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Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (October 21, 1929 January 22, 2018) was an American author best known for her works of speculative fiction, including science fiction works set in her Hainish universe, and the Earthsea fantasy series. She was first published in 1959, and her literary career spanned nearly sixty years, yielding more than twenty novels and over a hundred short stories, in addition to poetry, literary criticism, translations, and children's books. Frequently described as an author of science fiction, Le Guin has also been called a "major voice in American Letters", and herself said she would prefer to be known as an "American novelist". Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, to author Theodora Kroeber and anthropologist Alfred Louis Kroeber. Having earned a master's degree in French, Le Guin began doctoral studies but abandoned these after her marriage in 1953 to historian Charles Le Guin. She began writing full-time in the late 1950s and achieved major critical and commercial success with A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) and The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), which have been described by Harold Bloom as her masterpieces. For the latter volume, Le Guin won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel, becoming the first woman to do so. Several more works set in Earthsea or the Hainish universe followed; others included books set in the fictional country of Orsinia, several works for children, and many anthologies. Cultural anthropology, Taoism, feminism, and the writings of Carl Jung all had a strong influence on Le Guin's work. Many of her stories used anthropologists or cultural observers as protagonists, and Taoist ideas about balance and equilibrium have been identified in several writings. Le Guin often subverted typical speculative fiction tropes, such as through her use of dark-skinned protagonists in Earthsea, and also used unusual stylistic or structural devices in books such as the experimental work Always Coming Home (1985). Social and political themes, including race, gender, sexuality, and coming of age were prominent in her writing, and she explored alternative political structures in many stories, such as in the parable "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" (1973) and the utopian novel The Dispossessed (1974). Le Guin's writing was enormously influential in the field of speculative fiction, and has been the subject of intense critical attention. She received numerous accolades, including eight Hugos, six Nebulas, and twenty-two Locus Awards, and in 2003 became the second woman honored as a Grand Master of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The U.S. Library of Congress named her a Living Legend in 2000, and in 2014, she won the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contri bution to American Letters. Le Guin influenced many other authors, including Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie, David Mitchell, Neil Gaiman, and Iain Banks. After her death in 2018, critic John Clute wrote that Le Guin had "presided over American science fiction for nearly half a century", while author Michael Chabon referred to her as the "greatest American writer of her generation".
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1:Imagination grows by exercise and contrary to common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
2:People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons from within. ~ Ursula K Le Guin, The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader and the Imagination,
3:Knowledge sets us free, art sets us free. A great library is freedom...and that freedom must not be compromised. It must be available to all who need it, when they need it, and that's always. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,

