Margaret Atwood Quotes.

11. "I listened humbly, resentfully. I knew I did not have charm. Neither Laura nor I had it. We were too secretive for charm, or else too blunt. We’d never learned it, because Reenie had spoiled us. She felt that who we were ought to be enough for anybody. We shouldn’t have to lay ourselves out for people, court them with coaxings and wheedlings and eye-batting displays."
- Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

12. "The pile of stones thus marks both an act of deliberate remembrance, and an act of deliberate forgetting. They're fond of paradox in that region."
- Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

13. "I did not yet know that my lack of enjoyment - my distaste, my suffering even - would be considered normal and even desirable by my husband. He was one of those men who felt that if a woman did not experience sexual pleasure this was all to the good, because then she would not be liable to wander off seeking it elsewhere."
- Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

14. "The cicadas pierce the air with their searing one-note calls; dust eddies across the roads; from the weedy patches at the verges, grasshoppers whir. The leaves of the maples hang from their branches like limp gloves; on the sidewalk my shadow crackles."
- Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

15. "Where was the threshold, between the inner world and the outer one? We each move unthinkingly through this gateway every day, we use the passwords of grammar--I say, you say, he and she, it, on the other hand, does not say--paying for the privilege of sanity with common coin, with meanings we've agreed on."
- Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

16. "But how else can we live, these days, except in the midst of ruin?"
- Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

17. "Don’t interfere with false gods, you’ll get the gold paint all over your hands."
- Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

18. "I shouldn't have taken a vow of silence, I told myself. What did I want? Nothing much. Just a memorial. But what is a memorial, when you come right down to it, but a commemoration of wounds endured? Endured, and resented. Without memory, there can be no revenge."
- Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

19. "Each of the five tribes claims to have been the victorious attacker. Each recalls the slaughter with relish. Each believes it was ordained by their own god as righteous vengeance, because of the unholy practices carried on in the city. Evil must be cleansed with blood, they say. On that day the blood ran like water, so afterwards it must have been very clean."
- Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

20. "The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read."
- Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

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