The best Quotes from The Handmaid's Tale

The best Book Quotes

Live in the present, make the most of it, it's all you've got.

PresentMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Knowing was a temptation. What you don't know won't tempt you.

TemptationMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Every love story is a tragedy if you wait long enough.

The Handmaid's Tale, Season 1 Episode 5
 
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You can't help what you feel, but you can help how you behave.

Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Ignoring isn't the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.

IgnoranceMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Don't let the bastards grind you down.

Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Nothing changes instantaneously: in a gradually heating bathtub you'd be boiled to death before you knew it.

ChangeMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Everybody's talking about happily ever after, but there's just after.

The Handmaid's Tale, Season 3 Episode 5
 
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When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.

MemoriesMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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But remember that forgiveness too is a power.

Forgiveness & MercyMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations.

Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Never mistake a woman's meekness for weakness.

The Handmaid's Tale, Season 1 Episode 6
 
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But people will do anything rather than admit that their lives have no meaning. No use, that is. No plot.

Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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The moment of betrayal is the worst, the moment when you know beyond any doubt that you've been betrayed: that some other human being has wished you that much evil.

TreasonMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.

JealousyMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Ordinary is what you are used to. This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will. It will become ordinary.

Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface.

Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.

PainMargaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print... it gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.

Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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There is more than one kind of freedom. Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it.

Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale
 
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