Canada was built on dead beavers.

- Margaret Atwood

Time is compressed like the fist I close on my knee... I hold inside it the clues and solutions and the power for what I must do now.

- Margaret Atwood

Canada is a balloon-puncturing country. You are not really allowed to be an icon unless you also make an idiot of yourself.

- Margaret Atwood

Science fiction, to me, has not only things that wouldn't happen, but other planets.

- Margaret Atwood

Reading and writing are connected. I learned to read very early so I could read the comics, which I then started to draw.

- Margaret Atwood

You quickly find, when you are a hand-reader as I am, that nothing interests people so much as themselves.

- Margaret Atwood

I spent much of my childhood in northern Quebec, and often there was no radio, no television - there wasn't a lot to entertain us. When it rained, I stayed inside reading, writing, drawing.

- Margaret Atwood

I have been known to buy e-versions of my books because I was in a hotel room and I needed one right away to look up something in it; very handy for that - you can have it just the next minute; you can press the button and just have it.

- Margaret Atwood

You can examine the whole 19th century from the point of view of who would have maxed out their credit cards. Emma Bovary would have maxed hers out. No question. Mr. Scrooge would not have. He would have snipped his up.

- Margaret Atwood

We shouldn't be saying 'Save the planet'; we should be saying: 'Save viable conditions in which people can live.' That's what we're dealing with here.

- Margaret Atwood