“Do they advise you often?”

“Rarely. Only when they are faced with something that they have not experienced before. Then they call upon me to use the memories and advise them. But it very seldom happens. Sometimes I wish many they’d ask for my wisdom more often — there are so many things I could tell them; things I wish they would change. But they don’t want change. Life here is so orderly, so predictable — so painless. It’s what they’ve chosen.”

– chapter 13, The Giver by Lois Lowry


“Things could change, Gabe.”
“Things could be different. I don’t know how, but there must be some way for things to be different. There could be colors.
“And grandparents.” he added. “And everybody could have memories.”
“You know about memories.” he whispered.
Gabriel’s breathing was even and deep. Jonas liked having him there. 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.
“There could be love.”

– chapter 16, The Giver by Lois Lowry