30 Best Handmaid’s tale quotes 2021

Handmaid’s tale quotes

Handmaid’s tale quotes: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has established a huge wave in the history of literature.

It is a novel about the United States of America being turned into a military dictatorship. It depicts the rights of people.

Here we are bringing the most expressive quotes from the novel.

So let’s enjoy Quotes From ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Book.

The Handmaid’s tale quotes

the handmaid's tale quotes
the handmaid’s tale quotes

1. “Knowing was a temptation. What you don’t know won’t tempt you.”
-Aunt Lydia, chapter 30.

2. “There is more than one kind of freedom. Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom too. Now you are being given freedom from. Don’t underrate it.”
-Aunt Lydia, chapter three.

3. “Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.”
-Commander, chapter 32.

the handmaid's tale quotes
the handmaid’s tale quotes

4. “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.”
-Aunt Lydia, chapter six.

5. “It’s not the husbands you have to watch out for, it’s the Wives. You should always try to imagine what they must be feeling; of course, they will resent you. It is only natural, try to feel for them.”
-Aunt Lydia, chapter eight.

6. “As for my husband, she said, he’s just that…my husband. I want that to be perfectly clear. Till death do us part.”
-Commander’s wife, chapter three.

Handmaid’s tale quotes

7. “I once had a garden. I can remember the smell of the turned earth, the plump shapes of bulbs held in the hands, fullness, the dry rustle of seeds through the fingers.”
-Chapter three. (the handmaid’s tale quotes)

Handmaid's tale quotes

8. “But people will do anything rather than admit that their lives have no meaning. No use, that is. No plot.”
-Chapter 33.

Handmaid’s tale quotes

9. “What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface.”
-Chapter 24.

10. “I used to think of my body as an instrument, of pleasure, or a means of transportation, or an implement for the accomplishment of my will . . . Now the flesh arranges itself differently. I’m a cloud, congealed around a central object, the shape of a pear, which is hard and more real than I am and glows red within its translucent wrapping.”
Chapter 13.

Handmaid's tale quotes
Handmaid’s tale quotes

11. “A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.”
-Chapter 27.

12. “When we think of the past it’s the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.”
-Chapter six.

Handmaid’s tale quotes

13. “But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh.”
-Chapter 21.

Handmaid's tale quotes

14. “Live in the present, make the most of it, it’s all you’ve got.”
-Chapter 24.

15. “Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.”
-Chapter 21.(the handmaid’s tale quotes)

16. “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.”
-Chapter 30.

17. “We lived, as usual, by ignoring. Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.”
-Chapter 10.

18. “You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.”
-Chapter 26.

Handmaid’s tale quotes

19. “Is that how we lived, then? But we lived as usual. Everyone does, most of the time. Whatever is going on is as usual. Even this is as usual, now.”
-Chapter 10.

20. “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.”
-Chapter 10.

21. “Aunt Lydia said it was best not to speak unless they asked you a direct question. Try to think of it from their point of view she said, her hands clasped and wrung together her nervous pleading smile.”
-Chapter three.(the handmaid’s tale quotes)

Handmaid's tale quotes
Handmaid’s tale quotes

22. “We thought we had such problems. How were we to know we were happy?”
-Chapter nine.

23. “He was not a monster, to her. Probably he had some endearing trait; he whistled, off key, in the shower, he had a yen for truffles, he called his dog Liebchen and made it sit up for little pieces of raw steak. How easy it is to invent a humanity, for anyone at all. What an available temptation.”
-Chapter 24.

24. “You can’t help what you feel, but you can help how you behave.”
-Chapter 30.

Handmaid’s tale quotes

25. “We learned to lip-read, our heads flat on the beds, turned sideways, watching each other’s mouths. In this way, we exchanged names from bed to bed: Alma, Janine, Dolores, Moira, June.”
-Chapter three.

26. “But remember that forgiveness too is a power. To beg for it is a power, and to withhold or bestow it is a power, perhaps the greatest.”
-Chapter 23.

27. “I would like to believe this is a story I’m telling…I need to believe it…I must believe it. Those who can believe that such stories are only stories have a better chance….if it’s a story I’m telling, then I have control over the ending. Then there will be an ending, to the story, and real-life will come after it.”
-Chapter seven.

28. “I am not your justification for existence.”
-Chapter 20.

29. “But remember that forgiveness, too, is a power. To beg for it is a power, and to withhold or bestow it is a power, perhaps the greatest.”
-Chapter 22.

30. “Perspective is necessary, otherwise there are only two dimensions. Otherwise, you live with your face squashed up against a wall, everything a huge foreground, of details, close-ups, hairs, the weave of the bedsheet, the molecules of the face…otherwise, you live in the moment. Which is not where I want to be.”
-Chapter 24.

Handmaid’s tale quotes

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