Negotiating with the Dead Quotes.

1. "There's an epigram tacked to my office bulletin board, pinched from a magazine -- "Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pâté."
- Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead

2. "My own view of myself was that I was small and innocuous, a marshmallow compared to the others. I was a poor shot with a 22, for instance, and not very good with an ax. It took me a long time to figure out that the youngest in a family of dragons is still a dragon from the point of view of those who find dragons alarming."
- Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead

3. "I had a boyfriend once who sent me--in a plastic bag, so it wouldn't drip--a real cow's heart with a real arrow stuck through it. As you may divine, he knew I was interested in poetry."
- Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead

4. "It's somewhat daunting to reflect that Hell is -- possibly -- the place where you are stuck in your own personal narrative for ever, and Heaven is -- possibly -- the place where you can ditch it, and take up wisdom instead."
- Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead

5. "This is perhaps why Dante chooses the poet Virgil to be his guide in the Inferno; in visiting a strange location, it's always best to go with someone who's been there before, and – most important of all on a sightseeing tour of Hell – who might also know how to get you out again."
- Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead

6. "There was also, as it turned out, the dismay of my parents to be reckoned with: their tolerance about caterpillars and beetles and other non-human life forms did not quite extend to artists."
- Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead

7. "It took me a long time to figure out that the youngest in a family of dragons is still a dragon from the point of view of those who find dragons alarming."
- Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead

8. "Language is not morally neutral because the human brain is not neutral in its desires. Neither is the dog brain. Neither is the bird brain: crows hate owls. We like some things and dislike others, we approve of some things and disapprove of others. Such is the nature of being an organism."
- Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead

9. "The written word is so much like evidence — like something that can be used against you later."
- Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead

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