60+ Best Margaret Atwood Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Margaret Eleanor Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher, and environmental activist. Profoundly inspirational Margaret Atwood quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Margaret Atwood Quotes

I wonder which is preferable, to walk around all your life swollen up with your own secrets until you burst from the pressure of them, or to have them sucked out of you, every paragraph, every sentence, every word of them

The desire to be loved is the last illusion Give it up and you will be free.

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.

Faith is only a word, embroidered.

Neither of us says the word love, not once. It would be tempting fate; it would be romance, bad luck.

We are survivors, of each other. We have been shark to one another, but also lifeboat.

All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel

Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.

No mother is ever, completely, a child’s idea of what a mother should be, and I suppose it works the other way around as well.

We thought we were running away from the grownups, and now we are the grownups.

I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.

These things sneak up on him for no reason, these flashes of irrational happiness. It’s probably a vitamin deficiency.

If I love you, is that a fact or a weapon?

To want is to have a weakness.

­Do back exercises. Pain is distracting.

War is what happens when language fails.

I avoid looking down at my body, not so much because it’s shameful or immodest but because I don’t want to see it.

Inspirational Margaret Atwood Quotes

Knowing too much about other people puts you in their power, they have a claim on you, you are forced to understand their reasons for doing things and then you are weakened.

How much needless despair has been caused by a series of biological mismatches, a misalignment of the hormones and pheromones?

Toast was a pointless invention from the Dark Ages.

I am not your justification for existence.

Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice.

Falling in love, we said; I fell for him. We were falling women. We believed in it, this downward motion: so lovely, like flying, and yet at the same time so dire, so extreme, so unlikely.

I am nervous about dogmas of any kind, whether they be religious, political, or anti-religious.

You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.

How easy it is to invent a humanity, for anyone at all.

Whatever is silenced will clamor to be heard, though silently.

Can I be blamed for wanting a real body, to put my arms around? Without it I too am disembodied.

Nothing changes instantaneously: in a gradually heating bathtub, you’d be boiled to death before you knew it.

A word after a word after a word is power.

A man is just a woman’s strategy for making other women.

Amazing how the heart clutches at anything familiar, whimpering Mine! Mine!

Old lovers go the way of old photographs, bleaching out gradually as in a slow bath of acid

You don’t believe the sky is falling until a chunk of it falls on you.

Is that what writing amounts to? The voice your ghost would have, if it had a voice?

They spent the first three years of school getting you to pretend stuff and then the rest of it marking you down if you did the same thing.

There’s something to be said for hunger: at least it lets you know you’re still alive.

There’s the story, then there’s the real story, then there’s the story of how the story came to be told. Then there’s what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too.

Waste not want not. I am not being wasted. Why do I want?

I’m not sure which is worse: intense feeling, or the absence of it.

Top Margaret Atwood Quotes

This is how the girl who couldn’t speak and the man who couldn’t see fell in love.

Once a story you’ve regarded as true has turned false, you begin suspecting all stories.

So this was the rest of his life. It felt like a party to which he’d been invited, but at an address he couldn’t actually locate.

As all historians know, the past is a great darkness, and filled with echoes.

God is love, they once said, but we reversed that, and love, like heaven, was always just around the corner.

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

Nothing makes me more nervous than people who say, ‘It can’t happen here.’ Anything can happen anywhere, given the right circumstances.

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

Nature is to zoos as God is to churches.

All writers feel struck by the limitations of language.

Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized.

They seemed to be able to choose. We seemed to be able to choose, then. We were a society dying of too much choice.

What is believed in society is not always the equivalent of what is true; but as regards to a woman’s reputation, it amounts to the same thing.

They wore blouses with buttons down the front that suggested the possibilities of the word undone. These women could be undone; or not.

I wanted to forget the past, but it refused to forget me; it waited for sleep, then cornered me.

There’s always something to occupy the inquiring mind.

Everyone ‘writes’ in a way; that is, each person has a ‘story’—a personal narrative—which is constantly being replayed, revised, taken apart and put together again.

When I was young I believed that ‘nonfiction’ meant ‘true.’ But you read a history written in, say, 1920 and a history of the same events written in 1995 and they’re very different.

In my dreams of this city I am always lost.

Hatred is clear, metallic, one-handed, unwavering; unlike love.

As a species we’re pathetic that way: imperfectly monogamous.

We understand more than we know.

Optimism means better than reality; pessimism means worse than reality. I’m a realist.

You’d be surprised how quickly the mind goes soggy in the absence of other people.

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.

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