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'The Giver' Quotes

Lois Lowry's Famous Novel

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The Giver

The Giver

Bantam Doubleday Dell Books
Study Guide The Giver is a novel by Lois Lowry. It's about Jonas, who becomes the Receiver of Memories, and then begins to understand the deepest secrets of the society. Here are a few quotes from The Giver.
  • "For a contributing citizen to be released from the community was a final decision, a terrible punishment, an overwhelming statement of failure."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 1

  • "After Twelve, age isn't important. Most of us even lose track of how old we are as time passes, though information is in the Hall of Open Records."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 1

  • "What's important is the preparation for adult life, and the training you'll receive in your Assignment."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 2

  • "No one mentioned such things; it was not a rule, but was considered rude to call attention to things that were unsettling or different about individuals."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 3

  • "He liked the feeling of safety here in this warm and quiet room; he liked the expression of trust on the woman's face as she lay in the water unprotected, exposed, and free."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 4

  • "How could someone not fit in? The community was so meticulously ordered, the choices so carefully made."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 6

  • "He hunched his shoulders and tried to make himself smaller in the seat. He wanted to disappear, to fade away, not to exist. He didn't dare to turn and find his parents in the crowd. He couldn't bear to see their faces darkened with shame. Jonas bowed his head and searched through his mind. What had he done wrong?"
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 7

  • "You will be faced, now, with pain of a magnitude that none of us here can comprehend because it is beyond our experience. The Receiver himself was not able to describe it, only to remind us that you would be faced with it, that you would need immense courage."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 8

  • "But when he looked out across the crowd, the sea of faces, the thing happened again. The thing that had happened with the apple. They changed. He blinked, and it was gone. His shoulder straightened slightly. Briefly he felt a tiny sliver of sureness for the first time."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 8

  • "There was just a moment when things weren't quite the same, weren't quite as they had always been through the long friendship."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 9

  • "He was so completely, so thoroughly accustomed to courtesy within the community that the thought of asking another citizen an intimate question, if calling someone's attention to an area of awkwardness, was unnerving."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 9

  • "What if others-adults-had, upon becoming Twelves, received in their instructions the same terrifying sentence? What if they had all been instructed: You may lie?"
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 9

  • "Simply stated, although it's not really simple at all, my job is to transmit to you all the memories I have within me. Memories of the past."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 10

  • " Now he became aware of an entirely new sensation: pinpricks? No, because they were soft and without pain. Tiny, cold, feather-like feelings peppered his body and face. He put out his tongue again, and caught one of the dots of cold upon it. It disappeared from his awareness instantly; but he caught another, and another. The sensation made him smile."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 11

  • "He was free to enjoy the breathless glee that overwhelmed him: the speed, the clear cold air, the total silence, the feeling of balance and excitement and peace."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 11

  • "Always in the dream, it seemed as if there were a destination: a something--he could not grasp what-that lay beyond the place where the thickness of snow brought the sled to a stop. He was left, upon awakening, with the feeling that he wanted, even somehow needed, to reach the something that waited in the distance. The feeling that it was good. That it was welcoming. That it was significant. But he did not know how to get there."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 12

  • "Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness. Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back. We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with difference. We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 12

  • "they were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on. And he was angry at himself, that he could not change that for them."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 13

  • "Now he saw another elephant emerge from the place where it had stood hidden in the trees. Very slowly it walked to the mutilated body and looked down. With its sinuous trunk it struck the huge corpse; then it reached up, broke some leafy branches with a snap, and draped them over the mass of torn thick flesh. Finally it tilted its massive head, raised its trunk, and roared into the empty landscape."
    - Lois Lowry, The Giver, Ch. 13

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