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Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "But unshed tears can turn rancid. So can memory. So can biting your tongue. My bad nights were beginning. I couldn't sleep."

But unshed tears can turn rancid. So can memory. So can biting your tongue. My bad nights were beginning. I couldn't sleep.




Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "He was deciding whether to cut her throat or love her forever."

He was deciding whether to cut her throat or love her forever.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "Don’t interfere with false gods, you’ll get the gold paint all over your hands."

Don’t interfere with false gods, you’ll get the gold paint all over your hands.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "Lose your temper and you lose the fight."

Lose your temper and you lose the fight.




Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "After they had skated around the pond several times, my father asked my mother to marry him. I expect he did it awkwardly, but awkwardness in men was a sign of sincerity then."

After they had skated around the pond several times, my father asked my mother to marry him. I expect he did it awkwardly, but awkwardness in men was a sign of sincerity then.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "What you don’t know won’t hurt you. A dubious maxim: sometimes what you don’t know can hurt you very much."

What you don’t know won’t hurt you. A dubious maxim: sometimes what you don’t know can hurt you very much.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "You shouldn't do that, " said Laura. "You could set yourself on fire."

You shouldn't do that, " said Laura. "You could set yourself on fire.




Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "There were a lot of gods. Gods always come in handy, they justify almost anything."

There were a lot of gods. Gods always come in handy, they justify almost anything.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "Bless you. Be careful. Anyone intending to meddle with words needs such blessing, such warning."

Bless you. Be careful. Anyone intending to meddle with words needs such blessing, such warning.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "An odd thing souvenir-hunting: now becomes then even while it is still now."

An odd thing souvenir-hunting: now becomes then even while it is still now.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "That's the kind of stories I know. Sad ones. Anyway, taken to it's logical conclusion, every story is sad, because at the end everyone dies."

That's the kind of stories I know. Sad ones. Anyway, taken to it's logical conclusion, every story is sad, because at the end everyone dies.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "Those who live alone slide into the habit of vertical eating: why bother with the niceties when there's no one to share or censure? But laxity in one area may lead to derangement in all."

Those who live alone slide into the habit of vertical eating: why bother with the niceties when there's no one to share or censure? But laxity in one area may lead to derangement in all.




Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "Time: old cold time, old sorrow, settling down in layers like silt in a pond."

Time: old cold time, old sorrow, settling down in layers like silt in a pond.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "Better not to invent her in her absence. Better to wait until she's actually here. Then he can make her up as she goes along."

Better not to invent her in her absence. Better to wait until she's actually here. Then he can make her up as she goes along.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "Could it be he was feeling a certain nostalgia for the war, despite its stench and meaningless carnage? For that questionless life of instinct?"

Could it be he was feeling a certain nostalgia for the war, despite its stench and meaningless carnage? For that questionless life of instinct?



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel."

All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "How did the war creep up? How did it gather itself together? What was it made from? What secrets, lies, betrayals? What loves and hatreds? What sums of money, what metals?"

How did the war creep up? How did it gather itself together? What was it made from? What secrets, lies, betrayals? What loves and hatreds? What sums of money, what metals?



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "Time rises and rises, and when it reaches the level of your eyes you drown."

Time rises and rises, and when it reaches the level of your eyes you drown.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "I was tired of her getting away with being so young."

I was tired of her getting away with being so young.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "I am not scoffing at goodness, which is far more difficult to explain than evil, and just as complicated. But sometimes it's hard to put up with."

I am not scoffing at goodness, which is far more difficult to explain than evil, and just as complicated. But sometimes it's hard to put up with.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "...He was wrong about the sadness though: far better to have it when you're young. A sad pretty girl inspires the urge to console, unlike a sad old crone."

...He was wrong about the sadness though: far better to have it when you're young. A sad pretty girl inspires the urge to console, unlike a sad old crone.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn't one."

The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn't one.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "Where were we? I've forgotten. He was deciding whether to cut her throat or love her forever.Right. Yes. The usual choices."

Where were we? I've forgotten. He was deciding whether to cut her throat or love her forever.Right. Yes. The usual choices.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "Time in dreams is frozen. You can never get away from where you've been."

Time in dreams is frozen. You can never get away from where you've been.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "You think you can get rid of things, and people too--leave them behind. You don't know yet about the habit they have, of coming back."

You think you can get rid of things, and people too--leave them behind. You don't know yet about the habit they have, of coming back.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "Sympathy from strangers can be ruinous."

Sympathy from strangers can be ruinous.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "I thought my heart was pure. We do like to have such good opinions of our own motives when we're about to do something harmful, to someone else."

I thought my heart was pure. We do like to have such good opinions of our own motives when we're about to do something harmful, to someone else.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "But what is a memorial, when you come right down to it, but a commemoration of wounds endured? Endured, and resented. Without memory, there can be no revenge."

But what is a memorial, when you come right down to it, but a commemoration of wounds endured? Endured, and resented. Without memory, there can be no revenge.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "I'm not senile, " I snapped. "If I burn the house down it will be on purpose."

I'm not senile, " I snapped. "If I burn the house down it will be on purpose.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "Every war is the war for whoever's lived through it."

Every war is the war for whoever's lived through it.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "The young habitually mistake lust for love, they're infested with idealism of all kinds."

The young habitually mistake lust for love, they're infested with idealism of all kinds.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "More and more I feel like a letter—deposited here, collected there. But a letter addressed to no one."

More and more I feel like a letter—deposited here, collected there. But a letter addressed to no one.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "This is how the girl who couldn't speak and the man who couldn't see fell in love."

This is how the girl who couldn't speak and the man who couldn't see fell in love.



Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin Quotes: "She knows herself to be at the mercy of events, and she knows by now that events have no mercy."

She knows herself to be at the mercy of events, and she knows by now that events have no mercy.