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

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

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

Gardening is not a rational act.
- 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

 

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

This above all, to refuse to be a victim.
- 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

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

War is what happens when language fails.
- Margaret Atwood

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

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

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

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

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

Canada was built on dead beavers.
- Margaret Atwood

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

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

Never pray for justice, because you might get some.
- 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 word after a word after a word is power.
- Margaret Atwood

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

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

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

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

In the spring, at the end of the day,
you should smell like dirt.
- 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

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

Our desires always disappoint us;
for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction,
yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.
- Elbert Hubbard

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask "Why me?"
Then a voice answers "Nothing personal,
your name just happened to come up. -
- Charlie Brown, in Charles M. Schulz' cartoon Peanuts

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are many answers you have received
but have not yet heard.
- A Course In Miracles

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers,
but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
- Antony Jay

The Answers of Spirit are far more powerful
than the Questions of our small minds.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.
- Joan Baez

The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions.
- Susan Sontag

In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back.
- Charles M. Schulz in his Peanuts cartoon

You need to make a commitment,
and once you make it,
then life will give you some answers.
- Les Brown

Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask.
She has long ago taken her resolution.
- Henry David Thoreau

Successful people ask better questions,
and as a result, they get better answers.
- Tony Robbins

There are no right answers to wrong questions.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions.
- Edgar Cayce

Remain in wonder if you want the mysteries to open up for you.
Mysteries never open up for those who go on questioning.
Questioners sooner or later end up in a library.
Questioners sooner or later end up with scriptures,
because scriptures are full of answers.
And answers are dangerous, they kill your wonder.
- Osho

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest
for easy answers and half-baked solutions.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers
to the vibrations of beauty.
- Christopher Morley

Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
- Janis Joplin

Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers -
six if one went to Harvard.
- Edgar R. Fiedler

Computers are useless.
They can only give you answers.
- Pablo Picasso

It is reasonable to expect the doctor to recognize
that science may not have all the answers to problems of health and healing.
- Norman Cousins

I never did very well in math - I could never seem
to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally.
- Calvin Trillin

Questions are a burden to others; answers are a prison for oneself.
- Patrick McGoohan

And of course, the musician - if he's serious -
always answers: My last album is my best,
otherwise I wouldn't have done it.
- Klaus Schulze

The function of a genius is not to give new answers,
but to pose new questions which time and mediocrity can resolve.
- Hugh Trevor-Roper

If they can get you asking the wrong questions,
they don't have to worry about the answers.
- Thomas Pynchon

That's where I began to ask questions that maybe don't
have one specific answer.
And the more people you get answers from,
the richer the environment becomes.
- John Zorn

The Master speaks more directly,
"If you want something done,
just relax, and see it as being done.
Better yet, when you see something done,
know that you intended it."
When I ask, "What if I don't like what I see done?",
He answers, "then deeply examine your intentions."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Einstein was a man who could ask immensely simple questions.
And what his work showed is that when the answers are simple too,
then you can hear God thinking.
- Jacob Bronowski

When you finally accept that it's OK not to have answers
and it's OK not to be perfect,
you realize that feeling confused is a normal part
of what it is to be a human being.
- Winona Ryder

Questions structure and, so, to some extent predetermine answers.
- A. R. Ammons

We grow in time to trust the future for our answers.
- Ruth Benedict

I do not have the answers and as a woman I do not intend
to play my own thoughts over the truth.
I can clearly state the problems and tell you that I suffer from them.
- Lynette Fromme

Some people think technology has the answers.
- Kevin Mitnick

Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it,
you will live along some distant day into your answers.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

If you ask a hundred people, they all give you different answers.
- Lenny Kravitz

The scientific mind does not so much provide the right
answers as ask the right questions.
- Claude Levi-Strauss

By the time the people asking the questions are ready for the answers,
the people doing the work have lost track of the questions.
- Norman Ralph Augustine

Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers.
- Robert Half


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