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“If I waited for perfection … I would never write a word.”    

“After everything that's happened, how can the world still be so beautiful? Because it is.” —Oryx and Crake 

Margaret Atwood quotes The Year of the Flood
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  • Margaret Atwood at Canada's Word in the Street festival to promote her 2009 book The Year of the Flood.

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“Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance: you have to work at it.” —The Handmaid's Tale    

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  • Elisabeth Moss as Offred in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.

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“When things are really dismal, you can laugh, or you can cave in completely.”

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”  

Margaret Atwood quotes The Handmaid's Tale
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  • Alexis Bledel as Ofglen in The Handmaid's Tale.

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“A word after a word after a word is power.”

“[Humans] have hope built in. If our ancestors had not had that component, they would not have bothered getting up in the morning. You are always going to have hope that today there will be a giraffe, where yesterday there wasn’t one.”

“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.” —The Handmaid’s Tale 

Margaret Atwood quotes The Handmaid's Tale
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  • Samira Wiley as Moira in The Handmaid's Tale.

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