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A divorce is like an amputation:
by Margaret Atwood

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

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Gardening is not a rational act.
- 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

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

 

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

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

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War is what happens when language fails.
- Margaret Atwood

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

Never pray for justice, because you might get some.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada was built on dead beavers.
- Margaret Atwood

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

A word after a word after a word is power.
- Margaret Atwood

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

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

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

If you have been divorced, you know it hurts -
especially if your marriage had lasted many years.
Whatever the circumstances of your relationship,
and whatever the nature of its ending,
there is always grief and regret -
perhaps regret over the ending,
or perhaps regret over not ending the relationship sooner -
or perhaps both.
Nonetheless, move past the grief and regret.
No matter how painful, divorce, like all endings,
opens the door to new beginnings.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can learn how to let go of the past.
Whether you have experienced a break up
with someone you cared for deeply,
whether death has taken a loved one,
whether you have had a feud with a friend or family member,
whether you have lost a job.
Move on and let go.
Life can be joyful and rewarding again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In every marriage more than a week old,
there are grounds for divorce.
The trick is to find, and continue to find,
grounds for marriage.
- Robert Anderson

Staying married may have long-term benefits.
You can elicit much more sympathy from friends over
a bad marriage than you ever can from a good divorce.
- P. J. O'Rourke

If you made a list of reasons why any couple got married,
and another list of the reasons for their divorce,
you'd have a hell of a lot of overlapping.
- Mignon McLaughlin

Do real life people actually fall in love
with the idea of being in love?
Unfortunately, it is actually quite common.
Someone wants desperately to have
the husband or wife of their dreams.
They visualize the vine-covered cottage
with the white picket fence.
They choose the colors for the nursery.
They design all the aspects of their married life.
A real person stands no chance of measuring up to those fantasies.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Conrad Hilton was very generous to me in the divorce settlement.
He gave me 5000 Gideon Bibles.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

When two people decide to get a divorce,
it isn't a sign that they "don't understand" one another,
but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.
- Helen Rowland

The foolish and cruel notion that a wife is to obey
her husband has sent more women to the grave than to
the courts for a divorce.
- Lemuel K. Washburn

My divorce came to me as a complete surprise.
That's what happens when you haven't been home in eighteen years.
- Lee Trevino

Divorce is the psychological equivalent of a triple coronary bypass.
- Mary Kay Blakely

Love, the quest; marriage, the conquest;
divorce,
the inquest.
- Helen Rowland

Ah, yes, divorce...
from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man's genitals through his wallet.
- Robin Williams

During the first 10 years of my life,
while my parents were married, I enjoyed a privileged upbringing.
After their divorce, my life was difficult.
- Bianca Jagger

Divorce is one of the most financially traumatic things you can go through.
Money spent on getting mad or getting even is money wasted.
- Richard Wagner

If you cannot work on the marriage or the women is a moron,
staying married and cheating makes the most sense because
divorce is disruptive to the family life and your bank account.
- Al Goldstein

A lot of people have asked me how short I am.
Since my last divorce, I think I'm about $100,000 short.
- Mickey Rooney

Please do not ask me to talk about my divorce.
Mr. Ziegfeld and I are such very good friends.
It is only a little matter quite between ourselves.
- Anna Held

I have a long track record of really horrible relationships and a divorce behind me;
so I'm not the guy to ask.
I just got really fortunate with this one.
- James Denton

In Hollywood, an equitable divorce settlement means
each party getting fifty percent of publicity.
- Lauren Bacall

Friendship is the marriage of the soul,
and this marriage is liable to divorce.
- Voltaire

I hardly said a word to my wife until I said 'yes' to divorce.
- John Milius

Love is grand; divorce is a hundred grand.
- Anonymous

I firmly believe in marriage.
It's a real important decision that takes a lot of dedication and time.
If you're thinking about divorce.
You shouldn't get married.
- Seth Green

In Palm Springs, they think homelessness is caused by bad divorce lawyers.
- G. B. Trudeau

I don't see any reason for marriage when there is divorce.
- Catherine Deneuve

A divorce lawyer is a chameleon with a law book.
- Marvin Mitchelson

I was thrown into the Parliament right away.
From 1976 to 1978 I was concerned with the abortion issue,
later on with that of divorce.
- Emma Bonino

My wife Mary and I have been married for forty-seven
years and not once have we had an argument serious
enough to consider divorce;
murder,
yes, but divorce, never.
- Jack Benny

Divorce is a by-product of the fact that maybe the nuclear unit is gone.
- Bob Geldof

Children must be considered in a divorce considered
valuable pawns in the nasty legal and financial contest that is about to ensue.
- P. J. O'Rourke

A lawyer is never entirely comfortable with a friendly divorce,
anymore than a good mortician wants to finish his job
and then have the patient sit up on the table.
- Jean Kerr

I think golf is a waste of time and a waste of a sunny afternoon.
I also stink at it.
I have never found anything, including divorce and
a sexual harassment suit,
more frustrating.
- Jay Mohr

He taught me housekeeping; when I divorce I keep the house.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

There are four stages in a marriage.
First there's the affair,
then the marriage,
then children
and finally the fourth stage,
without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce.
- Norman Mailer

Anybody who's been through a divorce will tell you that at one point.
they've thought murder.
The line between thinking murder and doing murder isn't that major.
- Oliver Stone

At the time that I knew them, they were not living together.
They began dating again after their divorce,
so I didn't really see fighting.
- Kato Kaelin

Peace, of course, is different from divorce;
indeed,
in essential respects, divorce is the opposite of peace.
- Douglas Feith

Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage.
I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
- Voltaire

My mother always said don't marry for money,
divorce for money.
- Wendy Liebman

Yes, the divorce was difficult.
It was difficult.
- Priscilla Presley

I got a divorce eleven years later on the grounds of cruelty,
which is still not easy in England.
- Dinah Sheridan

Let any pretty girl announce a divorce in Hollywood
and the wolves come running.
Fresh meat for the beast, and they are always hungry.
- Hedy Lamarr


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