The best Quotes by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Eleanor Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher, and environmental activist. Since 1961, she has published 17 books of poetry, 16 novels, 10 books of non-fiction, eight collections of short fiction, eight children's books, and one graphic novel, as well as a number of small press editions in poetry and fiction.

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The best Book Quotes

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

AgeMargaret Atwood
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Live in the present, make the most of it, it's all you've got.

PresentMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Knowing was a temptation. What you don't know won't tempt you.

TemptationMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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You can't help what you feel, but you can help how you behave.

Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Ignoring isn't the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.

IgnoranceMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Don't let the bastards grind you down.

Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Nothing changes instantaneously: in a gradually heating bathtub you'd be boiled to death before you knew it.

ChangeMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.

MemoriesMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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But remember that forgiveness too is a power.

Forgiveness & MercyMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations.

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

Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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The moment of betrayal is the worst, the moment when you know beyond any doubt that you've been betrayed: that some other human being has wished you that much evil.

TreasonMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.

JealousyMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Ordinary is what you are used to. This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will. It will become ordinary.

Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface.

Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.

PainMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print... it gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.

Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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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 Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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It’s Paradise, but we can’t get out of it. And anything you can’t get out of is Hell.

Margaret Atwood in Watchmen, Season 1 Episode 8
 
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Heroes need monsters to establish their heroic credentials. You need something scary to overcome.

HerosMargaret Atwood
 
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The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.

LiteratureMargaret Atwood
 
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The genesis of a poem for me is usually a cluster of words. The only good metaphor I can think of is a scientific one: dipping a thread into a supersaturated solution to induce crystal formation. I don't think I solve problems in my poetry; I think I uncover the problems.

Margaret Atwood
 
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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.

Margaret Atwood
 
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