Quotes from Number the Stars

Lois Lowry ·  137 pages

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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. ”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“She fell asleep, and it was a sleep as thin as the night clouds, dotted with dreams that came and went like the stars.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“Mama was crying, and the rain made it seem as if the whole world was crying.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“The whole world had changed. Only the fairy tales remained the same. "And they lived happily ever after,”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“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.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars



“it is much easier to be brave if you do not know everything”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“The whole world had changed. Only the fairy tales remained the same.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“...and I want you all to remember-that you must not dream yourselves back to the times before the war, but the dream for you all, young and old, must be to create an ideal of human decency, and not a narrow-minded and prejudiced one. That is the great gift our country hungers for, something every little peasant boy can look forward to, and with pleasure feel he is a part of-something he can work and fight for."

Surely that gift-the gift of a world of human decency-is the one that all countries hunger for still. I hope that this story of Denmark, and its people, will remind us all that such a world is possible.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“It was harder for the ones who were waiting, Annemarie knew. Less danger, perhaps, but more fear.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“...and I want you all to remember- that you must not dream yourselves back to the times before the war, but the dream for you all, young and old, must be to create an ideal of human decency, and not a narrow-minded and prejudiced one.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars



“and I want you all to remember—that you must not dream yourselves back to the times before the war, but the dream for you all, young and old, must be to create an ideal of human decency, and not a narrow-minded and prejudiced one. That is the great gift our country hungers for, something every little peasant boy can look forward to, and with pleasure feel he is a part of—something he can work and fight for.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“Outside, she knew, the sky was speckled with stars. How could anyone number them one by one, as the psalm said? There were too many. The sky was too big.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“But their shoulders were as straight as they had been in the past: in the classroom, on the stage, at the Sabbath table. So there were other sources, too, of pride, and they had not left everything behind.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“The God of Thunder has fallen into the milk pail!”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“Any Danish citizen would die for King Christian, to protect him.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars



“Dangers were no more than odd imaginings, like ghost stories that children made up to frighten one another: things that couldn't possibly happen.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“I wish I could have a cupcake,”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“Ellen had said that her mother was frightened 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.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“I came across an account of a young man named Kim Malthe-Bruun, who was eventually captured and executed by the Nazis when he was only twenty-one years old. I read his story as I had read many others, turning the pages, skimming here and there: this sabotage, that tactic, this capture, that escape. After a while even courage becomes routine to the reader. Then, quite unprepared, I turned the page and faced a photograph of Kim Malthe-Bruun. He wore a turtleneck sweater, and his thick, light hair was windblown. His eyes looked out at me, unwavering on the page. Seeing him there, so terribly young, broke my heart.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“. . and I want you all to remember—that you must not dream yourselves back to the times before the war, but the dream for you all, young and old, must be to create an ideal of human decency, and not a narrow-minded and prejudiced one. That is the great gift our country hungers for, something every little peasant boy can look forward to, and with pleasure feel he is a part of—something he can work and fight for.   Surely that gift—the gift of a world of human decency—is the one that all countries hunger for still. I hope that this story of Denmark, and its people, will remind us all that such a world is possible.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars



“Surely that gift—the gift of a world of human decency—is the one that all countries hunger for still.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“The sky was, too, thought Annemarie. The whole world was: too cold, too big. And too cruel.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“Henrik, you need a wife,” Mama scolded him. Uncle Henrik laughed and joined Mama on the steps near the kitchen door. “Why do I need a wife, when I have a sister?”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“There had been no real coffee in Copenhagen since the beginning of the Nazi occupation. Not even any real tea. The mothers sipped at hot water flavored with herbs. “Annemarie,”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“and we have been told that they may come tonight”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars



“So, Henrik, is the weather good for fishing?” Papa asked cheerfully, and listened briefly. Then he continued, “I’m sending Inge to you today with the children, and she will be bringing you a carton of cigarettes. “Yes, just one,” he said, after a moment. Annemarie couldn’t hear Uncle Henrik’s words. “But there are a lot of cigarettes available in Copenhagen now, if you know where to look,” he went on, “and so there will be others coming to you as well, I’m sure.” But it wasn’t true. Annemarie was quite certain it wasn’t true. Cigarettes were the thing that Papa missed, the way Mama missed coffee. He complained often—he had complained only yesterday—that there were no cigarettes in the stores.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“My best friend—her name was Helena—lived in that house. Sometimes I used to spend the night with her. But more often she came to my house, on weekends. It was more fun to be in the country.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


“It is much easier to be brave if you don't know everything.”
― Lois Lowry, quote from Number the Stars


About the author

Lois Lowry
Born place: in Oahu, Hawaii, The United States
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