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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada was built on dead beavers.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

War is what happens when language fails.
- Margaret Atwood

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

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

Love is not a matter of counting the years,
but making the years count.
- Michele St. Amand

You can make more friends in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get other people interested in you.
- Dale Carnegie

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth,
but delicious in the years of maturity.
- Albert Einstein

Anger is a destructive emotion
that becomes instinctive over the years.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits
and then complain that he's not the man she married?
- Barbra Streisand

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;
if in terms of ten years, plant trees;
if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
- Confucius

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

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

And in the end, it's not
the years in your life that count,
it's the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln

Old is always fifteen years from now.
- Bill Cosby

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue.
If we have enough friends, we may go on for years,
intending to leave, talking about leaving -
instead of actually getting up and leaving.
- Erica Jong

I have spent many years of my life in opposition,
and I rather like the role.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The years teach much which the days never know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It takes years to build up trust,
and only seconds to destroy it.
- Anonymous

It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.
- Eddie Cantor

Smartness runs in my family.
When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was
in my class for five years.
- Gracie Allen

My hope is that 10 years from now, after I've been
across the street at work for a while,
they'll all be glad they gave me that wonderful vote.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

I will never be an old man.
To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
- Francis Bacon

I crashed my boyfriend's birthday when I was 12 years old.
He didn't invite me and so I showed up.
- Isla Fisher

I spent the first fourteen years of my life convinced
that my looks were hideous.
Adolescence is painful for everyone,
I know,
but mine was plain weird.
- Uma Thurman

My teenage years were exactly what they were supposed to be.
Everybody has their own path.
It's laid out for you.
It's just up to you to walk it.
- Justin Timberlake

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

Politics, it seems to me, for years,
or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
- Richard Armour

Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about
your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.
- Grantland Rice

I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.
- Johnnie Cochran

In youth the days are short and the years are long.
In old age the years are short and day's long.
- Pope Paul VI

I followed the same diet for 20 years,
eliminating starches, living on salads,
lean meat, and small portions.
- Gene Tierney

I think and think for months and years.
Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false.
The hundredth time I am right.
- Albert Einstein

Once you have seen the truth
you must make the decision to let go
of the pain, anger, and resentment you have been holding on to.
This requires you to take action.
If you are attached to your pain, resentment,
and self-righteousness, and addicted to your emotional reactions,
this will be a difficult step for you.
Taking action requires letting go of the very thing
you have been holding on to for so many years.
There is comfort in what we find familiar,
even if we are experiencing pain and suffering.
The pain and suffering itself becomes the familiarity we seek.
It takes absolute faith in yourself
plus courage, will, and discipline to let go.
But once you let go, it will be as if
the weight of the world has been taken off your shoulders.
In this process it is important to forgive
not just the others in our lives, but also ourselves.
For most people, giving ourselves
the gift of forgiveness is very challenging.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

It was an honor and privilege to arrive to this country
16 years ago with almost no money in my pocket.
A lot has happened since then.
- Antonio Banderas

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide
which particular representatives of the oppressing
class are to represent and repress them.
- Karl Marx

I pray God may preserve your health and life many years.
- Junipero Serra

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert,
in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.
- Milton Friedman

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years.
To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
- Winston Churchill

Almost nothing you worry about today
will matter in a hundred years.
Think carefully about what you can focus on today.
Choose tasks that will actually make a positive difference
to your great-grandchildren.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People - not just in their teenage years -
hold on to this fantasy of love when they're not ready
to have a real relationship.
- Keri Russell

When a man you like switches from what
he said a year ago, or four years ago,
he is a broad-minded person who has courage enough
to change his mind with changing conditions.
When a man you don't like does it,
he is a liar who has broken his promise.
- Franklin Pierce Adams

While one finds company in himself and his pursuits,
he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago,
Catholic school children would be wearing little electric
chairs around their necks instead of crosses.
- Lenny Bruce

How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not
for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?
- Logan P. Smith


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