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date: 23 April 2024

Margaret Atwood 1939– 
Canadian novelist 

  1. All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel.
    The Blind Assassin (2000)
  2. One man's cookbook is another woman's soft porn.
    The CanLit Foodbook (1987)
  3. There is more than one kind of freedom…Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it.
    The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
  4. Nobody dies from lack of sex. It's lack of love we die from.
    The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
  5. ‘Why do men feel threatened by women?’ I asked a male friend of mine…‘They're afraid women will laugh at them,’ he said…Then I asked some women students…‘Why do women feel threatened by men?’ ‘They're afraid of being killed,’ they said.
    Second Words (1982) ‘Writing the Male Character’
  6. This country is founded on the bodies of dead animals…historically dead beavers, the beaver is to this country what the black man is to the United States.
    commonly quoted as ‘Canada was built on dead beavers’
    Surfacing (1973)
  7. A word after a word
    after a word is power.
    ‘Spelling’ (1981)
  8. People put down Canadian literature and ask us why there isn't a Moby Dick. The reason there isn't a Moby Dick is that if a Canadian did a Moby Dick, it would be done from the point of view of the whale.
    in Saturday Night November 1972
  9. A divorce is like an amputation; you survive, but there's less of you.
    in Time, 1973
  10. Publishers are in business to make money, and if your books do well they don't care whether you are male, female, or an elephant.
    Graeme Gibson Eleven Canadian Novelists (1973) ‘Dissecting the Way a Writer Works’
  11. A voice is a gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech if possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.
    ‘A Disneyland of the Soul’ in Toronto Arts Group for Human Rights The Writer and Human Rights (1983)