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It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness, 1969)
To oppose something is to maintain it.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness, 1969)
Belief is the wound that knowledge heals.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Telling, 2000)
I am living in a nightmare, from which from time to time I wake in sleep.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Lathe of Heaven, 1971)
Nothing succeeds like success.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness, 1969)
It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul.
Ursula K. Le Guin (A Wizard of Earthsea, 1968)
A wrong that cannot be repaired must be transcended.
Ursula K. Le Guin (Tehanu, 1990)
Scientific truth will out, you can't hide the sun under a stone.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Dispossessed, 1974)
A man does not make his destiny: he accepts it or denies it.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Farthest Shore, 1972)
People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Question I Get Asked Most Often)
After all, work is done for the work's sake, it is the lasting pleasure of life.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Dispossessed - Chapter 5, 1974)
We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.
Ursula K. Le Guin (Dancing on the Edge of the World, 1989)
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.
Ursula K. Le Guin (Where Do You Get Your Ideas From, 1987)
What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Lathe of Heaven, 1971)
The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.
Ursula K. Le Guin (Quoted in The Language of the Night, 1980)
Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Lathe of Heaven - Chapter 10, 1971)
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.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Lathe of Heaven - Chapter 10, 1971)
The creative adult is the child who has survived.
Ursula K. Le Guin
The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness, 1969)
My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world, and exiles me from it.
Ursula K. Le Guin (Unlocking the Air and Other Stories, 1996)
To hear, one must be silent.
Ursula K. Le Guin (A Wizard of Earthsea - Chapter 2, 1968)
A man can endure the entire weight of the universe for eighty years. It is unreality that he cannot bear.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Lathe of Heaven - Chapter 11, 1971)
Success is somebody else's failure.
Ursula K. Le Guin (Dancing on the Edge of the World, 1989)
Fire and fear, good servants, bad lords.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness, 1969)
There are no right answers to wrong questions.
Ursula K. Le Guin (Planet of Exile, 1966)
I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant.
Ursula K. Le Guin (Why Are Americans Afraid of Dragons?, 1973)
To light a candle is to cast a shadow.
Ursula K. Le Guin (A Wizard of Earthsea - Chapter 3, 1968)
Have you never thought how danger must surround power as shadow does light?
Ursula K. Le Guin (A Wizard of Earthsea - Chapter 2, 1968)
One voice speaking truth is a greater force than fleets and armies.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness, 1969)
When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.
Ursula K. Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness - Chapter 3, 1969)
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Ursula K. Le Guin Biography

Born: October 21, 1929

Ursula K. Le Guin is an American author. She is best known for her fantasy and science fiction novels but her poetry, essays and short stories are also esteemed.

Notable Works
Rocannon's World (1966)
Planet of Exile (1966)
City of Illusions (1968)
A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)
The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
The Tombs of Atuan (1971)
The Lathe of Heaven (1971)
The Farthest Shore (1972)
The Dispossessed (1974)
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