Lois Lowry

Born: March 20, 1937

Occupation: Writer

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Lois Lowry

She was the only doctor's wife in Branford, Maine, who hung her wash on an outdoor clothesline instead of putting it through a dryer, because she liked to look out the window and see the clothes blowing...

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I left home at the correct time but when I was riding along near the hatchery, the crew was separating some salmon, I guess I just got distraught, watching them.

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I knew that there had been times in the past-terrible times-when people had destroyed others in haste,in fear, and had brought about their own destruction

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Genius disregards the boundaries of propriety. Genius is permitted to shout if shouting is productive.

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It is much easier to be brave if you do not know everything.

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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.

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If you were to be lost in the river, Jonas, your memories would not be lost with you. Memories are forever.

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But there's a whole world waiting, still, and there are good things in it.

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If everyting's the same, then there aren't any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things!" (Jonas) "It's the choosing that's imortant, isn't it?" The Giver asked him.

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Teasing's part of the fun that comes before kissing

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He wept, and it felt as if the tears were cleansing him, as if his body needed to empty itself.

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Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come.

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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...

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I don't know what she is now. A stranger, mostly. It's as if she has become a part of a different world, one that doesn't include me anymore....

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It's hard to give up the being together with someone.

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What if they were allowed to choose their own mate? And chose wrong?

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That's why they call you Seer. You see more than most.

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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...

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Mama was crying, and the rain made it seem as if the whole world was crying.

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I have learned over the course of my many years that it is a bad idea, usually, to investigate piteous weeping but always a fine thing to look into a giggle.

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Now he saw another elephant emerge from the place where it had stood hidden in the trees. Very slowly it walked to the mutilated body and looked down. With its sinuous trunk it struck the huge corpse;...

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

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-a whole world can lie before someone, if love is there when one wakes.

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It's the choosing that's important, isn't it?

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Today is declared an unscheduled holiday.

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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?

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- My instructors in science and technology have taught us about how the brain works. It's full of electrical impulses. It's like a computer. If you stimulate one part of the brain with an electrode, it......

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I liked the feeling of love,' [Jonas] 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...

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

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

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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....

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He hunched his shoulders and tried to make himself smaller in the seat. He wanted to disappear, to fade away, not to exist.

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Gabe?" The newchild stirred slightly in his sleep. Jonas looked over at him. "There could be love", Jonas whispered.

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You remember that I told you it was safer not to know. But,' he went on, as his hands moved wuth their sure and practiced motion, 'I will tell you just a little, because you were so very brave.' Brave?'...

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It is very risky. But each time a child opens a book, he pushes open the gate that separates him from Elsewhere.

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There's much more. There's all that goes beyond – all ... that is Elsewhere – and all that goes back, and back, and back. I received all of those, when I was selected. And here in this room, all alone,...

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Then I went home to continue my life, which had changed a little, as lives do every day, inching by microspecks forward toward whatever surprises are coming next.

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He wept because he was afraid now that he could not save Gabriel. He no longer cared about himself

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You will fail. Then they will kill you." - Vandara to Kira, following Kira's trial.

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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.

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Ellen had said that her mother was afraid of the ocean, that it was too cold and too big. The sky was, too, thought Annemarie. The whole world was: too cold, too big. And too cruel.

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There was just a moment when things weren't quite the same, weren't quite as they had always been through the long friendship

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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,...

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I turn to books for a feeling of companionship: for somebody knowing what I have known.

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Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.

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When I create characters, I create a world to inhabit and they begin to feel very real for me. I don't belong in a psych ward, I don't think, but they become very real, like my own family, and then I have...

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Kids deserve the right to think that they can change the world.

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And here in this room, I re-experience the memories again and again it is how wisdom comes and how we shape our future.

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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.

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Sometimes I wish 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 -...

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Memory is the happiness of being alone.

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It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.

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And it was lonely, to yearn, all alone.

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Take pride in your pain; you are stronger than those who have none

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I think 'The Giver' is such a moral book, so filled with important truths, that I couldn't believe anyone would want to suppress it, to keep it from kids.

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

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

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Reading is the most important way to prepare for life.

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Gathering Blue' was a separate book. I wanted to explore what a society might become after a catastrophic world event. Only at the end did I realize I could make it connect to 'The Giver.

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I think I've written 40 books, and none of them have been heavy on action. I'm an introspective person.

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You eat canned tuna fish and you absorb protein. Then, if you're lucky, someone give you Dover Sole and you experience nourishment. It's the same with books.

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Because of fear, they made shelter and found food and grew things. For the same reason, weapons were stored, waiting.

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She fell asleep, and it was a sleep as thin as the night clouds, dotted with dreams that came and went like the stars.

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It be better, I think, to climb out in search of something, instead of hating, what you're leaving.

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Fear dims when you learn things.

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Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness. Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back. We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with difference....

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

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...now he saw the familiar wide river beside the path differently. He saw all of the light and color and history it contained and carried in its slow - moving water; and he knew that there was an Elsewhere...

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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....

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I write books because I have always been fascinated by stories and language, and because I love thinking about what makes people tick. Writing a story... 'The Giver' or any other... is simply an exploration...

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I have been fortunate. I have done so many things and enjoyed so many things and had such a great life, not to imply that it is ending, but that there aren't many things that I feel I have left undone.

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The whole world had changed. Only the fairy tales remained the same. "And they lived happily ever after,

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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....

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Once she read a book but found it distasteful because it contained adjectives.

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There is something about that moment, when literature becomes accessible, and a door of the world opens.

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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.

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And they are beginning to realize that the world they live in is a place where the right thing is often hard, sometimes dangerous, and frequently unpopular.

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“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss