I first read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood in college. Okay fine, I read part of it – the whole novel wasn’t required for the class I read it in and then I got busy and didn’t get back to it even though I was seriously enjoying it at the time. Then I kept being busy and then I graduated, had babies, got married and got busier.
Spring forward to the Spring of 2017 and The Handmaid’s Tale has been turned into a tv series on Hulu!!! I finally get to go back to Offred’s world and hear her whole story and see it with my eyeballs. It’s heartbreaking and wonderful and has me feeling like all kinds of a Margaret Atwood fangirl. Somehow I fell down a spiral of looking up her other books on Amazon and then looking at famous quotes that she has said or written. And oh my goodness, they are good.
Here are 7 of my favorite quotes that make me wish I was into crocheting things on pillows.
“Don’t let the bastards grind you down,” is one of many awesome quotes from The Handmaid’s Tale.
“A word after a word after a word is power.” This is a line from Spelling – Poem.
“Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.” – from Cat’s Eye, 1988
“You may not be able to alter reality, but you can alter your attitude towards it, and this, paradoxically, alters reality. Try it and see.” – This is a quote from a commencement speech given to graduating students at the University of Toronto in 1983.
“We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.” – Margaret Atwood
“War is what happens when language fails.” – The Robber Bride, 1993
“I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed, and that necessary.” – Variation on the Word Sleep, from Selected Poems II: 1976-1986 by Margaret Atwood
I’m linking up with Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week.
Answering the prompt: 6. Share a quote you love.
Let me know if you are playing along in the comments section!
One response to “7 Brilliant Quotes from Margaret Atwood.”
Oh these are great quotes! That one about thinking of a powerful woman as an anomaly struck a chord! It’s so true.