36 Total Quotes

Ursula LeGuin Quotes

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.
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#Books And Reading #Living

The creative adult is the child who has survived.
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#Adults

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.
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#Civilization #Sex

The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so.
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#Children #Revolutions And Revolutionaries

He is far too intelligent to become really cerebral.
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#Intelligence And Intellectuals

It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.
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#Compassion

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.
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#Rejection

The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.
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#Ask

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.
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#American Author #Children

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
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#Religious

Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.
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#American Author

When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep
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#Action

My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.
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#Imagination

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.
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#Life

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
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#Uncertainty

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

The power of the harasser, the abuser, the rapist depends above all on the silence of women.
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#American Author

What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?
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#Sanity

What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice
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#Choice

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.
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#American Author #Happiness

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end
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#Life #Purpose #Journey #inspirational

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.
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#Reason