Joseph: See? This is the problem. How am I supposed to motivate employees if I can't leverage salaries? Hertzberg, huh? What are you doing?
Emily: Ceremony tonight.
Joseph: Huh? No, get up. Not gonna do that with you. Get up. [walks out of the room] Go to your room!

Blessed be the fruit. Last night was your first ceremony. Commander Lawrence said it went splendidly. Isn't that encouraging of Joseph? Emily?!

Aunt Lydia

Your girlfriend is a badass.

Rita [to Nick]

Oh, tequila. I miss you most of all.

Janine

Serena Joy: It seems like Eden was hiding a multitude of sins.
June: What sins?
Serena Joy: What?
June: What sins was she hiding? Serena?
Serena Joy: She wasn't strong enough.
June: She was fifteen years old.
Serena Joy: Yes, she was fifteen years old. She should have been smarter.
June: She was trying to understand God! For fuck's sake, Serena, she was trying to read the fucking bible!
Serena Joy: Don't use that language around my daughter!
June: How are you going to keep her safe? How are you going to keep her safe?! What are you going to do? Are you going to lock her up here like an orchid?
Serena Joy: My daughter will be raised appropriately. She will understand the word of God and she will obey his word.
June: She cannot READ his word!!

Serena Joy: As faithful servants, it is our lawful duty to ensure our children live by laws of scripture. Holy scripture is a miracle. It is a gift given by him to all of humanity. We believe that our sons and daughters should be taught to read it.
Commander Putnam: That is a radical proposal, Mrs. Waterford.
Serena Joy: Offered with the deepest respect and the love that I have for my daughter and for all the daughters in Gilead.
Commander Waterford: Thank you. We will certainly discuss the issue seriously.

June: What are you going to do when they come for your daughter?
Fred: Mind your tongue. The mouth of a woman is a deep pit. He that falls therein will suffer and find the misery of all men. All of you.

Rita: How's it feel?
June: [rubs her face] Oh, it's fine. I think I broke my hand, though.
Rita: [snickering] Praise be.

Janine: Do you think they're together in Heaven?
June: They should be together here.
Janine: Why do you always see the bad side? Am I complaining all the time? No, I'm not.

June: I found a book. It was hidden in her things. The Bible.
Janine: Wow. Brave.
June: Yes, she was.

Fred: God send me an obedient woman.
June: You let them do that to Serena?
Fred: We all have new roles to play. Serena needed to be reminded of hers. [June doesn't need to respond because her face does it for her.] An obedient handmaid might be able to stay in this house. How does that sound?
June: It's not allowed.
Fred: Well, rules can be bent a high-ranking commander. You can stay here with your baby. We can try again ... for a boy this time. It could be fun.
June: Go fuck yourself, Fred.
Fred: I might even be able to arrange for visits with Hannah as long as you behave properly. Think about it.

I hope you appreciate the opportunity you've been given in this house. God is truly merciful. He offers redemption even to the most perverse and degenerate among his flock. It's like I cut out your tongue!

Aunt Lydia

The Handmaid's Tale Quotes

Aunt Lydia: Remember your scripture; blessed are the meek.
Offred: And blessed are those who suffer for the cause of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. I remember.

Now I'm awake to the world. I was asleep before. That's how we let it happen. When they slaughtered Congress, we didn't wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the Consitution, we didn't wake up then, either. Nothing changes instantaneously. In a gradually heating bathtub, you'd be boiled to death before you knew it.

Offred