Margaret Atwood

Canadian poet and novelist
18 November 1939 —

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Everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.

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Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.

Ignoring isn`t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.

The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.

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

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

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

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


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