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    Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
    — Margaret Atwood
    Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: belief  adult  age 
     
    Women have curious ways of hurting someone else. They hurt themselves instead; or else they do it so the guy doesn't even know he's been hurt until much later. Then he finds out. Then his dick falls off.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: women  hurt 
     
    Should' is a futile word. It's about what didn't happen. It belongs in a parallel universe. It belongs in another dimension of space.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: space  universe 
     
    Nobody dies from the lack of sex. It's lack of love we die from.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: die  sex 
     
    Reading and writing are connected. I learned to read very early so I could read the comics, which I then started to draw.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: writing  reading  read 
     
    Our biggest technology that we ever, ever invented was articulated language with built-out grammar. It is that that allows us to imagine things far in the future and things way back in the past.
    — Margaret Atwood
    Forgiving men is so much easier than forgiving women.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: men  women 
     
    Everyone thinks writers must know more about the inside of the human head, but that's wrong. They know less, that's why they write. Trying to find out what everyone else takes for granted.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: human  wrong  write 
     
    There are some women who seem to be born without fear, just as there are people who are born without the ability to feel pain ... Providence appears to protect such women, maybe out of astonishment.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: fear  people  women  pain 
     
    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
    tags: people  work  age  lying  write  fiction 
     
    It's in Macbeth: "The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon." I seldom have occasion to pull it out, but it's ready and waiting!
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: devil  occasion  black 
     
    I wish you good writing and good luck. Even if you've already done the good writing, you'll still need the good luck. It's a shark-filled lagoon out there. Cross your fingers and watch your back.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: wishes  luck  writing 
     
    You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.
    — Margaret Atwood
    Even in the tragedies, [William] Shakespeare always put in parts for the comic actors because his audience was mixed. He puts in people who talk like aristocrats. He puts in idiots and fools.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: people  tragedy  fools  idiot 
     
    You can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book, because you wrote the thing. You've been backstage. You've seen how the rabbits were smuggled into the hat. Therefore ask a reading friend or two to look at it before you give it to anyone in the publishing business. This friend should not be someone with whom you have a ­romantic relationship, unless you want to break up.
    — Margaret Atwood
    Good writing takes place at intersections, at what you might call knots, at places where the society is snarled or knotted up.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: society  writing 
     
    I hate to break this to you: One of these days I'm going to die. I expect that when I croak I'll no longer be using Twitter, unless I can do it from the grave.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: hate  die 
     
    Another belief of mine; that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: belief  adult  age 
     
    The trickle-down theory of economics has it that it's good for rich people to get even richer because some of their wealth will trickle own, through their no doubt lavish spending, upon those who stand below them on the economic ladder. Notice that the metaphor is not that of a gushing waterfall but of a leaking tap: even the most optimistic endorsers of this concept do not picture very much real flow, as their language reveals" pg. 102.
    — Margaret Atwood
    I hope that people will finally come to realize that there is only one 'race' - the human race - and that we are all members of it.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: people  human  hope  race 
     
    We are very short on organs, and the pig solution is probably a lot better than the human clone solution - though maybe not for the pigs.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: human 
     
    The world is being run by people my age, men my age, with falling-out hair and health worries, and it frightens me. When the leaders were older than me I could believe in their wisdom, I could believe they had transcended rage and malice and the need to be loved. Now I know better. I look at the faces in newspapers, in magazines, and wonder: what greeds, what furies drive them on?
    — Margaret Atwood
    Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: men  women  afraid 
     
    There is more than one kind of freedom," said Aunt Lydia. "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
    tags: freedom  anarchy 
     
    ­Do back exercises. Pain is distracting.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: pain  exercise 
     
    A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there's less of you.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: divorce 
     
    As human beings, we are always torn between individual freedom and the ability of choose our actions, and the need for at least enough social structure so that anarchy, chaos, and warlordery - or the war of all against all - can be avoided.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: freedom  action  human  chaos  anarchy  war 
     
    Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will shortly be no older ones. Literacy will be dead, and democracy - which many believe goes hand in hand with it - will be dead as well.
    — Margaret Atwood
    Maybe the life I think I'm living is a paranoid delusion...Sanity is a valuable possession; I hoard it the way people once hoarded money. I save it, so I will have enough, when the time comes.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: time  people  living  money 
     
    I don't think it's a question of whether you eat meat. It's a question of what kind of meat, and where it comes from.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: questions 
     
    What fabrications they are, mothers. Scarecrows, wax dolls for us to stick pins into, crude diagrams. We deny them an existence of their own, we make them up to suit ourselves - our own hungers, our own wishes, our own deficiencies.
    — Margaret Atwood
    A word after a word after a word is power.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: power 
     
    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
    tags: hatred 
     
    In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
    — Margaret Atwood
    If I love you, is that a fact or a weapon?
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: facts 
     
    The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.
    — Margaret Atwood
    The farther north you go, the fewer fruits and vegetables there are. What kind of apple trees do you suggest the Inuit get their apples from? And how much oil is expended transporting such things out there? It's an equation.
    — Margaret Atwood
    I'm not sure which is worse: intense feeling, or the absence of it.
    — Margaret Atwood
    Men and women are not "equal" if "equal" means "exactly the same." Our many puzzlements and indeed unhappinesses come from trying to figure out what the differences really mean, or should mean, or should not mean.
    — Margaret Atwood
    tags: men  women 
     
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    margaret atwood
    Birth    : November 18, 1939
    Occupation  : Poet