A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.
More Quotes from Margaret Atwood:Men are not to be told anything they might find too painful the secret depths of human nature, the sordid physicalities, might overwhelm or damage them. For instance, men often faint at the sight of their own blood, to which they are not accustomed. For this reason you should never stand behind one in the line at the Red Cross donor clinic.
Oh yes: And save me from death.
The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.
The main thing is to keep yourself awake on writing
Myths can't be translated as they did in their ancient soil. We can only find our own meaning in our own time.
If I were going to convert to any religion I would probably choose Catholicism because it at least has female saints and the Virgin Mary.
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Religion has a good place and it has its good people.