*** WISDOM TROVE ***

1:Ignorant power is a bane! ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
2:I write with all my heart ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
3:To hear, one must be silent. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
4:In war everybody is a prisoner. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
5:Age and illness made one a dualist ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
6:Progress means nothing to presence. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
7:Success is somebody else's failure. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
8:What is more arrogant than honesty? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
9:First sentences are doors to worlds. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
10:Owning is owing, having is hoarding. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
11:Truth, as ever, avoids the stranger. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
12:We broke the world to make it whole. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
13:There is no kingdom like the forests. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
14:There's no way to use power for good. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
15:Truth is a matter of the imagination. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
16:We read books to find out who we are. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
17:Statesmen remember things selectively. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
18:The machine conceals the machinations. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
19:To oppose something is to maintain it. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
20:Where there's property, there's theft. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
21:Not even need and love can defeat fate. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
22:The light is the left hand of darkness. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
23:Despair speaks evenly, in a quiet voice. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
24:Even a poet cannot get everything right. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
25:Fire and fear, good servants, bad lords. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
26:Paradise is for those who make paradise. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
27:True understanding is the spur of genius ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
28:Belief in the lie is the life of the lie. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
29:Belief is the wound that knowledge heals. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
30:Freedom, Responsibility, Absolute Freedom ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
31:Love is the true condition of human life. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
32:You cannot blame everything on the enemy. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
33:It is useless work that darkens the heart. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
34:If civilization has an opposite, it is war. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
35:If they come prying they can leave curious. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
36:One must work with time and not against it. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
37:Absolute freedom is absolute responsibility. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
38:The wise needn't ask, the fool asks in vain. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
39:To have a choice at all is to be privileged. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
40:What is life without incompatible realities? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
41:What goes too long unchanged destroys itself. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
42:Ah, genre. A word only a Frenchman could love. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
43:Peace, Asking Questions, Questions And Answers ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
44:There are no right answers to wrong questions. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
45:Those who build walls are their own prisoners. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
46:Where does your soul go, when you die in Hell? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
47:Can true function arise from basic dysfunction? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
48:In art, &
49:Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
50:Sometimes you must go against the wheel's turn. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
51:To be oneself is a rare thing, and a great one. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
52:By and large books are mankind's best invention. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
53:The story is not in the plot but in the telling. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
54:They can send death at once, but life is slower. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
55:When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
56:Being Yourself, Matter, Asking Yourself Questions ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
57:The creative adult is the child who has survived. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
58:Why can I never set my heart on a possible thing? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
59:All makers must leave room for acts of the spirit. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
60:Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
61:In the tale, in the telling, we are all one blood. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
62:Manhood is patience. Mastery is nine time patience ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
63:The more defensive a society, the more conformist. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
64:What good is power when you're too wise to use it? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
65:Great self-destruction follows upon unfounded fear. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
66:Injustice makes the rules, and courage breaks them. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
67:The artist deals with what cannot be said in words. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
68:A wrong that cannot be repaired must be transcended. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
69:He is far too intelligent to become really cerebral. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
70:Men who fight wars in winter don't live till spring. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
71:Revolution is our obligation: our hope of evolution. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
72:The law of evolution is that the strongest survives. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
73:The sunlights differ, but there is only one darkness. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
74:There are two kinds of knowledge, local and universal. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
75:It is not human to be without shame and without desire. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
76:Literacy is so you can read the operating instructions. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
77:Prose writers are interested mostly in life and commas. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
78:Sanity returns (in most cases) when the book is closed. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
79:Science fiction is not prescriptive; it is descriptive. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
80:Yet we were rescued by that fancy, and saved by a myth. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
81:The counsel of the dead is not profitable to the living. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
82:The great authors share their souls with us- "literally. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
83:If you evade suffering, you also evade the chance of joy. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
84:The hunger of a dragon is slow to wake, but hard to sate. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
85:There's seldom as much hurry as I used to think there was. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
86:Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
87:Love does not obey the mind, and turns to hate when forced. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
88:No darkness lasts forever. And even there, there are stars. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
89:Secondhand experience breaks down a block from the car lot. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
90:There's nothing wrong with me... except acute chronic fear. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
91:To see a candle's light one must take it into a dark place. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
92:We sleep researchers like cats, you know; they sleep a lot! ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
93:What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
94:A man does not make his destiny: he accepts it or denies it. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
95:All men were alien one to another, at times, not only aliens. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
96:She'll die.' &
97:The desire for power feeds off itself, growing as it devours. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
98:To make a thief, make an owner; to create crime, create laws. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
99:Fiction—and poetry and drama— cleanse the doors of perception. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
100:It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
101:One man may as easily destroy, as govern: be King or Anti-King. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
102:Almost anything carried to a logical extreme becomes depressing. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
103:Scientific truth will out, you can't hide the sun under a stone. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
104:The world is in balance . To light a candle is to cast a shadow. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
105:Interview with Faith L. Justice, www.salon.com. January 23, 2001. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
106:Life goes on, even if two-headed and glowing faintly in the dark. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
107:I am no more lonely than the loon on the pond that laughs so loud. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
108:But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
109:Compare the torrent and the glacier. Both get where they are going. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
110:Having one king, one god, one belief, they can act single-mindedly. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
111:One voice speaking truth is a greater force than fleets and armies. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
112:There are times when you have to speak because silence is betrayal. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
113:The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
114:Excess is excrement, ... Excrement retained in the body is a poison. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
115:Interview with Guy Haley, guyhaley.wordpress.com. September 17, 2014. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
116:Darkness is only in the mortal eye, that thinks it sees, but sees not. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
117:I'd rather get bad news from an honest man than lies from a flatterer. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
118:All quotesNew Quotes (9)ArtBooksChildrenEyesLyingRealityWritingmore... ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
119:It is hard to swear when sex is not dirty and blasphemy does not exist. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
120:But need alone is not enough to set power free: there must be knowledge. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
121:Nobody who says, ‘I told you so’ has ever been, or will ever be, a hero. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
122:To learn a belief without the belief is to sing a song without the tune. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
123:Fantasy is probably the oldest literary device for talking about reality. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
124:I am living in a nightmare, from which from time to time I wake in sleep. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
125:I have decided that the trouble with print is, it never changes its mind. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
126:It is a real wilderness, and those who go there should not feel too safe. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
127:There is no information about corporations. There is only disinformation. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
128:Everything gives way before the recurring torment and festivity of passion. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
129:Have you never thought how danger must surround power as shadow does light? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
130:Sure, it's simple, writing for kids... Just as simple as bringing them up. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
131:The word must be heard in silence; there must be darkness to see the stars. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
132:Genre is a useful concept only when used not evaluatively but descriptively. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
133:The bond between true lovers is as close as we come to what endures forever. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
134:There are things that outweigh comfort, unless one is an old woman or a cat. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
135:Elegance is a small price to pay for enlightenment, and I was glad to pay it. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
136:George, it's impossible to correct a defective reality-orientation overnight. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
137:I hope you are never victims, but I hope you have no power over other people. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
138:I've got some gift for languages. You follow your gift. But Latin's not easy. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
139:Music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
140:Claude Levi-Strauss has been a great source of fruitful irritation to my mind. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
141:What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
142:Wrongs done could not be righted, but at least they were not still being done. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
143:I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
144:I don't write tracts, I write novels. I'm not a preacher, I'm a fiction writer. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
145:There is a limited number of plots. There is no limit to the number of stories. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
146:To exhibit the perfect uselessness of knowing the answer to the wrong question. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
147:The Magician. Interview with Maya Jaggi, www.theguardian.com. December 17, 2005. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
148:How can people be anything but ignorant when knowledge isn't saved, isn't taught? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
149:No matter how intelligent a man is, he can't see what he doesn't know how to see. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
150:People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
151:Artists are people who are not at all interested in the facts - only in the truth. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
152:If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
153:I had forgotten how much light there is in the world, till you gave it back to me. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
154:It was men's ambitions, they said, that had perverted all the arts to ends of gain. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
155:Planets were very large places, on any scale but that of the spaces in between them. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
156:A writer either speaks to adults and bores kids, or speaks to kids and upsets adults. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
157:The end justifies the means. But what if there never is an end? All we have is means. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
158:We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
159:When I'm writing I don't dream much; it's like the dreaming gets used in the writing. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
160:A man who saw a miracle would reject his eyes' witness, if those with him saw nothing. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
161:The historic function of a Senator from Oregon is to drive all the other Senators mad. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
162:But it doesn't take a thousand men to open a door, my lord." "It might to keep it open. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
163:One of the things [fiction] does is lead you to recognize what you did not know before. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
164:Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art - the art of words. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
165:To know there is a choice is to have to make the choice: change or stay: river or rock. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
166:We're each of us alone, to be sure. What can you do but hold your hand out in the dark? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
167:Gradually the healing took place, seeming as it always does that it wasn't taking place. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
168:Maybe when you meet the people you are supposed to meet you know it, without knowing it. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
169:Take the tale in your teeth, then, and bite till the blood runs, hoping it's not poison. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
170:The question is always the same with a dragon: will he talk with you or will he eat you? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
171:What is love of one's country; is it hate of one's uncountry? Then it's not a good thing. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
172:You sit down and you do it, and you do it, and you do it, until you have learned to do it. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
173:Writing makes no noise, except groans, and it can be done everywhere, and it is done alone. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
174:Living, being in the world, was a much greater and stranger thing than she had ever dreamed. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
175:Nothing is yours. It is to use. It is to share. If you will not share it, you cannot use it. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
176:O foolish writer. Now moves. Even in storytime, dreamtime, once-upon-a-time, now isn't then. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
177:What else can the young be? When you are on the bottom, you must organize from the bottom up ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
178:A Left-Handed Commencement Address, delivered 22 May 1983, Mills College, Oakland, California ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
179:Chronicles of Earthsea. The Guardian Online Interview, www.theguardian.com. February 9, 2004. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
180:It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
181:Most civilisations, perhaps, look shinier in general terms and from several light-years away. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
182:The reader can't take much for granted in a fiction where the scenery can eat the characters. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
183:When people say, Did you always want to be a writer?, I have to say no! I always WAS a writer. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
184:Art is action. The way I live my life to its highest degree is by writing, the practice of art. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
185:When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
186:Is it the gods who set this fire in our hearts, or do we each make our fierce desire into a god? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
187:My great-aunt. . . . said nobody under 18 had any business reading Dickens. . . . She was right. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
188:Other people's stories may become part of your own, the foundation of it, the ground it goes on. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
189:It's not a weapon or a woman can make a man, or magery either, or any power, anything but himself. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
190:You can go home again... so long as you understand that home is a place where you have never been. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
191: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, @wisdomtrove
192:A profound love between two people involves, after all, the power and chance of doing profound hurt. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
193:Do you know how to read?" "No. It is one of the black arts." He nodded. "But a useful one," he said. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
194:My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world, and exiles me from it. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
195:Transcript for the Piece Audio version of A Wizard of Earthsea: A Big Read Documentary. www.prx.org. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
196:Every book purchase made from Amazon is a vote for a culture without content and without contentment. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
197:She obeys me, but only because she wants to. It's the only justification for obedience, Ged observed. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
198:The worst walls are never the ones you find in your way. The worst walls are the ones you put there . ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
199:Art, like sex, cannot be carried on indefinitely solo; after all, they have the same enemy, sterility. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
200:There's a great fear of the imagination. It's a dangerous thing. It's out of control, it's subversive. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
201:When the genuine myth rises into consciousness, that is always its message. You must change your life. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
202:Without war there are no heroes. What harm would that be? Oh, Lavinia, what a woman's question that is. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
203:Dead anarchists make martyrs, you know, and keep living for centuries. But absent ones can be forgotten. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
204:Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
205:The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
206:You must come to terms with your wholeself. the wholeness which exceeds all our virtue and all our vice. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
207:Primitiveness and civilization are degrees of the same thing. If civilization has an opposite, it is war. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
208:To break a promise is to deny the reality of the past. Therefore it is to deny the hope of a real future. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
209:To see that your life is a story while you're in the middle of living it may be a help to living it well. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
210:We need writers who know the difference between the production of a commodity and the practice of an art. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
211:It's a rare gift, to know where you need to be, before you've been to all the places you don't need to be. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
212:I do try to separate my personal activism - showing up at a demonstration or something - from what I write. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
213:Oh, never and forever aren't for mortals, love. But we won't be parted till I know it's right that we part. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
214:The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
215:When in the Land of Property think like a propertarian. Dress like one, eat like one, act like one, be one. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
216:A machine is more blameless, more sinless even than any animal. It has no intentions whatsoever but our own. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
217:In general she had found that the main drawback in being a man was that conversations were less interesting. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
218:That I was not dueling with the king, but trying to communicate with him, was itself an incommunicable fact. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
219:This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
220:If civilization has an opposite, it is war. Of these two things, you have either one, or the other. Not both. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
221:If one believes that words are acts, as I do, then one must hold writers responsible for what their words do. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
222:It is hard, I found, to be called traitor. Strange how hard it is, for it's an easy name to call another man. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
223:Very seldom do you come upon a space, a time like this, between act and act, when you may stop and simply be. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
224:A moral choice in its basic terms appears to be a choice that favors survival: a choice made in favor of life. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
225:The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words. The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
226:Only in silence the word, only in dark the light, only in dying life: bright the hawk's flight on the empty sky. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
227:The thing about working with time, instead of against it, he thought, is that it is not wasted. Even pain counts. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
228:Virginity is now a mere preamble or waiting room to be got out of as soon as possible; it is without significance. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
229:The Earth is beautiful, and bright, and kindly, but that is not all. The Earth is also terrible, and dark, and cruel. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
230:The fish in the creek said nothing. Fish never do. Few people know what fish think about injustice, or anything else. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
231: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, @wisdomtrove
232:I never knew anybody . . . who found life simple. I think a life or a time looks simple when you leave out the details. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
233:In innocence there is no strength against evil, said Sparrowhawk, a little wryly. But there is strength in it for good. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
234:Stories are what death thinks he puts an end to. He can't understand that they end in him, but they don't end with him. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
235:There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
236:Between thought and spoken word is a gap where intention can enter, the symbol be twisted aside, and the lie come to be. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
237:Great artists make the roads; good teachers and good companions can point them out. But there ain't no free rides, baby. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
238:The individual cannot bargain with the State. The State recognizes no coinage but power: and it issues the coins itself. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
239:You must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil will follow on that act. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
240:I have no control over my writing. I have lots of good intentions, but no control. There's a story that wants to be told. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
241:Part of the particular interest and beauty of science fiction and fantasy: writer and reader collaborate in world-making. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
242:I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
243:Anyhow they’re always exceptions. But most women, their only relationship to a man is having. Either owning or being owned. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
244:Skill in writing frees you to write what you want to write. It may also show you what you want to write. Craft enables art. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
245:The danger in trying to do good is that the mind comes to confuse the intent of goodness with the act of doing things well. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
246:I believe that maturity is not an outgrowing, but a growing up: that an adult is not a dead child, but a child who survived. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
247:Much arrogance is necessary equipment for an artist, I think. Not sufficient, but necessary. It carries one across the gaps. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
248:Suffering is dysfunctional, except as a bodily warning against danger. Psychologically and socially it's merely destructive. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
249:What's needed in this case is conscious and serious practice in hearing, and using, and being used by, other people's voices. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
250:... the habit of literature [is] the best defense against believing the half-truths of ideologues and the lies of demagogues. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
251:To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
252:You can’t crush ideas by suppressing them. You can only crush them by ignoring them. By refusing to think, refusing to change. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
253:Well, the secret to writing is writing. It's only a secret to people who don't want to hear it. Writing is how you be a writer. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
254:What the brain does by itself is infinitely more fascinating and complex than any response it can make to chemical stimulation. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
255:He knew now, and the knowledge was hard, that his task had never been to undo what he had done, but to finish what he had begun. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
256:I'll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
257:It is not altogether a bad thing to have criminal ancestors. An arsonist grandfather may bequeath one a nose for smelling smoke. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
258:To think that realistic fiction is by definition superior to imaginative fiction is to think imitation is superior to invention. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
259:We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
260:To oppose something is to maintain it... You must go somewhere else; you must have another goal; then you walk a different road. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
261:Any artist must expect to work amid the total, rational indifference of everybody else to their work, for years, perhaps for life. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
262:A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it... By using words well they strengthen their souls. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
263:I think hard times are coming. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries, the realists of a larger reality. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
264:At this point, realism is perhaps the least adequate means of understanding or portraying the incredible realities of our existence. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
265:The airport bookstore did not sell books, only bestsellers, which Sita Dulip cannot read without risking a severe systemic reaction. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
266:The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
267:We like to think we live in daylight, but half the world is always dark, and fantasy, like poetry, speaks the language of the night. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
268: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, @wisdomtrove
269:Crankish attacks on the freedom to read are common at present. When backed and coordinated by organized groups, they become sinister. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
270:The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
271:The pornography of violence of course far exceeds, in volume and general acceptance, sexual pornography, in this Puritan land of ours. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
272:You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
273: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, @wisdomtrove
274:Besides, when you say you're a feminist it annoys the bigots and the old farts and the prissy ladies so much, it's kind of irresistible. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
275: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, @wisdomtrove
276:In so far as one denies what is, one is possessed by what is not, the compulsions, the fantasies, the terrors that flock to fill the void. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
277:The use of imaginative fiction is to deepen your understanding of your world, and your fellow men, and your own feelings, and your destiny. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
278:For a fiction writer, a storyteller, the world is full of stories, and when a story is there, it's there, and you just reach up and pick it. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
279:It always seemed to me they're sort of alike ... magic and music. Spells and tunes. For one thing, you have to get them just exactly right. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
280:Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
281:Hate gets going, it goes round, it gets older and tighter and older and tighter, until it holds a person inside it like a fist holds a stick. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
282:Readers, after all, are making the world with you. You give them the materials, but it's the readers who build that world in their own minds. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
283:Those who build walls are their own prisoners. I'm going to go fulfill my proper function in the social organism. I'm going to unbuild walls. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
284:A forest ecology is a delicate one. If the forest perishes, its fauna may go with it. The Athshean word for world is also the word for forest. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
285:Nothing said in words ever came out quite even. Things in words got twisted and ran together, instead of staying straight and fitting together. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
286:As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
287: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, @wisdomtrove
288:Her work, I really think her work is finding what her real work is and doing it, her work, her own work, her being human, her being in the world. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
289:The same old hypocrisy. Life is a fight, and the strongest wins. All civilization does is hide the blood and cover up the hate with pretty words! ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
290:If it were proven that there is no God there would be no religion. ... But also if it were proven that there is a God, there would be no religion. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
291:Follow AzQuotes on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Every day we present the best quotes! Improve yourself, find your inspiration, share with friends ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
292:The explorer who will not come back or send back his ships to tell his tale is not an explorer, only an adventurer; and his sons are born in exile. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
293:Morality is an utterly meaningless term unless defined as the good one does to others, the fulfilling of one's function in the sociopolitical whole. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
294:A scientist can pretend that his work isn't himself, it's merely the impersonal truth. An artist can't hide behind the truth. He can't hide anywhere. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
295:The model of modern Western civilization is the virus: the pure bit of information, which turns its environment into endless reproductions of itself. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
296:When the enemy enthusiastically embraces you, and the fellow countrymen bitterly reject you, it is hard not to wonder if you are, in fact, a traitor. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
297:A man who doesn't detest a bad government is a fool. And if there were such a thing as a good government on earth, it would be a great joy to serve it. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
298:It did not matter, after all. He was only one man. One man's fate is not important. "If it is not, what is?" He could not endure those remembered words. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
299:The living tongue that tells the word, the living ear that hears it, bind and bond us in the communion we long for in the silence of our inner solitude. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
300:We decided that it was no good asking what is the meaning of life, because life isn't an answer, life is the question, and you, yourself, are the answer. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
301:I use a whole lot of half-assed semicolons; there was one of them just now; that was a semicolon after &
302:But now his dry and silent grieving for his lost wife must end, for there she stood, the fierce, recalcitrant, and fragile stranger, forever to be won again. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
303:He had grown up in a country run by politicians who sent the pilots to man the bombers to kill the babies to make the world safer for children to grow up in. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
304:No, I don't mean love, when I say patriotism. I mean fear. The fear of the other. And its expressions are political, not poetical: hate, rivalry, aggression. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
305: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 wall, the wall! ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
306:If you want your writing to be taken seriously, don't marry and have kids, and above all, don't die. But if you have to die, commit suicide. They approve of that. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
307:Translation is entirely mysterious. Increasingly I have felt that the art of writing is itself translating, or more like translating than it is like anything else ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
308:There are dance artists, painting artists and writing artists. Authors are writing artists. You can practice art in whatever medium you choose, and words are mine. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
309:... If at moments the facts seem to alter with an altered voice, why then you can choose the fact you like best; yet none of them are false, and it is all one story. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
310:In our loss and fear we craved the acts of religion, the ceremonies that allow us to admit our helplessness, our dependence on the great forces we do not understand. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
311:See, the thing is, as a writer you are free. You are about the freest person that ever was. Your freedom is what you have bought with your solitude, your loneliness. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
312:Fake realism is the escapist literature of our time. And probably the ultimate escapist reading is that masterpiece of total unreality, the daily stock market report. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
313:If you evade suffering you also evade the chance of joy. Pleasure you may get, or pleasures, but you will not be fulfilled. You will not know what it is to come home. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
314:I was in too much haste, and now have no time left. I traded all the sunlight and the cities and the distant lands for a handful of power, for a shadow, for the dark. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
315:The reason literacy is important is that literature is the operating instructions. The best manual we have. The most useful guide to the country we're visiting, life. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
316:There's a point, around the age of twenty, when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
317:The literature of the emperor penguin is as forbidding, as inaccessible, as the frozen heart of Antarctica itself. Its beauties may be unearthly, but they are not for us. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
318:As a man's real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing,but does only and wholly what he must do. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
319:If you want to know all about the sea ... and ask the sea itself, what does it say? Grumble grumble swish swish. It is too busy being itself to know anything about itself. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
320:No man, no power, can bind the action of wizardry or still the words of power. For they are the very words of Making, and one who could silence them could unmake the world. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
321:The important thing is not the finding, it is the seeking, it is the devotion with which one spins the wheel of prayer and scripture, discovering the truth little by little. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
322:There's a good deal in common between the mind's eye and the TV screen, and though the TV set has all too often been the boobtube, it could be, it can be, the box of dreams. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
323:It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
324:A dangerous book will always be in danger from those it threatens with the demand that they question their assumptions. They'd rather hang on to the assumptions and ban the book. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
325:All knowledge is partial, infinitesimally partial. Reason is a net thrown out into an ocean. What truth it brings in is a fragment, a glimpse, a scintillation of the whole truth. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
326: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, @wisdomtrove
327: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, @wisdomtrove
328:Abstractions about right and wrong, whether they are as old as Thou Shalt Not Kill or as modern as Do Your Own Thing, often serve only to confuse and weaken genuine moral decision. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
329: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, @wisdomtrove
330:Death and life are the same thing-like the two sides of my hand, the palm and the back. And still the palm and the back are not the same... They can be neither separated, nor mixed. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
331:Love's just one of the ways through, and it can go wrong, and miss. Pain never misses. But therefore we don't have much choice about enduring it! We will, whether we want to or not. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
332:Realism is a very sophisticated form of literature, a very grown-up one. And that may be its weakness. But fantasy seems to be eternal and omnipresent and always attractive to kids. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
333:To see a candle's light, one must take it into a dark place. This is the same as to see the good and be grateful, one must compare and contrast it with something worse - not better! ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
334:It is yin and yang. Light is the left hand of darkness ... how did it go? Light, dark. Fear, courage. Cold, warmth. Female, male. It is yourself ... both and one. A shadow on snow. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
335:Sleeping people are so remote... . Right here, but out of communication. That's what strikes humans as uncanny about sleep. Its utter privacy. The sleeper turns his back on everyone. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
336:While we read a novel, we are insane—bonkers. We believe in the existence of people who aren't there, we hear their voices... Sanity returns (in most cases) when the book is closed. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
337:Before the moon I am, what a woman is, a woman of power, a woman's power, deeper than the roots of trees, deeper than the roots of islands, older than the Making, older than the moon. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
338:I think the mystery of art lies in this, that artists’ relationship is essentially with their work — not with power, not with profit, not with themselves, not even with their audience. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
339:And though I came to forget or regret all I have ever done, yet would I remember that once I saw the dragons aloft on the wind at sunset above the western isles; and I would be content. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
340:Do nothing because it is righteous or praiseworthy or noble to do so; do nothing because it seems good to do so; do only that which you must do and which you cannot do in any other way. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
341:We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel... is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
342:A story rises from the springs of creation, from the pure will to be; it tells itself; I takes its own course, finds its own way, its own words; and the writer's job is to be its medium. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
343:It is of the nature of idea to be communicated: written, spoken, done. The idea is like grass. It craves light, likes crowds, thrives on crossbreeding, grows better for being stepped on. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
344:She had always known that all lives are in common, rejoicing in her kinship to the fish in the tanks of her laboratories, seeking the experience of existences outside the human boundary. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
345:If a book told you something when you were fifteen, it will tell you it again when you're fifty, though you may understand it so differently that it seems you're reading a whole new book. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
346:Genre fiction was looked at as a ghetto, but I wonder now if realist fiction, sealing itself off in the glum suburbs of a dysfunctional society, denying the use of imagination, was the ghetto. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
347:If your voice is heard by more people because you've earned some kind of name and fame, your silence on an issue of urgent moral importance is even more of a betrayal. Privilege is obligation. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
348:If you're a fiction writer, though, I can tell you how to let people talk through you. Listen. Just be quiet, and listen. Let the character talk. Don't censor, don't control. Listen, and write. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
349:In the airport, luggage-laden people rush hither and yon through endless corridors, like souls to each of whom the devil has furnished a different, inaccurate map of the escape route from hell. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
350:Light is the left hand of darkness and darkness the right hand of light. Two are one, life and death, lying together like lovers in kemmer, like hands joined together, like the end and the way. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
351:You fear them because you fear death, and rightly: for death is terrible and must be feared,' the mage said... 'And life is also a terrible thing,' Ged said, &
352:If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
353:I don't want to be a propagandist, no matter how good the cause. I want to tell stories. It's just that the stories have to square with my consciousness as a woman and my conscience as a human being. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
354:Little mirrors were attached to the front of their cars, at which they glanced to see where they had been; then they stared ahead again. I had thought that only beetles had this delusion of Progress. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
355:There are souls, he thought, whose umbilicus has never been cut. They never got weaned from the universe. They do not understand death as an enemy; they look forward to rotting and turning into humus. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
356:Sometimes one's very angry and preaches, but I know that to clinch a point is to close it. To leave the reader free to decide what your work means, that's the real art; it makes the work inexhaustible. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
357:All of us have to learn how to invent our lives , make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don't, our lives get made up for us by other people . ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
358:I certainly wasn't happy. Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it. What I was given was the thing you can't earn, and can't keep, and often don't even recognize at the time; I mean joy. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
359:Who knows a man's name, holds that man's life in his keeping. Thus to Ged, who had lost faith in himself, Vetch had given him that gift that only a friend can give, the proof of unshaken, unshakeable trust. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
360:Almost everything is double like that for adolescents; their lies are true and their truths are lies, and their hearts are broken by the world. They gyre and fall; they see through everything, and are blind. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
361:By such literalism, fundamentalism, religions betrayed the best intentions of their founders. Reducing thought to formula, replacing choice by obedience, these preachers turned the living word into dead law. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
362:My Real Children starts quietly, then suddenly takes you on two roller-coaster rides at once, swooping dizzily through a double panorama and ending in a sort of super Sophie's Choice. A daring tour de force. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
363:Honestly, orthodoxy concerns me about as much as it concerns your average jackrabbit. I only follow rules that take me where I want to go. If there aren't any rules, I make up my own and follow them strictly. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
364:Even in merely reading a fairytale, we must let go our daylight convictions and trust ourselves to be guided by dark figures, in silence; and when we come back, it may be very hard to describe where we have been. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
365:This is. And thou art. There is no safety. There is no end. The word must be heard in silence. There must be darkness to see the stars. The dance is always danced above the hollow place, above the terrible abyss. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
366:When he found that the administrators were upset, he laughed. “Do they expect students not to be anarchists?” he said. “What else can the young be? When you are on the bottom, you must organize from the bottom up ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
367:And I needed a rock. Something to hold onto, to stand on. Something solid. Because everything was going soft, turning into mush, into marsh, into fog. Fog closing in on all sides. I didn't know where I was at all. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
368:Success is somebody else's failure. Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most people in most places, including thirty million of ourselves, live wide awake in the terrible reality of poverty. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
369: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, @wisdomtrove
370:The misogyny that shapes every aspect of our civilization is the institutionalized form of male fear and hatred of what they have denied and therefore cannot know, cannot share: that wild country, the being of women. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
371:Belief in heaven and hell is a big deal in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and some forms of doctrinaire Buddhism. For the rest of us it's simply meaningless. We don't live in order to die, we live in order to live. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
372:I have become very critical of the whole book award system and could preach on that subject for quite a while, but I do know what an award can mean to a writer early in her career. It can give an essential validation. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
373:Reason is a faculty far larger than mere objective force. When either the political or the scientific discourse announces itself as the voice of reason, it is playing God, and should be spanked and stood in the corner. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
374:What she needs, at least one thing she needs, is companionship. After all why should she eat? Who needs her to be alive? What we call psychosis is sometimes simply realism. But human beings can't live on realism alone. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
375:I always wondered why the makers leave housekeeping and cooking out of their tales. Isn't it what all the great wars and battles are fought for - so that at day's end a family may eat together in a peaceful house? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
376:The label YA actually means nothing except that the protagonists, or some of them, are young. Publishers like it because it is a secure marketing niche. But the cost of security is exclusion from literary consideration. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
377:The one thing a writer has to have is a pencil and some paper. That's enough, so long as she knows that she and she alone is in charge of that pencil, and responsible, she and she alone, for what it writes on that paper. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
378:All knowledge is local, all truth is partial. No truth can make another truth untrue. All knowledge is part of the whole knowledge. Once you have seen the larger pattern, you cannot go back to seeing the part as the whole. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
379:Legends of prediction are common throughout the whole Household of Man. Gods speak, spirits speak, computers speak. Oracular ambiguity or statistical probability provides loopholes, and discrepancies are expunged by Faith. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
380:Nothing remains the same from one moment to the next, you can't step into the same river twice. Life&
381:What is a body that casts no shadow? Nothing, a formlessness, two-dimensional, a comic-strip character. If I deny my own profound relationship with evil I deny my own reality. I cannot do, or make; I can only undo, unmake. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
382:You know, I don't think a lot about why one book connects with its readers and another doesn't. Probably because I don't want to start thinking, "Am I popular?" I spent way too much time thinking about that in high school. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
383:I think there is no way to write about being alone. To write is to tell something to somebody to communicate to others. . . . Solitude is noncommunication, the absence of others, the presence of a self sufficient to itself. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
384:There is not much you can say about a baby unless you are talking with its father or another mother or nurse; infants are not part of the realm of ordinary language, talk is inadequate to them as they are inadequate to talk. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
385:It was easy to share when there was enough, even barely enough, to go round. But when there was not enough? Then force entered in; might making right; power, and its tool, violence, and its most devoted ally, the averted eye. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
386:I think what's happening is, it's all - fantasy, science fiction, ghosts, trolls, whatever - finally being called, being admitted to be literature. The way it used to be, before the Realists and the bloody Modernists took over. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
387:No society can change the nature of existence. We can't prevent suffering. This pain and that pain, yes, but not Pain. A society can only relieve social suffering, unnecessary suffering. The rest remains. The root, the reality. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
388:The borderline between prose and poetry is one of those fog-shrouded literary minefields where the wary explorer gets blown to bits before ever seeing anything clearly. It is full of barbed wire and the stumps of dead opinions. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
389:You have to help another person. But it's not right to play God with masses of people. To be God you have to know what you're doing. And to do any good at all, just believing you're right and your motives are good isn't enough. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
390:Dragons are more dangerous, and a good deal commoner, than bears. Fantasy is nearer to poetry, to mysticism, and to insanity than naturalistic fiction is. It is a real wilderness, and those who go there should not feel too safe. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
391:What you love, you will love. What you undertake you will complete. You are a fulfiller of hope; you are to be relied on. But seventeen years give little armor against despair... Consider, Arren. To refuse death is to refuse life. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
392:The greatest religious problem today is how to be both a mystic and a militant; in other words how to combine the search for an expansion of inner awareness with effective social action, and how to feel one's true identity in both. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
393:We will not know our own injustice if we cannot imagine justice. We will not be free if we do not imagine freedom. We cannot demand that anyone try to attain justice and freedom who has not had a chance to imagine them as attainable. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
394:The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to us than the city of happiness. I cannot describe it at all. It is possible it does not exist. But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
395:If eternity had a season, it would be midsummer. Autumn, winter, spring are all change and passage, but at the height of summer the year stands poised. It's only a passing moment, but even as it passes the heart knows it cannot change. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
396:The backside of heroism is often rather sad; women and servants know that. They know also that the heroism may be no less real for that. But achievement is smaller than men think. What is large is the sky, the earth, the sea, the soul. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
397:When we're done with it, we may find—if it's a good novel—that we're a bit different from what we were before we read it, that we have been changed a little, as if by having meet a new face, crossed a street we've never crossed before. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
398:Would you really like to live in a society where you have no responsibility and no freedom, no choice, only the false option of obedience to the law, or disobedience followed by punishment? Would you really want to go live in a prison? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
399:A man wants his virility regarded. A woman wants her femininity appreciated, however indirect and subtle the indications of regard and appreciation. [Here] one is respected and judged only as a human being. It is an appalling experience. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
400:We scarcely know how much of our pleasure and interest in life comes to us through our eyes until we have to do without them; and part of that pleasure is that the eyes can choose where to look. But the ears can't choose where to listen. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
401:Truth is a matter of the imagination. The soundest fact may fail or prevail in the style of its telling: like that singular organic jewel of our seas, which grows brighter as one woman wears it and, worn by another, dulls and goes to dust. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
402:We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable - but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
403:In the tale, in the telling, we are all one blood. Take the tale in your teeth, then, and bite till the blood runs, hoping it's not poison; and we will all come to the end together, and even to the beginning: living, as we do, in the middle. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
404:If I had to pick a hero, it would be Charles Darwin&
405:My soul is ten thousand miles wide and extremely invisibly deep. It is the same size as the sea, and you cannot, you cannot cram it into beer cans and fingernails and stake it out in lots and own it. It will drown you all and never even notice. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
406:And I speak of spiritual suffering! Of people seeing their talent, their work, their lives wasted. Of good minds submitting to stupid ones. Of strength and courage strangled by envy, greed for power, fear of change. Change is freedom, change is life ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
407:Our model of the cosmos must be as inexhaustible as the cosmos. A complexity that includes not only duration but creation, not only being but becoming, not only geometry but ethics. It is not the answer we are after, but only how to ask the question. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
408:To read and to write. Some writers have to be told to write. They think their job is to meet agents and have experiences and they can just be rich and famous. Their job is to write. Some really don't realize that. And you can't write unless you read. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
409:Happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary, what is neither necessary nor destructive, and what is destructive. In the middle category, however - that of the unnecessary but undestructive, that of comfort, luxury, exuberance, etc ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
410:It is a terrible thing, this kindess that human beings do not lose. Terrible, because when we are finally naked in the dark and cold, it is all we have. We who are so rich, so full of strength, we end up with that small change. We have nothing else to give. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
411:All or nothing at all, the true lover says, and that's the truth of it. My love will never die, he says. He claims eternity. And rightly. How can it die when it's life itself? What do we know of eternity but the glimpse we get of it when we enter in that bond? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
412:A person who believes, as she did, that things fit: that there is a whole of which one is a part, and that in being a part one is whole: such a person has no desire whatever, at any time, to play God. Only those who have denied their being yearn to play at it. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
413:After a long time spent learning how to write as a woman instead of as an honorary man, I was able to come back to Earthsea and write the next three books in another and newer tradition: that of questioning, rather than accepting, the gendering of power as male. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
414:The law of evolution is that the strongest survives!' &
415: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, @wisdomtrove
416:Hardly anybody ever writes anything nice about introverts. Extroverts rule. This is rather odd when you realise that about nineteen writers out of twenty are introverts. We are been taught to be ashamed of not being &
417:What is the use trying to describe the flowing of a river at any one moment, and then at the next moment, and then at the next, and the next, and the next? You wear out. You say: There is a great river, and it flows through this land, and we have named it History. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
418:The quality of the will to power is, precisely, growth. Achievement is its cancellation. To be, the will to power must increase with each fulfillment, making the fulfillment only a step to a further one. The vaster the power gained the vaster the appetite for more. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
419:Writers have to get used to launching something beautiful and watching it crash and burn. They also have to learn when to let go control, when the work takes off on its own and flies, farther than they ever planned or imagined, to places they didn't know they knew. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
420:Great artists make the roads; good teachers and good companions can point them out. But there ain't no free rides, baby. No hitchhiking. And if you want to strike out in any new direction — you go alone. With a machete in your hand and the fear of God in your heart. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
421:Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one. The road goes upward towards the light; but the laden traveler may never reach the end of it. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
422:If success in selling is my primary interest, I am not primarily a writer, but a salesperson. If I teach success in selling as the writer's primary objective, I am not teaching writing; I'm teaching, or pretending to teach, the production and marketing of a commodity. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
423:We of Es Toch tell a little myth, which says that in the beginning the Creator told a great lie. For there was nothing at all, but the Creator spoke, saying, It exists. And behold, in order that the lie of God might be God's truth, the universe at once began to exist. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
424:All times are changing times, but ours is one of massive, rapid moral and mental transformation. Archetypes turn into millstones, large simplicities get complicated, chaos becomes elegant, and what everybody knows is true turns out to be what some people used to think. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
425:It is only when science asks why, instead of simply describing how, that it becomes more than technology. When it asks why, it discovers Relativity. When it only shows how, it invents the atom bomb, and then puts its hands over its eye and says, My God what have I done? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
426: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, @wisdomtrove
427:Art and Entertainment are the same thing, in that the more deeply and genuinely entertaining a work is, the better art it is. To imply that Art is something heavy and solemn and dull, and Entertainment is modest but jolly and popular, is neo-Victorian idiocy at its worst. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
428:Even in the obscure vast history of a planet the time it takes to make a forest counts. It takes a while. And not every planet can do it; it is no common effect, that tangling of the sun's first cool light in the shadow and complexity of innumberable wind-stirred branches. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
429:My world, my Earth is a ruin. A planet spoiled by the human species. We multiplied and fought and gobbled until there was nothing left, and then we died. We controlled neither appetite nor violence; we did not adapt. We destroyed ourselves. But we destroyed the world first. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
430: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, @wisdomtrove
431:Those who dislike fantasy are very often equally bored or repelled by science. They don't like either hobbits, or quasars; they don't feel at home with them; they don't want complexities, remoteness. If there is any such connection, I'll bet that it is basically an aesthetic one ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
432:I know people, I know towns, farms, hills and rivers and rocks, I know how the sun at sunset in autumn falls on the side of a certain plowland in the hills; but what is the sense of giving a boundary to all that, of giving a name and ceasing to love where the name ceases to apply? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
433:In that moment Ged understood the singing of the bird, and the language of the water falling in the basin of the fountain, and the shape of the clouds, and the beginning and end of the wind that stirred the leaves; it seemed to him that he himself was a word spoken by the sunlight. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
434:I know that nobody who hasn't been in battle or under attack can know what war is. But even in terms of being safe at home, it's also true that many Americans who think they know what being at war is, don't. Including, of course, George W. Bush and his people. They don't have a clue. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
435:Time has two aspects. There is the arrow, the running river, without which there is no change, no progress, or direction, or creation. And there is the circle or the cycle, without which there is chaos, meaningless succession of instants, a world without clocks or seasons or promises. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
436:Animals do neither good nor evil. They do as they must do.We may call what they do harmful or useful, but good and evil belong to us, who chose to choose what we do. [. . .] The animals need only be and do.We're yoked, and they're free. So to be with an animal is to know a little freedom. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
437:Now perhaps an excessive dread of overpopulation&
438:The Earth is beautiful, and bright, and kindly, but that is not all. The Earth is also terrible, and dark, and cruel. The rabbit shrieks dying in the green meadows. The mountains clench their great hands full of hidden fire. There are sharks in the sea, and there is cruelty in men's eyes. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
439:The future has become uninhabitable. Such hopelessness can arise, I think, only from an inability to face the present, to live in the present, to live as a responsible being among other beings in this sacred world here and now, which is all we have, and all we need, to found our hope upon. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
440:A man would know the end he goes to, but he cannot know it if he does not turn, and return to his beginning, and hold that beginning in his being. If he would not be a stick whirled and whelmed in the stream, he must be the stream itself, all of it, from its spring to its sinking in the sea. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
441:I came into science fiction at a very good time, when the doors were getting thrown open to all kinds of more experimental writing, more literary writing, riskier writing. It wasn't all imitation Heinlein or Asimov. And of course, women were creeping in, infiltrating. Infesting the premises. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
442:The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
443:As a kitten does what all other kittens do, so a child wants to do what other children do, with a wanting that is as powerful as it is mindless. Since we human beings have to learn what we do, we have to start out that way, but human mindfulness begins where that wish to be the same leaves off. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
444:Civilized Man says: I am Self, I am Master, all the rest is other&
445:From that time forth he believed that the wise man is one who never sets himself apart from other living things, whether they have speech or not, and in later years he strove long to learn what can be learned, in silence, from the eyes of animals, the flight of birds, the great slow gestures of trees. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
446:I believe that maturity is not an outgrowing, but a growing up: that an adult is not a dead child, but a child who survived. I believe that all the best faculties of a mature human being exist in the child. . . that one of the most deeply human, and humane, of these faculties is the power of imagination. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
447:Living in a world that is valued only as gain, an ever-expanding world-as-frontier that has no worth of its own, no fullness of its own, you live in danger of losing your own worth to yourself. That's when you begin to listen to the voices from the other side, and to ask questions of failure and the dark. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
448:The search for pleasure is circular, repetitive, atemporal. The variety seeking of the spectator, the thrill hunter, the sexually promiscuous, always ends in the same place. It has an end. It comes to the end and has to start over. It is not a journey and return, but a closed cycle, a locked room, a cell. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
449:We have been civilized for a thousand millennia. We have histories of hundreds of those millennia. We have tried everything. Anarchism, in all its forms, with the rest. But I have not tried it. They say there is nothing new under any sun. But if each life is not new, each single life, then why are we born? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
450:Grieving, like being blind, is a strange business; you have to learn how to do it. We seek company in mourning, but after the early bursts of tears, after the praises have been spoken, and the good days remembered, and the lament cried, and the grave closed, there is no company in grief. It is a burden borne alone. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
451:But you must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil will follow on that act. The world is in balance, in Equilibrium. A wizard's power of Changing and Summoning can shake the balance of the world. It is dangerous, that power... It must follow knowledge, and serve need. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
452:I have never heard a dancer asking for advice about how to stay focused on her footwork, or a painter complaining about the dull day-to-day task of painting. What task worth doing isn't worth daily effort? Do you think Michelangelo was having fun the whole time he was on his back painting the Sistine Chapel's ceiling? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
453:It's the self that suffers, and there's a place where the self&
454:When you work in form, be it a sonnet or villanelle or whatever, the form is there and you have to fill it. And you have to find how to make that form say what you want to say. But what you find, always&
455:The preservation of life seems to be rather a slogan than a genuine goal of the anti-abortion forces; what they want is control. Control over behavior: power over women. Women in the anti-choice movement want to share in male power over women, and do so by denying their own womanhood, their own rights and responsibilities. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
456:There is neither source nor end, for all things are in the Center of Time. As all the stars may be reflected in a round raindrop falling in the night: so too do all the stars reflect the raindrop. There is neither darkness nor death, for all things are, in the Light of the Moment, and their end and their beginning are one. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
457:Science fiction properly conceived, like all serious fiction, however funny, is a way of trying to describe what is in fact going on, what people actually do and feel, how people relate to everything else in this vast sack, this belly of the universe, this womb of things to be and tomb of things that were, this unending story. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
458:Predictions are uttered by prophets (free of charge); by clairvoyants (who usually charge a fee, and are therefore more honored in their day than prophets); and by futurologists (salaried). Prediction is the business of prophets, clairvoyants, and futurologists. It is not the business of novelists. A novelist's business is lying. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
459:Art is craft: all art is always and essentially a work of craft: but in the true work of art, before the craft and after it, is some essential durable core of being, which is what the craft works on, and shows, and sets free. The statue in the stone. How does the artist find that, see it, before it's visible? That is a real question. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
460:What is love of one's country; is it hate of one's uncountry? Then it's not a good thing. Is it simply self-love? That's a good thing, but one musn't make a virtue of it, or a profession... Insofar as I love life, I love [my country], but that sort of love does not have a boundary-line of hate. And beyond that, I am ignorant, I hope. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
461:Do you see, Arren, how an act is not, as young men think, like a rock that one picks up and throws, and it hits or misses, and that's the end of it. When that rock is lifted, the earth is lighter; the hand that bears it is heavier. When it is thrown, the circuits of the stars respond, and where it strikes or falls the universe is changed. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
462:I gather that a lot of the "pots" in the great museum in Baghdad, which we allowed to be looted and then gutted, are now for sale to the highest bidder on the art and archeology black market. This is good capitalism, I guess, while a museum, being a public trust and accessible to all, is anticapitalist, pretty damn near socialist in fact. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
463:There are very real differences between science fiction and realistic fiction, between horror and fantasy, between romance and mystery. Differences in writing them, in reading them, in criticizing them. Vive les différences! They're what gives each genre its singular flavor and savor, its particular interest for the reader - and the writer. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
464:I don't believe that a writer &
465:What you select from, in order to tell your story, is nothing less than everything. What you build up your world from, your local, intelligible rational, coherent world, is nothing less than everything. . . . . All human knowledge is local. Every life, each human life is local, is arbitrary, the infinitesimal momentary glitter of a reflection. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
466:Virginity is now a mere preamble or waiting room to be got out of as soon as possible; it is without significance. Old age is similarly a waiting room, where you go after life's over and wait for cancer or a stroke. The years before and after the menstrual years are vestigial: the only meaningful condition left to women is that of fruitfulness. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
467:Whenever they tell me children want this sort of book and children need this sort of writing, I am going to smile politely and shut my earlids. I am a writer, not a caterer. There are plenty of caterers. But what children most want and need is what we and they don't know they want and don't think they need, and only writers can offer it to them. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
468:It's probably simply a matter of temperament that I never stopped to wonder if I could "match" what I had done, never choked off my writing by competing with myself, or with anybody else for that matter. My ambition was absolutely centered on the work itself, never on what it would bring me, or "who" it would make me. I never cared about that at all. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
469:It's probably simply a matter of temperament that I never stopped to wonder if I could match" what I had done, never choked off my writing by competing with myself, or with anybody else for that matter. My ambition was absolutely centered on the work itself, never on what it would bring me, or "who" it would make me. I never cared about that at all." ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
470:Public speaking is done in the public tongue, the national or tribal language; and the language of our tribe is the men's language. Of course women learn it. We're not dumb. If you can tell Margaret Thatcher from Ronald Reagan, or Indira Gandhi from General Somoza, by anything they say, tell me how. This is a man's world, so it talks a man's language. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
471:Now they came back to him, on this night he was seventeen years old. All the years and places of his brief broken life came within mind's reach and made a whole again. He knew once more, at last, after this long, bitter, waisted time, who he was and where he was. But where he must go in the years to come, that he could not see; and he feared to see it. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
472:What is a woman's power then?" she asked. "I don't think we know." "When has a woman power because she's a woman? With her children, I suppose. For a while... " "In her house, maybe." She looked around the kitchen. "But the doors are shut," she said, "the doors are locked." "Because you're valuable." "Oh yes. We're precious. So long as we're powerless. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
473:And he began to see the truth, that 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, @wisdomtrove
474:As you read a book word by word and page by page, you participate in its creation, just as a cellist playing a Bach suite participates, note by note, in the creation, the coming-to-be, the existence, of the music. And, as you read and re-read, the book of course participates in the creation of you, your thoughts and feelings, the size and temper of your soul. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
475: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, @wisdomtrove
476:I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries-the realists of a larger reality. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
477:Jungians such as Joseph Campbell have generalised such journeys into a set of archetypal events and images. Though they can be useful in criticism, I mistrust them as fatally reductive. “Ah, the Night Sea Voyage!” we cry, feeling that we have understood something important — but we’ve merely recognised it. Until we are actually on that voyage, we have understood nothing. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
478:Reading is performance. The reader&
479:Our roots are in the dark; the earth is our country. Why did we look up for blessing - instead of around, and down? What hope we have lies there. Not in the sky full of orbiting spy-eyes and weaponry, but in the earth we have looked down upon. Not from above, but from below. Not in the light that blinds, but in the dark that nourishes, where human beings grow human souls. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
480:Capitalism’s grow-or-die imperative stands radically at odds with ecology’s imperative of interdependence and limit. The two imperatives can no longer coexist with each other; nor can any society founded on the myth that they can be reconciled hope to survive. Either we will establish an ecological society or society will go under for everyone, irrespective of his or her status. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
481:In reading a novel, any novel, we have to know perfectly well that the whole thing is nonsense, and then, while reading, believe every word of it. Finally, when we're done with it, we may find - if it's a good novel - that we're a bit different from what we were before we read it, that we have changed a little... But it's very hard to say just what we learned, how we were changed. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
482:Life rises out of death, death rises out of life; in being opposite they yearn to each other, they give birth to each other and are forever reborn. And with them, all is reborn, the flower of the apple tree, the light of the stars. In life is death. In death is rebirth. What then is life without death? Life unchanging, everlasting, eternal?-What is it but death-death without rebirth? ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
483:The menopause is probably the least glamorous topic imaginable; and this is interesting, because it is one of the very few topics to which cling some shreds and remnants of taboo. A serious mention of menopause is usually met with uneasy silence; a sneering reference to it is usually met with relieved sniggers. Both the silence and the sniggering are pretty sure indications of taboo. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
484:Certainly the effort to remain unchanged, young, when the body gives so impressive a signal of change as the menopause, is gallant; but it is a stupid, self-sacrificial gallantry, better befitting a boy of twenty than a woman of forty-five or fifty. Let the athletes die young and laurel-crowned. Let the soldiers earn the Purple Hearts. Let women die old, white-crowned, with human hearts. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
485:Growing up during World War II certainly affected my whole view of life, but I hardly know how, it goes so deep. What's hard to explain now is that, though we were never invaded, and bombed only once and ineffectively on the coast of Oregon, everybody in the country was in that war. Everything we did was influenced by it - eating, traveling, dressing, thinking - everything in daily life. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
486:Lying is the misuse of language. We know that. We need to remember that it works the other way round too. Even with the best intentions, language misused, language used stupidly, carelessly, brutally, language used wrongly, breeds lies, half-truths, confusion. In that sense you can say that grammar is morality. And it is in that sense that I say a writer's first duty is to use language well. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
487:When I was young, I had to choose between the life of being and the life of doing. And I leapt at the latter like a trout to a fly. But each deed you do, each act, binds you to itself and to its consequences, and makes you act again and yet again. Then very seldom do you come upon a space, a time like this, between act and act, when you may stop and simply be. Or wonder who, after all, you are. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
488:As you see, I bear some resentment and some scars from the years of anti-genre bigotry. My own fiction, which moves freely around among realism, magical realism, science fiction, fantasy of various kinds, historical fiction, young adult fiction, parable, and other subgenres, to the point where much of it is ungenrifiable, all got shoved into the Sci Fi wastebasket or labeled as kiddilit - subliterature. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
489:Fantasy is not antirational, but pararational; not realistic but surrealistic, a heightening of reality. In Freud's terminology, it employs primary not secondary process thinking. It employs archetypes which, as Jung warned us, are dangerous things. Fantasy is nearer to poetry, to mysticism, and to insanity than naturalistic fiction is. It is a wilderness, and those who go there should not feel too safe. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
490:For fantasy is true, of course. It isn't factual, but it is true. Children know that. Adults know it too, and that is precisely why many of them are afraid of fantasy. They know that its truth challenges, even threatens, all that is false, all that is phony, unnecessary, and trivial in the life they have let themselves be forced into living. They are afraid of dragons, because they are afraid of freedom. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
491:Saying that, he was suddenly himself again, despite his lunatic hair and eyes: a man whose personal dignity went so deep as to be nearly invisible... It was more than diginity. Integrity? Wholeness? Like a block of wood not carved. The infinite possibility, the unlimited and unqualified wholeness of being of the uncommitted, the nonacting, the uncarved: the being who, being nothing but himself, is everything. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
492:We have inhabited both the actual and the imaginary realms for a long time. But we don't live in either place the way our parents or ancestors did. Enchantment alters with age, and with the age. We know a dozen Arthurs now, all of them true. The Shire changed irrevocably even in Bilbo's lifetime. Don Quixote went riding out to Argentina and met Jorge Luis Borges there. Plus c'est la même chose, plus ça change. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
493:Meeting writers is always so disappointing. I got over wanting to meet live writers quite a long time ago. There is this terrific book that has changed your life, and then you meet the author, and he has shifty eyes and funny shoes and he won't talk about anything except the injustice of the United States income tax structure toward people with fluctuating income, or how to breed Black Angus cows, or something. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
494:Do remember, though, that unless you're a playwright, the result [dialogue] isn't what you want; it's only an element of what you want. Actors embody and re-create the words of drama. In fiction, a tremendous amount of story and character may be given through the dialogue, but the story-world and its people have to be created by the storyteller. If there's nothing in it but disembodied voices, too much is missing. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
495:The book itself is a curious artifact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn't have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, a human eye, and a human mind. It is not one of a kind, and it is not ephemeral. It lasts. It is reliable. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
496:A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
497:If you have to find devices to coax yourself to stay focused on writing, perhaps you should not be writing what you're writing. And if this lack of motivation is a constant problem, perhaps writing is not your forte. I mean, what is the problem? If writing bores you, that is pretty fatal. If that is not the case, but you find that it is hard going and it just doesn't flow, well, what did you expect? It is work; art is work. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
498:What good is music? None ... and that is the point. To the world and its states and armies and factories and Leaders, music says, &
499:Translation is entirely mysterious. Increasingly I have felt that the art of writing is itself translating, or more like translating than it is like anything else. What is the other text, the original? I have no answer. I suppose it is the source, the deep sea where ideas swim, and one catches them in nets of words and swings them shining into the boat... where in this metaphor they die and get canned and eaten in sandwiches. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
500:It is no secret. All power is one in source and end, I think. Years and distances, stars and candles, water and wind and wizardry, the craft in a man's hand and the wisdom in a tree's root: they all arise together. My name, and yours, and the true name of the sun, or a spring of water, or an unborn child, all are syllables of the great word that is very slowly spoken by the shining of the stars. There is no other power. No other name. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove

