200+ 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.

Famous Margaret Atwood Quotes

Science and fiction both begin with similar questions: What if? Why? How does it all work? But they focus on different areas of life on earth. – Margaret Atwood

You quickly find, when you are a hand-reader as I am, that nothing interests people so much as themselves. – Margaret Atwood

Time folds you in its arms and gives you one last kiss, and then it flattens you out and folds you up and tucks you away until it’s time for you to become someone else’s past time, and then time folds again. – Margaret Atwood

Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge. – Margaret Atwood

If it’s all instruction, you get annoyed with it and bored, and you stop reading. If it’s all entertainment, you read it quite quickly, your heart going pitty-pat, pitty-pat. But when you finish, that’s it. You’re not going to think about it much afterward, apart from the odd nightmare. You’re not going to read that book again. – Margaret Atwood

we lived in the gaps between the stories – Margaret Atwood

I don’t think the relationship between novels and realities are one to one. Of course novels play different roles. It’s essentially just a long narrative form. What you use that long narrative form for can be very different. – Margaret Atwood

Once you publish a book, it is out of your control. You cannot dictate how people read it. – Margaret Atwood

Heroes need monsters to establish their heroic credentials. You need something scary to overcome. – Margaret Atwood

The problem with meditating is I generally go to sleep, and that’s because I’m doing it wrong. – Margaret Atwood

I’m a person of whim, and easily distracted. I don’t like multitasking. When I’m doing one thing, I like to do just that thing. – Margaret Atwood

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

We’ll choose knowledge no matter what, we’ll maim ourselves in the process, we’ll stick our hands into the flames for it if necessary. Curiosity is not our only motive; love or grief or despair or hatred is what drives us on. We’ll spy relentlessly on the dead; we’ll open their letters, we’ll read their journals, we’ll go through their trash, hoping for a hint, a final word, an explanation, from those who have deserted us–who’ve left us holding the bag, which is often a good deal emptier than we’d supposed. – Margaret Atwood

More and more I feel like a letter-deposited here, collected there. But a letter addressed to no one. – Margaret Atwood

The thing about delirium is you think it’s great, but it actually isn’t. – Margaret Atwood

…we must be a beacon of hope, because if you tell people there’s nothing they can do, they will do worse than nothing. – Margaret Atwood

Time is not a thing that passes … it’s a sea on which you float. – Margaret Atwood

Debt is part of the human condition. Civilization is based on exchanges – on gifts, trades, loans – and the revenges and insults that come when they are not paid back. – Margaret Atwood

Wars happen because the ones who start them think they can win. – Margaret Atwood

I tend to feel if people say they’re going to do something, they will, if given the chance. – Margaret Atwood

If I pick up a book with spaceships on the cover, I want spaceships. If I see one with dragons, I want there to be dragons inside the book. Proper labeling. Ethical labeling. I don’t want to open up my cornflakes and find that they’re full of pebbles… You need to respect the reader enough not to call it something it isn’t. – Margaret Atwood

I have been known to buy e-versions of my books because I was in a hotel room and I needed one right away to look up something in it; very handy for that – you can have it just the next minute; you can press the button and just have it. – Margaret Atwood

They all disowned their parents long ago, the way you are supposed to – Margaret Atwood

I felt white, drained of blood, cared for, purified. Peaceful. – Margaret Atwood

Social media is called social media for a reason. It lends itself to sharing rather than horn-tooting. – Margaret Atwood

I didn’t want him to become gray and multi-dimensional and complicated like everyone else. Was every Heathcliff a Linton in disguise? – Margaret Atwood

I know that some books and some writers, you can pretty much draw a square around it and say, ‘Nobody under 40,’ or ‘Nobody under 25.’ With my books, it always has been, and continues to be, spread right across the board, and I think the operative term is ‘reader.’ – Margaret Atwood

Love blurs your vision; but after it recedes, you can see more clearly than ever. It’s like the tide going out, revealing whatever’s been thrown away and sunk: broken bottles, old gloves, rusting pop cans, nibbled fishbodies, bones. This is the kind of thing you see if you sit in the darkness with open eyes, not knowing the future. – Margaret Atwood

The threat to the planet is us. It’s actually not a threat to the planet – it’s a threat to us. – Margaret Atwood

