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Jonas Quotes

16 of the best book quotes from Jonas
  1. #1
    “Ona might have married and left them, but she would not, for she loved Teta Elzbieta. It was Jonas who suggested that they all go to America, where a friend of his had gotten rich. He would work, for his part, and the women would work, and some of the children, doubtless – they would live somehow. Jurgis, too, had heard of America. That was a country where, they said, a man might earn three rubles a day; and Jurgis figured what three rubles a day would mean, with prices as they were where he lived, and decided forthwith that he would go to America and marry, and be a rich man in the bargain. In that country, rich or poor, a man was free, it was said; he did not have to go into the army, he did not have to pay out his money to rascally officials – he might do as he pleased, and count himself as good as any other man.”
  2. #2
    “They have never known pain, he thought. The realization made him feel desperately lonely.”
    author
    Lois Lowry
    book
    The Giver
    character
    Jonas
    concepts
    Lonelinesspain
  3. #3
    “If everything’s the same, then there aren’t any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things!”
  4. #4
    “I don’t know what you mean when you say ‘the whole world’ or ‘generations before him.‘I thought there was only us. I thought there was only now.”
    author
    Lois Lowry
    book
    The Giver
    character
    Jonas
    concepts
    peopleworld
  5. #5
    “His mind reeled. Now, empowered to ask questions of utmost rudeness-and promised answers-he could, conceivably (though it was almost unimaginable), ask someone, some adult, his father perhaps: “Do you lie?”
    But he would have no way of knowing if the answer he received was true.”
  6. #6
    “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.”
    author
    Lois Lowry
    book
    The Giver
    character
    Jonas
    concepts
    DreamsDestiny
  7. #7
    “I liked the feeling of love,” he confessed. He glanced nervously at the speaker on the wall, reassuring himself that no one was listening. “I wish we still had that,” he whispered. “Of course,” he added quickly, “I do understand that it wouldn’t work very well. And that it’s much better to be organized the way we are now. I can see that it was a dangerous way to live.”
    author
    Lois Lowry
    book
    The Giver
    character
    Jonas
    concept
    love
  8. #8
    “What if they were allowed to choose their own mate? And chose wrong?”
    author
    Lois Lowry
    book
    The Giver
    character
    Jonas
    concepts
    choicesMarriage

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  1. #9
    “But why can’t everyone have the memories? I think it would seem a little easier if the memories were shared. You and I wouldn’t have to bear so much by ourselves, if everybody took a part.”
    The Giver sighed. “You’re right,” he said. “But then everyone would be burdened and pained. They don’t want that. And that’s the real reason The Receiver is so vital to them, and so honored. They selected me - and you - to lift that burden from themselves.”
  2. #10
    “Better luck than all this could hardly have been hoped for; there was only one of them left to seek a place. Jurgis was determined that Teta Elzbieta should stay at home to keep house, and that Ona should help her. He would not have Ona working – he was not that sort of a man, he said, and she was not that sort of a woman. It would be a strange thing if a man like him could not support the family, with the help of the board of Jonas and Marija. He would not even hear of letting the children go to work – there were schools here in America for children, Jurgis had heard, to which they could go for nothing. […] Jurgis would have it that Stanislovas should learn to speak English, and grow up to be a skilled man.”
  3. #11
    “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.”
    author
    Lois Lowry
    book
    The Giver
    character
    Jonas
    concept
    emotions
  4. #12
    “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?”
  5. #13
    “It was as simple as that. Once he had yearned for choice. then, when he had had a choice, he had made the wrong one: the choice to leave. And now he was starving.
    But if he had stayed...
    His thoughts continued. If he had stayed, he would have starved in other ways. He would have lived a life hungry for feelings, for color, for love.”
    author
    Lois Lowry
    book
    The Giver
    character
    Jonas
    concepts
    lovechoices
  6. #14
    “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.”
  7. #15
    “If you were to be lost in the river, Jonas, your memories would not be lost with you. Memories are forever.”
  8. #16
    “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.”
    author
    Lois Lowry
    book
    The Giver
    character
    Jonas
    concept
    Music
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