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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.
    tags: belief adult age
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: women hurt
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: space universe
    — Margaret Atwood
    Nobody dies from the lack of sex. It's lack of love we die from.
    tags: die sex
    — Margaret Atwood
    Reading and writing are connected. I learned to read very early so I could read the comics, which I then started to draw.
    tags: writing reading read
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: future past language technology imagine
    — Margaret Atwood
    Forgiving men is so much easier than forgiving women.
    tags: men women
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: human wrong write
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: fear people women pain
    — 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.
    tags: people work age lying write fiction
    — Margaret Atwood
    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!
    tags: devil occasion black
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: wishes luck writing
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: people tragedy fools idiot
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: friends reading book read business relationship
    — Margaret Atwood
    Good writing takes place at intersections, at what you might call knots, at places where the society is snarled or knotted up.
    tags: society writing
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: hate die
    — Margaret Atwood
    Another belief of mine; that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
    tags: belief adult age
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: people language doubt metaphor real wealth economics
    — 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.
    tags: people human hope race
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: human
    — Margaret Atwood
    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?
    tags: health men people world believe age greed worries leader wisdom
    — Margaret Atwood
    Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.
    tags: men women afraid
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: freedom anarchy
    — Margaret Atwood
    ­Do back exercises. Pain is distracting.
    tags: pain exercise
    — Margaret Atwood
    A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there's less of you.
    tags: divorce
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: freedom action human chaos anarchy war
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: young believe democracy writing reading
    — 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.
    tags: time people living money
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: questions
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: existence wishes hunger mother
    — Margaret Atwood
    A word after a word after a word is power.
    tags: power
    — Margaret Atwood
    Hatred would have been easier. With hatred, I would have known what to do. Hatred is clear, metallic, one-handed, unwavering; unlike love.
    tags: hatred
    — Margaret Atwood
    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?
    tags: facts
    — Margaret Atwood
    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.
    tags: men women
    — Margaret Atwood
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    margaret atwood
    Birth    : November 18, 1939
    Occupation  : Poet