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Ursula K. Le Guin

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Two are one, life...
URSULA K. LE GUIN
There's a point, around the age of twenty, when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else...
URSULA K. LE GUIN
An Odonian undertook monogamy just as he might undertake a joint enterprise in production, a ballet ...
URSULA K. LE GUIN
Which is better off, a lizard basking in the sun or a philosopher?
URSULA K. LE GUIN
His words cost him so much, she thought, not like hers that just came dancing out of the air and wen...
URSULA K. LE GUIN
We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel......
URSULA K. LE GUIN
The prisoner is the jailer's jailer.
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... “Dangerous!” Vea laughed radiantly. “What an utterly marvellous compliment! Why am I dange...
URSULA K. LE GUIN
What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice
URSULA K. LE GUIN
«I am tired,» he said. «I did a lot today. That is, I did something. The only thing I have ever d...
URSULA K. LE GUIN
If you deny any affinity with another person or kind of person, if you declare it to be wholly diffe...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
Virginity is now a mere preamble or waiting room to be got out of as soon as possible; it is without...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.
URSULA K. LEGUIN
The Earth is beautiful, and bright, and kindly, but that is not all. The Earth is also terrible, and...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we a...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
The only thing that makes life possible is a permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what co...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.
URSULA K. LEGUIN
Love doesn't just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made n...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.
URSULA K. LEGUIN
To hear, one must be silent
URSULA K. LEGUIN
Science fiction is not predictive; it is descriptive.
URSULA K. LEGUIN
The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
Reason is a faculty far larger than mere objective force. When either the political or the scientifi...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
from The Lathe of Heaven Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, r...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
In the tale, in the telling, we are all one blood. Take the tale in your teeth, then, and bite till ...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
Our roots are in the dark; the earth is our country. Why did we look up for blessing -- instead of a...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
A Woman is home caring for her children! even if she can't. Trapped in this well-built trap, A Woman...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
I certainly wasn't happy. Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it. What I was give...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, make...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.
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Public speaking is done in the public tongue, the national or tribal language; and the language of o...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
Legends of prediction are common throughout the whole Household of Man. Gods speak, spirits speak, c...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
The pornography of violence of course far exceeds, in volume and general acceptance, sexual pornogra...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further development.
URSULA K. LEGUIN
I certainly wasn't happy. Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it. What I was give...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what come...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
The story - from Rumplestiltskin to War and Peace - is one of the basic tools invented by the human ...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
There's a good deal in common between the mind's eye and the TV screen, and though the TV set has al...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps chan...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
To me the female principle is, or at least historically has been, basically anarchic. It values orde...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
Success is somebody else's failure. Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most ...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
To oppose something is to maintain it.
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If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a wor...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
The power of the harasser, the abuser, the rapist depends above all on the silence of women.
URSULA K. LEGUIN
The important thing is not the finding, it is the seeking, it is the devotion with which one spins t...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
You thought, as a boy, that a mage is one who can do anything. So I thought, once. So did we all. An...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
What the hell is nostalgia doing in a science-fiction film? With the whole universe and all the futu...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
In so far as one denies what is, one is possessed by what is not, the compulsions, the fantasies, th...
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The world is in balance <...>. To light a candle is to cast a shadow.
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If we can get that realistic feminine morality working for us, if we can trust ourselves and so let ...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
The misogyny that shapes every aspect of our civilization is the institutionalized form of male fear...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.
URSULA K. LEGUIN
The quality of the will to power is, precisely, growth. Achievement is its cancellation. To be, the ...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
He is far too intelligent to become really cerebral.
URSULA K. LEGUIN
Translation is entirely mysterious. Increasingly I have felt that the art of writing is itself trans...
URSULA K. LEGUIN
What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?
URSULA K. LEGUIN
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
URSULA K. LEGUIN
When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.
URSULA K. LEGUIN