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Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Oh Lavinia, Lavinia, you are worth ten Camillas. And I never saw it.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “I’m not a quester or a searcher for the truth. I don’t really think there is one answer, so I never went looking for it. My impulse is less questing and more playful. I like trying on ideas and ways of life and religious approaches. I’m just not a good candidate for conversion.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “True understanding is the spur of genius.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Lord Berosty rem ir Ipe came to Thangering Fastness and offered forty beryls and half the year’s yield from his orchards as the price of a Foretelling, and the price was acceptable. He set his question to the Weaver Odren, and the question was, On what day shall I die?”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “They argued because they liked argument, liked the swift run of the unfettered mind along the paths of possibility, liked to question what was not questioned. They were intelligent, their minds were already disciplined to the clarity of science, and they were sixteen years old. But at this point the pleasure of the argument ceased for Shevek, as it had earlier for Kvetur. He was disturbed.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “You have not thought things through,” he said. By his standards it was a brutal insult.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “So the first step out of childhood is made all at once, without looking before or behind, without caution, and nothing held in reserve.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “What is his purpose, then?” “I don’t know. Things don’t have purposes, as if the universe were a machine, where every part has a useful function. What’s the function of a galaxy? I don’t know if our life has a purpose and I don’t see that it matters. What does matter is that we’re a part.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Part of the particular interest and beauty of science fiction and fantasy: writer and reader collaborate in world-making.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “There are things that outweigh comfort, unless one is an old woman or a cat.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Writers need to learn their trade, and how to negotiate the increasingly difficult marketplace. The trade can be taught and learned just as the craft can. But a workshop where the trade is the principal focus of interest is not a writing workshop. It is a business class.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “If you deny any affinity with another person or kind of person, if you declare it to be wholly different from yourself.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “You are all in jail. Each alone, solitary, with a heap of what he owns. You live in prison, die in prison. It is all I can see in your eyes – the walls, the walls!”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “They exist. But they are not your Masters. They never were. You are free, Tenar. You were taught to be a slave, but you have broken free.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Manipulated, one manipulates others.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Housekeeping, the art of the infinite, is no game for amateurs.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “The notion that a story has a message assumes that it can be reduced to a few abstract words, neatly summarized in a school or college examination paper or a brisk critical review.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “I can never get used to the fact, though I know it, that women are born cynics. Men have to learn cynicism. Infant girls could teach it to them.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Go into a dark bar for a bit and have a beer with Dionysios, every now and then. I talk about the gods; I am an atheist. But I am an artist too, and therefore a liar. Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Things don’t have purposes, as if the universe were a machine, where every part has a useful function. What’s the function of a galaxy? I don’t know if our life has a purpose and I don’t see that it matters. What does matter is that we’re a part. Like a thread in a cloth or a grass-blade in a field. It is and we are. What we do is like wind blowing on the grass.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “There is no kingdom like the forests. It is time I went there, went in silence, went alone. And maybe there I would learn at last what no act or art or power can teach me, what I have never learned.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “The first thing I can remember clearly is writing the way into the secret room.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “To me the female principle is, or at least historically has been, basically anarchic. It values order without constraint, rule by custom not by force. It has been the male who enforces order, who constructs power structures, who makes, enforces, and breaks laws.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “There’s seldom as much hurry as I used to think there was.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “We cried “Sisterhood is powerful!” – and they believed us. Terrified misogynists of both sexes were howling that the house was burning down before most feminists found out where the matches were.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Dreams take short cuts.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “What is life without incompatible realities?”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Old age isn’t a state of mind. It’s an existential situation.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “As a child in Atuan, Tenar had learned how to learn. There seemed always to be a great deal to be learned, more than she would have believed when she was a prentice-priestess or the pupil of a mage.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “If they come prying they can leave curious.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Commodified fantasy takes no risks: it invents nothing, but imitates and trivializes. It proceeds by depriving the old stories of their intellectual and ethical complexity, turning their action to violence, their actors to dolls, and their truth-telling to sentimental platitude.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “The old knowledge had been difficult but not distressing. It had been all paradox and myth, and it had made sense. The new knowledge was all fact and reason, and it made no sense.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “All makers must leave room for the acts of the spirit. But they have to work hard and carefully, and wait patiently, to deserve them.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “The counsel of the dead is not profitable to the living.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “I don’t believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution. I accept it. It isn’t a matter of faith, but of evidence.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “A child free from the guilt of ownership and the burden of economic competition will grow up with the will to do what needs doing and the capacity for joy in doing it. It is useless work that darkens the heart. The delight of the nursing mother, of the scholar, of the successful hunter, of the good cook, of the skilful maker, of anyone doing needed work and doing it well, – this durable joy is perhaps the deepest source of human affection and of sociality as a whole.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Sometimes I not only stand there and take it, I even smile at them and say I’m sorry. When I feel that smile coming onto my face, I wish I could take my face off and stamp on it.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Not all roads that lead down lead up as well.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “He was appalled by the examination system, when it was explained to him, he could not imagine a greater detterent to the natural wish to learn than this pattern of cramming in information and disgorging it on demand.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “By and large books are mankind’s best invention.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Orr was not a fast reasoner. In fact, he was not a reasoner. He arrived at ideas the slow way, never skating over the clear, hard ice of logic, nor soaring on the slipstreams of imagination, but slogging, plodding along on the heavy ground of existence.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “All Galileo said, all Darwin said, was, “It doesn’t have to be the way we thought it was.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “We make sense of the world intentionally. Faced with chaos, we seek or make the familiar, and build up the world with it. Babies do it, we all do it; we filter out most of what our senses report.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “You cannot blame everything on the enemy.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Past events exist, after all, only in memory, which is a form of imagination. The event is real now, but once it’s then, its continuing reality is entirely up to us, dependent on our energy and honesty.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art – the art of words.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “To claim power over what you do not understand is not wise, nor is the end of it likely to be good.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Ged had neither lost nor won but, naming the shadow of his death with his own name, had made himself whole: a man: who, knowing his whole true self, cannot be used or possessed by any power other than himself, and whose life therefore is lived for life’s sake and never in the service of ruin, or pain, or hatred, or the dark.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “An Odonian undertook monogamy just as he might undertake a joint enterprise in production, a ballet or a soap-works. Partnership was a voluntarily constituted federation like any other. So long as it worked, it worked, and if it didn’t work it stopped being. It was not an institution but a function. It had no sanction but that of private conscience.”
Ursula K. Le Guin Quote: “Meaning in art isn’t the same as meaning in science. The meaning of the second law of thermodynamics, so long as the words are understood, isn’t changed by who reads it, or when, or where. The meaning of Huckleberry Finn is.”
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