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He means for him to hold on to his innocence and youth as long as he can. More information about the source of quote, which is from a poem by Robert Frost, in the link below.
When Johnny told Ponyboy to Stay Gold he ment to stay young,true, honest,inicent ext..
he means that since gold is pure and not changing that ponyboy needs to stay himself and not change because of the other things people are doing around him and to stay pure
He means to stay good and be pure
He told him to stay good. It's like saying stay sharp, or may the force be with you, or may our swords stay sharp.
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When Johnny told Ponyboy to stay gold, the meaning would be to stay pure, be himself, preserve his own innocence.
He means stay young and keep his innocence for as long as he can. He should not fall into the criminal ways of Dally or get stuck in a low job like most of the guys end up doing.
When Johnny said to Ponyboy to stay gold, he meant to stay pure, genuine, strong, sharp, etc. It overall is just positive words.
Johnny didn't want Ponyboy to change because he was already "gold" and he wanted him to stay that way forever. Also, at this time, Johnny was on his death-bed and he wasn't going to be around to watch over Ponyboy.
When Johnny told Ponyboy to stay gold it meant to stay good, young, and pure. Just like when Ponyboy read the poem about "Nature's First Bloom Is Gold."
He wants him to stay gold by holding on to what makes him young and innocent because you are gold when you are young. He wants him to take advantage of his youth before he loses it as he gets older. People are only young once and he wants him to enjoy it while he has it. He wants him to stay the same and enjoy life and not grow up like the others had to.
When Johnny told Ponyboy to stay gold , he means for Ponyboy to stay pure . To hold on to his youth being honest and good .
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