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1:white-skinned, ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
2:A View of Exmoor, ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
3:are all contingent. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
4:Hate eats the hater ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
5:The sleeper dreamed. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
6:An owl is mostly air. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
7:his heart going hard. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
8:Judgement is poverty. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
9:he saw what was up and ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
10:The king was pregnant. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
11:True voyage is return. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
12:Dreams take short cuts. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
13:Greed puts out the sun. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
14:Jo Walton: Among Others ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
15:Hope is a slow business. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
16:Most bigots are sincere. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
17:We all do harm by being. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
18:Ignorant power is a bane! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
19:I write with all my heart ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
20:As a writer, you are free. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
21:Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
22:THE DOMESTICATION OF HUNCH ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
23:To be whole is to be part; ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
24:Alone, no one wins freedom. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
25:Endurance may outlast hope. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
26:Freedom is never very safe. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
27:Go to bed; tired is stupid. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
28:Grain grows best in shit... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
29:Take care, Tenar,” he said. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
30:Ultimately you write alone. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
31:Talking about it changed it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
32:To hear, one must be silent. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
33:A Modest Proposal: Vegempathy ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
34:How you play is what you win. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
35:Old Age Is Not for the Young. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
36:Gerçek yolculuk geri dönüştür. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
37:Pregnant women have no ethics. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
38:The admirable is inexplicable. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
39:Though bigots have small ears. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
40:Acı çekmek bir yanlış anlamadır ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
41:In war everybody is a prisoner. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
42:She was the woman in the table. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
43:At the pit's bottom is no anger. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
44:Do what is needful. And no more! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
45:Gerçek yolculuk geri dönüştür... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
46:Small Beer Press Easthampton, MA ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
47:We shape each other to be human. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
48:Would you walk away from Omelas? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
49:Hold fast to the one noble thing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
50:That is between me and my shadow. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
51:The novelist's business is lying. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
52:To hear, one must be silent.’ The ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
53:Age and illness made one a dualist ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
54:Man's singularity is his divinity. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
55:Fact is one of our finest fictions. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
56:Light is the left hand of darkness. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
57:Progress means nothing to presence. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
58:Success is somebody else's failure. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
59:Was he leaving home, or going home? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
60:What is more arrogant than honesty? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
61:What to make of a diminished thing? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
62:First sentences are doors to worlds. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
63:Geraldine Brooks: People of the Book ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
64:Go to bed; tired is stupid. Tomorrow ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
65:Infinite are the arguments of mages, ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
66:Infinite are the arguments of mages. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
67:Manipulated, one manipulates others. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
68:Owning is owing, having is hoarding. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
69:The prisoner is the jailer's jailer. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
70:Truth, as ever, avoids the stranger. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
71:We broke the world to make it whole. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
72:...you play the instrument you have. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
73:In absence, presence. In death, life. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
74:There is no kingdom like the forests. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
75:There's no way to use power for good. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
76:Truth is a matter of the imagination. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
77:We read books to find out who we are. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
78:History is not a science, it's an art. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
79:new worlds were born of their talking. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
80:Statesmen remember things selectively. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
81:The light is the left hand of darkness ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
82:The machine conceals the machinations. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
83:To oppose something is to maintain it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
84:We broke the world to make it whole... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
85:Where there's property, there's theft. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
86:With eye and hand and breath and will. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
87:Not even need and love can defeat fate. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
88:Peace above all, until the War comes... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
89:The light is the left hand of darkness. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
90:The sleeper turns his back on everyone. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
91:The story is the way the story is told. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
92:To deny the past is to deny the future. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
93:Despair speaks evenly, in a quiet voice. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
94:Even a poet cannot get everything right. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
95:Fire and fear, good servants, bad lords. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
96:Justice, mercy, does Mars care for them? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
97:Orr slept. He dreamed. There was no rub. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
98:Paradise is for those who make Paradise. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
99:Paradise is for those who make paradise. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
100:There must be darkness to see the stars. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
101:the truth is a matter of the imagination ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
102:To light a candle is to cast a shadow... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
103:True understanding is the spur of genius ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
104:When all ways are lost the way is clear. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
105:Belief in the lie is the life of the lie. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
106:Belief is the wound that knowledge heals. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
107:cats have no guilt and very little shame. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
108:Fish and visitors stink after three days. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
109:In art, 'good enough' is not good enough. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
110:Love is the true condition of human life. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
111:Not even need and love can defeat fate... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
112:You cannot blame everything on the enemy. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
113:A man gives out, dearie. A woman takes in. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
114:He seemed not to know the uses of silence. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
115:It is useless work that darkens the heart. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
116:No-mind is an evil place for mind to stay. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
117:a book is a box of words until you open it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
118:If civilization has an opposite, it is war. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
119:If they come prying they can leave curious. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
120:İstediğin kadar bir taşı sula, taş büyümez. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
121:One must work with time and not against it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
122:The habit of silence is lead on the tongue. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
123:There is no break in the wholeness of time. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
124:The unexpected is what makes life possible. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
125:'They eat their kind,' he said, 'Like men.' ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
126:To light a candle is to cast a shadow . . . ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
127:To oppose something is to maintain it. They ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
128:Absolute freedom is absolute responsibility. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
129:Encender una vela es proyectar una sombra... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
130:Hate's not functional; why are we taught it? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
131:It is our suffering that brings us together. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
132:It's a queer business, making oneself blind. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
133:The moths look like souls in the underworld, ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
134:The wise needn't ask, the fool asks in vain. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
135:To have a choice at all is to be privileged. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
136:What is life without incompatible realities? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
137:George MacDonald: The Princess and the Goblin ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
138:I did not live my life as history is written. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
139:my books won't take me far
into this place ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
140:None of this is spare time. I can’t spare it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
141:Not all roads that lead down lead up as well. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
142:There are no right answers to wrong questions ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
143:To be God you have to know what you’re doing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
144:What goes too long unchanged destroys itself. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
145:Where does your soul go when you die in Hell? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
146:Ah, genre. A word only a Frenchman could love. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
147:Consistency is a virtue until it gets annoying ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
148:it doesn’t take a thousand men to open a door, ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
149:One alien is a curiosity, two are an invasion. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
150:There are no right answers to wrong questions. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
151:The story is the way the story is told. Adam’s ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
152:Those who build walls are their own prisoners. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
153:Wasn’t it immoral to do work you didn’t enjoy? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
154:Where does your soul go, when you die in Hell? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
155:Can true function arise from basic dysfunction? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
156:Consistency is a virtue until it gets annoying. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
157:I always grow poetic when I am lying to myself. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
158:I think we all have archipelagoes in our minds. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
159:Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
160:Sometimes you must go against the wheel's turn. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
161:The Owl thinks slowly, but the Owl thinks long. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
162:To be oneself is a rare thing, and a great one. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
163:To die is to lose the self and rejoin the rest. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
164:While we read a novel, we are insane - bonkers. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
165:As for ideology, the Hell with it.
All of it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
166:By and large books are mankind's best invention. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
167:Her şey konuşur; duymak istiyorsan, sessiz ol... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
168:She heard Ged speak. He said, “In dying is life. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
169:The story is not in the plot but in the telling. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
170:They can send death at once, but life is slower. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
171:We're prisoners, so freedom is a thing we study. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
172:When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
173:and none could cry Murder, but only Justice done. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
174:Dünya hep yenidir, kökleri ne kadar eski de olsa. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
175:Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
176:The creative adult is the child who has survived. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
177:The politics of the flesh are the roots of power. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
178:To be whole is to be part; true voyage is return. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
179:Why can I never set my heart on a possible thing? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
180:All makers must leave room for acts of the spirit. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
181:Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
182:Injustice makes the rules and courage breaks them. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
183:In the tale, in the telling, we are all one blood. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
184:Manhood is patience. Mastery is nine time patience ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
185:The more defensive a society, the more conformist. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
186:They can send death at once, but life is slower... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
187:What good is power when you're too wise to use it? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
188:Great self-destruction follows upon unfounded fear. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
189:Injustice makes the rules, and courage breaks them. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
190:I was in too much haste, and now have no time left. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
191:Stealthily the stars slid forward into nothingness. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
192:The artist deals with what cannot be said in words. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
193:The old farfetchers' motto: Opinion ends reception. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
194:They let us be, here, in the cage of our ignorance. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
195:Akıllıya soru gerekmez; aptal ise boşuna sorar." -38 ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
196:A meaningless question has only meaningless answers. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
197:A wrong that cannot be repaired must be transcended. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
198:He is far too intelligent to become really cerebral. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
199:If the rowan's roots are shallow, it bears no crown. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
200:Manhood is patience. Mastery is nine times patience. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
201:Meaning in art isn’t the same as meaning in science. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
202:Men who fight wars in winter don't live till spring. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
203:proud men and umbrageous men, casting black shadows. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
204:Revolution is our obligation: our hope of evolution. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
205:The artist deals with what cannot be said in words. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
206:The law of evolution is that the strongest survives. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
207:To be whole is to be part;
true voyage is return. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
208:Where, then, is Truth?” declaimed Bedap, and yawned. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
209:Which of us saved the other from the Labyrinth, Ged? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
210:A lot of snow out of one cloud, and it grows thicker. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
211:Fantasy as an assembly-line commodity leaves me cold. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
212:I respect commas far more than I respect congressmen. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
213:Kings are quick to punish, it relieves their anxiety. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
214:Science fiction is not predictive; it is descriptive. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
215:The author is not impartial. Dystopia is not tragedy. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
216:There is no death for an otter, only life to the end. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
217:The sunlights differ, but there is only one darkness. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
218:The unexpected is what makes life possible,” he said. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
219:You go to the Place of the Lie to find out the truth? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
220:Are we so feeble we can’t withstand a little exposure? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
221:It takes a while to spoil a world, but it can be done. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
222:Power inheres in a center. You're going to the center. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
223:Solitude was his fate; he was trapped in his heredity. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
224:There are two kinds of knowledge, local and universal. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
225:The unconscious mind is coextensive with the universe. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
226:For magic consists in this, the true naming of a thing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
227:It is not human to be without shame and without desire. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
228:Literacy is so you can read the operating instructions. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
229:patience with him either, always at him to hurry up and ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
230:Prose writers are interested mostly in life and commas. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
231:Sanity returns (in most cases) when the book is closed. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
232:Science fiction is not prescriptive; it is descriptive. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
233:She'll die.' 'Aye. That's a consequence of being alive. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
234:Yet we were rescued by that fancy, and saved by a myth. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
235:You put another lock on the door and call it democracy. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
236:A fear of using the imagination is very deep in America. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
237:A psychopathy on Anarres was rational behavior on Urras. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
238:How would it ever occur to a sane man that he could fly? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
239:I come with empty hands and the desire to unbuild walls. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
240:Positive thinking founded on denial may not be so great. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
241:Story is our only boat for sailing on the river of time. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
242:The counsel of the dead is not profitable to the living. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
243:The great authors share their souls with us- "literally. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
244:The imagination is truly the enemy of bigotry and dogma. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
245:The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
246:But as we did without clergy, let us do without soldiers. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
247:Cured?” Goss said. “Would you cure a singer of his voice? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
248:If you evade suffering, you also evade the chance of joy. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
249:No, I don't understand him, but he is worth listening to. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
250:The hunger of a dragon is slow to wake, but hard to sate. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
251:The way that can be gone is not the eternal Way.. . . His ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
252:Varlığın pınarları, hayattan daha derindir, ölümden de... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
253:You always have to defend the imagination against idiots. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
254:All of us that read a lot, we’re partly book-manufactured. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
255:Bütün küçük şeyler anlamlıydı, yalnızca bütünü anlamsızdı. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
256:Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
257:I am tired of safe places, and roofs, and walls around me. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
258:People need God the way a three-year-old needs a chainsaw. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
259:There's nothing wrong with me...except acute chronic fear. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
260:There's seldom as much hurry as I used to think there was. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
261:The Wild Winds of Possibility: Vonda McIntyre’s Dreamsnake ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
262:Words are the wings both intellect and imagination fly on. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
263:Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
264:Love does not obey the mind, and turns to hate when forced. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
265:No darkness lasts forever. And even there, there are stars. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
266:Secondhand experience breaks down a block from the car lot. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
267:She'll die.'
'Aye. That's a consequence of being alive. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
268:To see a candle's light one must take it into a dark place. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
269:We sleep researchers like cats, you know; they sleep a lot! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
270:What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
271:You must be Arha, or you must be Tenar. You cannot be both. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
272:A man does not make his destiny: he accepts it or denies it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
273:Erkeğin istediği özgürlüktür , kadının istediği mülkiyyettir ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
274:He was all alone, and nothing seemed to be real in solitude. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
275:if I wanted to be the center of the universe I’d have a dog. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
276:I prefer to save talking till I know what I’m talking about. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
277:The daily hummingbird assaults existence with improbability. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
278:The offer of a generous spirit is not one to refuse lightly. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
279:The poet Roethke said, “I learn by going where I have to go. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
280:To see a candle’s light, one must take it into a dark place. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
281:All men were alien one to another, at times, not only aliens. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
282:Estraven asleep looked a little stupid, like everyone asleep. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
283:I could forget everything I'd lost, because I'd never had it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
284:If you play against your own side you’ll lose the whole game. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
285:It’s dangerous to confuse self-expression with communication. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
286:Konserler: bir vahiydi sanki, coşkudan gelen bir şaşkınlıktı. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
287:Love that wants only to get, to possess, is a monstrous thing ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
288:Old age isn’t a state of mind. It’s an existential situation. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
289:Opinion all too often leaves no room for anything but itself. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
290:The desire for power feeds off itself, growing as it devours. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
291:The really terrible thing about being young is the triviality ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
292:The writing of fiction is endlessly surprising to the writer. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
293:To make a thief, make an owner; to create crime, create laws. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
294:We don’t count relatives much; we are all relatives, you see. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
295:What is hard is to keep alive on a world you don't belong to. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
296:Fiction—and poetry and drama— cleanse the doors of perception. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
297:He was very weary; the day had been long, and full of dragons. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
298:Homer lets us each make our own Helen; and so she is immortal. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
299:Our finest method of organized forgetting is called discovery. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
300:The constrained body knows and values the freedom of the mind. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
301:Without language, they have no lies. Thus they have no future. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
302:You know there’s always prejudice in a revolutionary movement. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
303:... anlatılacak hikaye ne kadar çoksa hakikat de o kadar çoktu. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
304:A writer's moral duty is to use language thoughtfully and well. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
305:But you're so strong. I wish I were strong. I just like eating. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
306:Gerçek kardeşlik paylaşılan acıda başlıyor.

