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By Anonym 14 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

The sleeper turns his back on everyone.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

And I see a lot of us, the producers, who write the books and make the books, accepting this--letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant, and tell us what to publish, what to write. Books aren't just commodities; the profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. 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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

Reading is performance. The reader--the child under the blanket with a flashlight, the woman at the kitchen table, the man at the library desk--performs the work. The performance is silent. The readers hear the sounds of the words and the beat of the sentences only in their inner ear. Silent drummers on noiseless drums. An amazing performance in an amazing theater.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

The story is not in the plot but in the telling.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

The model of modern Western civilization is the virus: the pure bit of information, which turns its environment into endless reproductions of itself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

An owl is mostly air.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ignorance defends itself savagely, and illiteracy, as I well knew, can be shrewd.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

Students are intense people, they laugh and cry, they break down and rebuild.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

Science fiction is not predictive; it is descriptive.... Prediction is the business of prophets, clairvoyants, and futurologists. It is not the business of novelists. A novelist's business is lying.... Open your eyes; listen, listen. That is what the novelists say. But they don't tell you what you will see and hear. All they can tell you is what they have seen and heard, in their time in this world, a third of it spent in sleep and dreaming, another third of it spent in telling lies.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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 .

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

If you deny any affinity with another person or kind of person, if you declare it to be wholly different from yourself

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

The sunlights differ, but there is only one darkness.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ged saw all these things from outside and apart, alone, and his heart was very heavy in him, though he would not admit to himself that he was sad. As night fell he still lingered in the streets, reluctant to go back to the inn. He heard a man and a girl talking together merrily as they came down the street past him towards the town square, and all at once he turned, for he knew the man's voice. He followed and caught up with the pair, coming up beside them in the late twilight lit only by distant lantern-gleams. The girl stepped back, but the man stared at him and then flung up the staff he carried, holding it between them as a barrier to ward off the threat or act of evil. And that was somewhat more than Ged could bear. His voice shook a little as he said, "I thought you would know me, Vetch." Even then Vetch hesitated for a moment. "I do know you," he said, and lowered the staff and took Ged's hand and hugged him round the shoulders-" I do know you! Welcome, my friend, welcome! What a sorry greeting I gave you, as if you were a ghost coming up from behind– and I have waited for you to come, and looked for you-

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

Very seldom do you come upon a space, a time like this, between act and act, when you may stop and simply be.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

Great artists make the roads; good teachers and good companions can point them out. But there ain't no free rides, baby.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

Those whom heaven helps we call the sons of heaven. They do not learn this by learning. They do not work it by working. They do not reason it by using reason. 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

By Anonym 20 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

With ceremony, with forms of politeness and reassurance, they borrowed the waters of the River and its little confluents to drink and be clean and irrigate with, using water mindfully, carefully. They lived in a land that answers greed with drought and death. A difficult land: aloof yet sensitive.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

A writer either speaks to adults and bores kids, or speaks to kids and upsets adults.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

He looked at me. His firm, broad face showed weight-loss in deep shadows under the cheekbones, his eyes were sunken and his mouth sorely chapped and cracked. God knows what I looked like, when he looked like that. He smiled. 'With luck we shall make it, and without luck we shall not.'

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

A panda walks into a tea room and ordered a salad and ate it. Then it pulled out a pistol, shot the man in the next table dead, and walked out. Everyone rushed after it, shouting "Stop! Stop! Why did you do that?" "Becuase I am a panda," said the panda. "That's what pandas do. If you don't believe me, look in the dictionary." So they looked in the dictionary and sure enough they found Panda: Racoon-like animal of Asia. Eats shoots and leaves.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

The First Mobile, if one is sent, must be warned that unless he is very self-assured, or senile, his pride will suffer. A man wants his virility regarded, a woman wants her femininity appreciated, however indirect and subtle the indications of regard and appreciation. On Winter they will not exist. One is respected and judged only as a human being. It is an appalling experience.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

Pride kept her from confiding in the other girls, and caution kept her from confessing to the older women.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

The world is sacred, of course, it is full of gods, numina, great powers and presences. We give some of them names – Mars of the fields and the war; Vesta the fire; Ceres the grain; Mother Tellus the earth; the Penates of the storehouse. The rivers, the springs. And in the stormcloud and the light is the great power called the father god. But they aren’t people. They don’t love and hate, they aren’t for or against. They accept the worship due them, which augments their power, through which we live.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

I see life as a shared gift, received from others and passed on to others, living and dying as one process, in which lies both our suffering and our reward. Without mortality to purchase it, how can we have the consciousness of eternity? I think the price is worth paying.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

Try to choose carefully, Arren, when the great choices must be made. {...} 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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

Why can I never set my heart on a possible thing?

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

The fact is,' I said, 'that you're unable, or unwilling, to believe in the fact that I believe in you.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

With eye and hand and breath and will.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

In this effort to attain security, independence and privacy of course were suspect....

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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…

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

El tiempo no transcurría. No había tiempo. Él era el tiempo: sólo él. Era el río, la flecha, la piedra. Pero no avanzaba.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

Every book purchase made from Amazon is a vote for a culture without content and without contentment.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

There are a whole lot of ways to be perfect, and not one of them is attained through punishment.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

They did not use the sonic stunners but the foray gun, the ancient weapon that fires a set of metal fragments in a burst. They shot to kill him. He was dying when I got to him, sprawled and twisted away from his skis that stuck up out of the snow, his chest half shot away. I took his head in my arms and spoke to him, but he never answered me; only in a way he answered my love for him, crying out through the silent wreck and tumult of his mind as consciousness lapsed, in the unspoken tongue, once, clearly, 'Arek!' Then no more. I held him, crouching there in the snow, while he died. They let me do that. Then they made me get up, and took me off one way and him another, I going to prison and he into the dark.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

What the brain does by itself is infinitely more fascinating and complex than any response it can make to chemical stimulation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

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.