Does feminist mean large unpleasant person who'll shout at you or someone who believes women are human beings? To me it's the latter, so I sign up.Margaret AtwoodMargaret Atwood, as quoted in Women Know Everything! : 3,241 Quips, Quotes, & Brilliant Remarks (2007) by Karen Weekes, p. 156
Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Nobody said when.Margaret AtwoodThe Handmaid’s Tale, Chapter 15 (1985, pg. 89).
We are all immigrants to this place even if we were born here: the country is too big for anyone to inhabit completely, and in the parts unknown to us we move in fear, exiles and invaders.Margaret Atwood1970 Writing of Canada and Canadians in The Journals of Susanna Moodie: Poems by Margaret Atwood, afterword.
The Eskimo has fifty-two names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love.Margaret AtwoodSurfacing (1972) p. 107Variant: The Eskimos had 52 names for snow because it was important to them; there ought to be as many for love.
Roughing it builds a boy's character, but only certain kinds of roughing it.Margaret AtwoodWilderness Tips (1991)
Adam named the living animals , MaddAddam names the dead ones.Margaret AtwoodOryx and Crake (2003)
The weapons that were once outside sharpening themselves on war are now indoors there, in the fortress, fragile in glass cases; Why is it (I’m thinking of the careful moulding round the stonework archways) that in this time, such elaborate defences keep things that are no longer (much) worth defending?Margaret Atwood"The circle game"
Your righteous eyes, your laconic trigger-fingers people the streets with villains: as you move, the air in front of you blossoms with targets and you leave behind you a heroic trail of desolation: beer bottles slaughtered by the side of the road, bird- skulls bleaching in the sunset.Margaret Atwood"Backdrop addresses cowboy" (1974)
In view of the fading animals the proliferation of sewers and fears the sea clogging, the air nearing extinction we should be kind, we should take warning, we should forgive each other Instead we are opposite, we touch as though attacking, the gifts we bring even in good faith maybe warp in our hands to implements, to manoeuvresMargaret Atwood"They are hostile nations"
Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance , you have to work at it.Margaret AtwoodChapter 10 (p. 56) (The Handmaid’s Tale (1985))
You must cultivate poverty of spirit . Blessed are the meek. She didn’t go on to say anything about inheriting the earth.Margaret AtwoodChapter 12 (p. 64) (The Handmaid’s Tale (1985))
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 AtwoodChapter 19 (p. 109) (The Handmaid’s Tale (1985))
A man is just a woman’s strategy for making other women.Margaret AtwoodChapter 20 (p. 121) (The Handmaid’s Tale (1985))
A movie about the past is not the same as the past.Margaret AtwoodChapter 37 (p. 235) (The Handmaid’s Tale (1985))
As all historians know , the past is a great darkness , and filled with echoes. Voices may reach us from it; but what they say to us is imbued with the obscurity of the matrix out of which they come; and, try as we may, we cannot always decipher them precisely in the clearer light of our own day.Margaret AtwoodHistorical Notes (p. 311) (The Handmaid’s Tale (1985))
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