Quotes from Lady Oracle

Margaret Atwood ·  346 pages

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“How could I be sleeping with this particular man.... Surely only true love could justify my lack of taste.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“I wanted to forget the past, but it refused to forget me; it waited for sleep, then cornered me.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“I didn't want him to become gray and multi-dimensional and complicated like everyone else. Was every Heathcliff a Linton in disguise?”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“and each of his voices left his body in a different colored soul and floated up towards the sun still singing.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“I thought, men who changed their names were likely to be con-men, criminals, undercover agents or magicians, whereas women who changed their names were probably just married.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle



“I grew sodden with light; my skin on the inside glowed a dull red.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“A man in a cloud, with icicle teeth and eyes of fire.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“My life had a tendency to spread, get flabby, to scroll and festoon like the frame of a baroque mirror, which came from following the line of least resistance. I wanted my death, by contrast, to be neat and simple, understated, even a little severe, like a Quaker church or the basic black dress with a single strand of pearls...”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“Below me, in the foundations of the house, I could hear the clothes I'd buried there growing themselves a body.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“Was every Heathcliff a Linton in disguise?”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle



“If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“She sits on the iron throne
She is one and three
The dark lady
the redgold lady
The blank lady
oracle
of blood, she who must be
obeyed
forever
Her glass wings are gone
She floats down the river
singing her last song”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“Now I wanted to be acknowledged, but I feared it.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“His view of the world featured swift disasters set against a background of lurking doom, my cooking did nothing to contradict it.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“to fix and make plausible, the nebulous emotions of my costumed heroins, like diamonds on a sea of dough.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle



“Love was merely a tool, smiles were another tool, they were both just tools for accomplishing certain ends. No magic, merely chemicals. I felt I'd never really loved anyone, not Paul, not Chuck the Royal Porcupine, not even Arthur. I'd polished them with my love and expected them to shine, brightly enough to return my own reflection, enhanced and sparkling.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“It's no good thinking you're invisible if you aren't”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“. . . they lurk passively, like vampire sheep”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“I sang out the words unflinchingly though, as I stomped around the toadstool in clouds of church-basement dust, with a damp Gnome hand clutched in each of mine.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“I would pore for hours over the stalls of worn necklaces, sets of gilt spoons, sugar tongs in the shape of hen's feet or midget hands, clocks that didn't work, flowered china, spotty mirrors and ponderous furniture, the flotsam left by those receding centuries in which, more and more, I was living.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle



“Besides, who would think of marrying a mothball? A question my mother put to me often, later, in other forms.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“you can't change the past,Aunt Lou used to say.Oh, but I wanted to;that was the one thing I really wanted to do”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“I always remembered what she looked like, the dried apple face, the silvery gray hair, the snapping blue eyes.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“He had been with me, but he wasn't with me now, we had been walking along a street like this one and then the future swept over us and we were separated. He was in the distance now, across the ocean, on a beach, the wind ruffling his hair, I could hardly see his features. He was moving at an ever-increasing speed away from me, into the land of the dead, the dead past, irretrievable.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“There was always that shadowy twin, thin when i was fat, fat when i was thin, myself in silvery narrative...”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle



“Occasionally when no one was looking I would try on the wigs myself, but it was mostly the gray ones. I wanted to see how I would look when I was older. I would soon be old, I felt, and nothing would happen to me in the meantime because I wasn't interested in anything or anyone. I'd be deserted, I was convinced of it now. I was miserable.”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


“I’ve always wanted to know what it was like to fuck a cult figure,’ the Royal Porcupine said reflectively. He was lying on his mattress, watching me as I scrubbed the dog blood off my belly with a corner of his shirt, dipped in the toilet. He didn’t have a sink. ‘Well,”
― Margaret Atwood, quote from Lady Oracle


About the author

Margaret Atwood
Born place: in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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