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Menopause. A pause while you reconsider men.

I've never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It's probably because they have forgotten their own.

I became a poet at the age of sixteen. I did not intend to do it. It was not my fault.

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

Wanting to meet a writer because you like their books is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pate.

I am certain that a Sewing Machine would relieve as much human suffering as a hundred Lunatic Asylums, and possibly a good deal more.
Alias Grace

Love blurs your vision; but after it recedes, you can see more clearly than ever. It's like the tide going out, revealing whatever's been thrown away and sunk: broken bottles, old gloves, rusting pop cans, nibbled fishbodies, bones. This is the kind of thing you see if you sit in the darkness with open eyes, not knowing the future.
Cat's Eye

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
Bluebeard's Egg

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.

Canada is a balloon-puncturing country. You are not really allowed to be an icon unless you also make an idiot of yourself.

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

Canada was built on dead beavers.

Everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.

There are some women who seem to be born without fear, just as there are people who are born without the ability to feel pain ... Providence appears to protect such women, maybe out of astonishment.

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

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

An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.

Knowing was a temptation. What you don't know won't tempt you.
The Handmaid's Tale

Modesty is invisibility... Never forget it. To be seen - to be seen - is to be... penetrated. What you must be girls, is impenetrable.
The Handmaid's Tale

I lie on the floor, washed by nothing and hanging on. I cry at night. I am afraid of hearing voices, or a voice. I have come to the edge, of the land. I could get pushed over.
Cat's Eye

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