Thursday Quotables: The Giver

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Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

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The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry
(published 1993)

I’m so glad that I took the time to re-read this book! I suppose I should thank my son’s middle school English teacher for assigning it to the class, which inspired me to pick it up as well.

The Giver told him that it would be a very long time before he had the colors to keep.

“But I want them!” Jonas said angrily. “It isn’t fair that nothing has color!”

“Not fair?” The Giver looked at Jonas curiously. “Explain what you mean.”

“Well…” Jonas had to stop and think it through. “If everything’s the same, then there aren’t any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things! A blue tunic, or a red one?”

He looked down at himself, at the colorless fabric of his clothing. “But it’s all the same, always.”

Then he laughed a little. “I know it’s not important, what you wear. It doesn’t matter. But — ”

“It’s the choosing that’s important, isn’t it?” The Giver asked him.

 

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (http://www.bookshelffantasies.com), if you’d be so kind!
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9 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: The Giver

    • It’s really quite good. And I think for its time, it was pretty startling (as opposed to now, when there are dystopian novels being released constantly). Now that my son and I have both read it, I’m making my husband read it too. 🙂

  1. That’s an excellent quote! Great choice! It’s one of those you can apply to ANY situation and it’d always be true 😀

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