Margaret Atwood Quotes

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Margaret Atwood
“I wonder which is preferable, to walk around all your life swollen up with your own secrets until you burst from the pressure of them, or to have them sucked out of you, every paragraph, every sentence, every word of them, so at the end you're depleted of all that was once as precious to you as hoarded gold, as close to you as your skin - everything that was of the deepest importance to you, everything that made you cringe and wish to conceal, everything that belonged to you alone - and must spend the rest of your days like an empty sack flapping in the wind, an empty sack branded with a bright fluorescent label so that everyone will know what sort of secrets used to be inside you?”
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

Margaret Atwood
“How shrunk, how dwindled, in our times
Creation's mighty seed -
For Man has broke the Fellowship
With murder, lust, and greed.”
Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood
“Art is long and life is brief and mortality looms.”
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

Margaret Atwood
“She doesn't think it's a good idea to know the future, because you can hardly ever change it, so why suffer twice?”
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

Margaret Atwood
“This world is not enough, but it will have to do. You can either hold on or let go.”
Margaret Atwood, True Stories

Margaret Atwood
“You don't believe the sky is falling until a chunk of it falls on you.”
Margaret Atwood, The Testaments

Margaret Atwood
“Although he doesn't know it yet, she isn't his real life. But he is hers.

This is painful.”
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

Margaret Atwood
“Already my childhood seemed far away—a remote age, faded and bittersweet, like dried flowers. Did I regret its loss, did I want it back? I didn't think so.”
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

Margaret Atwood
“So few people understand about anything.”
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

Margaret Atwood
“I made choices, and then, having made them, I had fewer choices.”
Margaret Atwood, The Testaments

Margaret Atwood
“If anyone else told her to lower her voice, Roz would know what to do: scream louder.”
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

Margaret Atwood
“She’s the kind of woman who wants what she doesn’t have and gets what she wants and then despises what she gets.”
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

“The thing you don't realize, my dear girl, is that I have been forced by the economic realities to start taking publishing very seriously. For example, it has been brought to my attention that our ability to continue to pay the hordes of people employed by M&S (God knows how many mouths have to be fed) depends directly on the number of copies of your new book [Life Before Man] that we are able to sell between September and Christmas. In past I have been able to treat this whole thing as a fun game. I have never been troubled by the cavalier explanations about lost manuscripts and fuck-ups of various sorts. Now I have learned that this is a deadly serious game. I don't laugh at jokes about the Canadian postal service. I cry. (in a letter to author Margaret Atwood, dated February, 1979)”
Jack McClelland, Imagining Canadian Literature: The Selected Letters

Margaret Atwood
“She has never been in the presence, before, of two people who are in love with each other. She feels like a stray child, ragged and cold, with her nose pressed to a lighted window. A toy-store window, a bakery window, with fancy cakes and decorated cookies. Poverty prevents her entrance. These things are for other people; nothing for her.”
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

Margaret Atwood
“The poems that used to entrance me in the days of Miss Violence now struck me as overdone and sickly. Alas, burthen, thine, cometh, aweary—the archaic language of unrequited love. I was irritated with such words, which rendered the unhappy lovers—I could now see—faintly ridiculous, like poor moping Miss Violence herself. Soft-edged, blurry, soggy, like a bun fallen into the water. Nothing you'd want to touch,”
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

Margaret Atwood
“Roz is crying again. What she's mourning is her own good will. She tried so hard, she tried so hard to be kind and nurturing, to do the best thing. But Tony and the twins were right: no matter what you do, somebody always gets boiled.”
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

Margaret Atwood
“She had an idea, but it was the wrong idea. It was hardly even an idea, just a white idea balloon with no writing inside it.”
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

Margaret Atwood
“I do have a life,' says Charis, blinking wet eyes.

'You have a rich inner life,' says Tony firmly. 'More than most.”
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

Margaret Atwood
“Was she in any way like us? thinks Tony. Or, to put it the other way around: Are we in any way like her?”
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

Margaret Atwood
“I sink down into my body as into a swamp, fenland, where only I know the footing. Treacherous ground, my own territory.”
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I took the one most travelled by. It was littered with corpses, as such roads are. But as you will have noticed, my own corpse is not among them.”
Margaret Atwood, The Testaments

Margaret Atwood
“Nobody is any authority of the fucks other people give.”
Margaret Atwood, The Testaments

Margaret Atwood
“This above all, to refuse to be a victim. Unless I can do that, I can do nothing. I have to recant, give up the old belief that I am powerless and and because of it nothing I can do will ever hurt anyone. A lie which was always more disastrous than the truth would have been.”
Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood
“Mitch looks in her direction. He can't meet her eyes. It's as if she's semi-invisible, a kind of hovering blur.”
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

Margaret Atwood
“Roz is telling a story. That's what they will do, increasingly in their lives: tell stories. Tonight their stories will be about Zenia.”
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

Margaret Atwood
“There is something powerful in the whispering of obscenities, about those in power. There is 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 with.”
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood
“Already they're the objects of narrow sideways looks, as if they had something to do with it; already they've assumed the cornered, angry air of the consciously innocent. I'm sure they're blameless, but they're alive, and whoever's left alive gets blamed. That's the rule in things like this. Unfair, but there it is.”
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

Margaret Atwood
“There’s a severe and unadorned elegance about her - like a Quaker meeting house - which has its appeal; an appeal which, for him, is aesthetic only. One fords not make love to a minor religious edifice.”
Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood
“I had not been exposed to these kinds of situations, so this event was not trivial to me. Instead it was horrifying. It was also shameful: when a shameful thing is done to you, the shamefulness rubs off on you. You feel dirtied.”
Margaret Atwood, The Testaments

Guillaume Musso
“Comme Margaret Atwood, je pense que vouloir rencontrer un écrivain parce qu'on aime son livre, c'est comme vouloir rencontrer un canard parce qu'on aime le foie gras.”
Guillaume Musso, La vie secrète des écrivains

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