Like many modern poets, I tend to conceal rhymes by placing them in the middle of lines, and to avoid immediate alliteration and assonance in favor of echoes placed later in the poems. – Margaret Atwood

I don’t think of poetry as a ‘rational’ activity but as an aural one. My poems usually begin with words or phrases which appeal more because of their sound than their meaning, and the movement and phrasing of a poem are very important to me. – Margaret Atwood

When I was 16, I started publishing all kinds of things in school magazines. – Margaret Atwood

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

Time in dreams is frozen. You can never get away from where you’ve been. – Margaret Atwood

Toast was a pointless invention from the Dark Ages. Toast was an implement of torture that caused all those subjected to it to regurgitate in verbal form the sins and crimes of their past lives. Toast was a ritual item devoured by fetishists in the belief that it would enhance their kinetic and sexual powers. Toast cannot be explained by any rational means. Toast is me. I am toast. – Margaret Atwood

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

They’ve removed anything you can tie a rope to. – Margaret Atwood

I planned my death carefully, unlike my life, which meandered along from one thing to another, despite my feeble attempts to control it. – Margaret Atwood

I am not running for mayor yet. But if it comes to be true that people cannot voice an opinion unless they have been elected, then we are no longer in a democracy, – Margaret Atwood

Time is compressed like the fist I close on my knee… I hold inside it the clues and solutions and the power for what I must do now. – Margaret Atwood

Just think of it as a very, very long pen. – Margaret Atwood

I’m a strict, strict agnostic. It’s very different from a casual, ‘I don’t know.’ It’s that you cannot present as knowledge something that is not knowledge. You can present it as faith, you can present it as belief, but you can’t present it as fact. – Margaret Atwood

Toast is me. I am toast. – Margaret Atwood

Every utopia – let’s just stick with the literary ones – faces the same problem: What do you do with the people who don’t fit in? – 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

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

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

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

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

As soon as you have a language that has a past tense and a future tense you’re going to say, ‘Where did we come from, what happens next?’ The ability to remember the past helps us plan the future. – Margaret Atwood

Snowman wakes before dawn. – 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

Speculative fiction encompasses that which we could actually do. Sci-fi is that which we’re probably not going to see. – Margaret Atwood

There would be no Sherlock Holmes if it were not for serial publication. – Margaret Atwood

After everything that’s happened, how can the world still be so beautiful? Because it is. – Margaret Atwood

I learned to read very early so I could read the comics, which I then started to draw. – Margaret Atwood

I began writing at the age of 5, but there was a dark period between the ages of 8 and 16 when I didn’t write. I started again at 16 and have no idea why, but it was suddenly the only thing I wanted to do. – Margaret Atwood

Some people mistakenly think nature is very nice and benevolent and never betrays. – 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

A language is everything you do. – 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. – Margaret Atwood

As an artist your first loyalty is to your art. Unless this is the case, you’re going to be a second-rate artist. – Margaret Atwood

Science never makes things that do not have to do with what we feel, by which I mean what we want and what we fear. – Margaret Atwood

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

I got into trouble a while ago for saying that I thought the internet led to increased literacy – people scolded me about the shocking grammar to be found online – but I was talking about fundamentals: quite simply, you can’t use the net unless you can read. – Margaret Atwood

Writers and books are cheap dates, especially when you compare the cost of a book with a ticket to the opera – or an NHL game. – Margaret Atwood

Kill what you can’t save what you can’t eat throw out what you can’t throw out bury What you can’t bury give away what you can’t give away you must carry with you, it is always heavier than you thought. – Margaret Atwood

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

We have to rethink our whole energy approach, which is hard to do because we’re so dependent on oil, not just for fuel but also plastic. If plastic vanished, there would be total chaos. We have to think quite carefully about using oil and its derivatives, because it’s not going to be around forever. – Margaret Atwood

When things are really dismal, you can laugh, or you can cave in completely. – Margaret Atwood

A word after a word after a word is power. – Margaret Atwood

I’m from the generation that had the boys’ door and the girls’ door when you went to school, and you got in big trouble if you went in the wrong one. – Margaret Atwood

You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built into the human plan. We come with it. – Margaret Atwood

Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that ‘Oryx and Crake’ is anti-science. Science is a way of knowing, and a tool. Like all ways of knowing and tools, it can be turned to bad uses. And it can be bought and sold, and it often is. But it is not in itself bad. Like electricity, it’s neutral. – Margaret Atwood

