What are important quotes from The Giver?I'm doing a project on The Giver and I need quotes from the book.

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There are several key quotes from this book that would probably fit whatever project you are working on.

There was absolutely nothing remarkable about that apple. He had tossed it back and forth between his hands a few times, then thrown it again to Asher. And again—in the air, for an instant only—it had changed. (chapter 3)

This is the first time Jonas realizes he is different than others.  He does not understand that the changing apple means he is beginning to see color, and has the capacity to see beyond, until later.

"Jonas has not been assigned," she informed the crowd, and his heart sank. Then she went on. "Jonas has been selected." (chapter 8)

When Jonas was skipped, he thought that he was in big trouble.  The fact that he was selected is very unusual, and means he is special.

The man smiled. He touched the sagging flesh on his own face with amusement. "I am not, actually, as old as I look," he told Jonas. "This job has aged me. I know I look as if I should be scheduled for release very soon. But actually I have a good deal of time left. (chapter 10)

This is very significant, because it shows the toll being Receiver of Memory has taken on The Giver.

The Giver shrugged. "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 differences." He thought for a moment. "We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.” (Chapter 12)

Sameness was chosen so no one would ever feel uncomfortable, but there are big trade-offs.  They don’t experience discomfort, but they also don’t experience love.

"You do understand, don't you, that this is my life? The memories?" (chapter 13)

The Giver tells Jonas this when he asks about spouses.  Jonas has not really realized how lonely and tortured The Giver is.

"[Choice is] definitely not safe," Jonas said with certainty. "What if they were allowed to choose their own mate? And chose wrong? (chapter 13)

This is the key to Jonas’s world.  Choice is dangerous.  What the community does not realize is that choice is what makes life worth living.