Margaret Atwood Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old margaret atwood quotes, margaret atwood sayings, and margaret atwood proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.      

Margaret Atwood

You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.      

Margaret Atwood

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

Margaret Atwood

The young habitually mistake lust for love, they're infested with idealism of all kinds.     

Margaret Atwood

The threat to the planet is us. It's actually not a threat to the planet - it's a threat to us.     

Margaret Atwood

War is what happens when language fails.     

Margaret Atwood

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

Margaret Atwood

All fathers are invisible in daytime; daytime is ruled by mothers and fathers come out at night. Darkness brings home fathers, with their real, unspeakable power. There is more to fathers than meets the eye.     

Margaret Atwood

Gardening is not a rational act.     

Margaret Atwood

There's something to be said for hunger: at least it lets you know you're still alive.     

Margaret Atwood

Nobody dies from lack of sex. It's lack of love we die from.     

Margaret Atwood

Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized.     

Margaret Atwood

It's crowded, which pleases me. Salesladies intimidate me, I don't like to be caught shopping.     

Margaret Atwood

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

Margaret Atwood

Where there's a doctor it's always a bad sign. Even when they are not doing the killing themselves it means a death is close, and in that way they are like ravens or crows.     

Margaret Atwood

The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn't one.     

Margaret Atwood

Potential has a shelf life.     

Margaret Atwood

A prison does not only lock its inmates inside, it keeps all others out. Her strongest prison is of her own construction.     

Margaret Atwood

To live in prison is to live without mirrors. To live without mirrors is to live without the self.     

Margaret Atwood

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

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

Modesty is invisibility. Never forget it. To be seen to be seen is to be penetrated. What you must be girls, is impenetrable.     

Margaret Atwood

I was sand, I was snow, written on, rewritten, smoothed over.     

Margaret Atwood

If someone wants to suck your toes, those toes should be worth sucking.     

Margaret Atwood

There's nothing like a shovel full of dirt to encourage literacy.     

Margaret Atwood

The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn't one.     

Margaret Atwood

War is what happens when language fails.     

Margaret Atwood

This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year's threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath.     

Margaret Atwood

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

Margaret Atwood

Debt . . . . that peculiar nexus where money, narrative or story, and religious belief intersect, often with explosive force.     

Margaret Atwood