My brother and I were both good at science, and we were both good at English literature. Either one of us could have gone either way. – Margaret Atwood

The heart of Jesus glowed, because it was holy. Holy things glowed in general. – Margaret Atwood

He has been trying to sing Love into existence again And he has failed – Margaret Atwood

I’ll make you mine, lovers said in old books. They never said, I’ll make you me. – Margaret Atwood

Though as he’d say, what is ‘belief’ but a willingness to suspend the negatives? – Margaret Atwood

Every aspect of human technology has a dark side, including the bow and arrow. – Margaret Atwood

Science fiction, to me, has not only things that wouldn’t happen, but other planets. – Margaret Atwood

I’ve never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It’s probably because they have forgotten their own. – Margaret Atwood

If social stability goes pear-shaped, you have a choice between anarchy and dictatorship. Most people will opt for more security, even if they have to give up some personal freedom. – Margaret Atwood

I’m not used to girls, or familiar with their customs. I feel awkward around them, I don’t know what to say. I know the unspoken rules of boys, but with girls I sense that I am always on the verge of some unforeseen, calamitous blunder. – Margaret Atwood

This above all, to refuse to be a victim. – Margaret Atwood

When you’re writing a novel, you don’t want the reader to come out of it voting yes or no to some question. Life is more complicated than that. Reality simply consists of different points of view. – Margaret Atwood

I particularly like Twitter, because it’s short and can be very funny and informative. It’s a little bit like having your own radio program. – Margaret Atwood

…how much needless despair has been caused by a series of biological mismatches, a misalignment of the hormones and pheromones? Resulting in the fact that the one you love so passionately won’t or can’t love you. As a species we’re pathetic that way: imperfectly monogamous. – Margaret Atwood

If I waited for perfection… I would never write a word. – Margaret Atwood

For years I wanted to be older, and now I am. – Margaret Atwood

Canadians are fond of a good disaster, especially if it has ice, water, or snow in it. You thought the national flag was about a leaf, didn’t you? Look harder. It’s where someone got axed in the snow. – Margaret Atwood

We shouldn’t be saying ‘Save the planet’; we should be saying: ‘Save viable conditions in which people can live.’ That’s what we’re dealing with here. – Margaret Atwood

I grew up in the golden age of Flash Gordon and sci-fi. – Margaret Atwood

I spent much of my childhood in northern Quebec, and often there was no radio, no television – there wasn’t a lot to entertain us. When it rained, I stayed inside reading, writing, drawing. – Margaret Atwood

In the desert there is no sign that says, Thou shalt not eat stones. – Margaret Atwood

I was born in the Ottawa General Hospital right after the Gray Cup Football Game in 1939. Six months later, I was backpacked into the Quebec bush. I grew up in and out of the bush, in and out of Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto. – Margaret Atwood

There may not be one Truth – there may be several truths – but saying that is not to say that reality doesn’t exist. – Margaret Atwood

The Orange prize has been pivotal in the careers of many women writers – it’s given them that extra push, and that extra dollop of confidence. – Margaret Atwood

Anything that suffers and dies instead of us is Christ; if they didn’t kill birds and fish they would have killed us. The animals die that we may live, they are substitute people, hunters in the fall killing the deer, that is Christ also. And we eat them, out of cans or otherwise; we are eaters of death, dead Christ-flesh resurrecting inside us, granting us life. Canned Spam, canned Jesus, even the plants must be Christ. – Margaret Atwood

The Three of them were beautiful, in the way all girls of that age are beautiful. It can’t be helped, that sort of beauty, nor can it be conserved; it’s a freshness, a plumpness of the cells, that’s unearned and temporary, and that nothing can replicate. None of them was satisfied with it, however; already they were making attempts to alter themselves into some impossible, imaginary mould, plucking and pencilling away at their faces. I didn’t blame them, having done the same once myself. – Margaret Atwood

If you’re waiting for the perfect moment, you’ll never write a thing because it will never arrive. I have no routine. I have no foolproof anything. There’s nothing foolproof. – Margaret Atwood

We battled in secret, undeclared, and after a while I no longer fought back because I never won. The only defense was flight, invisibility. – Margaret Atwood

Fiction is not necessarily about what you know, it’s about how you feel. That is the truth about fiction, and the other truth is that all science is a tool, and we use our tools not to actualise what we know, but to implement how we feel. – Margaret Atwood

