed of, water and chemicals is all it is, hardly more to it than a jellyfish drying on sand.
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There's the story, then there's the real story, then there's the story of how the story came to be told. Then there's what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too.
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In view of the fading animals the proliferation of sewers and fears the sea clogging, the air nearing extinction we should be kind, we should take warning, we should forgive each other Instead we are opposite, we touch as though attacking, the gifts we bring even in good faith maybe warp in our hands to implements, to manoeuvres
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Men are not to be told anything they might find too painful; the secret depths of human nature, the sordid physicalities, might overwhelm or damage them. For instance, men often faint at the sight of their own blood, to which they are not accustomed. For this reason you should never stand behind one in the line at the Red Cross donor clinic.
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All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel. ...Think about it. There's escaping from the wolves, fighting the wolves, capturing the wolves, taming the wolves. Being thrown to the wolves, or throwing others to the wolves so the wolves will eat them instead of you. Running with the wolf pack. Turning into a wolf. Best of all, turning into the head wolf. No other decent stories exist.
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A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.
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The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.
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The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.
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Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.
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Everyone thinks writers must know more about the inside of the human head, but that's wrong. They know less, that's why they write. Trying to find out what everyone else takes for granted.
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In the end, we'll all become stories. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
In the end, we'll all become stories.
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Nobody dies from lack of sex. It's lack of love we die from. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
Nobody dies from lack of sex. It's lack of love we die from.
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Well. Then we had the irises, rising beautiful and cool on their tall stalks, like blown glass, like pastel water momentarily frozen in a splash, light blue, light mauve, and the darker ones, velvet and purple, black cat's ears in the sun, indigo shadow, and the bleeding hearts, so female in shape it was a surprise they'd not long since been rooted out. There is something subversive about this garden of Serena's, a sense of buried things bursting upwards, wordlessly, into the light, as if to point, to say: Whatever is silenced will clamor to be heard, though silently.
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Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.
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Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. - Margaret Atwood Quotes
Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress.
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Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized.
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I feel like cotton candy: sugar and air. Squeeze me and I’d turn into a small sickly damp wad of weeping pinky-red.
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Our problem right now is that we're so specialized that if the lights go out, there are a huge number of people who are not going to know what to do. But within every dystopia there's a little utopia.
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Good writing takes place at intersections, at what you might call knots, at places where the society is snarled or knotted up.
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The trickle-down theory of economics has it that it's good for rich people to get even richer because some of their wealth will trickle own, through their no doubt lavish spending, upon those who stand below them on the economic ladder. Notice that the metaphor is not that of a gushing waterfall but of a leaking tap: even the most optimistic endorsers of this concept do not picture very much real flow, as their language reveals" pg. 102.
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It's a feature of our age that if you write a work of fiction, everyone assumes that the people and events in it are disguised biography — but if you write your biography, it's equally assumed you're lying your head off.
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Happy as a clam, is what my mother says for happy. I am happy as a clam: hard-shelled, firmly closed.
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Oppression involves a failure of the imagination: the failure to imagine the full humanity of other human beings.
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Where do the words go when we have said them?
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One of the gravestones in the cemetery near the earliest church has an anchor on it and an hourglass, and the words In Hope. In Hope. Why did they put that above a dead person? Was it the corpse hoping, or those still alive?
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If you disagree with your government, that's political. If you disagree with your government that is approaching theocracy, then you're evil.
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But I began then to think of time as having a shape, something you could see, like a series of liquid transparencies, one laid on top of another.
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If we were all on trial for our thoughts, we would all be hanged.
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And yet it disturbs me to learn I have hurt someone unintentionally. I want all my hurts to be intentional.
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There is more than one kind of freedom," said Aunt Lydia. "Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it.
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Hatred would have been easier. With hatred, I would have known what to do. Hatred is clear, metallic, one-handed, unwavering; unlike love.
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Inside the peach, there is a stone.
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The fabric of democracy is always fragile everywhere because it depends on the will of citizens to protect it, and when they become scared, when it becomes dangerous for them to defend it, it can go very quickly.
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If your not annoying somebody, you're not alive.
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This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year's threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath.
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A fist is more than the sum of its fingers.
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Lose your temper and you lose the fight.
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If I love you, is that a fact or a weapon?
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I exist in two places, here and where you are.
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I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.
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It's clear, it's fresh, like a mint candy.
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That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn't even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn't even an enemy you could put your finger on.
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Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.
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All it takes,” said Crake, “is the elimination of one generation. One generation of anything. Beetles, trees, microbes, scientists, speakers of French, whatever. Break the link in time between one generation and the next, and it’s game over forever.
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I never have [suffered writer’s block], although I’ve had books that didn’t work out. I had to stop writing them. I just abandoned them. It was depressing, but it wasn’t the end of the world. When it really isn’t working, and you’ve been bashing yourself against the wall, it’s kind of a relief. I mean, sometimes you bash yourself against the wall and you get through it. But sometimes the wall is just a wall. There’s nothing to be done but go somewhere else.
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More of your brain is involved when reading than it is when you watch television... because you are supplying just about everything... you're a creator.