│ Mülksüzler ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
307:He was born to be alone, a damned cold intellectual, an egoist. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
308:Housekeeping, the art of the infinite, is no game for amateurs. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
309:It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
310:One man may as easily destroy, as govern: be King or Anti-King. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
311:Only shadow can fight shadow.Only darkness can defeat the dark. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
312:You cannot buy the revolution... you can only BE the revolution ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
313:Almost anything carried to a logical extreme becomes depressing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
314:If your strength is only the other’s weakness, you live in fear, ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
315:Only shadow can fight shadow.Only darkness can defeath the dark. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
316:Scientific truth will out, you can't hide the sun under a stone. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
317:Socrates said, “The misuse of language induces evil in the soul. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
318:A writer who wants to write good stuff needs to read great stuff. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
319:Life goes on, even if two-headed and glowing faintly in the dark. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
320:Lovecraft dangles like a rabbit from the jaws of his unconscious. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
321:The world is always new,” said Coro Mena, “however old its roots. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
322:The world is in balance . To light a candle is to cast a shadow. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
323:When you have nothing to pray for, that’s when Luck hears you. If ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
324:Despite what some adults seem to think, teenagers are fully human. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
325:Farklı güneşlerin ışıkları farklıdır, ama tek bir karanlık vardır. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
326:For a word to be spoken, there must be silence. Before, and after. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
327:I am no more lonely than the loon on the pond that laughs so loud. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
328:I don’t know if it’s right to count people like you count numbers. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
329:If I’m pushed, I will push back. And I’ve been pushed quite a lot. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
330:Of course it happened. An effective dream is a reality, Dr. Haber. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
331:The path never reached it, though it always seemed to be about to. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
332:To keep dark the mind of the mage born, that is a dangerous thing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
333:What is true is sacred. What has been suffered. What is beautiful. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
334:Which is better off, a lizard basking in the sun or a philosopher? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
335:But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
336:Compare the torrent and the glacier. Both get where they are going. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
337:Having one king, one god, one belief, they can act single-mindedly. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
338:...I, like Borges, think of heaven as something very like a library ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
339:One voice speaking truth is a greater force than fleets and armies. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
340:The margin between collusion and respect can be narrow,” Tong said. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
341:there are times when you have to speak because silence is betrayal. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
342:They were my age, but we’d reached our age by different roads. What ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
343:Excess is excrement, ... Excrement retained in the body is a poison. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
344:Goodbye, goodbye. Fish and visitors stink after three days. Goodbye! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
345:I have this, this gift, I know that; and I know my obligation to it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
346:It is not death that allows us to understand each other, but poetry. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
347:It's not death that allows us to understand one another, but poetry. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
348:Não sou servo de ninguém. Um homem deve projetar a própria sombra... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
349:Oh Lavinia, Lavinia, you are worth ten Camillas. And I never saw it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
350:Praise God from whom all blessings flow, including good-natured men. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
351:Ronde, one a live village and the other deserted, as dead as Karnak, ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
352:...talk is an art and a pleasure, not a matter of mere use and need. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
353:The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
354:Actually, I don’t exactly have expectations. I have hopes, and fears. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
355:For to keep dark the mind of the mageborn, that is a dangerous thing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
356:Hate eats the hater,” she quoted from a familiar text of the Telling. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
357:He had been trying to measure the distance between the earth and God. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
358:Now whitish strips of light stretched like slanting phantasmal sails, ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
359:One voice speaking truth is a greater force than fleets and armies... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
360:Darkness is only in the mortal eye, that thinks it sees, but sees not. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
361:I bid your voice be dumb until the day you find a word worth speaking. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
362:I'd rather get bad news from an honest man than lies from a flatterer. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
363:I’d rather get bad news from an honest man than lies from a flatterer, ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
364:One of our finest methods of organized forgetting is called discovery. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
365:Sure, it's simple writing for kids…just as simple as bringing them up. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
366:What a comfort the past is," Mimen said, "when the future offers none. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
367:But is it only bigots, then, who are allowed to go out into the cosmos? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
368:But the human being likes to be challenged, seeks freedom in adversity. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
369:It is hard to swear when sex is not dirty and blasphemy does not exist. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
370:the longer he lived on Urras, the less real it became to him. It seemed ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
371:the sure, quick, and lasting way to make people into a nation: war. His ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
372:We can't prevent suffering. This pain and that pain, yes, but not Pain. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
373:What matters most about a word is that is says what we need a word for. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
374:But by God sometimes you have to be able to think about the unthinkable! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
375:But need alone is not enough to set power free: there must be knowledge. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
376:He will die of it.” “That he will: what does a man die of but his death? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
377:Nobody who says, ‘I told you so’ has ever been, or will ever be, a hero. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
378:No sirve de nada tener una respuesta cuando la pregunta está equivocada. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
379:Privacy, in fact, was almost as desirable for physics as it was for sex. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
380:[T]he thought was meaningless, an attempt to quantify direct experience. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
381:To go under a river: there’s a strange thing to do, a really weird idea. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
382:To learn a belief without the belief is to sing a song without the tune. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
383:And in poetry, beauty is no ornament; it is the meaning. It is the truth. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
384:Fantasy is probably the oldest literary device for talking about reality. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
385:I am living in a nightmare, from which from time to time I wake in sleep. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
386:I have decided that the trouble with print is, it never changes its mind. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
387:In trouble and from darkness you come, Ged, yet your coming is joy to me. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
388:It is a real wilderness, and those who go there should not feel too safe. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
389:Kardeş bile rahatlatamaz insanı kötü saatte, karanlıkta, duvarın dibinde. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
390:On top of pique, umbrage, and ennui. Oh, the French diseases of the soul. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
391:Speech is sharing—a cooperative art. You’re not sharing, merely egoizing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
392:The experience was disagreeable. I began to feel like an atheist praying. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
393:To break a rule you have to know the rule. A blunder is not a revolution. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
394:I had believed that justice could exist in a society founded on injustice. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
395:It doesn’t make any difference if his end is good; means are all we’ve got ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
396:(some Frenchman said that the cat is the soul of the house, and we agree). ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
397:Sure, it's simple, writing for kids... Just as simple as bringing them up. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
398:There is a certain bleakness in finding hope where one expected certainty. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
399:There is neither source nor end, for all things are in the Center of Time. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
400:There is no information about corporations. There is only disinformation. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
401:...There's no right answer
to the wrong question.
Now what do we do? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
402:- Vreau să stau cu tine, zise ea.
- Vreau să stau cu tine, o îngână el. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
403:Everything gives way before the recurring torment and festivity of passion. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
404:Have you never thought how danger must surround power as shadow does light? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
405:I use your love as a man burns a candle, burns it away, to light his steps. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
406:The word must be heard in silence; there must be darkness to see the stars. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
407:Time is not duration but intensity; time is the beat and the interval [...] ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
408:Yet a greater, unlearned skill he possessed, which was the art of kindness. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
409:Bright fame, bright glory will crown Lavinia. But she brings her people war. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
410:Everything dreams. The play of form, of being, is the dreaming of substance. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
411:Genre is a useful concept only when used not evaluatively but descriptively. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
412:My dogs have barked at a beggar tonight and he proves a prince of starlight. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
413:The bond between true lovers is as close as we come to what endures forever. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
414:There are things that outweigh comfort, unless one is an old woman or a cat. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
415:We can't restructure our society without restructuring the English language. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
416:Elegance is a small price to pay for enlightenment, and I was glad to pay it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
417:George, it's impossible to correct a defective reality-orientation overnight. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
418:..he says, but that's wizard's talk, making things seem great by great words. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
419:I hope you are never victims, but I hope you have no power over other people. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
420:It’s queer that daylight’s not enough. We need the shadows, in order to walk. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
421:I've got some gift for languages. You follow your gift. But Latin's not easy. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
422:Music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
423:Orr’s gods were nameless and unenvious, asking neither worship nor obedience. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
424:put it this way: fiction—writing it, reading it—is an act of the imagination. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
425:spare time is the time not spent at your job or at otherwise keeping yourself ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
426:Students are intense people, they laugh and cry, they break down and rebuild. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
427:They preserved autonomy of conscience even at the cost of becoming eccentric. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
428:What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
429:Claude Levi-Strauss has been a great source of fruitful irritation to my mind. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
430:He had intended to add, "Give me a couple of hours to get clear," but did not. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
431:If you write science fiction you can spell things the way you like, sometimes. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
432:She’s pious.” By that word I meant responsible, faithful to duty, open to awe. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
433:What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
434:When at last I learned forgetting, I learned it very quickly and all too well. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
435:Wrongs done could not be righted, but at least they were not still being done. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
436:Art isn’t explanation. Art is what an artist does, not what an artist explains. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
437:But he had not brought anything. His hands were empty, as they had always been. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
438:I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
439:I don't write tracts, I write novels. I'm not a preacher, I'm a fiction writer. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
440:I had of course met with incredulity..., but seldom with a will to incredulity. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
441:The first thing I can remember clearly is writing the way into the secret room. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
442:There is a limited number of plots. There is no limit to the number of stories. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
443:...the wise man is one who never sets himself apart from other living things... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
444:To exhibit the perfect uselessness of knowing the answer to the wrong question. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
445:You don't speak of dreams as unreal. They exist. They leave a mark behind them. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
446:Can women operate as women in a male institution without becoming imitation men? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
447:For the kindest of them was as far out of touch, as unreachable, as the crudest. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
448:Is it any wonder that no truly respectable society has ever trusted its artists? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
449:... there are things that outweigh comfort, unless one is an old woman or a cat. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
450:Bana görülmeye değer bir şey göstermemi söylemiştin. Ben de sana, seni gösterdim. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
451:How can people be anything but ignorant when knowledge isn't saved, isn't taught? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
452:Ignorance defends itself savagely, and illiteracy, as I well knew, can be shrewd. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
453:I have one lifetime, and I will not spend it for greed and profiteering and lies. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
454:No matter how intelligent a man is, he can't see what he doesn't know how to see. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
455:Odo said it all her life. 'Only peace brings peace, only just acts bring justice! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
456:One is respected and judged only as a human being. It is an appalling experience. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
457:paralyzing humiliation was a chemical sequel to getting drunk, like the headache. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
458:People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
459:There were actually very few men who could face reality when the going got tough. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
460:Artists are people who are not at all interested in the facts - only in the truth. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
461:Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little. Ursula K Le Guin ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
462:If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
463:I had forgotten how much light there is in the world, till you gave it back to me. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
464:It was a cold that got into the bone, into the marrow, and would not be dislodged. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
465:No matter how humble the spirit it’s offered in, a sermon is an act of aggression. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
466:Orr’s gods were nameless and unenvious, asking neither worship nor obedience. “Yet ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
467:The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is ‘escapism’ an accusation of? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
468:What they feared was what they didn't know, what they clung to was what they knew. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
469:Why, why is a girl brought up at home to be a woman in exile the rest of her life? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
470:Good Lord, you’re funny, too! Is there anything you aren’t?” “A salesman,” he said. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
471:He, after all, had no standards of manliness, of virility, to complicate his pride. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
472:How did you get all this?” “Stole it,” said the one-time prime minister of Karhide, ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
473:If we hide, Therru, we feed him. We will eat. And we will starve him. Come with me. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
474:it is strange, exceedingly strange, to know that one’s life has been fulfilled. Yet ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
475:It was men's ambitions, they said, that had perverted all the arts to ends of gain. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
476:I've been looking only at what's to be done next and forgetting why we're doing it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
477:Life is the most incredible mess, Heather thought. You never can guess what's next. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
478:My advice to young writers is, if you can’t marry money, at least don’t marry envy. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
479:Pois eu tinha me esquecido de tanta luz que há no mundo, até você devolvê-la a mim. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
480:People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.
   ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
481:Planets were very large places, on any scale but that of the spaces in between them. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
482:she sipped her coffee and brandy, which would have grown hair on a Chihuahua. “There ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
483:So honest conversation about concerning geezerhood takes place mostly among geezers. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
484:To be reborn one must die, Tenar. It is not so hard as it looks from the other side. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
485:You can’t crush ideas by suppressing them. You can only crush them by ignoring them. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
486:A writer either speaks to adults and bores kids, or speaks to kids and upsets adults. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
487:Bir hırsız yaratmak için bir sahip yaratın; suç yaratmak istiyorsanız, yasalar koyun. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
488:[...]falcon-winged, falcon-mad, like an unfalling arrow, like an unforgotten thought. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
489:Heathen" is merely a word for somebody who knows a different sacredness than you know ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
490:He thought, I am living in a nightmare, from which from time to time I wake in sleep. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
491:I tried to speak insipidly, yet everything I said seemed to take on a double meaning. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
492:Los buenos terminan triunfando. ¿O quizá los triunfadores terminan siendo los buenos? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
493:She took his arm. He stopped short, as if her touch had electrocuted him on the spot. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
494:The end justifies the means. But what if there never is an end? All we have is means. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
495:This is morally problematic when personal decision is confused with personal opinion. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
496:We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
497:When I'm writing I don't dream much; it's like the dreaming gets used in the writing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
498:A man who saw a miracle would reject his eyes' witness, if those with him saw nothing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
499:A poem of the right shape will hold a thousand truths. But it doesn’t say any of them. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
500:But belief is the wound that knowledge heals, and death begins the Telling of our life ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
501:I came to the center of the maze following him. Now I must find my way back out alone. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
502:In this effort to attain security, independence and privacy of course were suspect.... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
503:It is a great deal to ask of a kitten, to defend a man against the armies of the dead. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
504:One is respected and judged only as a human being. It is an appalling experience. Back ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
505:The historic function of a Senator from Oregon is to drive all the other Senators mad. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
506:There's one way to make a baby. If you know another, you can do it with somebody else! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
507:They think if people can possess enough things they will be content to live in prison. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
508:Almost anything carried to its logical extreme becomes depressing, if not carcinogenic. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
509:But I'm not going to stand up on a gravestone and look down on life and say, 'O lovely! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
510:But it doesn't take a thousand men to open a door, my lord." "It might to keep it open. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
511:One of the things [fiction] does is lead you to recognize what you did not know before. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
512:Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art - the art of words. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
513:To die is to lose the self and rejoin the rest. He had kept himself, and lost the rest. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
514:To know there is a choice is to have to make the choice: change or stay: river or rock. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
515:We're each of us alone, to be sure. What can you do but hold your hand out in the dark? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
516:What you wrote above the nightingale is so interesting, Mr. Keats, please tell us more. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
517:You have not thought things through,” he said. By his standards it was a brutal insult. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
518:Gradually the healing took place, seeming as it always does that it wasn't taking place. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
519:I think one cannot be left alive among so many deaths without feeling unendurable shame. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
520:Maybe when you meet the people you are supposed to meet you know it, without knowing it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
521:Take the tale in your teeth, then, and bite till the blood runs, hoping it's not poison. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
522:The question is always the same with a dragon: will he talk with you or will he eat you? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
523:All Galileo said, all Darwin said, was, “It doesn’t have to be the way we thought it was. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
524:A sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes words to fit it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
525:Bir kabusta yaşıyorum, diye geçirdi içinden, arada bir uykumda ayılabildiğim bir kabusta. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
526:He took pleasure in her inconsequential talk just as he did in the sunshine and the snow. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
527:Our souls are old,
often used before.
The knife outlasts
the hand that holds it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
528:The end justifies the means. But what if there never is an end? All we have is means. Orr ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
529:The trouble is, women have to be absolutely first class to get where third-class men get. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
530:What is love of one's country; is it hate of one's uncountry? Then it's not a good thing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
531:Facts are no more slid, coherent, round, and real than pearls are. Bot both are sensitive. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
532:In innocence there is no strength against evil [...] but there is strength in it for good. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
533:[T]hey had not taught the boy to lie. But they had not taught him to know truth from lies. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
534:Why must there be war?" "Oh Lavinia, what a woman's question that is! Because men are men. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
535:You sit down and you do it, and you do it, and you do it, until you have learned to do it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
536:Almost everything carried to its logical extreme becomes either depressing or carcinogenic. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
537:If piano is the opposite of forte, graceful chitchat with strangers is definitely my piano. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
538:I never had a gift but one, to know when the great wheel gives to a touch, to know and act. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
539:To use the enemy's weapon is to play the enemy's game...speak the truth and hear the truth. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
540:Writing makes no noise, except groans, and it can be done everywhere, and it is done alone. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
541:Don’t WORry if OTHers disaGREE DON’T WORry if OTHers DISagree Don’t WORry if OTHers DISaGREE ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
542:I don’t know which I should fear more . . . death or life. I wish I could be done with fear. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
543:It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
544:Living, being in the world, was a much greater and stranger thing than she had ever dreamed. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
545:Nothing is yours. It is to use. It is to share. If you will not share it, you cannot use it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
546:O foolish writer. Now moves. Even in storytime, dreamtime, once-upon-a-time, now isn't then. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
547:The guesswork of a wizard is close to knowledge, though he may not know what it is he knows. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
548:The power of the harasser, the abuser, the rapist depends above all on the silence of women. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
549:What else can the young be? When you are on the bottom, you must organize from the bottom up ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
550:Where man goes, trees die; or, to paraphrase Tacitus, we make a desert and call it progress. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
551:Between a man and a woman there is what they want there to be between them... each, and both. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
552:Heaven and earth
begin in the unnamed:
name’s the mother
of the ten thousand things. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
553:It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
554:Most civilisations, perhaps, look shinier in general terms and from several light-years away. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
555:Rid yourself from the idea of earning, the idea of deserving , and you will be able to think. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
556:The reader can't take much for granted in a fiction where the scenery can eat the characters. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
557:The road goes upward towards the light; but the laden traveler may never reach the end of it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
558:But it doesn't take a thousand men to open a door, my lord."

"It might to keep it open. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
559:He had made follow him. He had called her by her name, and she had come crouching to his hand. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
560:When people say, Did you always want to be a writer?, I have to say no! I always WAS a writer. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
561:Art is action. The way I live my life to its highest degree is by writing, the practice of art. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
562:Even from the brother there is no comfort in the bad hour, in the dark at the foot of the wall. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
563:Fortune-telling and love-potions are not of much account, but old women are worth listening to. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
564:Imagination is not a means of making money. It has no place in the vocabulary of profit-making. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
565:No wizardry would serve him now, but only his own flesh, his life itself, against the unliving. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
566:One voice speaking truth is a greater force than fleets and armies, given time; plenty of time; ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
567:Our border now is no line between two hills, but the line our planet makes in circling the Sun. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
568:When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
569:Is it the gods who set this fire in our hearts, or do we each make our fierce desire into a god? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
570:My great-aunt. . . . said nobody under 18 had any business reading Dickens. . . . She was right. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
571:Of all the dark, obstructive, enigmatic souls I had met in this bleak city, his was the darkest. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
572:Other people's stories may become part of your own, the foundation of it, the ground it goes on. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
573:Se puteau da jos foi după foi de pe o ceapă și totuși să nu apară nimic altceva decât tot ceapă. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
574:There are a whole lot of ways to be perfect, and not one of them is attained through punishment. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
575:But when people say, did you always want to be a writer? I have to say no! I always was a writer. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
576:Fatos não são mais sólidos, coerentes, perfeitos e reais do que pérolas. Mas ambos são sensíveis. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
577:I know perfectly well he's a god, too. But what I think is he'll be much godlier after he's dead. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
578:I was with you at the beginning of your journey. It is right that I should follow you to its end. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
579:You can go home again...so long as you understand that home is a place where you have never been. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
580:But achievement is smaller than men think. What is large is the sky, the earth, the sea, the soul. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
581:Carol Emshwiller: Ledoyt First published in 1997, revised in 2002, and revised again for this book ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
582:Dessutom tar jag hellre emot dåliga nyheter från en ärlig man än lögner från en smickrare (s. 72). ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
583:Fiction offers the best means of understanding people different from oneself, short of experience. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
584:His gentleness was uncompromising; because he would not compete for dominance, he was indomitable. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
585:It's not a weapon or a woman can make a man, or magery either, or any power, anything but himself. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
586:How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
587:I have given my love to what is worthy of love. Is that not the kingdom and the unperishing spring? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
588:Justice is in the hands of the gods, an old poet wrote, mortal hands hold only mercy and the sword. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
589:My enemies must nominate themselves; I have no interest at all in making, finding, or knowing them. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
590:My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
591: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,
592:A profound love between two people involves, after all, the power and chance of doing profound hurt. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
593:Can you walk the road your dream goes?
Sometimes. Sometimes I am afraid to.
Who is not.
... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
594:Do you know how to read?" "No. It is one of the black arts." He nodded. "But a useful one," he said. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
595:I hate complaining to strangers—you can only complain satisfactorily to people you know really well— ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
596:My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world, and exiles me from it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
597:The book is still filtering down through my emotional Melitta and I will have further reports later, ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
598:The traitor, the self; the self that cries I want to live; let the world burn so long as I can live! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
599:This was the way he had to go; he had no choice. He had never had any choice. He was only a dreamer. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
600:To deny the past is to deny the future. A man does not make his destiny: he accepts it or denies it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
601:We are all dead, and we spoiled the world before we died. There is nothing left. Nothing but dreams. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
602:Every book purchase made from Amazon is a vote for a culture without content and without contentment. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
603:I didn't know you well at all. Only, when you spoke, I seemed to see clear into you, into the center. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
604:I don't know. We're each of us alone, to be sure. What can you do but hold your hand out in the dark? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
605:Lloró por los años que había perdido esclavizada a un mal inútil. Lloraba de dolor, porque era libre. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
606:She obeys me, but only because she wants to. It's the only justification for obedience, Ged observed. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
607:She was so elaborately and ostentatiously a female body that she seemed scarcely to be a human being. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
608:So the unwanting soul
sees what’s hidden,
and the ever-wanting soul
sees only what it wants. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
609:The worst walls are never the ones you find in your way. The worst walls are the ones you put there . ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
610:To nie broń ani kobieta stwarza mężczyznę, nawet nie magia czy moc. Jedynie on sam może tego dokonać. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
611:We’ve outgrown the kind of barbarism that used to bring war into the heart of the high civilizations! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
612:Art, like sex, cannot be carried on indefinitely solo; after all, they have the same enemy, sterility. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
613:There's a great fear of the imagination. It's a dangerous thing. It's out of control, it's subversive. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
614:When the genuine myth rises into consciousness, that is always its message. You must change your life. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
615:I hate complaining to strangers -- you can only complain satisfactorily to people you know really well. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
616:I thought, shivering, that there are things that outweigh comfort, unless one is an old woman or a cat. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
617:Shevek, meeting her eyes, knew that he had committed an unforgivable fault in forgetting her and, . . . ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
618:Smiles, bells, parades, horses, bleh. If so, please add an orgy. If an orgy would help, don't hesitate. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
619:Um amor profundo entre duas pessoas envolve, afinal, o poder e a oportunidade de causar mágoa profunda. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
620:Without war there are no heroes. What harm would that be? Oh, Lavinia, what a woman's question that is. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
621:You see, I don’t write the way I was trained to write at the conservatory. I write dysfunctional music. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
622:Ai taught me a Terran game played on squares with little stones, called go, an excellent difficult game. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
623:Dead anarchists make martyrs, you know, and keep living for centuries. But absent ones can be forgotten. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
624:I know who I was, I can tell you who I may have been, but I am, now, only in this line of words I write. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
625:La vida es posible sólo a causa de esa permanente e intolerable incertidumbre: no conocer lo que vendrá. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
626:Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
627:Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
628:Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
629:Self-satisfaction with the inability to remain conscious when faced with printed matter seems misplaced. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
630:The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
631:'The fact is,' I said, 'that you're unable, or unwilling, to believe in the fact that I believe in you.' ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
632:Truth is a matter of the imagination. The soundest fact may fail or prevail in the style of its telling: ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
633:When there’s no social pressure behind it, respectful behavior becomes a decision, an individual choice. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
634:which seemed best to us.” And they enjoyed it so much they collected the stories into a Book of Fantasy, ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
635:You must come to terms with your wholeself. the wholeness which exceeds all our virtue and all our vice. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
636:Having intelligence, we must not act in ignorance. Having choice, we must not act without responsibility. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
637:I don’t like making the rest of the world live in my dreams, but I certainly don’t want to live in yours. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
638:Primitiveness and civilization are degrees of the same thing. If civilization has an opposite, it is war. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
639:The quality and virtue of a slave is invisibility. The powerless need to be invisible even to themselves. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
640:To break a promise is to deny the reality of the past. Therefore it is to deny the hope of a real future. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
641:To break a promise is to deny the reality of the past; therefore it is to deny the hope of a real future. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
642:To see that your life is a story while you're in the middle of living it may be a help to living it well. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
643:To see that your life is a story while you’re in the middle of living it may be a help to living it well. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
644:Wealth, status, pride, are their own ruin. To do good, work well, and lie low is the way of the blessing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
645:We need writers who know the difference between the production of a commodity and the practice of an art. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
646:Words are my matter—my stuff. Words are my skein of yarn, my lump of wet clay, my block of uncarved wood. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
647:A story that has nothing but action and plot is a pretty poor affair; and some great stories have neither. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
648:Here, the government can check not only act but thought. Surely no men should have such power over others. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
649: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,
650:If I’m ninety and believe I’m forty-five, I’m headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
651:It's a rare gift, to know where you need to be, before you've been to all the places you don't need to be. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
652:It’s a rare gift, to know where you need to be, before you’ve been to all the places you don’t need to be. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
653:Oracular ambiguity or statistical probability provides loopholes, and discrepancies are expunged by Faith. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
654:Pride kept her from confiding in the other girls, and caution kept her from confessing to the older women. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
655:The people of Winter, who always live in the Year One, feel that progress is less important than presence. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
656:A única coisa que torna a vida possível é a incerteza permanente e intolerável: não saber o que vem depois. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
657:Bir hırsız yaratmak için, bir sahip yaratın; suç yaratmak istiyorsanız, yasalar koyun.' ToplumsalOrganizma. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
658:He thought he had learned pain, but he would learn it again and again, all his life, and forget none of it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
659:His eyes saved him. What they insisted on seeing and reporting to him took him out of the autism of terror. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
660:I do try to separate my personal activism - showing up at a demonstration or something - from what I write. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
661:If you believe that words are acts, as I do, then one must hold writers responsible for what their words do ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
662:It was the idea of writing with a specific audience in mind or a specific age of reader that scared me off. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
663:Oh, never and forever aren't for mortals, love. But we won't be parted till I know it's right that we part. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
664:Söyle bakalım,' dedi en sonunda, 'Roke'ten ayrılmaya korkuyor musun? Yoksa buradan ayrılmaya istekli misin? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
665:Tezyeme," he said, which meant something on the order of "it is happening the way it is supposed to happen. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
666:The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
667:The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
668:When in the Land of Property think like a propertarian. Dress like one, eat like one, act like one, be one. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
669:A key is a little thing next to the door that it opens. If you lose the key, the door may never be unlocked. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
670:A machine is more blameless, more sinless even than any animal. It has no intentions whatsoever but our own. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
671:Do you know how to read?'
'No. It is one of the black arts.'
He nodded. 'But a useful one,' he said. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
672:If you believe that words are acts, as I do, then one must hold writers responsible for what their words do. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
673:In general she had found that the main drawback in being a man was that conversations were less interesting. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
674:I stood benumbed. The man was like an electric shock--nothing to hold on to and you don't know what hit you. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
675:... privilege was obligation; command was service; power, the gift itself, entailed a heavy loss of freedom. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
676:Sleep gets some really good PR from poets, who are used to talking clearly about things we don’t understand. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
677:That I was not dueling with the king, but trying to communicate with him, was itself an incommunicable fact. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
678:There are two kinds of knowledge, local and universal. There are two kinds of time,
local and historical. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
679:[T]he status of women in a society is a pretty reliable index of the degree of civilization of that society. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
680:The usage the creator spirit gives its vessels is rough, it wears them out, discards them, gets a new model. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
681:This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
682:Where, then, is Truth?” declaimed Bedap, and yawned. “In the hill one happens to be sitting on,” said Tirin. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
683:É bom ter um objetivo nas jornadas que empreendemos; mas, no fim das contas, o que importa é a jornada em si. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
684:I do not know what makes a man a traitor. No man considers himself a traitor: this makes it hard to find out. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
685:If civilization has an opposite, it is war. Of these two things, you have either one, or the other. Not both. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
686:If civilization has an opposite, it is war. Of those two things, you have either one, or the other. Not both. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
687:If one believes that words are acts, as I do, then one must hold writers responsible for what their words do. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
688:Imagination grows by exercise and contrary to common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
689:It is hard, I found, to be called traitor. Strange how hard it is, for it's an easy name to call another man. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
690:KEEP READING books and seeing movies where nobody can fucking say anything except fuck, unless they say shit. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
691:Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new. When ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
692:Very seldom do you come upon a space, a time like this, between act and act, when you may stop and simply be. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
693:A moral choice in its basic terms appears to be a choice that favors survival: a choice made in favor of life. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
694:A voice in the darkness said, ‘You have come too far.’ Arren answered it, saying, ‘Only too far is far enough. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
695:He would not have fought for less than the truth, but it was the fighting he had loved, better than the truth. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
696:Imagination grows by exercise and contrary to common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
697:It wasn't Juju this time, it might be that bigdome Gosse, or any of them; no difference; they all bleated baa. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
698:Lendas sobre previsões são comuns em toda a Família Humana. Deuses falam, espíritos falam, computadores falam. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
699:—Que nuestros enemigos mueran sin hijos —dijo el angya gravemente, alzando la copa, que había vuelto a llenar. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
700:some men who live hard and in good health can’t believe sickness or weakness is anything but laziness, a sham. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
701:A warm body sighed in the darkness inside the little bright object balanced elegantly in the orbit of the moon. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
702:I asked if these two psychopaths could not be cured. “Cured?” Goss said. “Would you cure a singer of his voice? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
703:Let age be age. Let your old relative or old friend be who they are. Denial serves nothing, no one, no purpose. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
704:There were people who swore as an art form—performing a dazzling juncture of the inordinate and the unexpected. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
705:This principle, getting it out of place, off-limits, the basic principle of swearing, I understand and approve. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
706:Where, then, is Truth?" declaimed Bedap, and yawned.
"In the hill one happens to be sitting on," said Tirin. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
707:If women had power what would men be but women who can't bear children? And what would women be but men who can? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
708:In America the imagination is generally looked on as something that might be useful when the TV is out of order. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
709:Only in silence the word, only in dark the light, only in dying life: bright the hawk's flight on the empty sky. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
710:Only in silence the word, only in dark the light, only in dying life: bright the hawk’s flight on the empty sky. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
711:Pravic was not a good swearing language. It is hard to swear when sex is not dirty and blasphemy does not exist. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
712:Bir insanın yeniden doğabilmesi için, ölmesi gerekir Tenar. O taraftan görüldüğü kadar zor bir şey değil bu." Ged ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
713:Boris Pasternak said that poetry makes itself from the relationship between the sounds and the meanings of words. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
714:But you cannot charm the foam calling it sukien; you must use its own true name in the Old Speech, which is essa. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
715:Dragons think we are amusing. But they remember Erreth-Akbe. They speak of him as if he were a dragon, not a man. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
716:I write science fiction because that is what publishers call my books. Left to myself, I should call them novels. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
717:The discovery brings him victory, the kind of victory that isn’t the end of a battle but the beginning of a life. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
718:The thing about working with time, instead of against it, he thought, is that it is not wasted. Even pain counts. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
719:They praised his modesty and did not listen to him, for listening is a rare gift, and men will have their heroes. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
720:They say there is nothing new under any sun. But if each life is not new, each single life, then why are we born? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
721:This writing doesn't affect reality any more than any writing does; that is to say, indirectly, but considerably. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
722:…what I told them was 'a poem,' a thing made by a maker, a work of art, part history of long ago, part invention. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
723:And she told me the same thing, she said that when I came back in the winter, she was going to miss missing me.... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
724:Oh, Hank," Susan whispered, "their wings are furry."

