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Because I am a mother, I am capable of being shocked:
by Margaret Atwood

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

War is what happens when language fails.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada was built on dead beavers.
- Margaret Atwood

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

Mother is the name for God
in the lips and hearts of little children.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

Life is a nurturing mother,
when you just remember to say "thank you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There was never a child so lovely
but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss
at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
- Honore de Balzac

The girl of my dreams is my mother's shadow,
cast upon the distant movie screen of my future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.
- Emily Dickinson

I think, at a child's birth,
if a mother could ask a fairy godmother
to endow it with the most useful gift,
that gift should be curiosity.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The most important thing a father
can do for his children
is to love their mother.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Mother's love grows by giving.
- Charles Lamb

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
- Abraham Lincoln

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

A mother is not a person to lean on,
but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Necessity is the mother of invention.
- Proverb

What can you do to promote world peace?
Go home and love your family.
- Mother Teresa

In this life we cannot do great things.
We can only do small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

Love is a fruit in season at all times,
and within reach of every hand.
- Mother Teresa

The hunger for love is
much more difficult to remove
than the hunger for bread.
- Mother Teresa

We can do no great things,
only small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

One of the greatest cause of unhappiness -
perhaps even the only cause of unhappiness - is comparison.
I remember as a young child hearing my mother say,
"Comparisons are odious."
That is one of the oldest sayings in the English language,
and one of the most important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; ...
Forgive them anyway.
- Kent Keith
(often attributed to Mother Teresa, who kept a copy
on the wall of her orphanage)

If we want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.
- Mother Teresa

I have found the paradox,
that if you love until it hurts,
there can be no more hurt, only more love.
- Mother Teresa

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

God Loves an Open Mind, Clean Hands, and a Loving Heart.
So does Your Mother.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort,
and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every time you smile at someone,
it is an action of love,
a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
- Mother Teresa

Do not think that love,
in order to be genuine,
has to be extraordinary.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
- Mother Teresa

If you want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.
- Mother Teresa

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor.
Do you know your next door neighbor?
- Mother Teresa

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
- Mother Teresa

It is not the magnitude of our actions
but the amount of love
that is put into them that matters.
- Mother Teresa

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
- Mother Teresa

Spread love everywhere you go.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
- Mother Teresa

Good works are links that form a chain of love.
- Mother Teresa

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do...
but how much love we put in that action.
- Mother Teresa

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
- Mother Teresa

Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? The mother.
- Claudette Colbert

The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness.
When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe.
You relinquish that position to your children.
- Jessica Lange

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.
- Ambrose Bierce

My mother gets all mad at me if I stay in a hotel.
I'm 31-years-old, and I don't want to sleep on a sleeping
bag down in the basement.
It's humiliating.
- Ben Affleck

Technology is a gift of God.
After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts.
It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences.
- Freeman Dyson


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