I hate to tell you this, but you will never actually go to a galaxy far, far away and encounter Darth Vader. That’s science fiction; it isn’t going to happen. – Margaret Atwood

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

Before the Civil War, Canada was at the top of the underground railroad. If you made it into Canada, you were safe unless someone came and hauled you back. That was also true during the Vietnam War for draft resisters. – Margaret Atwood

Storytelling is a very old human skill that gives us an evolutionary advantage. If you can tell young people how you kill an emu, acted out in song or dance, or that Uncle George was eaten by a croc over there, don’t go there to swim, then those young people don’t have to find out by trial and error. – Margaret Atwood

When I am writing fiction, I believe I am much better organized, more methodical – one has to be when writing a novel. Writing poetry is a state of free float. – Margaret Atwood

If I pick up a book with vampires on the cover, I want there to be vampires. If I pick up a book with spaceships on the cover, I want spaceships. If I see one with dragons, I want there to be dragons inside the book. Proper labeling. Ethical labeling. – Margaret Atwood

I could end this with a moral, as if this were a fable about animals, though no fables are really about animals. – Margaret Atwood

Madness is only an amplification of what you already are. – Margaret Atwood

I didn’t go to school for a full year until I was 12. In the summer I was a wild child in the woods, with no shoes, and in the fall it was back to the city, shoe shops and school. – Margaret Atwood

Lose your temper and you lose the fight. – Margaret Atwood

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

I grew up with the biologists. I know how they think. – Margaret Atwood

The beginning of Canadian cultural nationalism was not ‘Am I really that oppressed?’ but ‘Am I really that boring?’ – Margaret Atwood

I have a big following among the biogeeks of this world. Nobody ever puts them in books. – Margaret Atwood

Vampires get the joy of flying around and living forever, werewolves get the joy of animal spirits. But zombies, they’re not rich, or aristocratic, they shuffle around. They’re a group phenomenon, they’re not very fast, they’re quite sickly. So what’s the pleasure of being one? – 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. – Margaret Atwood

You could tell ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ from a male point of view. People have mistakenly felt that the women are oppressed, but power tends to organise itself in a pyramid. I could pick a male narrator from somewhere in that pyramid. It would interesting. – Margaret Atwood

I think of this as a democratizing device. – Margaret Atwood

I don’t want to look at something that determines me so completely. – Margaret Atwood

I was warped early by Ray Bradbury and Edgar Allan Poe. I was very fond of Franz Kafka. – Margaret Atwood

Foreignness is all around. Only in the heart of the heart of the country, namely the heart of the United States, can you avoid such a thing. In the center of an empire, you can think of your experience as universal. Outside the empire or on the fringes of the empire, you cannot. – Margaret Atwood

All fiction is about people, unless it’s about rabbits pretending to be people. It’s all essentially characters in action, which means characters moving through time and changes taking place, and that’s what we call ‘the plot’. – Margaret Atwood

Yelling is a form of publishing – Margaret Atwood

Science fiction is filled with Martians and space travel to other planets, and things like that. – Margaret Atwood

I was once a graduate student in Victorian literature, and I believe as the Victorian novelists did, that a novel isn’t simply a vehicle for private expression, but that it also exists for social examination. I firmly believe this. – Margaret Atwood

Religions in general have to rediscover their roots. In Hinduism and the Koran, animals are described as equals. If you walk into a cathedral and look at the decorations of early Christianity, there are vines, animals, creatures and birds thriving all over the stonework. – Margaret Atwood

Don’t wait until you’re ‘in the mood.’ Get into the mood by writing. – Margaret Atwood

Maybe sadness was a kind of hunger, she thought. Maybe the two went together. – Margaret Atwood

Like the trains, she’s never on time and always departing. – Margaret Atwood

The object is very clear in the fight against racism; you have reasons why you’re opposed to it. But when you’re writing a novel, you don’t want the reader to come out of it voting yes or no to some question. Life is more complicated than that. – Margaret Atwood

Myths can’t be translated as they did in their ancient soil. We can only find our own meaning in our own time. – Margaret Atwood

The myth that everyone once read great literature is just a myth. – Margaret Atwood

A reader can never tell if it’s a real thimble or an imaginary thimble, because by the time you’re reading it, they’re the same. It’s a thimble. It’s in the book. – Margaret Atwood