"Oh, James," Harriet whispered, "their hands are kind. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
725:Shevek" dedi. Yabancı biriyle konuşmaya başlarken tutunabileceği bir dal uzatmak için adını söylemek gelenektendi. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
726:Världen är väldig och förunderlig,..., men den är inte väldigare eller mer förunderlig än vårt medvetande. (s. 65) ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
727:Virginity is now a mere preamble or waiting room to be got out of as soon as possible; it is without significance. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
728:Writing a sentence that expresses what you want to say isn’t any easier than plumbing or fiddling. It takes craft. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
729:En yalnız deneyim olan acı, sempati ve sevgiyi doğurur; benlik ve öteki arasındaki köprüyü, birleşmenin araçlarını. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
730:Hector had no virtue?” “Of course he did. He won all his battles, till the last one.” “We all do,” Aeneas remarked. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
731:I named you once, I think," he said, and then strode to his house and entered, bearing the bird still on his wrist. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
732:Negare il passato significa negare il futuro. Un uomo non costruisce il proprio destino. Lo accetta o lo contrasta. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
733:The child stared at her or at nothing, trying to breathe, and trying again to breathe, and trying again to breathe. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
734:The doctor was not, he thought, really sure that anyone else existed, and wanted to prove they did by helping them. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
735:The idea is like grass. It craves light, likes crowds, thrives on crossbreeding, grows better for being stepped on. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
736:The room smelled of books, that subtle smell which to some is stuffy and to others intoxicating, and it was silent. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
737:To him a thinking man's job was not to deny one reality at the expense of the other, but to include and to connect. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
738:In diversity is life and where there's life there's hope, was the general sum of his creed, a modest one to be sure. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
739:...I wore his blood for clothing, on my legs and thighs and hands: a dry, stiff, brown garment with no warmth in it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
740:So God is dead, at least as a swearword, but hate and feces keep going strong. Le roi est mort, vive le fucking roi. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
741:Somehow is a super-weasel, a word that betrays that the author didn’t want to bother thinking out the story—“Somehow ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
742:Then I saw . . . you see . . . I saw that you can't do anything for anybody. We can't save each other. Or ourselves. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
743:Who do you think is lying to us?” Shevek demanded.
Placid, Bedap met his gaze. “Who, brother? Who but ourselves? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
744:In diversity is life and where there's life there's hope, was the general sum of his creed, a modest! one to be sure. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
745:The Earth is beautiful, and bright, and kindly, but that is not all. The Earth is also terrible, and dark, and cruel. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
746:The fish in the creek said nothing. Fish never do. Few people know what fish think about injustice, or anything else. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
747:There's a saying," Aeneas said: "Keep an eye on Greeks when they offer gifts." He spoke wryly. "Horses, particularly. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
748:...unfair as it may be, nothing guarantees health to the old. Bodies wear out...despite the most careful maintenance. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
749:Would you give up the craft of your hands, and the passion of your heart, and the hunger of your mind, to buy safety? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
750:You have nothing. You posses nothing. You own nothing. You are free. All you have is what you are, and what you give. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
751: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,
752:I'll die, you'll die; how could we love each other otherwise? The sun's going to burn out, what else keeps it shining? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
753:In this he saw that Ogion had been right: the shadow could not draw on his power, so long as he was turned against it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
754:History must be what we have escaped from. It is what we were, not what we are. History is what we need never do again. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
755:I never knew anybody . . . who found life simple. I think a life or a time looks simple when you leave out the details. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
756:In innocence there is no strength against evil, said Sparrowhawk, a little wryly. But there is strength in it for good. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
757:Stories are what death thinks he puts an end to. He can't understand that they end in him, but they don't end with him. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
758:There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
759:We all have forests in our minds. Forests unexplored, unending. Each of us gets lost in the forest, every night, alone. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
760:We’re a rough people, born of oak, as they say, here in the western land; tempers run high, weapons are always at hand. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
761:Between thought and spoken word is a gap where intention can enter, the symbol be twisted aside, and the lie come to be. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
762:Great artists make the roads; good teachers and good companions can point them out. But there ain't no free rides, baby. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
763:The idea is like grass. It craves light, likes crowds, thrives on crossbreeding, grows better for being stepped on. Even ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
764:The individual cannot bargain with the State. The State recognizes no coinage but power: and it issues the coins itself. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
765:They say one gets used to being a millionaire; so after a year or two a human being begins to get used to being a woman. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
766:They were without shame and without desire, like the angels. But it is not human to be without shame and without desire. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
767:What is the sense of giving a boundary to all... of giving it a name and ceasing to love where the name ceases to apply? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
768:What was and what may be lie, like children whose faces we cannot see, in the arms of silence. All we have is here, now. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
769:What will the creature made all of seadrift do on the dry sand of daylight; what will the mind do, each morning, waking? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
770:You must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil will follow on that act. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
771:A conscious mind must be part of the whole, intentionally, and carefully--as the rock is part of the whole unconsciously. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
772:El tiempo no transcurría. No había tiempo. Él era el tiempo: sólo él. Era el río, la flecha, la piedra. Pero no avanzaba. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
773:For in this love he now felt there was compassion: without which love is untempered, and is not whole, and does not last. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
774:He gave way to the fear that had come with her, the sense of the breaking of promises, the incoherence of Time. He broke. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
775:I have no control over my writing. I have lots of good intentions, but no control. There's a story that wants to be told. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
776:Life is a fight, and the strongest wins. All civilization does is hide the blood and cover up the hate with pretty words! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
777:My species has a great many good reasons for making war, though none of them is as good as the reason for not making war. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
778:Orr had a tendency to assume that people knew what they were doing, perhaps because he generally assumed that he did not. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
779:Part of the particular interest and beauty of science fiction and fantasy: writer and reader collaborate in world-making. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
780:There is nothing, the Ice says, but Ice. – But the young volcano there to northward has another word it thinks of saying. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
781:Without war there are no heroes."

"What harm would that be?"

"Oh, Lavinia, what a woman's question that is. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
782:All you have to do to see life whole is to see it as mortal. I'll die, you'll die; how could we love each other otherwise? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
783:Every so often somebody writes a story or novel in the second person under the impression that it hasn’t been done before. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
784:How far a journey, Lord?"
His lips drew back and back. "A very far journey, Lady. Yet it will last only one long night. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
785:I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
786:If a book were written all in numbers, it would be true. It would be just. Nothing said in words ever came out quite even. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
787:Life loves to know itself, out to its furthest limits; to embrace complexity is its delight. Our difference is our beauty. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
788:Story is our only boat for sailing on the river of time, but in the great rapids and the winding shallows no boat is safe. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
789:THINKING about Homer, and it occurred to me that his two books are the two basic fantasy stories: the War and the Journey. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
790:Anyhow they’re always exceptions. But most women, their only relationship to a man is having. Either owning or being owned. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
791:As he came to the bank Ogion, waiting, reached out his hand and clasping the boy’s arm whispered to him his true name: Ged. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
792:He had almost yielded, but not quite. He had not consented. It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
793:It was an ugly face, pale, coarse, and cruel, but Ged feared no man, though he might fear where such a man would guide him. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
794:She had made these with scrap wire and tools from the craft supply depot, and called them Occupations of Uninhabited Space. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
795:Skill in writing frees you to write what you want to write. It may also show you what you want to write. Craft enables art. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
796:Söz sessizlikte,
ışık karanlıkta,
yaşam ölürken;
bomboş gökyüzünde
uçarken parlar atmaca.
-Ea'nın Yaradılışı ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
797:Takver looked at him with mistrustful curiosity. She was four years old. She had a round head, a round face. She was round. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
798:The danger in trying to do good is that the mind comes to confuse the intent of goodness with the act of doing things well. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
799:The strength of Shevek's personality, unchecked by any self-consciousness or consideration of self-defense, was formidable. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
800:This has been going on for two or three millennia. That is an amazingly long time for anything to mean anything to anybody. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
801:To be an atheist is to maintain God. His existence or his nonexistence, it amounts to much the same, on the plane of proof. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
802:We all have forests on our minds. Forests unexplored, unending. Each one of us gets lost in the forest, every night, alone. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
803:A living body suffers pain. . . . a living body grows old; it dies. Death is the price we pay for our life and for all life. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
804:An enemy, in Karhide, is not a stranger, an invader. The stranger who comes unknown is a guest. Your enemy is your neighbor. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
805:I believe that maturity is not an outgrowing, but a growing up: that an adult is not a dead child, but a child who survived. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
806:La libertad se apoya más sin duda en la franqueza que en la ocultación, y la libertad siempre merece que se corra el riesgo. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
807:Like all walls it was ambiguous, two faced. What was inside it and what was outside it depended upon which side you were on. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
808:Much arrogance is necessary equipment for an artist, I think. Not sufficient, but necessary. It carries one across the gaps. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
809:Suffering is dysfunctional, except as a bodily warning against danger. Psychologically and socially it's merely destructive. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
810:The dead are dead. The great and mighty go their way unchecked. The only hope in the world lies in the people of no account. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
811:There are men right now who have never learned how to talk to women. How will we talk to somebody really different – aliens? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
812:To be an atheist is to maintain God. His existence or his non-existence, it amounts to much the same, on the plane of proof. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
813:But we're all walking in the night, now, on ground we don't know. When the day comes we may know where we are, or we may not. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
814:Det som förblir oförändrat för länge förstör sig själv. Skogen är evig därför att den dör och dör och därför lever." (s. 319) ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
815:He patted the thing he wore on his belt, a metal object like a deformed penis, and looked patronizingly at the unarmed woman. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
816:Home isn’t Mom and Dad and Sis and Bud. Home isn’t where they have to let you in. It’s not a place at all. Home is imaginary. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
817:La libertad se apoya más, sin duda, en la franqueza que en la ocultación, y la libertad siempre merece que se corra el riesgo ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
818:The Encyclopedia Planaria, in forty-four volumes, is not portable, and after all, what is entirely reliable unless it's dead? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
819:... the habit of literature [is] the best defense against believing the half-truths of ideologues and the lies of demagogues. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
820:The premise is: everybody's like me and we all think alike.
The corollary is: people who don't think like me don't matter. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
821:What's needed in this case is conscious and serious practice in hearing, and using, and being used by, other people's voices. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
822:What will the creature made all of sea-drift do on the dry sand of daylight; what will the mind do, each morning, waking? His ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
823:You’re trying to reach progressive, humanitarian goals with a tool that isn’t suited to the job. Who has humanitarian dreams? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
824:He would go forward in the same, splendid, vulnerable integrity of body and mind towards whatever came to meet him on his road ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
825:In modern fantasy (literary or governmental), killing people is the usual solution to the so-called war between good and evil. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
826:The only emotion I felt was shame. For him, for myself. Again I had trusted, and again I had betrayed and been betrayed. Venne ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
827:They were not victors, he and his kind, not in any way, they were the defeated still, for they had become like their “betters. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
828:This is part of what I meant about housework. If it isn't important, what is? If it isn't done honorably, where is honor? Ista ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
829:To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
830:We all have forests in our minds. Forests unexplored, unending. Each of us gets lost in the forest, every night, alone. Hidden ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
831:Yes, that. But I thought also of another thing between us. Call it trust...That is one of its names. It is a very great thing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
832:You can’t crush ideas by suppressing them. You can only crush them by ignoring them. By refusing to think, refusing to change. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
833:Everything dreams. The play of form, of being, is the dreaming of substance. Rocks have their dreams, and the earth changes.... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
834:He grinned a little as he thought it; for he had always liked that pause, that fearful pause, the moment before things changed. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
835:Hiç kimse cezayı kazanmaz, ödülü de. Aklınızı hak etmek, kazanmak gibi fikirlerden arındırın, ancak o zaman düşünebileceksiniz. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
836:Well, the secret to writing is writing. It's only a secret to people who don't want to hear it. Writing is how you be a writer. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
837:What the brain does by itself is infinitely more fascinating and complex than any response it can make to chemical stimulation. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
838:He knew now, and the knowledge was hard, that his task had never been to undo what he had done, but to finish what he had begun. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
839:I'll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
840:I’ll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
841:It is not altogether a bad thing to have criminal ancestors. An arsonist grandfather may bequeath one a nose for smelling smoke. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
842:I will tell my tale as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that truth is a matter of the imagination. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
843:My favorite quotation from the great frontiersman Julius Caesar: “It was not certain that Britannia existed, until I went there. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
844:Then Ged pitied her. She was like a white deer caged, like a white bird wing-clipped, like a silver ring in an old man's finger. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
845:To oppose something is to maintain it... You must go somewhere else; you must have another goal; then you walk a different road. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
846:To think that realistic fiction is by definition superior to imaginative fiction is to think imitation is superior to invention. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
847:We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
848:you’re not a traitor, you’ve merely been the tool of one. I don’t punish tools. They do harm only in the hands of a bad workman. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
849:Bütün duvarlar gibi iki anlamlı, iki yüzlüydü. Neyin içeride, neyin dışarıda olduğu, duvarın hangi yanından baktığınıza bağlıydı. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
850:He loved Shevek, but he could not show him what freedom is, that recognition of each person's solitude which alone transcends it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
851:His themes were not pride and love at all, though he used the words perpetually; as he used them they meant self-praise and hate. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
852:Honor can exist anywhere, love can exist anywhere, but justice can exist only among people who found their relationships upon it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
853:How do I know," she said at last, "that you are what you seem to be?"
"You don't," Said he. "I don't know what I seem, to you. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
854:the unforetold, the unproven, that is what life is based on. Ignorance is the ground of thought. Unproof is the ground of action. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
855:Any artist must expect to work amid the total, rational indifference of everybody else to their work, for years, perhaps for life. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
856:A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it... By using words well they strengthen their souls. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
857:Like all walls it was ambiguous, two-faced. What was inside it and what was outside it depended upon which side of it you were on. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
858:Little children are stoical. They cry over bumps, but they take the big things as they come, they don't whine like so many adults. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
859:The false starts and futilities of the past years proved themselves to be groundwork, foundations, laid in the dark but well laid. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
860:Deux êtres unis par un profond amour n'ont-ils pas des chances de se faire mal non moins profondément? N'en ont-ils pas le pouvoir? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
861:I think hard times are coming. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries, the realists of a larger reality. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
862:Perhaps women have more complicated selves. They know how to do more than one thing at one time. That comes late to men. If at all. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
863:There are a limited number of plots (some say seven, some say twelve, some say thirty). There is no limit to the number of stories. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
864:Where do you get your ideas from, Ms Le Guin?” From forgetting Dostoyevsky and reading road signs backwards, naturally. Where else? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
865:At this point, realism is perhaps the least adequate means of understanding or portraying the incredible realities of our existence. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
866:but you're not a traitor, you've merely been the tool of one. I don't punish tools. They do harm only in the hands of a bad workman. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
867:Happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary, what is neither necessary nor destructive, and what is destructive ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
868:I talk about 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,
869:It isn't changing around from place to place that keeps you lively. It's getting time on your side. Working with it, not against it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
870:Novelists probably talk less than any other kind of artist about beauty, because the word is seldom used to describe what they make. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
871:Only in silence the word, only in dark the light, only in dying life: bright the hawk's flight on the empty sky. —The Creation of Éa ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
872:Pero tan inevitablemente como el futuro se convierte en pasado, el pasado se convierte en futuro. Renegar del pasado no es triunfar. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
873:The airport bookstore did not sell books, only bestsellers, which Sita Dulip cannot read without risking a severe systemic reaction. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
874:The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
875:Up here on the Ice each of us is singular, isolate, I as cut off from those like me, from my society, and its rules, as he from his. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
876:We like to think we live in daylight, but half the world is always dark, and fantasy, like poetry, speaks the language of the night. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
877:We weren’t cruel, we were ignorant, foolish. Children are ignorant and foolish. But they learn. If they are given a chance to learn. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
878:You cannot buy the revolution/You cannot make the revolution/You can only BE the revolution! It is in your spirit/ or it is nowhere. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
879: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,
880:Crankish attacks on the freedom to read are common at present. When backed and coordinated by organized groups, they become sinister. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
881:It's when he gets so, you know, like he has to control everything or everything will be out of control, I get sort of out of control. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
882:Le Guin’s Rule: One person cannot do two fulltime jobs, but two persons can do three fulltime jobs — if they honestly share the work. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
883:The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
884:To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
885:You can go home again, the General Temporal Theory asserts, so long as you understand that home is a place where you have never been. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
886:A grating sound came from the dragon's throat . . . "You offer me safety! You threaten me! With what?"

"With your name, Yevaud. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
887:Honor can exist anywhere, love can exist anywhere, but justice can exist only among people who found their relationships upon it. Now, ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
888:Solo en el silencio la palabra, solo en la oscuridad la luz, solo en la muerte la vida; el brillo del halcón brilla en el cielo vacío. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
889:The pornography of violence of course far exceeds, in volume and general acceptance, sexual pornography, in this Puritan land of ours. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
890:Ve sonra, eğer bana ihtiyacın olursa, beni çağır. Gelirim. Beni çağırırsan, mezarımdan bile çıkar gelirim Tenar ! Ama seninle kalamam. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
891:You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
892:«Al final de los tiempos el sol se devorará a sí mismo y la sombra devorará la luz, y entonces no quedará nada sino hielo y oscuridad». ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
893:And so, because he won't let himself be hurt, he does wrong to those he loves best. And then he sees that, and after all, it hurts him. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
894:Homer truly doesn’t take sides, and so he permits the story to be tragic. By tragedy, mind and soul are grieved, enlarged, and exalted. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
895:I'm a lazy man. With lazy dreams. I need Tai to wake me up, make me vibrate, irritate me. I need my angry woman, my unforgiving friend. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
896:No entendían que uno tiene que ponerse del lado de los ganadores, o perder. Y es el hombre el que gana, siempre. El viejo conquistador. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
897: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,
898:The moment was gone; he saw it going. He did not try to hold on to it. He knew he was part of it, not it of him. He was in its keeping. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
899:Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
900:Besides, when you say you're a feminist it annoys the bigots and the old farts and the prissy ladies so much, it's kind of irresistible. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
901:He thought of death, in that gap between the beginning of a step and its completion, and at the end of the step he stood on a new earth. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
902: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,
903: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,
904:Let no one else use you, Mr. Ai,” the king was saying. “Keep clear of factions. Tell your own lies, do your own deeds. And trust no one. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
905:Old age generally involves pain and danger and inevitably ends in death. The acceptance of that takes courage. Courage deserves respect. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
906:She said it seemed like the only choices offered were to want to be what other people were, or to be what other people wanted you to be. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
907:To believe that our beliefs are permanent truths which encompass reality is a sad ignorance. To let go of that belief is to find safety. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
908:To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness. Tormenbod ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
909:Why are my sons followed thus by darkness?'
...'Because they were born in the house of flesh, therefore death follows at their heels. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
910:Being an irreligious puritan and a rational mystic, I think it's irresponsible to let a belief think for you or a chemical dream for you. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
911:I walk on the ground and the ground’s walked on by me, I breathe the air and change it, I am entirely interconnected with the world. Only ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
912: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,
913:Vermediğiniz şeyi alamazsınız, kendinizi vermeniz gerekir. Devrim'i satın alamazsınız. Devrim'i yapamazsınız. Devrim olabilirsiniz ancak. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
914:İkisi de ayrılık yüzünden acı çekmişlerdi, epeyce acı çekmişlerdi, ama ikisi de bağlılıklarından kaçarak acıyı reddetmeyi düşünmemişlerdi. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
915:In so far as one denies what is, one is possessed by what is not, the compulsions, the fantasies, the terrors that flock to fill the void. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
916:No need to try to find it," said Unroy. "The sacredness is there. In the truth, the pain, the beauty. So that the telling of it is sacred. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
917:One keeps oneself neat out of mere decency mere sanity, awareness of other people. And finally even that goes, and one dribbles unashamed. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
918:So many of his problems were of a kind that other people did not understand, that he got used to working them out for himself, in silence. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
919:What is evil?" asked the younger man. The round web, with its black center, seemed to watch them both. "A web we men weave." Ged answered. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
920:But Vetch, who had not done so lightly, said, “Her name is safe with you as mine is. And, besides, you knew it without my telling you . . . ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
921:Düşünceler baskı altına alınarak yok edilemez. Onlar ancak dikkate alınmayarak yok edilebilir. Düşünmeyi reddederek - değişmeyi reddederek. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
922:It always seemed to me they're sort of alike ... magic and music. Spells and tunes. For one thing, you have to get them just exactly right. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
923:she had never known who she was at all, except sometimes for a moment in meditation, when her I am became It is, and she breathed the stars ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
924:The imagination is an essential tool of the mind, a fundamental way of thinking, an indispensable means of becoming and remaining human. We ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
925:The use of imaginative fiction is to deepen your understanding of your world, and your fellow men, and your own feelings, and your destiny. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
926:A library is a focal point, a sacred place to a community; and its sacredness is its accessibility, its publicness. It’s everybody’s place". ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
927:For a fiction writer, a storyteller, the world is full of stories, and when a story is there, it's there, and you just reach up and pick it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
928:Minne oppaani ystävällisyydessään minut johdattavat, / Minä seuraan, seuraan kevyesti / eikä tomuun taaksemme / jää ainuttakaan jalanjälkeä. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
929:rumors of “Alien takeovers” and “nonhuman infiltration” had become the property of paranoid politicians of dying Nationalist splinter groups ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
930:You can keep up that crap for years. But it finally catches up with you. And then you realise all you've done is save your shit to drown in. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
931:Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
932:Hate gets going, it goes round, it gets older and tighter and older and tighter, until it holds a person inside it like a fist holds a stick. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
933:I had ignored that black cellar and gone looking for the substance of Orgoreyn aboveground, in daylight. No wonder nothing had seemed real. I ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
934:La luz es la mano izquierda de la oscuridad, y la oscuridad es la mano derecha de la luz; las dos son una, vida y muerte, juntas como amantes ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
935:No need to try to find it," said Unroy. "The sacredness is there. In the
truth, the pain, the beauty. So that the telling of it is sacred. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
936:Only what is mortal bears life, Arren. Only in death is there rebirth. The Balance is not a stillness. it is a movement--an eternal becoming. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
937:Readers, after all, are making the world with you. You give them the materials, but it's the readers who build that world in their own minds. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
938:said, without sincerity, but with absolute truth, “It is a marvelous thing indeed for them as well, the coming to a new world, a new mankind. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
939:Those who build walls are their own prisoners. I'm going to go fulfill my proper function in the social organism. I'm going to unbuild walls. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
940:To let understanding stop at what cannot be understood is a high attainment. Those who cannot do it will be destroyed on the lathe of heaven. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
941:Ursula K. Le Guin urges authors to remember why they do what they do. Her argument is that writing is an form of art rather than a commodity. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
942:...was I to join them therefore? To let their acts rule my own? I will not make their choices for them, nor will I let them make mine for me! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
943:What it has to do is move--end up in a different place from where it started. That's what narrative does. It goes. It moves. Story is change. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
944:A forest ecology is a delicate one. If the forest perishes, its fauna may go with it. The Athshean word for world is also the word for forest. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
945:Don’t shove me into your pigeonhole, where I don’t fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
946:I guess what’s happened is that what used to be a shockword has become a noise that’s supposed to intensify the emotion in what you’re saying. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
947:The Akan system is a spiritual discipline with spiritual goals, but they're exactly the same goals it seeks for bodily and ethical well-being. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
948:The unknown, the unforetold, the unproven, that is what life is based on. Ignorance is the ground of thought. Unproof is the ground of action. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
949:The way to see how beautiful the earth is, is to see it as the moon. The way to see how beautiful life is, is from the vantage point of death. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
950:Winter hasn’t achieved in thirty centuries what Terra once achieved in thirty decades. Neither has Winter ever paid the price that Terra paid. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
951:As a man's knowledge grows, and his power increases, the road he takes grows ever narrower, until at last he does only and wholly what he must. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
952:If it were proven that there is no God there would be no religion...But also if it were proven that there is a God, there would be no religion. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
953:If memory remains sound and the thinking mind retains its vigor, an old intelligence may have extraordinary breadth and depth of understanding. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
954:I was alone, with a stranger, inside the walls of a dark palace, in a strange snow-changed city, in the heart of the Ice Age of an alien world. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
955:När vi övat något blir våra handlingar starka och når djupt. När vi inte känner rätta kursen blir vi förvirrade. Går vilse, förslösar vårt arv. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
956:Nothing said in words ever came out quite even. Things in words got twisted and ran together, instead of staying straight and fitting together. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
957:As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
958: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,
959:If it were proven that there is no God there would be no religion... But also if it were proven that there is a God, there would be no religion. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
960:it is as if i were dead, and this is the after-life, her in the sunlight, beyond the edge of the world, among the sons and daughters of the sea. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
961:I use a whole lot of half-assed semicolons; there was one of them just now; that was a semicolon after 'semicolons,' and another one after 'now. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
962:I was afraid I'd fail. So I didn't work.'
   And there it was, plain as a glass of water, the truth, which he had never admitted to himself.

