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A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing.
by Margaret Atwood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada was built on dead beavers.
- Margaret Atwood

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

War is what happens when language fails.
- Margaret Atwood

Popular art is the dream of society;
it does not examine itself.
- 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 the national mental illness of the United States is megalomania,
that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia.
- 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

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

Population, when unchecked, goes on doubling itself
every 25 years or increases in a geometrical ratio.
- Thomas Malthus

For a manager to be perceived as a positive manager,
they need a four to one positive to negative contact ratio.
- Ken Blanchard

The magnetic cleavage of the spectral lines is dependent
on the size of the charge of the electron,
or, more accurately, on the ratio between the mass
and the charge of the electron.
- Pieter Zeeman

When two elements combine and form more than one compound,
the masses of one element that react with a fixed mass
of the other are in the ratio of small whole numbers.
- Humphry Davy

There was a danger that skeptics and opponents would
misread those likelihood ratio tests as rejections
of an entire class of models,
which of course they were not.
- Thomas J. Sargent

Every relationship between two individuals or two groups
will be characterized by the ratio of secrecy that is involved in it.
- Georg Simmel

The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio
to the number of human beings involved.
- Aldous Huxley

Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio.
- Thomas Malthus

In World War II in Germany, we had a ration for one U.S.
soldier, or one allied soldier for every twenty inhabitants.
The ratio in Iraq is about one for a hundred and sixty.
- William Odom

Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio
to the importance of the country in which the office is held.
- Aldous Huxley

A magazine or a newspaper is a shop.
Each is an experiment and represents a new focus,
a new ratio between commerce and intellect.
- John Jay Chapman

Nominally, there is one executive for every eight federal employees,
a ratio that would bankrupt many private industries.
- Martin L. Gross

It's probably fair to say that the ratio of time our
Connector developers spend in the debugger versus the
Emacs buffer is higher than with most software.
- Nat Friedman

And what we were trying to offer every day was one-on-one attention.
The goal was to have a one-to-one ratio with every one of these students.
- Dave Eggers

The expression of beauty is in direct ratio to the
power of conception the artist has acquired.
- Gustave Courbet

People are lucky and unlucky not according to what they get absolutely,
but according to the ratio between what they get and
what they have been led to expect.
- Samuel Butler

It means that the silver coins of the United States
at whatever ratio is fixed,
and I want the present ratio that we have now,
16 to 1, maintained precisely as it is.
- Richard Parks Bland

Beauty, like truth, is relative to the time when one
lives and to the individual who can grasp it.
The expression of beauty is in direct ratio to the
power of conception the artist has acquired.
- Gustave Courbet

It becomes a giant's task to compute the result when
the effect of cross seas,
wind at all angles and ever varying force,
arched surfaces, head resistance, ratio of weight to area,
and the intelligence of the guiding power crop up.
- Lawrence Hargrave

I've got a chart here that shows our debt-to-GDP ratio.
And while we did run deficits in the past,
we now number our debt in trillions rather than in billions.
And I think that represents a long-term danger,
especially to the, the American dream.
- Mark Kirk

It's not like that often, I mean, I suppose out of
a ratio of 10 fans maybe like 1 or 2 of 'em might be Asian,
and maybe every second or third time they might bring
up something that they're Asian and I'm Asian.
- James Iha

We have lost one shuttle for every 57 flights and that is not a good ratio.
I do believe we need to continue space flights,
but maybe we can follow the example of the Russians
and use unmanned vehicles to transport hardware into space.
- Lincoln Davis

The only true measure of success is the ratio between
what we might have done and what we might have been on the one hand,
and the thing we have made and the things we have made
of ourselves on the other.
- H. G. Wells

In this country protection has always,
to some extent, existed; but at some times it has been efficient,
and at others not; and our tendency toward freedom
or slavery has always been in the direct ratio of its
efficiency or inefficiency.
- Henry Charles Carey

When a documentary filmmaker, working in the style that I do,
suggests that there has been a shooting ratio of 40
hours to every one hour of finished film,
that doesn't mean that the other 39 are bad.
- Ken Burns

There were so many great music and political scenes
going on in the late '60s in Cambridge.
The ratio of guys to girls at Harvard was four to one,
so all of those things were playing in my mind.
- Bonnie Raitt

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

A true friend is one who
overlooks your failures
and tolerates your success.
- Doug Larson

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

Know that the essence of life is not
in the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ninety-nine percent of the failures
come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
- George Washington Carver

I always turn to the sports pages first,
which records people's accomplishments.
The front page has nothing but man's failures.
- Earl Warren

Choose to adopt the attitude toward failure that sports teams do.
In each game, one team succeeds and one fails.
Then the next week they both get out and play again.
Life is also a game - with some successes and some failures.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Develop success from failures.
Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
- Dale Carnegie

Defeat is not the worst of failures.
Not to have tried is the true failure.
- George Edward Woodberry

You cannot measure a man by his failures.
You must know what use he makes of them.
What did they mean to him.
What did he get out of them.
- Orison Swett Marden

Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success,
it enables you to ignore the minor hurts,
the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.
- Vince Lombardi

Use the losses and failures of the past as a reason for action,
not inaction.
- Charles J. Givens

We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans,
finding our failures were successes.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

Do not take yourself too seriously.
You have to learn not to be dismayed at making mistakes.
No human being can avoid failures.
- Lawrence G. Lovasik

Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.
- Ross Perot

There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons.
- Denis Waitley


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