29 Handmaid's Tale Quotes That Deserve More Recognition

Elizabeth Moss as June in Handmaid's Tale close up in white bonnet and red outfit
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29 Handmaid's Tale Quotes That'll Have You Saying 'Not Today Satan'

With season three of The Handmaid's Tale here, we thought it would be a great idea to share some of the most intense Handmaid's Tale quotes from the Hulu adaptation and from Margaret Atwood's amazing bestseller.

Take a look at some powerful quotes from June (otherwise known as Offred), crazy Aunt Lydia, and other wild characters from the dystopian world of Gilead. Read some of the best Handmaid's Tale quotes, you might even find some parallels to a few things happening in our country right about now.

Quotes from The Handmaid's Tale

  • "Every love story is a tragedy if you wait long enough."- Fred

  • "You can wet the rim of a glass and run your finger around the rim and it will make a sound. This is what I feel like: this sound of glass. I feel like the word shatter." - June

  • "Praised be, Bitch." - Moira

  • "It’s June. You know my f--king name." - June

  • "Never mistake a woman’s meekness for weakness." - Ambassador Castillo

  • "They should have never given us uniforms if they didn’t want us to be an army." - June

  • "The world can be quite an ugly place. But we cannot wish that ugliness away. We cannot hide from that ugliness." - Aunt Lydia

  • "Love isn’t real, it was never anything more than lust with a good marketing campaign." - Fred

  • "May the force be with you." - Janine

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Quotes

  • "You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself."

  • "Better never means better for everyone... It always means worse, for some."

  • "When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that."

  • "Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it."

  • "A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze."

  • "Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations."

Aunt Lydia Handmaid's Tale Quotes

  • "This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will. It will become ordinary."

  • "The world can be quite an ugly place. But we cannot wish that ugliness away. We cannot hide from that ugliness."

  • "May the Lord keep you in his mercy, you stupid girl."

  • "The most painful thing is no the betrayal of trust, June. Do you know what's most painful? The most painful thing is this entire ugly incident is the ingratitude."

  • "There is no greater miracle than the miracle of life."

  • "Only in suffering will we find grace."

  • "One can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."

  • "We are a society of dying....of too much choice."

Offred Quotes from Handmaid's Tale

  • "Raise your daughter to be a feminist. She spends all her time waiting to be rescued by men."

  • "The perfect gift. A girl trapped in a box. She only dances when someone else opens the lid, when someone else winds her up. If this is a story I'm telling, I must be telling it to someone. There's always someone, even when there is no one. I will not be that girl in the box."

  • "Any man who would hurt a woman would hurt a child."

  • "We get so comfortable with walls. It doesn't even take that long. Wear the red dress, wear the wings, shut your mouth, be a good girl. Roll over and spread your legs. Yes, ma'am. May the Lord open."

  • "It does no good to want the impossible."

  • "I want my baby to know kindness."

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