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  • #1
    Gabriel García Márquez
    “No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”
    Gabriel García Márquez

  • #2
    Charles Dickens
    “What greater gift than the love of a cat.”
    Charles Dickens

  • #3
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
    Robert A. Heinlein

  • #4
    Margaret Atwood
    “Love blurs your vision; but after it recedes, you can see more clearly than ever. It's like the tide going out, revealing whatever's been thrown away and sunk: broken bottles, old gloves, rusting pop cans, nibbled fishbodies, bones. This is the kind of thing you see if you sit in the darkness with open eyes, not knowing the future.”
    Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

  • #5
    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

  • #6
    Margaret Atwood
    “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.”
    Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

  • #7
    Margaret Atwood
    “If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you'd be doomed. You'd be ruined as God. You'd be a stone. You'd never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You'd never love anyone, ever again. You'd never dare to.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

  • #8
    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

  • #9
    Margaret Atwood
    “Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.”
    Margaret Atwood

  • #10
    Margaret Atwood
    “The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

  • #11
    Margaret Atwood
    “When you're young, you think everything you do is disposable. You move from now to now, crumpling time up in your hands, tossing it away. You're your own speeding car. You think you can get rid of things, and people too—leave them behind. You don't yet know about the habit they have, of coming back.

    Time in dreams is frozen. You can never get away from where you've been.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

  • #12
    Margaret Atwood
    “You fit into me
    like a hook into an eye
    a fish hook
    an open eye”
    Margaret Atwood

  • #13
    Margaret Atwood
    “A truth should exist,
    it should not be used
    like this. If I love you

    is that a fact or a weapon?”
    Margaret Atwood

  • #14
    Margaret Atwood
    “Knowing too much about other people puts you in their power, they have a claim on you, you are forced to understand their reasons for doing things and then you are weakened.”
    Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

  • #15
    Margaret Atwood
    “The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn't one.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

  • #16
    Margaret Atwood
    “Farewells can be shattering, but returns are surely worse. Solid flesh can never live up to the bright shadow cast by its absence. Time and distance blur the edges; then suddenly the beloved has arrived, and it's noon with its merciless light, and every spot and pore and wrinkle and bristle stands clear.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

  • #17
    Margaret Atwood
    “Hatred would have been easier. With hatred, I would have known what to do. Hatred is clear, metallic, one-handed, unwavering; unlike love.”
    Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

  • #18
    Margaret Atwood
    “Forgiving men is so much easier than forgiving women.”
    Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

  • #19
    Margaret Atwood
    “But some people can't tell where it hurts. They can't calm down. They can't ever stop howling.”
    Margaret Atwood

  • #20
    Margaret Atwood
    “The Eskimo has fifty-names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love.”
    Margaret Atwood
    tags: love

  • #21
    Margaret Atwood
    “Potential has a shelf life.”
    Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

  • #22
    Margaret Atwood
    “How could I have been so ignorant? she thinks. So stupid, so unseeing, so given over to carelessness. But without such ignorance, such carelessness, how could we live? If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you'd be doomed. You'd be as ruined as God. You'd be a stone. You'd never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You'd never love anyone, ever again. You'd never dare to.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

  • #23
    Margaret Atwood
    “I lie on the floor, washed by nothing and hanging on. I cry at night. I am afraid of hearing voices, or a voice. I have come to the edge, of the land. I could get pushed over.”
    Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

  • #24
    Margaret Atwood
    “I knew what love was supposed to be: obsession with undertones of nausea. ”
    Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

  • #25
    Margaret Atwood
    “This is how the girl who couldn't speak and the man who couldn't see fell in love.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

  • #26
    Margaret Atwood
    “When I am lonely for boys it’s their bodies I miss. I study their hands lifting the cigarettes in the darkness of the movie theaters, the slope of a shoulder, the angle of a hip. Looking at them sideways, I examine them in different lights. My love for them is visual: that is the part of them I would like to possess. Don’t move, I think. Stay like that, let me have that.”
    Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

  • #27
    Margaret Atwood
    “All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel.

    All of them?

    Sure, he says. 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.”
    Margaret Atwood

  • #28
    Margaret Atwood
    “Never pray for justice, because you might get some.”
    Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

  • #29
    Margaret Atwood
    “She imagines him imagining her. This is her salvation.
    In spirit she walks the city, traces its labyrinths, its dingy mazes: each assignation, each rendezvous, each door and stair and bed. What he said, what she said, what they did, what they did then. Even the times they argued, fought, parted, agonized, rejoined. How they’d loved to cut themselves on each other, taste their own blood. We were ruinous together, she thinks. But how else can we live, these days, except in the midst of ruin?”
    Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

  • #30
    Margaret Atwood
    “If I love you, is that a fact or a weapon?”
    Margaret Atwood, Power Politics
    tags: love



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