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The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because ...
by 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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada was built on dead beavers.
- Margaret Atwood

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

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

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

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

War is what happens when language fails.
- Margaret Atwood

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

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

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

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

The beginning of Canadian cultural nationalism was
not 'Am I really that oppressed?' but 'Am I really that boring?'
- 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 story as told in The Odyssey doesn't hold water.
There are too many inconsistencies.
- Margaret Atwood

People are always asking me about eskimos,
but there are no eskimos in Iceland.
- Bjork

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

I tried to remember how to exhale.
I had to look away before it came back to me.
- Bella, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I do not fear death.
I had been dead for billions and billions
of years before I was born,
and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
- Mark Twain

The soul would have no rainbow,
Had the eyes no tears.
- John Vance Cheney

If i had known... i would have lingered
over my coffee a little longer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have lost my seven best friends,
which is to say that God has had mercy on me
seven times without realizing it.
He lent a friendship, took it from me, and sent me another.
- Jean Cocteau

If the tongue had not been framed for articulation,
man would still be a beast in the forest.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everyone who got where he is,
had to begin where he was.
- Richard L. Evans

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

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Margaret Thatcher

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares.
I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.
- Jonas Salk

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

If someone had told me I would be Pope one day,
I would have studied harder.
- Pope John Paul I

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

Touch me in the morning
Then just walk away
We don't have tomorrow
But we had yesterday
- Ron Miller/Michael Masser

Essentially all suffering is the result of...
1. Comparing what we have (or don't have) today
... with what we had yesterday.
2. Comparing what we fear we might have (or not have) tomorrow)
... with what we have today.
3. Comparing what we have (or don't have) with what others have.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A person isn't who they are during
the last conversation you had with them -
they're who they've been
throughout your whole relationship.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

You know the only people who are always sure about
the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.
- Bill Cosby

I am certainly not an authority on love because there
are no authorities on love,
just those who've had luck with it and those who haven't.
- Bill Cosby

I was wise enough to never grow up
while fooling most people into believing I had.
- Margaret Mead

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

My father and he had one of those English friendships
which begins by avoiding the intimacies
and eventually eliminates speech altogether.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt


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