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Margaret Atwood
November 18, 1939 -
Nationality: Canadian
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: Canadian Novelist

A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.


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


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.


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.


Never pray for justice, because you might get some.


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


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


The beginning of Canadian cultural nationalism was not 'Am I really that oppressed?' but 'Am I really that boring?'


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


You need a certain amount of nerve to be a writer.


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


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.


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


A word after a word after a word is power.


The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.


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


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


This above all, to refuse to be a victim.


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


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


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