People are now familiar with this kind of interaction. They may even have a more intimate moment that way. – Margaret Atwood

Within one’s own family, money is not the measure of things, unless the person is an absolute Scrooge. Only the most extreme kind of monster would put a price on everything. – Margaret Atwood

People use technology only to mean digital technology. Technology is actually everything we make. – Margaret Atwood

Sooner or later, I hate to break it to you, you’re gonna die, so how do you fill in the space between here and there? It’s yours. Seize your space. – Margaret Atwood

Reality simply consists of different points of view. – Margaret Atwood

There is never only one, of anyone – Margaret Atwood

If you feel that there’s the author and then the character, then the book is not working. People have a habit of identifying the author with the narrator, and you can’t, obviously, be all of the narrators in all of your books, or else you’d be a very strange person indeed. – Margaret Atwood

Either I’m alive or I’m dying, she said to Daniel. Please don’t feel you can’t tell me. Which is it? Which does it feel like? said Daniel. He patted her hand. You’re not dead yet. You’re a lot more alive than many people. This isn’t good enough for Rennie. She wants something definite, the real truth, one way or the other. Then she will know what she should do next. It’s this suspension, hanging in a void, this half-life she can’t bear. She can’t bear not knowing. She doesn’t want to know. – Margaret Atwood

Some bioengineering is good, especially if it results in plants that are more drought-resistant or perennial food crops. – Margaret Atwood

Nature full strength is more than we can take, Adam One used to say. It’s a potent hallucinogen, a soporific, for the untrained Soul. We’re no longer at home in it. We need to dilute it. We can’t drink it straight. And God is the same. Too much God and you overdose. God needs to be filtered. – Margaret Atwood

So Crake never remembered his dreams. It’s Snowman that remembers them instead. Worse than remembers: he’s immersed in them, he’d wading through them, he’s stuck in them. Every moment he’s lived in the past few months was dreamed first by Crake. No wonder Crake screamed so much. – Margaret Atwood

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

She knows herself to be at the mercy of events, and she knows by now that events have no mercy. – Margaret Atwood

The proper study of Mankind is Everything. – Margaret Atwood

I’m not interested in cutting the feet off my characters or stretching them to make them fit my certain political view. – Margaret Atwood

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

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

Canada is a balloon-puncturing country. You are not really allowed to be an icon unless you also make an idiot of yourself. – Margaret Atwood

I’ve never bought into any sort of hard and fast, this-box/that-box characterization. People are individuals. Yes, they may be expected to be a particular way. But that doesn’t mean they’re going to be that way. – Margaret Atwood

… Remember that forgiveness too is a power. To beg for it is a power, and to withold or bestow it is a power, perhaps the greatest. – Margaret Atwood

Moira was like an elevator with open sides. She made us dizzy. – Margaret Atwood

Once upon a time you could wander around one country, then the next and then maybe you’d go to England or wherever. Now they all want you to do it at the same time and you can’t. It’s just not physically possible. – Margaret Atwood

The darkness is really out there. It’s not something that’s in my head, just. It’s in my work because it’s in the world. – Margaret Atwood

I’m curious. If someone says ‘Don’t open that door’, I’m right there! – Margaret Atwood

Once upon a time, novelists of the 19th century, such as Charles Dickens, published in serial form. – Margaret Atwood

Our generation in the west was lucky: we had readymade gateways. We had books, paper, teachers, schools and libraries. But many in the world lack these luxuries. How do you practice without such tryout venues? – Margaret Atwood

I don’t know why they are all so eager to be remembered. What good will it do them? There are some things that should be forgotten by everyone, and never spoken of again. – Margaret Atwood

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

You can examine the whole 19th century from the point of view of who would have maxed out their credit cards. Emma Bovary would have maxed hers out. No question. Mr. Scrooge would not have. He would have snipped his up. – Margaret Atwood

Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself. – Margaret Atwood

Communications technology changes possibilities for communication, but that doesn’t mean it changes the inherited structure of the brain. So you may think that you’re addicted to online reading, but as soon as it isn’t available anymore, your brain will pretty immediately adjust to other forms of reading. It’s a habit like all habits. – Margaret Atwood

I’m the only person you’ve ever met who has read Longfellow. – Margaret Atwood

Some of our earliest writing, in cuneiform, was about who owes what. – Margaret Atwood

