9 ‘The Giver’ Quotes you’ll want to remember

In honor of this YA Dystopian novel’s twenty-eighth birthday, here are nine The Giver quotes you should commit to memory.

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Who else remembers reading The Giver in middle school (or at least high school) for your English class? The Giver was one of the first assigned readings that I genuinely enjoyed reading for class. If you don’t remember it, The Giver is a young adult dystopian novel set in a Utopian society that isn’t really Utopian. The story follows the character Jonas as he learns this truth through memories he receives from The Giver. In honor of this YA Dystopian novel’s twenty-eighth birthday, here are nine The Giver quotes you should commit to memory.

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
Lois Lowry, The Giver

“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

“If everything’s the same, then there aren’t any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things!”
Lois Lowry, The Giver

 

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“He knew that there was no quick comfort for emotions like those. They were deeper and they did not need to be told. They were felt.”
Lois Lowry, The Giver

“If you were to be lost in the river, Jonas, your memories would not be lost with you. Memories are forever.”
Lois Lowry, The Giver

“For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.”
Lois Lowry, The Giver

“Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.”
Lois Lowry, The Giver

 

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“Even trained for years as they all had been in precision of language, what words could you use which would give another the experience of sunshine?”
Lois Lowry, The Giver

“Each night he gave memories to Gabriel: memories of boat rides and picnics in the sun; memories of soft rainfall against windowpanes; memories of dancing barefoot on a damp lawn.

‘Gabe?’

The newchild stirred slightly in his sleep. Jonas looked over at him.

‘There could be love,’ Jonas whispered.”
Lois Lowry, The Giver

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