The best Quotes from The Handmaid's Tale

The best Quotes from The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale is a futuristic dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood published in 1985. It is set in a near-future New England in a patriarchal, white supremacist, totalitarian theonomic state known as the Republic of Gilead, which has overthrown the United States government. Offred is the central character and narrator and one of the "Handmaids", women who are forcibly assigned to produce children for the "Commanders", who are the ruling class in Gilead.

Live in the present, make the most of it, it's all you've got.
Knowing was a temptation. What you don't know won't tempt you.
Every love story is a tragedy if you wait long enough.
Season 1 Episode 5
You can't help what you feel, but you can help how you behave.
Ignoring isn't the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.
Don't let the bastards grind you down.
Nothing changes instantaneously: in a gradually heating bathtub you'd be boiled to death before you knew it.
Everybody's talking about happily ever after, but there's just after.
Season 3 Episode 5
When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.
But remember that forgiveness too is a power.
Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations.
Never mistake a woman's meekness for weakness.
Season 1 Episode 6
But people will do anything rather than admit that their lives have no meaning. No use, that is. No plot.
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.
You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.
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.
What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface.
Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.
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.
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.

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Another belief of mine; that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
It's Paradise, but we can't get out of it. And anything you can't get out of is Hell.
The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.
Heroes need monsters to establish their heroic credentials. You need something scary to overcome.
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A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.
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I can resist everything except temptation.
None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see.
It is not the strong or the smart that survive, but the ones who can bring about change.
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You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself plainly when you have need of him.
People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.
The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from enemies, it comes from those you trust the most.
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