The Following Quotes from 'The Giver' Are Powerful and Will Move You

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The future isn't quite what you think.

Irresistible Quotes From The Giver

Before The Giver became a movie, it was a popular dystopian novel written by Lois Lowry. Set in a futuristic society where humans are stripped of their ability to make choices, these quotes from the book make us rethink our own reality. As a young boy named Jonas questions the strange world in which he lives, we are eventually led to the ultimate discovery of truth. And although it's a fiction novel, we can't say it isn't a bit frightening!

These powerful quotes from The Giver make us more thankful for our freedom than ever. The journey Jonas makes allows us to explore the depths of human emotion, including the darker sides we may not want to see. Allow these dystopian quotes to remind you of your own strengths as an individual, and cherish your memories a little extra today.

Quotes From The Giver That Make Us Question Everything

  • "The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."

  • "Frightened meant that deep, sickening feeling of something terrible about to happen."

  • "Submitting to censorship is to enter the seductive world of 'The Giver': the world where there are no bad words and no bad deeds. But it is also the world where choice has been taken away and reality distorted. And that is the most dangerous world of all."

  • "We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others."

  • "I feel sorry for anyone who is in a place where he feels strange and stupid."

  • "Depth, he decided; as if one were looking into the clear water of the river, down to the bottom, where things might lurk which hadn't been discovered yet."

  • "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."

  • "We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences."

Memorable Quotes From The Giver

  • "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."

  • "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."

  • "It's just that... without the memories it's all meaningless."

  • "I'm going to give you the memory of a rainbow."

  • "The next morning, for the first time, Jonas did not take his pill. Something within him, something that had grown there through the memories, told him to throw the pill away."

  • "There was never any comfortable way to mention or discuss one's successes without breaking the rule against bragging, even if one didn't mean to."

  • "The community of the Giver had achieved at such great price. A community without danger or pain. But also, a community without music, color or art. And books."

  • "When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong, every single time."

Our Favorite Quotes From The Giver

  • "The man that I named The Giver passed along to the boy knowledge, history, memories, color, pain, laughter, love, and truth. Every time you place a book in the hands of a child, you do the same thing."

  • "If he had stayed, he would have starved in other ways."

  • "All of it was new to him. After a life of Sameness and predictability, he was awed by the surprises that lay beyond each curve of the road."

  • "They have never known pain, he thought. The realization made him feel desperately lonely."

  • "A book, to me, is almost sacrosanct: such an individual and private thing."

  • "Sometimes he awoke with a feeling of fragments afloat in his sleep, but he couldn't seem to grasp them and put them together into something worthy of telling at the ritual."

  • "He saw nothing except the endless ribbon of road unfolding in twisting narrow curves."

  • "The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without color, pain, or past."

Dystopian Quotes From The Giver

  • "Life here is so orderly, so predictable-so painless. It's what they've chosen."

  • "It was simply a marking of time with no meaningful changes."

  • "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."

  • "Its a little like looking at yourself looking in a mirror looking at yourself looking in a mirror."

  • "He sat in his dwelling alone, watching through the window, seeing children at play, citizens bicycling home from uneventful days at work, ordinary lives free of anguish because he had been selected, as others before him had, to bear their burden."

  • "For a contributing citizen to be released from the community was a final decision, a terrible punishment, an overwhelming statement of failure."

  • "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."

  • "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... What's important is the preparation for adult life, and the training you'll receive in your Assignment."

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