#MayIGAuthors Day 10: Quote

I don’t keep track of my favorite book quotes in any formal way. But, one quote that I love is from Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.


In the book, “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum” is Latin for “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

First thing I love about this quote is that it’s a great reminder for everyday life. Somedays I feel like I should just write this on the back of my hand so I remember.

The other thing is that this is something my dad used to say all the time (except he said “get” instead of “grind”). When I got to the part where she figures this out in the book, I kind of flipped out. I’m fairly certain that my dad never read this book, and I’ll probably never know where picked it up. But it was such a cool coincidence and is probably the main reason why this is one of my favorite book quotes.