Stone Mattress: Nine Tales Quotes.

1. "It’s a lifelong failing: she has never been prepared. But how can you have a sense of wonder if you’re prepared for everything? Prepared for the sunset. Prepared for the moonrise. Prepared for the ice storm. What a flat existence that would be."
- Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

2. "You believed you could transcend the body as you aged, she tells herself. You believed you could rise above it, to a serene, nonphysical realm. But it’s only through ecstasy you can do that, and ecstasy is achieved through the body itself. Without the bone and sinew of wings, no flight. Without that ecstasy you can only be dragged further down by the body, into its machinery. Its rusting, creaking, vengeful, brute machinery."
- Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

3. "There’s only so long you can feel sorry for a person before you come to feel that their affliction is an act of malice committed by them against you."
- Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

4. "Money does talk, but it has a limited vocabulary."
- Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

5. "He drowned his sorrows, though like other drowned things they had a habit of floating to the surface when least expected."
- Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

6. "The beauty is an illusion, and also a warning: there’s a dark side to beauty, as with poisonous butterflies."
- Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

7. "Experiences were what you got when you couldn’t get what you wanted."
- Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

8. "She's not extravagant or greedy, she tells herself: all she ever wanted was to be protected by layer upon layer of kind, soft, insulating money, so that nobody and nothing could get close enough to harm her."
- Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

9. "According to Tobias, women hang around longer because they’re less capable of indignation and better at being humiliated, for what is old age but one long string of indignities? What person of integrity would put up with it?"
- Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

10. "According to Tobias, it was more difficult to seduce a stupid woman than an intelligent one because stupid women could not understand innuendo or even connect cause with effect."
- Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

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