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  • #1
    Jeanette Winterson
    “While I can’t have you, I long for you. I am the kind of person who would miss a train or a plane to meet you for coffee. I’d take a taxi across town to see you for ten minutes. I’d wait outside all night if I thought you would open the door in the morning. If you call me and say ‘Will you…’ my answer is ‘Yes’, before your sentence is out. I spin worlds where we could be together. I dream you. For me, imagination and desire are very close.”
    Jeanette Winterson

  • #2
    Jeanette Winterson
    “What you risk reveals what you value.”
    Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

  • #3
    Jeanette Winterson
    “To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown.”
    Jeanette Winterson

  • #4
    Jeanette Winterson
    “The body shuts down when it has too much to bear; goes its own way quietly inside, waiting for a better time, leaving you numb and half alive.”
    Jeanette Winterson, The Passion

  • #5
    Jeanette Winterson
    “Happy Valentines Day to those who have found love, in whatever shape or form, and to those who are still hunting, don’t give up. If you feel bad, send yourself a card. You must be worth it...”
    Jeanette Winterson

  • #6
    Jeanette Winterson
    “Why is the measure of love loss?”
    Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

  • #7
    Jeanette Winterson
    “What is more humiliating than finding the object of your love unworthy?”
    Jeanette Winterson, The Passion

  • #8
    Jeanette Winterson
    “He wrote on a piece of paper with his pencil.
    Psychosis: out of touch with reality.
    Since then, I have been trying to find out what reality is, so that I can touch it.”
    Jeanette Winterson

  • #9
    Jeanette Winterson
    “do it from the heart or not at all.”
    Jeanette Winterson, The Passion

  • #10
    Jeanette Winterson
    “Trust me, I'm telling you stories.”
    Jeanette Winterson

  • #11
    Jeanette Winterson
    “After loss of Identity, the most potent modern terror, is loss of sexuality, or, as Descartes didn’t say, "I fuck therefore I am".”
    Jeanette Winterson, Art & Lies: A Piece for Three Voices and a Bawd

  • #12
    Jeanette Winterson
    “I was happy but happy is an adult word. You don't have to ask a child about happy, you see it. They are or they are not. Adults talk about being happy because largely they are not. Talking about it is the same as trying to catch the wind. Much easier to let it blow all over you.”
    Jeanette Winterson

  • #13
    Jeanette Winterson
    “Only a fool tries to reconstruct a bunch of grapes from a bottle of wine.”
    Jeanette Winterson, Art and Lies

  • #14
    Margaret Atwood
    “War is what happens when language fails.”
    Margaret Atwood
    tags: war

  • #15
    Margaret Atwood
    “Longed for him. Got him. Shit.”
    Margaret Atwood

  • #16
    Margaret Atwood
    “Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.”
    Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

  • #17
    Margaret Atwood
    “But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

  • #18
    Margaret Atwood
    “There's an epigram tacked to my office bulletin board, pinched from a magazine -- "Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pâté.”
    Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead

  • #19
    Margaret Atwood
    “The male frog in mating season," said Crake, "makes as much noise as it can. The females are attracted to the male frog with the biggest, deepest voice because it suggests a more powerful frog, one with superior genes. Small male frogs—it's been documented—discover if they position themselves in empty drainpipes, the pipe acts as a voice amplifier and the small frog appears much larger than it really is."
    So?"
    So that's what art is for the artist, an empty drainpipe. An amplifier. A stab at getting laid.”
    Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake
    tags: life

  • #20
    Margaret Atwood
    “Jimmy, look at it realistically. You can't couple a minimum access to food with an expanding population indefinitely. Homo sapiens doesn't seem to be able to cut himself off at the supply end. He's one of the few species that doesn't limit reproduction in the face of dwindling resources. In other words - and up to a point, of course - the less we eat, the more we fuck."

    "How to do you account for that?" said Jimmy

    "Imagination," said Crake. "Men can imagine their own deaths...human beings hope they can stick their souls into someone else...and live on forever.”
    Margaret Atwood, Oryx And Crake

  • #21
    Margaret Atwood
    “friendship was always contingent.”
    Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake

  • #22
    Margaret Atwood
    “Not real can tell us about real.”
    Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake

  • #23
    Margaret Atwood
    “There is something powerful in the whispering of obscenities, about those in power. There's something delightful about it, something naughty, secretive, forbidden, thrilling. It's like a spell, of sorts. It deflates them, reduces them to the common denominator where they can be dealt.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
    tags: power

  • #24
    Margaret Atwood
    “I feel like cotton candy: sugar and air. Squeeze me and I’d turn into a small sickly damp wad of weeping pinky-red.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

  • #25
    Margaret Atwood
    “I stand on the corner, pretending I am a tree. ”
    Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

  • #26
    Margaret Atwood
    “But remember that forgiveness too is a power. To beg for it is a power, and to withhold or bestow it is a power, perhaps the greatest.
    Maybe none of this is about control. Maybe it isn't really about who can own whom, who can do what to whom and get away with it, even as far as death. Maybe it isn't about who can sit and who has to kneel or stand or lie down, legs spread open. Maybe it's about who can do what to whom and be forgiven for it. Never tell me it amounts to the same thing.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

  • #27
    Margaret Atwood
    “The night is mine, my own time, to do with it as I will, as long as I am quiet. As long as I don't move. As long as I lie still. The difference between lie and lay. Lay is always passive.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

  • #28
    Margaret Atwood
    “I used to think of my body as an instrument, of pleasure, or a means of transportation, or an implement for the accomplishment of my will.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

  • #29
    Margaret Atwood
    “But people will do anything rather than admit that their lives have no meaning. No use, that is. No plot.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

  • #30
    Margaret Atwood
    “When I get out of here, if I'm ever able to set this down, in any form, even in the form of one voice to another, it will be a reconstruction then too, yet another remove. It's impossible to say a thing exactly the way it was, because what you say can never be exact, you always have to leave something out, there are too may parts, sides, crosscurrents, nuances; too many gestures, which could mean this or that, too many shapes which can never be fully described, too many flavors, in the air or on the tongue, half-colors, too many. But if you happen to be a man, sometime in the future, and you've made it this far, please remember: you will never be subject to the temptation or feeling you must forgive, a man, as a woman. It's difficult to resist, believe me. But remember that forgiveness too is a power. To beg for it is a power, and to withhold it or bestow it is a power, perhaps the greatest.

    Maybe none of this is about control. Maybe it isn't really about who can own whom, who can do what to whom and get away with it, even as far as death. Maybe it isn't about who can sit and who has to kneel or stand or lie down, legs spread open. Maybe it's about who can do what to whom and be forgiven for it. Never tell me it amounts to the same thing.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale



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