~ Ursula K Le Guin,
963:Oponerse a la vulgaridad es inevitablemente ser vulgar. Hay que ir a alguna otra parte; hay que tener otra meta; entonces el camino es distinto. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
964:We are not seeking power. We are seeking the end of power! ... The means are the end. ... Only peace brings peace, only just acts bring justice! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
965:We demand a rebellious spirit of those who have no chance to learn that rebellion is possible, but we the privileged hold still and see no evil. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
966:Her work, I really think her work is finding what her real work is and doing it, her work, her own work, her being human, her being in the world. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
967:If it were proven that there is no God there would be no religion. ...But also if it were proven that there is a God, there would be no religion. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
968:One day is the day for moving on, and overnight, the next day, there is no more good in moving on, because you have come where you were going to. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
969:The same old hypocrisy. Life is a fight, and the strongest wins. All civilization does is hide the blood and cover up the hate with pretty words! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
970:A man would know the end he goes to, but he cannot know it if he does not turn, and return to his beginning, and hold that beginning in his being. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
971: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,
972:For if it's all the rest of us who are killed by the suicide, it's himself whom the murderer kills; only he has to do is over, and over, and over. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
973:In reading a novel, any novel, we have to know perfectly well that the whole thing is nonsense, and then, while reading, believe every word of it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
974:Let us do without soldiers. The joy built upon successful slaughter is not the right kind of joy; it will not do; it is fearful and it is trivial. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
975:Not even need and love can defeat fate, Lavinia. Aeneas' gift is to know his fate, what he must do, and do it. In spite of need. In spite of love. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
976:The way to see how beautiful the earth is, is to see it as the moon. The way to see how beautiful the life is, is from the vantage point of death. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
977:What is the Meaning of this book, this event in the book, this story . . . ? Tell me what it Means. But that’s not my job, honey. That’s your job. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
978:You can see the old cities still everywhere. The bones and bricks go to dust, but the little pieces of plastic never do - they never adapt either. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
979:An early visitor described a Veksi village as “five big houses full of women swearing at each other and fourteen little houses full of men sulking. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
980:In reading a novel, any novel, we have to know perfectly well that the whole thing is nonsense, and then, while reading, believe every world of it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
981:Neither grief nor pride had so much truth in them as did joy, the joy that trembled in the cold wind between sky and sea, bright and brief as fire. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
982:The explorer who will not come back or send back his ships to tell his tale is not an explorer, only an adventurer, and his sons are born in exile. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
983:The explorer who will not come back or send back his ships to tell his tale is not an explorer, only an adventurer; and his sons are born in exile. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
984:These two issues combined—our inability to deal with our own numbers and our insistence that we are what matters most—may well be the finish of us. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
985:What good seeking the safe course, on a journey such as this? There are senseless courses, which I shall not take; but there is no safe one. Streth ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
986:As a man's knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower; until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholely what he must do. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
987:Hoşgeldin, oğul," dedi Ogion.
"Sana, ayrıldığım zamanki gibi geri geldim: Bir aptal olarak," dedi genç adam; sesi sertleşmiş, kalınlaşmıştı. -129 ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
988:I'm old to be raising a child. And she… She obeys me, but only because she wants to."
"It's the only justification for obedience," Ged observed. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
989:Morality is an utterly meaningless term unless defined as the good one does to others, the fulfilling of one's function in the sociopolitical whole. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
990:The artist who goes into himself most deeply -- and it is a painful journey -- is the artist who touches us most closely, speaks to us most clearly. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
991:A scientist can pretend that his work isn't himself, it's merely the impersonal truth. An artist can't hide behind the truth. He can't hide anywhere. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
992:Crafty writers...don't allow Exposition to form Lumps. They break up the information, grind it fine, and make it into bricks to build the story with. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
993:He knew that insofar as one denies what is, one is possessed by what is not, the compulsions, the fantasies, the terrors that flock to fill the void. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
994:The model of modern Western civilization is the virus: the pure bit of information, which turns its environment into endless reproductions of itself. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
995:We strike a medium, and he shivers in his bag, while I swelter in mine, but considering from what distances we have come together, we do well enough. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
996:What we call 'evil' is produced by civilization, its constraints and repressions, deforming the spontaneous, free self-expression of the personality. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
997:When the enemy enthusiastically embraces you, and the fellow countrymen bitterly reject you, it is hard not to wonder if you are, in fact, a traitor. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
998:Ahora sabía, y era cruel saberlo, que su tarea nunca había consistido en tratar de deshacer lo que había hecho sino en terminar lo que había empezado. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
999:God speaks, spirits speak, computers speak. Oracular ambiguity or statistical probability provides loopholes, and discrepancies are expunged by Faith. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1000:I lied. I lied. I lied. I lied deliberately, knowingly, well. She lied. She is a liar. She is an intellectual too! She is a lie. And a coward, afraid. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1001:I tend to avoid fiction about dysfunctional urban middle-class people written in the present tense. This makes it hard to find a new novel, sometimes. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1002:A man who doesn’t detest a bad government is a fool. And if there were such a thing as a good government in earth, it would be a great joy to serve it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1003:A man who doesn't detest a bad government is a fool. And if there were such a thing as a good government on earth, it would be a great joy to serve it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1004:A man who doesn’t detest a bad government is a fool. And if there were such a thing as a good government on earth, it would be a great joy to serve it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1005:Life in the auntring, or for a settled man, is repetitive, as I said; and so it can be dull. Nothing new happens. The mind always wants new happenings. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1006:THE POET CAROLYN KIZER SAID TO ME once, “Poets are interested mostly in death and commas.” Maybe storytellers are interested mostly in life and commas. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1007:Had his fear, in fact, been the personal fear that Selver might having learnt the racial hatred, reject him and treat him not as you but as one of them. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1008:It did not matter, after all. He was only one man. One man's fate is not important. "If it is not, what is?" He could not endure those remembered words. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1009:The living tongue that tells the word, the living ear that hears it, bind and bond us in the communion we long for in the silence of our inner solitude. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1010:'A man who doesn't detest a bad government is a fool. And if there were such a thing as a good government on earth, it would be a great joy to serve it.' ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1011:For discipline is the channel in which our acts run strong and deep; where there is no direction, the deeds of men run shallow and wander and are wasted. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1012:I was willing to believe him that most modern writing was trash, on the evidence that so much old writing was trash; but I didn't put it that way to him. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1013:We decided that it was no good asking what is the meaning of life, because life isn't an answer, life is the question, and you, yourself, are the answer. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1014:You are like a lantern swathed and covered, hidden away in a dark place. Yet the light shines; they could not put out the light. They could not hide you. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1015:In fact it was, the endless warm drizzle of spring - the ice of Antarctica, falling softly on the heads of the children of those responsible to melting it ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1016:The Revolution is in the individual spirit, or it is nowhere. It is for all, or it is nothing. If it is seen as having any end, it will never truly begin. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1017:But what when there [is] not enough? Then force entered in; might making right; power, and it’s tool, violence, and its most devoted ally, the averted eye. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1018:What did they want her back for?” “Her husband’s honor demanded it.” “I should think his honor demanded that he divorce her and find himself a decent wife. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1019:But she knew, though very vaguely, that she was crying, because hope hurts terribly when it breaks through the resignation in which you have lived for days. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1020:He had grown up in a country run by politicians who sent the pilots to man the bombers to kill the babies to make the world safe for children to grow up in. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1021:He said, “Please tell me, Sutty, is the institutionalised homophobia very difficult for you?” “I grew up with it.” “Under the Unists.” “Not only the Unists. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1022:If you can't lick'em, join'em. If it hurts, repeat it. But to praise despair is to condemn delight , to embrace violence is to lose hold of everything else. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1023:She waved through the dirty window from her seat as the train started up. I did not do the ape act. I stood there and did the human act as well as possible. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1024:There is no more subversive act than the act of writing from a woman's experience of life using a woman's judgment.
"Prospects for Women in Writing" 1986 ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1025:But now his dry and silent grieving for his lost wife must end, for there she stood, the fierce, recalcitrant, and fragile stranger, forever to be won again. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1026:He had grown up in a country run by politicians who sent the pilots to man the bombers to kill the babies to make the world safer for children to grow up in. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1027:I hope you’ll understand that I am not quoting those great words lightly. I do mean it. Knowledge sets us free, art sets us free. A great library is freedom. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1028:No, I don't mean love, when I say patriotism. I mean fear. The fear of the other. And its expressions are political, not poetical: hate, rivalry, aggression. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1029:No, I don’t mean love, when I say patriotism. I mean fear. The fear of the other. And its expressions are political, not poetical: hate, rivalry, aggression. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1030:Only time could prove the Foretelling right or wrong, unless it was, as I expected, one of those admirable professional prophecies applicable to any outcome. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1031:We're not outside the world... We are the world. We're its language. So we live and it lives. You see? If we don't say the words, what is their in our world? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1032:George Orr stayed in Portland because he had always lived there and because he had no reason to believe that life anywhere else would be better, or different. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1033:He tried to read an elementary economics text; it bored him past endurance, it was like listening to somebody interminably recounting a long and stupid dream. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1034:He was not interested in detached knowledge, science for science's sake: there was no use learning anything if it was of no use. Relevance was his touchstone. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1035:Only in silence the word,
Only in dark the light,
Only in dying life:
Bright the hawk's flight
On the empty sky.

—The Creation of Éa ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1036: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. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1037:A medida que un hombre adquiere más poder y sabiduría, se le estrecha el camino, hasta que al fin no elige, y hace pura y simplemente lo que tiene que hacer... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1038:The universe as a giant harpstring, oscillating in and out of existence! What note does it play, by the way? Passages from the Numerical Harmonies, I supposed? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1039:To enter with heart and mind into the world of the imagination may be to head deliberately and directly toward, or back toward, engagement with the real world. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1040:To make something well is to give yourself to it, to seek wholeness, to follow spirit. To learn to make something well can take your whole life. It’s worth it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1041:You don’t see yet, Genry, why we perfected and practice Foretelling?” “No—” “To exhibit the perfect uselessness of knowing the answer to the wrong question.” I ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1042:A fantasy is a journey. It is a journey into the subconscious mind, just as psychoanalysis is. Like psychoanalysis, it can be dangerous; and it will change you. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1043:Dünyanın ne kadar güzel olduğunu görmenin yolu, onu ay gibi görmekten geçiyor. Yaşamın ne güzel olduğunu görmenin yolu ölümün bakış açısından bakmaktan geçiyor. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1044:He had grown up in a country run by politicians who sent the pilots to man the bombers to kill the babies to make the world safe for children to grow up in. But ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1045:We tried mindspeech again. I had never before sent repeatedly to a total non-receiver. The experience was disagreeable. I began to feel like an atheist praying. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1046:Ama onların da Sopli gibi öleceğini de biliyorum. Benim öleceğimi de. Senin öleceğini de... Ve bunu bilmek çok değerli. Çok büyük bir armağan. Ben olma armağanı. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1047:But I can't drop my death. I'll hold ít to the end, I'll cherísh it, hate it, eat it, drink ít, listen to it, give it my bed, mourn it, everythíng but let ít go. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1048:He tried to read an elementary economics text; it bored him past endurance, it was like listening to somebody interminably recounting a long and stupid dream. He ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1049:In Enlad," said Arren after a while, "we have a story about the boy whose schoolmaster
was a stone:'
"Aye?... What did he learn?"
"Not to ask questions. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1050: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 wall, the wall! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1051:Anger points powerfully to the denial of rights, but the exercise of rights can't life and thrive on anger. It lives and thrives on the dogged pursuit of justice. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1052:Fantasy is nearer to poetry, to mysticism, and to insanity than naturalistic fiction is. It is a real wilderness, and those who go there should not feel too safe. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1053:If you want your writing to be taken seriously, don't marry and have kids, and above all, don't die. But if you have to die, commit suicide. They approve of that. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1054:Question 14: “Are you living your secret desires?” Floored again. I finally didn’t check Yes, Somewhat, or No, but wrote in “I have none, my desires are flagrant. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1055:There’s a Hainish parable of the Mirror. If the glass is whole, it reflects the whole world, but broken, it shows only fragments, and cuts the hand that holds it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1056:To let understanding stop at what cannot be understood is a high attainment. Those who cannot do it will be destroyed on the lathe of heaven. — CHUANG TSE : XXIII ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1057:Translation is entirely mysterious. Increasingly I have felt that the art of writing is itself translating, or more like translating than it is like anything else ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1058:And mage and sailor are not so far apart; both work with the powers of sky and sea, and bend great winds to the uses of their hands, bringing near what was remote. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1059:he laughed. “Do they expect students not to be anarchists?” he said. “What else can the young be? When you are on the bottom, you must organize from the bottom up! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1060:he thought no more of performing the lesser arts of magic than a bird thinks of flying. Yet a greater, unlearned skill he possessed, which was the art of kindness. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1061:I am offered the Grand Inquisitor's choice. Will you choose freedom without happiness, or happiness without freedom? The only answer one can make, I think, is: No. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1062:The artist deals with what cannot be said in words. The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words. The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1063:There are dance artists, painting artists and writing artists. Authors are writing artists. You can practice art in whatever medium you choose, and words are mine. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1064:There was room for them. A great deal of Italy, back then, was forest. Where man goes, trees die; or, to paraphrase Tacitus, we make a desert and call it progress. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1065: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,
1066:...If at moments the facts seem to alter with an altered voice, why then you can choose the fact you like best; yet none of them are false, and it is all one story. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1067:my heart told me incontrovertibly that neither gender could go far without the other. So, in my story, neither the woman nor the man can get free without the other. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1068:You don't see yet, Genry, why we perfected and practice Fortelling?"
"No..."
"To exhibit the perfect uselessness of knowing the answer to the wrong question. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1069:existed. He had grown up in a country run by politicians who sent the pilots to man the bombers to kill the babies to make the world safe for children to grow up in. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1070:I felt the pressure of people all around me, all the time. People around me, people with me, people pressing on me, pressing me to be one of them, one of the people. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1071:In our loss and fear we craved the acts of religion, the ceremonies that allow us to admit our helplessness, our dependence on the great forces we do not understand. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1072:See, the thing is, as a writer you are free. You are about the freest person that ever was. Your freedom is what you have bought with your solitude, your loneliness. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1073:Apollo blinds those who press too close in worship. Don’t look straight at the sun. Go into a dark bar for a bit and have a beer with Dionysios, every now and then. I ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1074:Everything is old, here. We are old - the Masters."
"You're not," Irian said. She thought him between thirty and forty[...]
"But I came far. Miles can be years. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1075:Fake realism is the escapist literature of our time. And probably the ultimate escapist reading is that masterpiece of total unreality, the daily stock market report. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1076:If you evade suffering you also evade the chance of joy. Pleasure you may get, or pleasures, but you will not be fulfilled. You will not know what it is to come home. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1077:I was in too much haste, and now have no time left. I traded all the sunlight and the cities and the distant lands for a handful of power, for a shadow, for the dark. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1078:so long as I’ve tried to understand what the author tried to do, and have no illusions of my critical infallibility, condoning inferiority isn’t an option open to me. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1079:The reason literacy is important is that literature is the operating instructions. The best manual we have. The most useful guide to the country we're visiting, life. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1080:There's a point, around the age of twenty, when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1081:For heroes do not make history—that is the historian’s job—but, passive, let themselves be borne along, swept up to the crest of the tide of change, of chance, of war. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1082:I am yours by parentage and custom and by duty undertaken towards you. I am your wizard. But it is time you recalled that, tough I am a servant, I am not your servant. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1083:It had never occured to me that thinking and music are so much alike. In fact, you can say music is another way of thinking or maybe thinking is another kind of music. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1084:People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons from within. ~ Ursula K Le Guin, The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader and the Imagination,
1085:All her life she had looked into dark; but this was a vaster darkness, this night on the ocean. There was no end to it. There was no roof. It went out beyond the stars. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1086:Independence was as far as his mind could reach. Yet I think his mind groped further, towards what he could not see, the body's obscure, inalterable dream of mutuality. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1087:Lanet olsun!” dedi yüksek sesle. Pravca, küfür etmek için iyi bir dil değildi. Cinsellik pis bir şey olmayınca, günaha girme diye bir şey de olmayınca küfretmek zordur. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1088:The social function of narrative is not limited to 'primitive' people sitting around the fire telling each other where Fire came from and why they're sitting around it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1089:when we crave power over life—endless wealth, unassailable safety, immortality—then desire becomes greed. And if knowledge allies itself to that greed, then comes evil. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1090:A bully doesn’t answer you; he may hear but pays no heed; he talks on as if you were of no account, and it gives him the advantage always at the start, though not always ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1091:An Odonian’s goal is positive, not negative. Suffering is dysfunctional, except as a bodily warning against danger. Psychologically and socially it’s merely destructive. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1092:Cultural shock was nothing much compared to the biological shock I suffered as a human male among human beings who were, five-sixths of the time, hermaphroditic neuters. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1093:In the big, crowded, noisy room where golden suns swam on the walls and the years and Years were told on golden dials, he searched for the alien, the stranger, his wife. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1094:It doesn't have to be the way it is. That is what fantasy says. It doesn't say "Anything goes" --- that's irresponsibility, when two and one make five, or forty-seven... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1095:Of course there is no veneer, the process is one of growth, and primitiveness and civilization are degrees of the same thing. If civilization has an opposite, it is war. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1096:You were the vessel of evil. The Evil is poured out. It is done. It is buried in it's own tomb. You were never made for cruelty and darkness; you were made to hold light ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1097:All that grieved me - that I was half one thing and half another and nothing wholly - was the sorrow of my childhood, but the strength and use of my life after I grew up. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1098:And if he prove apt I will keep him as prentice, or see to it that he is schooled as fits his gifts. For to keep dark the mind of the mageborn, that is a dangerous thing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1099:The literature of the emperor penguin is as forbidding, as inaccessible, as the frozen heart of Antarctica itself. Its beauties may be unearthly, but they are not for us. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1100:We who live by writing and publishing want — and should demand — our fair share of the proceeds. But the name of our beautiful reward is not profit. It’s name is freedom. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1101:A rock is a good thing, too, you know. If the Isles of Earthsea were all made of diamond, we'd lead a hard life here. Enjoy the illusions, lad, and let the rocks be rocks. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1102:As a man's real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing,but does only and wholly what he must do. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1103:If you want to know all about the sea ... and ask the sea itself, what does it say? Grumble grumble swish swish. It is too busy being itself to know anything about itself. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1104:I suppose the Valley of the Na, in Always Coming Home, is where I think I'd most like to live; but that's partly because I did live there, all the summers of my childhood. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1105:As we did without clergy, let us do without soldiers. The joy built upon successful slaughter is not the right kind of joy; it will not do; it is fearful and it is trivial. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1106:I'm a part of it. Not separate from it. I walk on the ground and the ground's walked on by me, I breathe the air and change it, I am entirely interconnected with the world. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1107:It is what it looks like and is called. A jail. it is not a front for something else, not a facade, not a pseudonym. It is real, the real thing, the thing behind the words. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1108:No man, no power, can bind the action of wizardry or still the words of power. For they are the very words of Making, and one who could silence them could unmake the world. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1109:She couldn’t be a hero in the hero-tale sense. Not even in a fantasy? No. Because to me, fantasy isn’t wishful thinking, but a way of reflecting, and reflecting on reality. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1110:As a man's real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing,but does only and wholly what he must do... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1111:Death sentences are short and very, very manly. Life sentences aren’t. They go on and on, all full of syntax and qualifying clauses and confusing references and getting old. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1112:If you evade suffering you also evade the chance of joy. Pleasure you may get, or pleasures, but you will not be fulfilled. You will not know what it is to come home. Takver ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1113:The important thing is not the finding, it is the seeking, it is the devotion with which one spins the wheel of prayer and scripture, discovering the truth little by little. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1114:There's a good deal in common between the mind's eye and the TV screen, and though the TV set has all too often been the boobtube, it could be, it can be, the box of dreams. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1115:There’s a point, around age twenty,” Bedap said, “when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1116:Where will you sleep?” he inquired, sitting down heavily on the bed. “No where,” the Alien replied, its toneless voice dividing the word into two equally significant wholes. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1117:An irrelevant and poignant sensation of pleasure rose in him, like a tree that grew up and flowered all in one moment with its roots in his loins and its flowers in his mind. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1118:I think we shall have trouble learning how to lie, having for so long practiced the art of going round and round the truth without ever lying about it, or reaching it either. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1119:It was not what he had meant to say, not what he had wanted to say. He had wanted Kostant to talk. But words fell out of his own mouth and bounced around him like hailstones. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1120:He felt disinclined to move. To move would disturb the perfect, stable moment, the balance of the world. The winter light along the ceiling was beautiful beyond expression. He ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1121:Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new. When it was made, they lay in each other’s arms, holding love, asleep. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1122:They think if people can possess enough things they will be content to live in prison. But I will not believe that. I want the walls down. I want solidarity, human solidarity. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1123:Yirmi yaş dolaylarında öyle bir an vardır ki," dedi Bedap, "yaşamının geri kalan kısmı boyunca ya herkes gibi olmayı, ya da farklılıklarını erdeme dönüştürmeyi seçmen gerekir. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1124:But because she was not a girl now, she was not awed, but only wondered at how men ordered their world into this dance of masks, and how easily a woman might learn to dance it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1125:But I think we will have trouble learning how to lie, having for so long practiced the art of going round an round the truth without ever lying about it, or reaching it either. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1126:He is the earth and sunlight, the leaves of trees, the eagle's flight. He is alive. And all who ever died, live; they are reborn and have no end, nor will there ever be an end. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1127:Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; re-made all the time, made new. When it was made, they lay in each other's arms, holding love, asleep. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1128:Sólo una pregunta tiene respuesta, Genry, y ya conocemos la respuesta... La vida es posible sólo a causa de esa permanente e intolerable incertidumbre: no conocer lo que vendrá ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1129:It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1130:I think the imagination is the single most useful tool mankind possesses. It beats the opposable thumb. I can imagine living without my thumbs, but not without my imagination. I ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1131:To be, the will to power must increase with each fulfillment, making the fulfillment only a step to a further one. The vaster the power gained, the vaster the appetite for more. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1132:A dangerous book will always be in danger from those it threatens with the demand that they question their assumptions. They'd rather hang on to the assumptions and ban the book. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1133:All knowledge is partial, infinitesimally partial. Reason is a net thrown out into an ocean. What truth it brings in is a fragment, a glimpse, a scintillation of the whole truth. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1134:for though only the society could give security and stability, only the individual, the person, had the power of moral choice—the power of change, the essential function of life. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1135:In the night one of them cried out aloud, dreaming. The other one reached his arm out sleepily, muttering reassurance, and the blind warm weight of his touch outweighed all fear. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1136: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,
1137:The artist deals with what cannot be said in words.

The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words. The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1138:What happens to a man who just won't cooperate?"
"Well, he moves on. The others get tired of him, you know. They make fun of him, or they get rough with him, beat him up . . . ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1139:'Banished men should never speak their native tongue; it comes bitter from their mouth. And this language suits a traitor better, I think; drips off one's teeth like sugar-syrup.' ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1140:I never knew anybody, anywhere I have been, who found life simple. I think a life or a time looks simple when you leave out the details, the way a planet looks smooth, from orbit. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1141:On a world where a common table implement is a little device with which you crack the ice that has formed on your drink between drafts, hot beer is a thing you come to appreciate. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1142:The most winning characteristic of the rather harsh Cetian temperament was curiosity, inopportune, and inexhaustible curiosity; Cetians died eagerly, curious as to what came next. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1143: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,
1144:Abstractions about right and wrong, whether they are as old as Thou Shalt Not Kill or as modern as Do Your Own Thing, often serve only to confuse and weaken genuine moral decision. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1145:At least he sought this danger of his own will; and the nearer he came to it the more sure he was that, for this time at least, for this hour perhaps before his death, he was free. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1146:Death and life are the same thing-like the two sides of my hand, the palm and the back. And still the palm and the back are not the same...They can be neither separated, nor mixed. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1147:Desar's chosen field in mathematics was so esoteric that nobody in the Institute or the Math Federation could really check on his progress. That was precisely why he had chosen it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1148:It is yin and yang. Light is the left hand of darkness ... how did it go? Light, dark. Fear, courage. Cold, warmth. Female, male. It is yourself ... both and one. A shadow on snow. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1149:The infinite possibility, the unlimited and unqualified wholeness of being of the uncommitted, the nonacting, the uncarved: the being who, being nothing but himself, is everything. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1150:The infinite possibility, the unlimited and unqualified wholeness of being of the uncommitted, the nonacting, the uncarved; the being who, being nothing but himself, is everything. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1151: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,
1152:We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1153:It is very seldom,” the young man said at last, “that dragons ask to do men favours.”
“But it is very common,” said the dragon, “for cats to play with mice before they kill them. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1154:kids could and did swim in it happily as in their native element, at least until some teacher or professor told them they had to come out, dry off, and breathe modernism ever after. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1155:Love's just one of the ways through, and it can go wrong, and miss. Pain never misses. But therefore we don't have much choice about enduring it! We will, whether we want to or not. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1156:Realism is a very sophisticated form of literature, a very grown-up one. And that may be its weakness. But fantasy seems to be eternal and omnipresent and always attractive to kids. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1157:Siding more with Keats on this point, I generally avoid such fictions—hence both my liking for nonrealist writers and my initial reluctance to trust Saramago’s painfully ugly story. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1158:Sleeping people are so remote.... Right here, but out of communication. That's what strikes humans as uncanny about sleep. Its utter privacy. The sleeper turns his back on everyone. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1159:There’s another option. You can consider the reader, not as a helpless victim or a passive consumer, but as an active, intelligent, worthy collaborator. A colluder, a coillusionist. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1160:...though I want to see myself as a woman of strong feeling but peaceable instincts, I have to realize how often anger fuels my acts and thoughts, how very often I indulge in anger. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1161:To see a candle's light, one must take it into a dark place. This is the same as to see the good and be grateful, one must compare and contrast it with something worse - not better! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1162:While we read a novel, we are insane—bonkers. We believe in the existence of people who aren't there, we hear their voices... Sanity returns (in most cases) when the book is closed. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1163:Wold felt sorry for him, as he often did for young men, who have not seen how passion and plan over and over are wasted, how their lives and acts are wasted between desire and fear. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1164:Cinders patter, falling with the snow. We creep infinitesimally northward through the dirty chaos of a world in the process of making itself.

