Quotation by Margaret Atwood

As all historians know, the past is a great darkness, and filled with echoes. Voices may reach us from it; but what they say to us is imbued with the obscurity of the matrix out of which they come; and try as we may, we cannot always decipher them precisely in the clearer light of our day.
Margaret Atwood (b. 1939), Canadian novelist, poet, critic. The Handmaid's Tale, "Historical Note," (1986).
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