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Number the Stars

Number the Stars

by Lois Lowry

Courage Quotes

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Quote #1

The Resistance fighters were Danish people—no one knew who, because they were very secret—who were determined to bring harm to the Nazis however they could. They damaged the German trucks and cars, and bombed their factories. They were very brave. Sometimes they were caught and killed. (1.55)

The Resistance fighters are known by their actions, not their individual personalities. And that's the way things have to be if they want to stay off the radar and continue their fight against the Nazis.

Quote #2

"The boy looked right at the soldier, and he said, 'All of Denmark is his bodyguard.'"

Annemarie had shivered. It sounded like a very brave answer. "Is it true, Papa?" she asked. "What the boy said?" (2.21-22)

This is a true story! Check out Lowry's Afterword for more on that.

Quote #3

But ordinary people like the Rosens and the Johansens? Annemarie admitted to herself, snuggling there in the quiet dark, that she was glad to be an ordinary person who would never be called upon for courage. (4.60)

Oh, the irony. As soon as Annemarie gives thanks that she won't "be called upon for courage," she finds herself in situations that require some major bravery.

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