Praise then Creation unfinished! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1165:Özgürlük ağır bir yüktür, ruhun yüklenmesi gereken büyük ve garip bir sorumluluk. Kolay değildir. Verilen bir armağan değil, yapılan bir seçimdir; bu seçim de zor bir seçim olabilir. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1166:The unknown,” said Faxe’s soft voice in the forest, “the unforetold, the unproven, that is what life is based on. Ignorance is the ground of thought. Unproof is the ground of action. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1167:Before the moon I am, what a woman is, a woman of power, a woman's power, deeper than the roots of trees, deeper than the roots of islands, older than the Making, older than the moon. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1168:I fear liars, and I fear tricksters, and worst I fear the bitter truth. And so I rule my country well. Because only fear rules men. Nothing else works. Nothing else lasts long enough. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1169:I know who I was, I can tell you who I may have been, but I am, now, only in this line of words I write. I'm not sure of the nature of my existence, and wonder to find myself writing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1170:We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel … is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1171:Her despair grew so great that it burst her breast open and like a bird of fire shattered the stone and broke out into the light of day--the light of day, faint in her windowless room. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1172:I have watched my country accept, mostly quite complacently, along with a lower living standard for more and more people, a lower moral standard. A moral standard based on advertising. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1173:I think the mystery of art lies in this, that artists’ relationship is essentially with their work — not with power, not with profit, not with themselves, not even with their audience. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1174:It is yin and yang. Light is the left hand of darkness... how did it go? Light, dark. Fear, courage. Cold, warmth. Female, male. It is yourself, Therem. Both and one. A shadow on snow. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1175:No, I don’t mean love, when I say patriotism. I mean fear. The fear of the other. And its expressions are political, not poetical: hate, rivalry, aggression. It grows in us, that fear. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1176:We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel... is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1177:And though I came to forget or regret all I have ever done, yet I would remember that once I saw the dragons aloft on the wind at sunset above the western isles; and I would be content. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1178:And though I came to forget or regret all I have ever done, yet would I remember that once I saw the dragons aloft on the wind at sunset above the western isles; and I would be content. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1179:Do nothing because it is righteous or praiseworthy or noble to do so; do nothing because it seems good to do so; do only that which you must do and which you cannot do in any other way. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1180:It is hard, I found, to be called traitor. Strange how hard it is, for it's an easy name to call another man; a name that sticks, that fits, that convinces. I was half convinced myself. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1181:What is the sense of giving a boundary to all that, of giving it a name and ceasing to love where the name ceases to apply? What is love of one's country; is it hate of one's uncountry? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1182:Words are my matter. I have chipped one stone for thirty years and still it is not done, that image of the thing I cannot see. I cannot finish it and set it free, transformed to energy. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1183:A story rises from the springs of creation, from the pure will to be; it tells itself; I takes its own course, finds its own way, its own words; and the writer's job is to be its medium. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1184:It is of the nature of idea to be communicated: written, spoken, done. The idea is like grass. It craves light, likes crowds, thrives on crossbreeding, grows better for being stepped on. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1185:Laime ir saistīta ar loģisko prātu, un tikai prāts spēj to novērtēt. Man tika tas, ko cilvēks nevar ne nopelnīt, ne paturēt, un bieži vien pat nepazinās saņemšanas brīdī, - sirds prieks. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1186:She had always known that all lives are in common, rejoicing in her kinship to the fish in the tanks of her laboratories, seeking the experience of existences outside the human boundary. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1187:...close up, a world's all dirt and rocks... The way to see how beautiful the earth is, is to see it as the moon. The way to see how beautiful life is, is from the vantage point of death. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1188:If a book told you something when you were fifteen, it will tell you it again when you're fifty, though you may understand it so differently that it seems you're reading a whole new book. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1189:No one else, no thing even, has an existence of its own for him; he sees the world only as a means to his end. It doesn’t make any difference if his end is good; means are all we’ve got … ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1190:He knew once more, at last, after this long, bitter, wasted time, who he was and where he was.
But where he must go in the years to come, that he could not see; and he feared to see it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1191:We men dream dreams, we work magic, we do good, we do evil. The dragons do not dream. They are dreams. They do not work magic: it is their substance, their being. They do not do; they are. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1192:And nightly under the simple stars
As I rode to sleep the owls were bearing the farm away
All the moon long I heard, blessed among stables,
the nightjars
Flashing into the dark. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1193:I learned that the story has no beginning, and no story has an end. That the story is all muddle, all middle. That the story is never true, but that the lie is indeed a child of silence. By ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1194:It is the nature of the idea to be communicated, written, spoken, done. The idea is like grass it craves light, likes crowds, thrives on crossbreeding, grows stronger from being stepped on. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1195:Terrible, because when we are finally naked in the dark and cold, it is all we have. We who are so rich, so full of strength, we end up with that small change. We have nothing else to give. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1196:The insistent permissiveness of the late twentieth century had produced fully as much sex-guilt and sex-fear in its heirs as had the insistent repressiveness of the late nineteenth century. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1197:There is no safety. There is no end. The word must be heard in silence. There must be darkness to see the stars. The dance is always danced above the hollow place, above the terrible abyss. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1198:The sense that you are in touch with something really different - completely human and extremely understandable emotionally - but really different. That's one of the great things novels do. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1199:The truth is that as a man's real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing but does only and wholly what he must do. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1200:Unless physical action reflects psychic action, unless the deeds express the person, I get very bored with adventure stories; often it seems that the more action there is, the less happens. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1201:You fear them because you fear death, and rightly: for death is terrible and must be feared,' the mage said...'And life is also a terrible thing,' Ged said, 'and must be feared and praised. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1202:And the mills of capitalism provide them. Supply meets demand. Fantasy becomes a commodity, an industry. Commodified fantasy takes no risks: it invents nothing, but imitates and trivialises. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1203:Hija de un antropólogo, esta disciplina influyó en su concepción del hombre involucrado en culturas que le son ajenas. Su obra puede ser vista como un amplio fresco antropológico-fantástico. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1204:I suspect that the distinction between a maternal and a paternal instinct is scarcely worth making; the parental instinct, the wish to protect, to further, is not a sex-linked characteristic… ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1205:Knowledge sets us free, art sets us free. A great library is freedom...and that freedom must not be compromised. It must be available to all who need it, when they need it, and that's always. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1206:So when one stands in a cherished place for the last time before a voyage without return, he sees it all whole, and real, and dear, as he has never seen it before and never will see it again. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1207:As far as the eye can see the infertile desert lies in the pitiless glare of the merciless sun, a lifeless, trackless, feckless, fuckless waste strown with the bones of luckless wayfarers. . . ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1208:Genre fiction was looked at as a ghetto, but I wonder now if realist fiction, sealing itself off in the glum suburbs of a dysfunctional society, denying the use of imagination, was the ghetto. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1209:If you are fantasising, you may be daydreaming, or you might be using your imagination therapeutically as a means of discovering reasons Reason does not know, discovering yourself to yourself. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1210:If your voice is heard by more people because you've earned some kind of name and fame, your silence on an issue of urgent moral importance is even more of a betrayal. Privilege is obligation. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1211:Knowledge sets us free, art sets us free. A great library is freedom...and that freedom must not be compromised. It must be available to all who need it, when they need it, and that's always. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1212:that silent vastness of fire and ice that said in enormous letters of black and white DEATH, DEATH, written right across a continent. The sledge pulled like a feather, and we laughed with joy. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1213:The life of every man is in the Center of Time, for all were seen in the seeing of Meshe, and are in his eye. We are the pupils of his Eye... Our doing is his Seeing: our being is his Knowing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1214:They made love. Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; re-made all the time, made new. When it was made, they lay in each other's arms, holding love, asleep. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1215:What is love of one’s country; is it hate of one’s uncountry? Then it’s not a good thing. Is it simply self-love? That’s a good thing, but one mustn’t make a virtue of it, or a profession. . . ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1216:If you eat your...leafy greens and...develop your abs and blabs...in order to live a long life, that's good, and maybe it will work. But the longer a life is, the more of it will be in old age. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1217:If you're a fiction writer, though, I can tell you how to let people talk through you. Listen. Just be quiet, and listen. Let the character talk. Don't censor, don't control. Listen, and write. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1218:In the airport, luggage-laden people rush hither and yon through endless corridors, like souls to each of whom the devil has furnished a different, inaccurate map of the escape route from hell. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1219:I suspect that the distinction between a maternal and a paternal instinct is scarcely worth making; the parental instinct, the wish to protect, to further, is not a sex-linked characteristic... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1220:Light is the left hand of darkness and darkness the right hand of light. Two are one, life and death, lying together like lovers in kemmer, like hands joined together, like the end and the way. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1221:Morality and grammar are related. Human beings live by the word. Socrates said, “The misuse of language induces evil in the soul.” I’ve had that sentence pinned up over my desk for a long time. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1222:The insistent permissiveness of the late twentieth century had produced fully as much sex-guilt and sex-fear in its heirs as had the insistent repressiveness of the late nineteenth century. Orr ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1223:...Vermediğimiz şeyi alamazsınız, kendinizi vermeniz gerekir. Devrim'i satın alamazsınız. Devrim'i yapamazsınız. Devrim olabilirsiniz ancak. Devrim ya ruhunuzdadır ya da hiç bir yerde değildir. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1224: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,
1225:And hearing it that way as a kid, I thought, Hunh? but didn’t say anything, because there is no way, no possible way, a kid can ask about everything grownups say that the kid thinks Hunh? about. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1226:Farfetching. What one is after when farfetching might be described as the intuitive perception of a moral entirety; and thus it tends to find expression not in rational symbols, but in metaphor. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1227:I hated him at such times, with a hatred that rose straight up out of the death that lay within my spirit. I hated the harsh, intricate, obstinate demands that he made on me in the name of life. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1228:In feudal times the aristocracy had sent their sons to university, conferring superiority on the institution. Nowadays it was the other way round: the university conferred superiority on the man. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1229:I think most old people know that, and many of us try to keep our thinking on the positive side as a matter of self-preservation, as well as dignity, the wish not to end with a prolonged whimper. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1230:The opposite of spare time is, I guess, occupied time. In my case I still don’t know what spare time is because all my time is occupied. It always has been and it is now. It’s occupied by living. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1231:They just came to look, as if she were the Great Tower in Rodarred, or the Canyon of the Tulaevea. A phenomenon, a monument. They were awed, adoring. She snarled at them: Think your own thoughts! ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1232: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,
1233:What's wrong with pleasure, Takver? why don't you want it?"
"Nothing's wrong with it. And I do want it. Only I don't need it. And if I take what I don't need, I'll never get to what I do need. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1234:He lost weight; he walked light on the earth. Lack of physical labour, lack of variety of occupation, lack of social and sexual intercourse, none of these appeared to him as lacks, but as freedom. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1235:If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1236:Light is the left hand of darkness and darkness is the right hand of light. Two are one, life and death, lying together like lovers in kemmer, like hands joined together, like the end and the way. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1237:Making female noises, shrieking and squeaking and being shrill, all those things that annoy people with longer vocal cords. Another case where the length of organs seems to be so important to men. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1238:The means are the end, only peace brings peace, only just acts bring justice...the separation of means and ends was false. For her as for him, there was no end. There was process: process was all. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1239:People had huddled back into the old core of the city; and once the suburbs had been looted, they burned. Like Moscow in 1812, acts of God or vandalism: they were no longer wanted, and they burned. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1240: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,
1241:Dünyada sadece tek bir şey kötü yürekli bir insana karşı durabilir. O da başka bir insandır. Ayıbımızda yatar şerefimiz. Sadece bizim
ruhumuz, kötülüğe açık olan ruhumuz, onu yenmeye muktedirdir. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1242:In a State, even a democracy, where power is hierarchic, how can you prevent the storage of information from becoming yet another source of power to the powerful—another piston in the great machine? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1243: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,
1244:And the truth is that as a man’s real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do . . . ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1245:figurines and souvenirs and kickshaws and mementos and gewgaws and bric-a-brac, everything either useless to begin with or ornamented so as to disguise its use; acres of luxuries, acres of excrement. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1246:I’d like a poster showing two old people with stooped backs and arthritic hands and time-worn faces sitting talking, deep, deep in conversation. And the slogan would be “Old Age Is Not for the Young. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1247:I don't want to be a propagandist, no matter how good the cause. I want to tell stories. It's just that the stories have to square with my consciousness as a woman and my conscience as a human being. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1248:I'm not sure. I'm exceedingly ignorant-"
The young man laughed and bowed. "I'm honored!" he said."I've lived here for three years, but haven't yet acquired enough ignorance to be worth mentioning. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1249:In bed, they made love. Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new. When it was made, they lay in each other’s arms, holding love, asleep. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1250:La libertad es una carga pesada, extraña y abrumadora para el espíritu que ha de llevarla. No es cómoda. No es un regalo que se recibe, sino una elección que se hace, y la elección puede ser difícil. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1251:Little mirrors were attached to the front of their cars, at which they glanced to see where they had been; then they stared ahead again. I had thought that only beetles had this delusion of Progress. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1252:The elimination of war. Did the Ancient Hainish postulate that continuous sexual capacity and organized social aggression, neither of which are attributes of any mammal but man, are cause and effect? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1253:They tended to be stolid, slovenly, heavy, and to my eyes effeminate - not in the sense of delicacy, etc., but in just the opposite sense: a gross, bland fleshiness, a bovinity without point or edge. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1254:I wish we could stop using the word belief in matters of fact, leaving it where it belongs, in matters of religious faith and secular hope. I believe we'd avoid a lot of unnecessary pain if we did so. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1255:There are souls, he thought, whose umbilicus has never been cut. They never got weaned from the universe. They do not understand death as an enemy; they look forward to rotting and turning into humus. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1256:The Veksi are an angry species. Their social life consists largely of arguments, recriminations, quarrels, fights, outbursts of fury, fits of the sulks, brawls, feuds, and impulsive acts of vengeance. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1257:All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don't, our lives get made up for us by other people. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1258:But the death of a great mage, who has many times in his life walked on the dry steep hillsides of death’s kingdom, is a strange matter: for the dying man goes not blindly, but surely, knowing the way. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1259:I hate the bigotry you believe in. But I'll try not to hate you."
"Why?" he asked. His voice was cold, as she remembered it.
"Hate eats the hater," she quoted from a familiar text of the Telling. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1260:My lord, do nothing because it is righteous or praiseworthy or noble to do so; do nothing because it seems good to do so; do only that which you must do and which you cannot do in any other way.” There ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1261:Sometimes one's very angry and preaches, but I know that to clinch a point is to close it. To leave the reader free to decide what your work means, that's the real art; it makes the work inexhaustible. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1262:There are souls, he thought, who's umbilicus has never been cut. They never got weaned from the universe. They do not understand death as the enemy; they look forward to rotting and turning into humus. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1263:There are talking dogs all over the place, unbelievably boring they are, on and on and on about sex and shit and smells, and smells and shit and sex, and do you love me, do you love me, do you love me. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1264:Ward: Which would you rather have, a National Book Award or a Hugo?
Le Guin: Oh, a Nobel, of course.
Ward: They don't give Nobel Awards in fantasy.
Le Guin: Maybe I can do something for peace. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1265:Nothing remains the same from one moment to the next, you can't step into the same river twice. Life--evolution--the whole universe of space/time, matter/energy--existence itself--is essentially change. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1266: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,
1267:So rest a while, we can talk in the cool of the evening. Or the cool of the morning. There 's seldom as much hurry as I used to think there was."

-Hawk
Who had been Archmage
The Other Wind ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1268:Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it. They feed understanding or emotion back and forth and amplify it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1269:All of us have to learn how to invent our lives , make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don't, our lives get made up for us by other people . ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1270:And he would watch the snow falling, thin and ceaseless, on the empty lands below the window, and feel the dull cold grow within him, till it seemed no feeling was left to him except a kind of weariness. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1271:Here you think the incentive to work is finances, need for money or desire for profit, but where there's no money the real motives are clearer, maybe. people like to do things. They like to do them well. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1272:I certainly wasn't happy. Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it. What I was given was the thing you can't earn, and can't keep, and often don't even recognize at the time; I mean joy. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1273:- La voz del mar
(...)
- ¿Cómo la oyes tú?
- Como diciendo el sonido ahm.
- En el Habla Arcana significa el principio, o hace mucho tiempo. Pero yo oigo ohb, que es una forma de decir el fin. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1274:You cannot take what you have not given, and you must give yourself. You cannot buy the Revolution. You cannot make the Revolution. You can only be the Revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1275:And the truth is that as a man's real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do.... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1276:But nobody in one lifetime could read more than a fragment of what was here, this broken labyrinth of words, this shattered, interrupted story of a people and a world through the centuries, the millennia. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1277:If you go ahead, if you keep running, wherever you run you will meet danger and evil, for it drives you, it chooses the way you go. You must choose. You must seek what seeks you. You must hunt the hunter. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1278:Kırbaçlarını, para ve yolculuk hakkı için kürekçilik yapanların sırtına hiç indirmiyorlardı, ama kimisi kırbaçlanan, kimisi de kırbaçlanmayan bir mürettebat arasında pek arkadaşlık ortamı oluşturulamazdı. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1279:Onlardan korkuyorsun çünkü ölümden korkuyorsun haklı olarak: Çünkü ölüm ölüm korkunçtur ve ölümden korkmak gerekir... Ve yaşam da korkunç bir şeydir... ve yaşamdan hem korkulmalı hem de yaşam övülmelidir. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1280:Imagination, working at full strength, can shake us out of our fatal, adoring self-absorption and make us look up and see- with terror or with relief- that the world does not, in fact, belong to us at all. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1281:It’s always easier not to think for oneself. Find a nice safe hierarchy and settle in. Don’t make changes, don’t risk disapproval, don’t upset your syndics. It’s always easiest to let yourself be governed. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1282:No normal human being who had experienced time-slippage of even a few decades between League worlds would volunteer for a round trip of centuries. The Surveyors were escapists, misfits. They were nuts. Ten ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1283:She had not realized how very different people were, how differently they saw life. She felt as if she had looked up and suddenly seen a whole new planet hanging huge and populous right outside the window. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1284:the process is one of growth, and primitiveness and civilization are degrees of the same thing. If civilization has an opposite, it is war. Of those two things, you have either one, or the other. Not both. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1285:He had been groping and grabbing after certainty, as if it were something he could possess. He had been demanding a security, a guarantee, which is not granted: and which, if granted, would become a prison. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1286:If there are frontiers between the civilised and the barbaric, between the meaningful and the unmeaning, they are not lines on a map nor are they regions of the earth. They are boundaries of the mind alone. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1287:If there are frontiers between the civilized and the barbaric, between the meaningful and the unmeaning, they are not lines on a map nor are they regions of the earth. They are boundaries of the mind alone. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1288:Loss of face for the Commensals, caught lying. You will be a treasure, a long-lost hearth-brother, to King Argaven, Genry. For a while. You must send for your Star Ship at once, at the first chance you get. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1289:Nothing remains the same from one moment to the next, you can’t step into the same river twice. Life – evolution – the whole universe of space/time, matter/energy – existence itself – is essentially change. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1290:Who knows a man's name, holds that man's life in his keeping. Thus to Ged, who had lost faith in himself, Vetch had given him that gift that only a friend can give, the proof of unshaken, unshakeable trust. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1291:You're a respectable woman, dearie, and her reputation is a woman's wealth."
"Her wealth," Tenar repeated in the same blank way; then she said it again: "Her wealth. Her treasure. Her hoard. Her value... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1292:Almost everything is double like that for adolescents; their lies are true and their truths are lies, and their hearts are broken by the world. They gyre and fall; they see through everything, and are blind. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1293:By such literalism, fundamentalism, religions betrayed the best intentions of their founders. Reducing thought to formula, replacing choice by obedience, these preachers turned the living word into dead law. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1294:My Real Children starts quietly, then suddenly takes you on two roller-coaster rides at once, swooping dizzily through a double panorama and ending in a sort of super Sophie's Choice. A daring tour de force. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1295:Honestly, orthodoxy concerns me about as much as it concerns your average jackrabbit. I only follow rules that take me where I want to go. If there aren't any rules, I make up my own and follow them strictly. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1296:I am sorry, I am very sorry to ask you to lie," he said, so earnestly that I wondered if it hurt him to lie. That made him seem more like a god than a human being. If it hurt to lie, how could you stay alive? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1297:I did a lot today. That is, I did something. The only thing I have ever done. I pressed a button. It took the entire willpower, the accumulated strength of my entire existence, to press one damned OFF button. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1298:Laws are made against the impulse a people most fears in itself. Do not kill was the Shing's vaunted single Law. All else was permitted: which meant, perhaps, there was little else they really wanted to do... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1299:Light is the left hand of darkness
and darkness the right hand of light.
Two are one, life and death, lying
together like lovers in kemmer,
like hands joined together,
like the end and the way. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1300:Yes. There's really only one question that can be answered, Genry, and we already know the answer....The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1301:But the fact is that, starting with Plato’s Republic in Philosophy 1-A when I was seventeen, I read utopias as novels. Actually, I still read everything as novels, including history, memoir, and the newspaper. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1302:There seems to be a firewall in my mind against ideas expressed in numbers and graphs rather than words, or in abstract words such as Sin or Creativity. I just don’t understand. And incomprehension is boredom. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1303:Thus they both set a fatal trap for the believer: if you believe in God you can’t believe in evolution, and vice versa. But this is rather like saying if you believe in Tuesday you can’t believe in artichokes. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1304:To find a new world, maybe you have to have lost one. Maybe you have to be lost. The dance of renewal, the dance that made world, was always danced here at the edge of things, on the brink, on the foggy coast. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1305:Confucius and you are both dreams, and I who say you are dreams am a dream myself. This is a paradox. Tomorrow a wise man may explain it; that tomorrow will not be for ten thousand generations. — CHUANG TSE: II ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1306:I thought also of another thing between us. Call it trust... That is one of its names. It is a very great thing. Though each of us alone is weak, having that we are strong, stronger than the powers of the dark. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1307:I tried to think about what he had asked me to do, to step so far beyond myself. I found it difficult to think about. It was as if it hung over me, this huge choice I must make, this future I could not imagine. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1308:It’s a good place for a child, the woods. You don’t learn much about people, but you learn silence. Patience. And that there’s nothing much to fear in the wilderness—less than there is on a farm or in the city. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1309:I always wondered why the makers leave housekeeping and cooking out of their tales. Isn't it what all the great wars and battles are fought for—so that at day's end a family may eat together in a peaceful house? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1310:Nobody owns anything to rob. . . . As for violence . . . Oiie, would you murder me, ordinarily? And if you felt like it, would a law against it stop you? Coercion is the least efficient means of obtaining order. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1311:A writer who wants to write good stuff needs to read great stuff. If you don’t read widely, or read only writers in fashion at the moment, you’ll have a limited idea of what can be done with the English language. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1312:Between thought and spoken word is a gap where intention can enter, the symbol be twisted aside, and the lie come to be. Between thought and sent-thought is no gap; they are one act. There is no room for the lie. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1313:Even in merely reading a fairytale, we must let go our daylight convictions and trust ourselves to be guided by dark figures, in silence; and when we come back, it may be very hard to describe where we have been. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1314:He copulated with a number of girls, but copulation was not the joy it ought to be. It was a mere relief of need, like evacuating, and he felt ashamed of it afterward because it involved another person as object. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1315:The revolution is in the individual spirit, or it is nowhere. It is for all or it is nothing. If it is seen as having any end, it will never truly begin. We can't stop here. We must go on. We must take the risks. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1316:This is. And thou art. There is no safety. There is no end. The word must be heard in silence. There must be darkness to see the stars. The dance is always danced above the hollow place, above the terrible abyss. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1317:When he found that the administrators were upset, he laughed. “Do they expect students not to be anarchists?” he said. “What else can the young be? When you are on the bottom, you must organize from the bottom up ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1318:A decision worthy of the name is based on observation, factual information, intellectual and ethical judgment. Opinion—that darling of the press, the politician, and the poll—may be based on no information at all. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1319:And I needed a rock. Something to hold onto, to stand on. Something solid. Because everything was going soft, turning into mush, into marsh, into fog. Fog closing in on all sides. I didn't know where I was at all. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1320:No, I don’t mean love, when I say patriotism. I mean fear. The fear of the other. And its expressions are political, not poetical: hate, rivalry, aggression. It grows in us, that fear. It grows in us year by year. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1321:Outside the locked room is the landscape of time, in which the spirit may, with luck and courage, construct the fragile, makeshift, improbable roads and cities of fidelity: a landscape inhabitable by human beings. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1322:Some dreams tell us what we wish to believe. Some dreams tell us what we fear. Some dreams are of what we know though we may not know we know it. The rarest dream is the dream that tells us what we have not known. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1323:Success is somebody else's failure. Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most people in most places, including thirty million of ourselves, live wide awake in the terrible reality of poverty. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1324:A wizard’s power of Changing and of Summoning can shake the balance of the world. It is dangerous, that power. It is most perilous. It must follow knowledge, and serve need. To light a candle is to cast a shadow... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1325:But was not a theory of which all the elements were provably true a simple tautology? In the region of the unprovable, or even the disprovable, lay the only chance for breaking out of the circle and going ahead. In ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1326:I always wondered why the makers leave housekeeping and cooking out of their tales. Isn't it what all the great wars and battles are fought for -- so that at day's end a family may eat together in a peaceful house? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1327:Sanki ezelden beri bu sessiz varlığın yanında, kararmakta olan sessiz bir diyarda yürüyormuş gibi geldi Ged'e. İçindeki gayret ve dikkat hisleri köreldi. Sanki uzun, çok uzun bir düşte, hiçbir yere doğru yürüyordu. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1328:a book were written all in numbers, it would be true. It would be just. Nothing said in words ever came out quite even. Things in words got twisted and ran together, instead of staying straight and fitting together. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1329:Felicidade tem a ver com a razão, só pode ser conquistada pela razão. O que ganhei foi uma coisa que não se pode conquistar, não se pode manter e, muitas vezes, não se pode nem reconhecer no momento; falo de júbilo. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1330:Hideo," said my mother, in the terrifying way women have of passing without interval from one subject to another because they have them all present in their mind at once, "you haven't found any kind of relationship? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1331:Wasn’t it immoral to do work you didn’t enjoy? The work needed doing but a lot of people didn’t care what they were posted to and changed jobs all the time; they should have volunteered. Any fool could do this work. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1332:He was appalled by the examination system, when it was explained to him; he could not imagine a greater deterrent to the natural wish to learn than this pattern of cramming in information and disgorging it at demand. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1333: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,
1334:His words cost him so much, she thought, not like hers that just came dancing out of the air and went back into it. He spoke from his marrow. It made what he said a solemn compliment, which she accepted gratefully... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1335:The misogyny that shapes every aspect of our civilization is the institutionalized form of male fear and hatred of what they have denied and therefore cannot know, cannot share: that wild country, the being of women. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1336:Using the Net is easy, but getting your meaning across there is just as hard as it is in print. Perhaps harder, because it appears that a lot of people read more hastily and carelessly on the screen than on the page. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1337:Bedap, who had been putting on weight at the waist and was serious about exercise, was trotting earnestly around the playing field. The others were sitting on a dusty bank under trees, getting their exercise verbally. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1338:Belief in heaven and hell is a big deal in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and some forms of doctrinaire Buddhism. For the rest of us it's simply meaningless. We don't live in order to die, we live in order to live. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1339: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,
1340:He was a hard shrewd jovial politician, whose acts of kindness served his interest and whose interest was himself. His type is panhuman. I had met him on Earth, and on Hain, and on Ollul. I expect to meet him in Hell. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1341:I have become very critical of the whole book award system and could preach on that subject for quite a while, but I do know what an award can mean to a writer early in her career. It can give an essential validation. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1342:I’m not dead. I sleep sometimes. Sleep comes very close to death, everyone knows that. The dead walk in dreams, everyone knows that. They come to you alive, and they say things. They walk out of death into the dreams. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1343:She laughed again, and she looked at me. Just for a moment. But she looked, she saw. She wasn't looking at me to see what she looked like, she was looking me to see what I looked like. That is unusual in my experience ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1344:Under his feet he felt the hillroots going down and down into the dark, and over his head he saw the dry, far fires of the stars. Between, all things were his to order, to command. He stood at the center of the world. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1345:When things don't change any longer, that's the end result of entropy, the heat-death of the universe. The more things go on moving, interrelating, conflicting, changing, the less balance there is - and the more life. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1346: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,
1347:Biz hayal gücü zengin insanlar'Evvel zaman içinde bir ejderha varmış.' ya da 'Toprakta bir delikte bir hobbit yaşarmış.' gibi cümlelerle, böyle gerçek dışı şeylerle kendi tuhaf tarzımız sayesinde hakikate ulaşabiliriz. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1348:In the beginning the Creator told a great lie. For there was nothing at all, but the Creator spoke, saying, It exists. And behold, in order that the lie of God might be God’s truth, the universe at once began to exist. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1349:Meaning - this is perhaps the common note, the bane I am seeking. What is the Meaning of this book, this event in the book, this story ... ? Tell me what it Means.

