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This Stone

He went looking for a road
that doesn't lead to death.
He went looking for that road
and found it.
It was a stone road.
He walked that road
that doesn't lead to death.
He walked on it awhile
before he stopped,
having turned to stone.
Now he stands there on that road
that doesn't lead to death
not going anywhere.
He can't dance.
from his eyes stones fall.
The rainbow people pass him
crossing that road, long-legged, light-stepping,
going from the Four Houses
to the dancing in the Five Houses.
They pick up his tears.
This stone is a tear
from his eye, this stone
given me on the mountain
by one who died before my birth,
this stone, this stone.


Ursula K. Le Guin

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The individual cannot bargain with the State. The State recognizes no coinage but power: and it issu...
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I don’t like making the rest of the world live in my dreams, but I certainly don’t want to live ...
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A person is defined solely by the extent of his influence over other people, by the sphere of his in...
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George, it's impossible to correct a defective reality-orientation overnight.
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Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; re-made all the time, made...
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But now his dry and silent grieving for his lost wife must end, for there she stood, the fierce, rec...
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For discipline is the channel in which our acts run strong and deep; where there is no direction, th...
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I am tired of safe places, and roofs, and walls around me.
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What is evil?" asked the younger man. The round web, with its black center, seemed to watch them bot...
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Do nothing because it is righteous or praiseworthy or noble to do so; do nothing because it seems go...
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A man does not make his destiny: he accepts it or denies it.
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If a book told you something when you were fifteen, it will tell you it again when you're fifty, tho...
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Yet a greater, unlearned skill he possessed, which was the art of kindness.
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Later, when Ged thought back upon that night, he knew that had none touched him when he lay thus spi...
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Who knows a man's name, holds that man's life in his keeping. Thus to Ged, who had lost faith in him...
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Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth.
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Not even need and love can defeat fate...
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The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what come...
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Great artists make the roads; good teachers and good companions can point them out. But there ain't ...
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And though I came to forget or regret all I have ever done, yet I would remember that once I saw the...
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But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them.
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Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, m...
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It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
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What is the sense of giving a boundary to all that, of giving it a name and ceasing to love where th...
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They have nothing to give. They have no power of making. All their power is to darken and destroy. T...
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A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words a...
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To oppose something is to maintain it... You must go somewhere else; you must have another goal; the...
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Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicor...
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To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful...
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I always wondered why the makers leave housekeeping and cooking out of their tales. Isn't it what al...
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I am living in a nightmare, from which from time to time I wake in sleep.
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Do you see, Arren, how an act is not, as young men think, like a rock that one picks up and throws, ...
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It is our suffering that brings us together. It is not love. Love does not obey the mind, and turns ...
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To use the enemy's weapon is to play the enemy's game...speak the truth and hear the truth.
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And the strangest thing about the nightmare street was that none of the millions of things for sale ...
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Men call women faithless, changeable, and though they say it in jealousy of their own ever-threatene...
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So maybe the difference isn't language. Maybe it's this: animals do neither good nor evil. They do a...
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What are we so afraid of? Why don't we let 'em tell us we're afraid? What is it they're afraid of?" ...
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But each deed you do, each act, binds you to itself and to its consequences, and makes you act again...
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Praise God from whom all blessings flow, including good-natured men.
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A machine is more blameless, more sinless even than any animal. It has no intentions whatsoever but ...
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On top of pique, umbrage, and ennui. Oh, the French diseases of the soul.
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Current-borne, wave-flung, tugged hugely by the whole might of ocean, the jellyfish drifts in the ti...
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Saying that, he was suddenly himself again, despite his lunatic hair and eyes: a man whose personal ...
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We're in the world, not against it. It doesn't work to try to stand
outside things and run them...
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Current-borne, wave-flung, tugged hugely by the whole might of ocean, the jellyfish drifts in the ti...
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Now they came back to him, on this night he was seventeen years old. All the years and places of his...
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That is between me and my shadow.
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Ged had neither lost nor won but, naming the shadow of his death with his own name, had made himself...
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It is no secret. All power is one in source and end, I think. Years and distances, stars and candles...
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You fear them because you fear death, and rightly: for death is terrible and must be feared,' the ma...
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We men dream dreams, we work magic, we do good, we do evil. The dragons do not dream. They are dream...
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I don't write tracts, I write novels. I'm not a preacher, I'm a fiction writer.
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The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what come...
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If a book were written all in numbers, it would be true. It would be just. Nothing said in words eve...
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War as a moral metaphor is limited, limiting, and dangerous. By reducing the choices of action to ...
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But it doesn't take a thousand men to open a door, my lord."

"It might to keep it open.
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You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is...
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He was born to be alone, a damned cold intellectual, an egoist.
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The law of evolution is that the strongest survives!' 'Yes, and the strongest, in the existence of a...
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I was with you at the beginning of your journey. It is right that I should follow you to its end.
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But I can't say that gratitude was my motive for infringing on the Law of Cultural Embargo. I was no...
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I know that I am going to meet a personal variation on reality; a partial view of reality. But I kno...
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The social function of narrative is not limited to 'primitive' people sitting around the fire tellin...
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It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
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I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning.
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Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made ...
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"In innocence there is no strength against evil," said Sparrowhawk, a little wryly. "But there is ...
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It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say ...
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When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.
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The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is...
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The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, make...
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He tried to read an elementary economics text; it bored him past endurance, it was like listening to...
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I do try to separate my personal activism - showing up at a demonstration or something - from what I...
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People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.
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The creative adult is the child who has survived.
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He is far too intelligent to become really cerebral.
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But you must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil ...
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Some dreams tell us what we wish to believe. Some dreams tell us what we fear. Some dreams are of wh...
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I bid your voice be dumb until the day you find a word worth speaking.
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