Genres aren’t closed boxes. Stuff flows back and forth across the borders all the time. – Margaret Atwood

I grew up in the north woods of Canada. You had to know certain things about survival. Wilderness survival courses weren’t very formalized when I was growing up, but I was taught certain things about what to do if I got lost in the woods. – Margaret Atwood

Put yourself in a different room, that’s what the mind is for. – Margaret Atwood

Science is a tool, and we invent tools to do things we want. It’s a question of how those tools are used by people. – Margaret Atwood

He’s very in depth, on the dark side. He’s interested in structure and how things work. After reading his books you can’t just be a tourist in those places, only seeing the sunny side. – Margaret Atwood

The society in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is a throwback to the early Puritans whom I studied extensively at Harvard under Perry Miller, to whom the book is dedicated. – Margaret Atwood

The sands of time are quicksands … so much can sink into them without a trace. – Margaret Atwood

You will always have partial points of view, and you’ll always have the story behind the story that hasn’t come out yet. And any form of journalism you’re involved with is going to be up against a biased viewpoint and partial knowledge. – Margaret Atwood

Messy love is better than none, I guess. I am no authority on sane living. – Margaret Atwood

Love is giving, marriage is buying and selling. You can’t put love into a contract. – Margaret Atwood

The basic Female body comes with the following accessories: garter belt, panty-girdle, crinoline, camisole, bustle, brassiere, stomacher, chemise, virgin zone, spike heels, nose ring, veil, kid gloves, fishnet stockings, fichu, bandeau, Merry Widow, weepers, chokers, barrettes, bangles, beads, lorgnette, feather boa, basic black, compact, Lycra stretch one-piece with modesty panel, designer peignoir, flannel nightie, lace teddy, bed, head. – Margaret Atwood

She even had a kind of special position among men: she was an exception, she fitted none of the categories they commonly used when talking about girls; she wasn’t a cock-teaser, a cold fish, an easy lay or a sneaky bitch; she was an honorary person. She had grown to share their contempt for most women. – Margaret Atwood

You hear doom and gloom about the Internet ruining young people’s command of English – that’s nonsense. – Margaret Atwood

The story as told in The Odyssey doesn’t hold water. There are too many inconsistencies. – Margaret Atwood

Younger people have greatest fears. Why is that? Because they don’t know the plot. They don’t know their own individual plot… they don’t know what’s going to happen to them. – Margaret Atwood

Make the verses flow together. If a following verse has nothing to do with the previous, you may lose our listener/reader. You want a smooth flow to hear or read, and it’s easier to memorize. – Margaret Atwood

I think every age lives in a blend of technology so there’s always older ones mixed in with newer ones, and when the new technology goes down, the immediate fallback position is either that technology just before that or one several technologies back. – Margaret Atwood

You fit into me like a hook into an eye a fish hook an open eye – Margaret Atwood

What a moron I was to think you were sweet and innocent, when it turns out you were actually college-educated the whole time! – Margaret Atwood

. . . time is compressed like the fist I close on my knee. . . . I hold inside it the clues and solutions and the power for what I must do now. – Margaret Atwood

The reason they invented coffins, to lock the dead in, preserve them, they put makeup on them; they didn’t want them spreading or changing into anything else. The stone with the name and date was on them to weight them down. – Margaret Atwood

Our problem right now is that we’re so specialized that if the lights go out, there are a huge number of people who are not going to know what to do. But within every dystopia there’s a little utopia. – Margaret Atwood

If you’re put on a pedestal, you’re supposed to behave yourself like a pedestal type of person. Pedestals actually have a limited circumference. Not much room to move around. – Margaret Atwood

There is good and mediocre writing within every genre. – Margaret Atwood

There’s a difference between describing and evoking something. You can describe something and be quite clinical about it. To evoke it, you call it up in the reader. That’s what writers do when they’re good. – Margaret Atwood

If one of the arguments against eating meat is to do with cruelty and animal intelligence, then lab meat avoids that. There’s also the environmental argument for it. – Margaret Atwood

Walter turned on the radio: electric violins wailing, twisted romance, the four-square beat of heartbreak. Trite suffering, but suffering nonetheless. The entertainment business. What voyeurs we have all become. – Margaret Atwood

All fat women look the same; they all look 42. – Margaret Atwood

Inside the peach, there is a stone. – Margaret Atwood

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

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