November 15, 2016

Ursula K. Le Guin Quotes

“He is far too intelligent to become really cerebral.”

“I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant.”

“If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further development.”

“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.”

“It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.”

“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”

“Love does not just sit there, like a stone; it had to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.”

“We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.”

“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.”