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9 quotes from The Handmaid’s Tale that will teach you about the world

As season 3 of the gripping TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale gets ever closer and publication of the sequel, The Testaments, approaches, we revisit 9 quotes from Marget Atwood’s classic novel that taught us important lessons about humanity.

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

2.    ‘I wait. I compose myself. My self is a thing I must now compose, as one composes a speech. What I must present is a made thing, not something born.’

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3.    ‘Better never means better for everyone. It always means worse, for some.’

4.     'He was not a monster, to her. Probably he had some endearing trait: he whistled, offkey, 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.’
 

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5.    ‘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.’

6. ‘That was one of the things they do. They force you to kill, within yourself.’
 

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7.    ‘Freedom, like everything else, is relative.’

8.    ‘The problem wasn’t only with the women, he says. The main problem was with the men. . . You know what they were complaining about the most? Inability to feel. . . Do they feel now? I say. Yes, he says, looking at me. They do.’
 

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9.    ‘You can't help what you feel but you can help how you behave.’

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