Margaret Eleanor Atwood Quotes

The weapons that were once outside sharpening themselves on war are now indoors there, in the fortress, fragile in glass cases; Why is it (Im thinking of the careful moulding round the stonework archways) that in this time, such elaborate defences keep things that are no longer (much) worth defending?

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

I'm working on my own life story. I don't mean I'm putting it together; no, I'm taking it apart.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

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.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

I am certain that a Sewing Machine would relieve as much human suffering as a hundred Lunatic Asylums, and possibly a good deal more.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

War is what happens when language fails.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

Roughing it builds a boy's character, but only certain kinds of roughing it.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

There is more than one kind of freedom... 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.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

Do not let the bastards grind you down.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

The policemen's faces glisten too, they're holding themselves back, they love this, it's a ceremony, they're implementing a policy.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

He had that faint sick look in his eyes, as if he wanted to give her something, charity for instance.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

He's just a contact of hers, which is not the same as a friend. While she was in the hospital she decided that most of her friends were really just contacts.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

I would rather dance as a ballerina, though faultily, than as a flawless clown.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

A divorce is like an amputation; you survive, but theres less of you.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

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