Margaret Atwood Quotes

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Margaret Atwood was born on 18th November 1939. She was born in Ottawa, Atwood. She was six years of age when she began to write. She joined school at the age of 11 years. She is a Canadian Writer and novelist. She is winner of Arthur C. Clarke Award for literature, Broker Prize, and Governor General’s Award (twice) and also Prince of Austria’s Award for literature. She is one of the most honored authors of English literature in the recent history.

Margaret Atwood Quotes, Sayings and Quotations

A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there’s less of you.
– Margaret Atwood

A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason.
– Margaret Atwood

An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.
– Margaret Atwood

Because I am a mother, I am capable of being shocked: as I never was when I was not one.
– Margaret Atwood

Confess: it’s my profession that alarms you. This is why few people ask me to dinner, though Lord knows I don’t go out of my way to be scary.
– Margaret Atwood

Do not let the bastards grind you down.
– Margaret Atwood

Gardening is not a rational act.
– Margaret 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 Atwood

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

If I were going to convert to any religion I would probably choose Catholicism because it at least has female saints and the Virgin Mary.
– Margaret Atwood

If I roll my eyes and mutter,if I clutch at my heart and scream in horror like a third-rate actress chewing up a mad scene,I do it in private and nobody sees but the bathroom mirror.
– Margaret Atwood

If the national mental illness of the United States is megalomania, that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia.
– Margaret Atwood

In restaurants we argue over which of us will pay for your funeral though the real question is whether or not I will make you immortal.
– Margaret Atwood

It’s a feature of our age that if you write a work of fiction, everyone assumes that the people and events in it are disguised biography — but if you write your biography, it’s equally assumed you’re lying your head off.
– Margaret Atwood

My friends, who are both women, tell me their stories, which cannot be believed and which are true. They are horror stories and they have not happened to me, they have not yet happened to me, they have happened to me but we are detached, we watch our unbelief with horror.
– Margaret Atwood

My trade is courage and atrocities. I look at them and do not condemn. I write things down the way they happened, as near as can be remembered. I don’t ask why, because it is mostly the same. Wars happen because the ones who start them think they can win.
– Margaret Atwood

Never pray for justice, because you might get some.
– Margaret Atwood

Sometimes men throw themselves on grenades and burst like paper bags of guts to save their comrades. I can admire that. But rats and cholera have won many wars. Those, and potatoes,or the absence of them.
– Margaret Atwood

Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge. The bridge was being repaired: she went right through the Danger sign. The car fell a hundred feet into the ravine, smashing through the treetops feathery with new leaves, then burst into flames and rolled down into the shallow creek at the bottom. Chunks of the bridge fell on top of it. Nothing much was left but charred smithereens.
– Margaret Atwood

The Eskimo has fifty-two names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love.
– Margaret Atwood

The fact is there are no stories I can tell my friends that will make them feel better. History cannot be erased, although we can soothe ourselves by speculating about it.
– Margaret Atwood

The beginning of Canadian cultural nationalism was not “Am I really that oppressed?” but “Am I really that boring?”.
– Margaret Atwood

The truly fearless think of themselves as normal.
– Margaret Atwood

Their mothers had finally caught up to them and been proven right. There were consequences after all but they were the consequences to things you didn’t even know you’d done.
– Margaret Atwood

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

War is what happens when language fails.
– Margaret Atwood

We slept in what had once been the gymnasium. The floor was of varnished wood, with stripes and circles painted on it, for the games that were formerly played there; the hoops for the basketball net were still in place, though the nets were gone.
– Margaret Atwood

We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.
– Margaret Atwood

When you hear me singing you get the rifle down and the flashlight, aiming for my brain, but you always miss and when you set out the poison I piss on it to warn the others.
– Margaret Atwood

When women let their hair down, it means either sexiness or craziness or death, the three by Victorian times having become virtually synonymous.
– Margaret Atwood

You need a certain amount of nerve to be a writer.
– Margaret Atwood

You wonder about her crime. She was condemned to death for stealing clothes from her employer, from the wife of her employer. She wished to make herself more beautiful. This desire in servants was not legal.
– Margaret Atwood


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