But that is not my job, honey. That's your job. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1350:Reason is a faculty far larger than mere objective force. When either the political or the scientific discourse announces itself as the voice of reason, it is playing God, and should be spanked and stood in the corner. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1351:She touched his face and tied his hair back for him. Her hands were cool. He had never felt anything pleasanter in all his life than the touch of her hands. He reached out for her hand. She was not there, she had gone. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1352:They move their heads around and flatten out their mouth and nose on the other person’s mouth and nose and open their mouths in different ways, and you are supposed to feel sort of hot or wet or something as you watch. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1353:What she needs, at least one thing she needs, is companionship. After all why should she eat? Who needs her to be alive? What we call psychosis is sometimes simply realism. But human beings can't live on realism alone. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1354:The label YA actually means nothing except that the protagonists, or some of them, are young. Publishers like it because it is a secure marketing niche. But the cost of security is exclusion from literary consideration. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1355:The unknown...the unforetold, the unproven, that is what life is based on. Ignorance is the ground of thought...The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1356:we must learn to keep the balance. Having intelligence, we must not act in ignorance. Having choice we must not act without. Who am i-though i have the power to do it- to punish and reward, playing with men's destinies? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1357:assumed that if you removed a human being’s natural incentive to work—his initiative, his spontaneous creative energy—and replaced it with external motivation and coercion, he would become a lazy and careless worker. But ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1358:itself and to its consequences, and makes you act again and yet again. Then very seldom do you come upon a space, a time like this, between act and act, when you may stop and simply be. Or wonder who, after all, you are. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1359:Nothing is boring if you are aware of it. It may be irritating, but it is not boring. If it is pleasant the pleasure will not fail so long as you are aware of it. Being aware is the hardest work the soul can do, I think. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1360:The one thing a writer has to have is a pencil and some paper. That's enough, so long as she knows that she and she alone is in charge of that pencil, and responsible, she and she alone, for what it writes on that paper. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1361:Be still!” the Head Isle-Man said roughly, for he knew, as did most of them, that a wizard may have subtle ways of telling the truth, and may keep the truth to himself, but that if he says a thing the thing is as he says. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1362:Jag skulle inte be en sjuk man att löpa kapplopp", sa Sparvhök. "Inte heller skulle jag lägga sten på en rygg som redan var för tungt lastad". Det framgick inte tydligt om han tänkte på sig själv eller på världen i stort. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1363:The tongue they speak there is not like any spoken in the Archipelago or the other Reaches, and they are a savage people, white-skinned, yellow-haired, and fierce, liking the sight of blood and the smell of burning towns. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1364:All knowledge is local, all truth is partial. No truth can make another truth untrue. All knowledge is part of the whole knowledge. Once you have seen the larger pattern, you cannot go back to seeing the part as the whole. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1365:Ernest Hemingway would have died rather than have syntax. Or semicolons. I use a whole lot of half-assed semicolons; there was one of them just now; that was a semicolon after “semicolons,” and another one after “now.” And ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1366:It appears that we've given up on the long-range view. That we've decided not to think about consequences—about cause and effect. Maybe that's why I feel that I live in exile. I used to live in a country that had a future. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1367:Legends of prediction are common throughout the whole Household of Man. God speaks, spirits speak, computers speak. Oracular ambiguity or statistical probability provides loopholes, and discrepancies are expunged by Faith. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1368:Legends of prediction are common throughout the whole Household of Man. Gods speak, spirits speak, computers speak. Oracular ambiguity or statistical probability provides loopholes, and discrepancies are expunged by Faith. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1369:What is a body that casts no shadow? Nothing, a formlessness, two-dimensional, a comic-strip character. If I deny my own profound relationship with evil I deny my own reality. I cannot do, or make; I can only undo, unmake. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1370:You know, I don't think a lot about why one book connects with its readers and another doesn't. Probably because I don't want to start thinking, "Am I popular?" I spent way too much time thinking about that in high school. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1371:I think if you have lost a great happiness and try to recall it, you are only asking for sorrow, but if you do not try to dwell on the happiness, sometimes you find it dwelling in your heart and body, silent but sustaining. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1372:I think there is no way to write about being alone. To write is to tell something to somebody to communicate to others. . . . Solitude is noncommunication, the absence of others, the presence of a self sufficient to itself. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1373:He was clearly aware of only one thing, his own total isolation. The world had fallen out from under him, and he was left alone.

To die is to lose the self and rejoin the rest. He had kept himself, and lost the rest. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1374:I did not deliberately invent Earthsea, I did not think ‘Hey wow — islands are archetypes and archipelagoes are superarchetypes and let’s build us an archipelago! I am not an engineer, but an explorer. I discovered Earthsea. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1375:It was easy to share when there was enough, even barely enough, to go round. But when there was not enough? Then force entered in; might making right; power, and its tool violence, and its most devoted ally, the averted eye. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1376: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. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1377:. . . the literature of imaginatiion, even when tragic, is reassuring, not necessarily in the sense of offering nostalgic comfort, but because it offers a world large enough to contain alternatives and therefore offers hope. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1378:There is not much you can say about a baby unless you are talking with its father or another mother or nurse; infants are not part of the realm of ordinary language, talk is inadequate to them as they are inadequate to talk. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1379:He also had a kind of helpless politeness, which I took advantage of. He was quite incapable of refusing a direct request, and so, because I asked him to, he invited me to several parties during the month I stayed in Hemgogn. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1380:It was easy to share when there was enough, even barely enough, to go round. But when there was not enough? Then force entered in; might making right; power, and its tool, violence, and its most devoted ally, the averted eye. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1381:There is a bird in a poem by T. S. Eliot who says that mankind cannot bear very much reality; but the bird is mistaken. A man can endure the entire weight of the universe for eighty years. It is unreality that he cannot bear. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1382: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,
1383:I am without a face among men. I am not seen. I speak and am not heard. I come and am not welcomed. There is no place by the fire for me, nor food on the table for me, nor a bed made for me to lie in. Yet I still have my name. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1384:He laid his hands on her head, pushing back the hood. He began to speak. His voice was soft, and the words were in no tongue she had ever heard. The sound of them came into her heart like rain falling. She grew still to listen. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1385:It goes right back to the idea of the Power of Positive Thinking, which is so strong in America because it fits in so well with the Power of Commercial Advertising and with the Power of Wishful Thinking, aka the American Dream. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1386:I think what's happening is, it's all - fantasy, science fiction, ghosts, trolls, whatever - finally being called, being admitted to be literature. The way it used to be, before the Realists and the bloody Modernists took over. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1387:No society can change the nature of existence. We can't prevent suffering. This pain and that pain, yes, but not Pain. A society can only relieve social suffering, unnecessary suffering. The rest remains. The root, the reality. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1388:The borderline between prose and poetry is one of those fog-shrouded literary minefields where the wary explorer gets blown to bits before ever seeing anything clearly. It is full of barbed wire and the stumps of dead opinions. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1389:war is something human beings do and show no signs of stopping doing, and so it may be less important to condemn it or to justify it than to be able to perceive it as tragic. But once you take sides, you have lost that ability. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1390:What you love, you will love. What you undertake you will complete. You are a fulfiller of hope; you are to be relied on. But seventeen years give little armor against despair…Consider, Arren. To refuse death is to refuse life. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1391:You have to help another person. But it's not right to play God with masses of people. To be God you have to know what you're doing. And to do any good at all, just believing you're right and your motives are good isn't enough. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1392:Dragons are more dangerous, and a good deal commoner, than bears. Fantasy is nearer to poetry, to mysticism, and to insanity than naturalistic fiction is. It is a real wilderness, and those who go there should not feel too safe. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1393:I cannot find anywhere in my life a time, or a kind of time, that is unoccupied. I am free, but my time is not. My time is fully and vitally occupied.... None of this is spare time. I can't spare it. ... I have no time to spare. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1394:It is a terrible thing, this kindness that human beings do not lose. Terrible, because when we are finally naked in the dark and cold, it is all we have. We who are so rich, so full of strength, we end up with that small change. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1395:The Yomeshta would say that man’s singularity is his divinity.’ ‘Lords of the Earth, yes. Other cults on other worlds have come to the same conclusion. They tend to be the cults of dynamic, aggressive, ecology-breaking cultures. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1396:But even the most unmissionary soul, unless he pretend he has no emotions, is sometimes faced with a choice between commission and omission. 'What are they doing?' abruptly becomes, 'What are we doing?' and then, 'What must I do? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1397:He listened to the radio, but it would not listen to him. He was all alone, and nothing seemed to be real in solitude. He needed somebody, anybody, to talk to, he had to tell them what he felt so that he knew if he felt anything. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1398:It was not in Raj Lyubov's nature to think, "What can I do?" Character and training disposed him not to interfere in other men's business. His job was to find out what they did, and his inclination was to let them go on doing it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1399:The nod of a head is such a small thing, it can mean so little, yet it is the gesture of assent that allows, that makes to be. The nod is the gesture of power, the yes. The numen, the presence of the sacred, is called by its name ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1400:the vehicle you arrived on, locked up where we can’t see it, would it be possible, as suggested, for you to bring down your . . . Star Ship? What do you call it? Ai: Star Ship is a good name, sir. Alshel: Oh? What do you call it? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1401:What you love, you will love. What you undertake you will complete. You are a fulfiller of hope; you are to be relied on. But seventeen years give little armor against despair...Consider, Arren. To refuse death is to refuse life. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1402:And in four years the first entirely sleepless babies were born. (Millions of bleary-eyed young parents might dispute that statement; but the usual baby does go to sleep, after all, just about the time its parents have to get up.) ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1403:Having replaced instinct with language, society, and culture, we are the only species that depends on teaching and learning. We aren’t human without them. In them is true power. But are they the occupations of the rich and mighty? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1404:Life rises out of death, death rises out of life, in being opposite they yearn to each other, they give birth to each other and are forever reborn. And with them all is reborn, the flower of the apple tree, the light of the stars. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1405:Neither anger nor hope served any purpose. Nor grief. It was not the time for grief yet. Rekam was here with them, and they would delight in him as long as he was here. As long as his life. He is my great gift. You do hold my joy. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1406:The nod of a head is such a small thing, it can mean so little, yet it is the gesture of assent that allows, that makes to be. The nod is the gesture of power, the yes. The numen. the presence of the sacred, is called by its name. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1407:... it was joy they were both after - the completeness of being. If you evade suffering you also evade the chance of joy. Pleasure you may get, or pleasures, but you will not be fulfilled. You will not know what it is to come home. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1408:Seen rightly, any situation, even a chaos or a trap would come clear and lead of itself to its one proper outcome: for there is in the long run no disharmony, only misunderstanding, no chance or mischance but only the ignorant eye. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1409:The greatest religious problem today is how to be both a mystic and a militant; in other words how to combine the search for an expansion of inner awareness with effective social action, and how to feel one's true identity in both. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1410:the Old Powers of earth are not for men to use. They were never given into our hands, and in our hands they work only ruin. Ill means, ill end. I was not drawn here, but driven here, and the force that drove me works to my undoing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1411:There’s a point, around age twenty,” Bedap said, “when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.” “Or at least accept them with resignation,” said Shevek. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1412:To exchange all the goodness and grace of every life in Omelas for that single, small improvement: to throw away the happiness of thousands for the chance of the happiness of one: that would be to let guilt within the walls indeed. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1413:In the latter months of his own long sickness the Master Herbal had taught him much of the healer's lore, and the first lesson and the last of all that lore was this: Heal the wound and cure the illness, but let the dying spirit go. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1414:The art of one's own time tends to be formidable . . . because we have to learn how and where to take hold of it, what response is being asked of us, before we can get involved. It's truly new, and therefore truly a bit frightening. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1415:Apollo, the god of light, of reason, of proportion, harmony, number - Apollo blinds those who press too close in worship. Don't look straight at the sun. Go into a dark bar for a bit and have a beer with Dionysis, every now and then. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1416:He saw time turn back upon itself, a river flowing upward to the spring. He held the contemporaneity of two moments in his left and right hands; as he moved them apart he smiled to see the moments separate like dividing soap bubbles. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1417:La luz es la mano de la izquierda de la oscuridad,
y la oscuridad es la mano derecha de la luz.
Las dos son una, vida y muerte, juntas
como amantes en kémmer,
como manos unidas,
como el término y el camino (p. 256). ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1418:We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. 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,
1419:We will not know our own injustice if we cannot imagine justice. We will not be free if we do not imagine freedom. We cannot demand that anyone try to attain justice and freedom who has not had a chance to imagine them as attainable. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1420:..all I understand about living is having your work to do, and being able to do it. That's the pleasure, and the glory, and all. And if you can't do the work, or it's taken from you, then what's any good? You have to have something... ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1421:A woman's a different thing entirely. Who knows where a woman begins and ends? Listen, mistress, I have roots, I have roots deeper than this island.
Deeper than the sea, older than the raising of the lands. I go back into the dark. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1422: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,
1423:prophecies. Legends of prediction are common throughout the whole Household of Man. God speaks, spirits speak, computers speak. Oracular ambiguity or statistical probability provides loopholes, and discrepancies are expunged by Faith. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1424:The interplay of the aesthetic with the erotic is complex. The peacock's tail is beautiful to us, sexy to the peahen. Beauty and sexual attractiveness overlap, coincide. They may be deeply related. I think they should not be confused. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1425:The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to us than the city of happiness. I cannot describe it at all. It is possible it does not exist. But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1426:Who would be an artist if they did not believe that that happens? If they did not know it happens, because they have felt the god within them use their tongue, their hands? Maybe only once, once in their lives. But once is enough. Nor ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1427:If eternity had a season, it would be midsummer. Autumn, winter, spring are all change and passage, but at the height of summer the year stands poised. It's only a passing moment, but even as it passes the heart knows it cannot change. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1428:Of course there is no veneer, the process is one of growth, and primitiveness and civilization are degrees of the same thing. If civilization has an opposite, it is war. Of those two things, you have either one, or the other. Not both. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1429:The backside of heroism is often rather sad; women and servants know that. They know also that the heroism may be no less real for that. But achievement is smaller than men think. What is large is the sky, the earth, the sea, the soul. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1430:When we're done with it, we may find—if it's a good novel—that we're a bit different from what we were before we read it, that we have been changed a little, as if by having meet a new face, crossed a street we've never crossed before. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1431:Would you really like to live in a society where you have no responsibility and no freedom, no choice, only the false option of obedience to the law, or disobedience followed by punishment? Would you really want to go live in a prison? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1432:A man wants his virility regarded. A woman wants her femininity appreciated, however indirect and subtle the indications of regard and appreciation. [Here] one is respected and judged only as a human being. It is an appalling experience. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1433:Art is not a horse race. Literature is not the Olympics. The hell with The Great American Novel. We have all the great novels we need right now—and right now some man or woman is writing a new one we won’t know we needed till we read it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1434:-No, no hablo del amor, cuando me refiero al patriotismo. Hablo del miedo. El miedo del otro. Y las expresiones de ese miedo son políticas, no poéticas: odio, rivalidad, agresión. Crece en nosotros, ese miedo crece en nosotros año a año. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1435:We scarcely know how much of our pleasure and interest in life comes to us through our eyes until we have to do without them; and part of that pleasure is that the eyes can choose where to look. But the ears can't choose where to listen. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1436:He liked the way she began her fierce, scornful sentences so often with a weak, conciliatory 'well.' She cut the ground out from under them before they ever got going, let them hang unsupported in the void. She had courage, great courage. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1437:If I had to pick a hero, it would be Charles Darwin--the size of his mind, which included all that scientific curiosity and knowledge seeking, and the ability to put it all together. There is a genuine spirituality about Darwin's thinking. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1438:I must go where I am bound to go, and turn my back on the bright shores. I was in too much haste, and now have no time left. I traded all the sunlight and the cities and the distant lands for a handful of power, for a shadow, for the dark. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1439:Time says “Let there be”
every moment and instantly
there is space and the radiance
of each bright galaxy.

And eyes beholding radiance.
And the gnats’ flickering dance.
And the seas’ expanse.
And death, and chance. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1440:Todos tenemos que aprender a inventarnos una vida, crearla, imaginarla. Necesitamos que nos enseñen esas capacidades; necesitamos guías que nos muestren cómo hacerlo. Si no lo hacemos nuestras vidas acaban siendo controladas por los demás. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1441:Truth is a matter of the imagination. The soundest fact may fail or prevail in the style of its telling: like that singular organic jewel of our seas, which grows brighter as one woman wears it and, worn by another, dulls and goes to dust. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1442:To say that an Orgota government fell means, of course, only that one group of Commensals replaced another group of Commensals in the controlling offices of the Thirty-Three. Some shadows got shorter and some longer, as they say in Karhide. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1443:We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable - but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1444:What books didn’t influence me? If only someone would ask that! I’ve been waiting for years to answer it. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, I will say, had absolutely no influence on me except to cause hours of incredulous boredom. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1445:As they say in Ekumenical School, when action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep. I was not sleepy, yet. I would go east to the Fastnesses, and gather information from the Foretellers, perhaps. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1446:His themes were not pride and love at all, though he used the words perpetually; as he used them they meant self-praise and hate. He talked a great deal about Truth also, for he was, he said, “cutting down beneath the veneer of civilization. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1447:I never know the heron as it flies at first. What is the slow, wide-winged figure in the sky? Then I see it, like a word in a foreign language, like seeing one’s own name written in a strange alphabet and recognizing it, I say it: the heron. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1448:In the tale, in the telling, we are all one blood. Take the tale in your teeth, then, and bite till the blood runs, hoping it's not poison; and we will all come to the end together, and even to the beginning: living, as we do, in the middle. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1449:I, who am old, who have done what I must do, who stand in the daylight facing my own death, the end of all possibility, I know that there is only one power that is real and worth the having. And that is the power, not to take, but to accept. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1450:The tree said in its rooted being, “All my leaves are seen, but one, this one in the darkness cast by all the others. This one leaf I keep secret to myself. Who will see it in the darkness of my leaves? And who will count the number of them? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1451:What are we so afraid of? Why don't we let 'em tell us we're afraid? What is it they're afraid of?" She picked up the stocking she had been darning, turned it in her hands, was silent awhile; finally she said, "What are they afraid of us for? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1452:And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. You need distance, interval. The way to see how beautiful the earth is, is to see it as the moon. The way to see how beautiful life is, is from the vantage point of death. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1453:Omelas already exists: no need to build it or choose it. We already live here –in the narrow, foul, dark prison we let our ignorance, fear, and hatred build for us and keep us in, here in the splendid, beautiful city of life. . . . --UKL, 2016 ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1454:The sun itself was hidden, but there was a glitter on the horizon, almost like the dazzle of the crystal walls of the Undertomb, a kind of joyous shimmering off on the edge of the world.

"What is that?' the girl said, and he: "The sea. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1455:Contrast J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. The author adopts the childish view of adults as inhumanly powerful and uncomprehending, and never goes beyond it; and so his novel, published for adults, is better appreciated by ten-year-olds. The ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1456:My soul is ten thousand miles wide and extremely invisibly deep. It is the same size as the sea, and you cannot, you cannot cram it into beer cans and fingernails and stake it out in lots and own it. It will drown you all and never even notice. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1457:Oh, you're here already," she said, taken by surprise and feeling unready, incompetent, old, as she always felt with other people. Alone, she only felt old when she was overtired or ill. Maybe living alone was the right thing for her after all. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1458:She had never been herself with other people, had always felt a falsity in her relationships with them; she had never known who she was at all, except sometimes for a moment in meditation, when her I am became It is, and she breathed the stars. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1459:The natural, proper, fitting shape of the novel might be that of a sack, a bag. A book holds words. Words hold things. They bear meanings. A novel is a medicine bundle, holding things in a particular, powerful relation to one another and to us. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1460:But I, who am old, who have done what I must do, who stand in the daylight facing my own death, the end of all possibility, I know that there is only one power that is real and worth the having. And that is the power, not to take, but to accept. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1461:Enlades ve Gont gibi sihirbazı bol ülkelerde, yağmur bulutlarının bir tılsımdan bir tılsıma ilerleyerek, sonunda yükünü huzur içinde denize boşaltıncaya kadar, yavaş yavaş bir yandan bir yana, bir yerden bir yere hareket ettiğini görebilirsiniz. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1462:I go on writing in both respectable and despised genres because I respect them all, rejoice in their differences, and reject only the prejudice and ignorance that dismisses any book, unread, as not worth reading." -- "On Despising Genres," essay ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1463:Even among writers, not all seem to share my enjoyment of pursuing a word or a usage through the dictionaries and the wastebaskets. If I start doing it aloud in public, some of them look at me with horror or compassion, or try to go quietly away. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1464:No, I don’t mean love, when I say patriotism. I mean fear. The fear of the other. And its expressions are political, not poetical: hate, rivalry, aggression. It grows in us, that fear. It grows in us year by year. We’ve followed our road too far. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1465:The writer Moe Bowstern gave me a slogan I cherish: “Subversion Through Friendliness.” It looks silly till you think about it. It bears considerable thinking about. Subversion through terror, shock, pain is easy—instant gratification, as it were. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1466:Sacrifice might be demanded of the individual, but never compromise: for though only the society could give security and stability, only the individual, the person, had the power of moral choice—the power of change, the essential function of life. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1467:Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1468:I share your modest enthusiasm for Austen’s Mansfield Park. I didn’t like the movie, though. Do you like any of the recent Jane movies? Oh, as movies, sure. Not as Austen. There is no way I can dislike Alan whatshisname with the voice like a cello. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1469:Odo had not tried to renew the basic relationships of music, when she renewed the relationships of men. She had always respected the necessary. The Settlers of Anarres had left the laws of man behind them, but had brought the laws of harmony along. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1470:Wells imagined both dark and bright futures because his creed allowed both while promising neither, and because the eighty years of his life were years of immense intellectual and technological accomplishment and appalling violence and destruction. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1471:. . . all delight being in the present and its past, all truth too, and all fidelity in the word, the flesh, the present moment: for the future, however you look at it, contains only one sure thing and that is death. But the moment is unpredictable. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1472:And I speak of spiritual suffering! Of people seeing their talent, their work, their lives wasted. Of good minds submitting to stupid ones. Of strength and courage strangled by envy, greed for power, fear of change. Change is freedom, change is life ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1473:Below the village the pastures and plowlands of the Vale slope downward level below level towards the sea, and other towns lie on the bends of the River Ar; above the village only forest rises ridge behind ridge to the stone and snow of the heights. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1474:But when we crave power over life—endless wealth, unassailable safety, immortality—then desire becomes greed. And if knowledge allies itself to that greed, then comes evil. Then the balance of the world is swayed, and ruin weighs heavy in the scale. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1475:The important thing is not the finding, it is the seeking, it is the devotion with which one spins the wheel of prayer and scripture, discovering the truth little by little. If this machine gave you the truth immediately, you would not recognize it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1476:Our model of the cosmos must be as inexhaustible as the cosmos. A complexity that includes not only duration but creation, not only being but becoming, not only geometry but ethics. It is not the answer we are after, but only how to ask the question. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1477:Since he was very young he had known that in certain ways he was unlike anyone else he knew. For a child the consciousness of such difference is very painful, since, having done nothing yet and being incapable of doing anything, he cannot justify it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1478:To read and to write. Some writers have to be told to write. They think their job is to meet agents and have experiences and they can just be rich and famous. Their job is to write. Some really don't realize that. And you can't write unless you read. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1479:When we pass a log truck on the roads of Oregon, I can't help but see what they carry as corpses, bodies that were living and are dead. I think of how we owe the air we breathe to the trees, the ferns, the grasses - the quiet people who eat sunlight. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1480:Women are a very recent invention. I predate the invention of women by decades. Well, if you insist on pedantic accuracy, women have been invented several times in widely varying localities, but the inventors just didn’t know how to sell the product. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1481:Happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary, what is neither necessary nor destructive, and what is destructive. In the middle category, however - that of the unnecessary but undestructive, that of comfort, luxury, exuberance, etc ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1482:A people that doesn't live at the center of the world, as defined and described by its poets and storytellers, is in a bad way. The center of the world is where you live fully, where you know how things are done, how things are done rightly, done well. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1483:But I can't say that gratitude was my motive for infringing on the Law of Cultural Embargo. I was not paying my debt to him. Such debts remain owing. Estraven and I had simply arrived at the point where we shared whatever we had that was worth sharing. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1484:But it is not only there, not in death only that men take their names. Those who can be most hurt the most vulnerable; those who have given love and do not take it back, they can speak each other's names. The faithful-hearted, the givers of life. . . . ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1485:Large, general questions about meaning, etc., can only be answered with generalities, which make me uncomfortable, because it is so hard to be honest when you generalize. If you skip over all the details, how can you tell if you’re being honest or not? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1486:Our entire pattern of socio-sexual interaction is nonexistent here. They cannot play the game. They do not see one another as men or women. This is almost impossible for our imagination to accept. What is the first question we ask about a newborn baby? ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1487:It is not until an act occurs within the landscape of the past and future that it is a human act. Loyalty, which asserts the continuity of past and future, binding time into a whole, is the root of human strength; there is no good to be done without it. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1488:My mother was mad, but I was not. My father was old, but I was young. Like Spartan Helen, I caused a war. She caused hers by letting men who wanted her take her. I caused mine because I wouldn’t be given, wouldn’t be taken, but chose my man and my fate. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1489: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,
1490:sitting at the table for six or eight hours straight. When he got up he would lurch with fatigue, his hands shook, and he was scarcely coherent. The usage the creator spirit gives its vessels is rough, it wears them out, discards them, gets a new model. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1491:As often as we made love I remembered what my poet told me, that this man was born of a goddess, the force that moves the stars and the waves of the sea and couples the animals in the fields in spring, the power of passion, the light of the evening star. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1492:My mother was mad, but I was not. My father was old, but I was young. Like Spartan Hellen, I caused a war. She caused hers by letting men who wanted her take her. I caused mine because I wouldn't be given, wouldn't be taken, but chose my man and my fate. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1493:The idea that only belief sees the world as wonderful, and the "cold hard facts" of science take all the color and wonder out of it, the idea that scientific understanding automatically threatens and weakens religious or spiritual insight, is just hokum. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1494:You won’t be running marathons and lifting weights. You may have trouble getting up the stairs. You may have trouble just getting out of bed. You may have trouble getting used to hurting all the time. And it isn’t likely to get better as the years go on. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1495:All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. Without them, our lives get made up for us by other people. Human beings have always joined in groups to imagine ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1496:The law of evolution is that the strongest survives!' 'Yes, and the strongest, in the existence of any social species, are those who are most social. In human terms, most ethical...There is no strength to be gained from hurting one another. Only weakness. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1497:They have no gods. They work magic, and think they are gods themselves. But they are not. And when they die, they (...) become dust and bone, and their ghosts whine on the wind a little while till the wind blows them away. They do not have immortal souls. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1498:Many people would have to hang by their teeth from a frayed cord suspended by a paper clip from a leaking hot air balloon over the Grand Canyon in order to feel what I feel standing on the third step of a stepladder trying to put millet in the bird feeder. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1499:The weather bureau will tell you what next Tuesday will be like, and the Rand Corporation will tell you what the twenty-first century will be like. I don’t recommend that you turn to the writers of fiction for such information. It’s none of their business. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1500:Emshwiller’s like a wild mixture of Italo Calvino (intellectual games) and Grace Paley (perfect honesty) and Fay Weldon (outrageous wit) and Jorge Luis Borges (pure luminosity), but no—her voice is perfectly her own. She isn’t like anybody. She’s different. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,

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