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Ursula K. Le Guin Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Ursula K. Le Guin.

To be oneself is a rare thing, and a great one.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

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To oppose something is to maintain it.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

It is the journey that matters, in the end
- Ursula K. Le Guin

It is above all by the imagination
that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

 

To light a candle is to cast a shadow.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

It is good to have an end to journey towards;
but it is the journey that matters in the end.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

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I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

There are no right answers to wrong questions.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

There's a point... when you have to choose
whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life,
or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Though I am a servant, I am not your servant.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?
- Ursula K. Le Guin

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

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

He is far too intelligent to become really cerebral.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

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

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

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.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Love does not just sit there, like a stone;
it had to be made,
like bread, remade all the time, made new.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

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.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

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

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.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

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.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

It is good to have an end to journey toward,
but it is the journey that matters in the end.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

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

If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology,
then its myth is tragic.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

When action grows unprofitable, gather information;
when information grows unprofitable,
sleep.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Inventions have long since reached their limit,
and I see no hope for further development.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

The acceptance of oneself is
the essence of the whole moral problem
and the epitome of a whole outlook on life.
- Carl Jung

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily.
Not to dare is to lose oneself.
- Soren Kierkegaard

To know how to free oneself is nothing;
the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.
- Andre Gide

These are the keys to a great life...
taking oneself lightly, forgiveness, and acceptance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Violence, even well intentioned,
always rebounds upon oneself.
- Lao Tzu

My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself,
but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
- George Orwell

Testing oneself is best when done alone.
- Jimmy Carter

A quotation is a handy thing to have about,
saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy
between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether
a little less talent might not have been better.
- Carl Jung

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes
is a sign of want of education.
To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun.
To accuse neither oneself nor others
shows that one's education is complete.
- Epictetus

When one gets angry, it is always angry AT someone -
perhaps a friend or spouse, perhaps a stranger,
perhaps the nameless "they" - "those people at the bank wronged me,"
perhaps God, or perhaps oneself.
In any case, when one gets angry,
they want to find someone to be "responsible" for what happened.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you are alone you are not alone,
you are simply lonely -
and there is a tremendous difference
between loneliness and aloneness.
When you are lonely you are thinking of the other,
you are missing the other.
Loneliness is a negative state.
You are feeling that it would have been
better if the other were there -
your friend, your wife, your mother,
your beloved, your husband.
It would have been good if the other
were there, but the other is not.
Loneliness is absence of the other.
Aloneness is the presence of oneself.
Aloneness is very positive.
It is a presence, overflowing presence.
You are so full of presence
that you can fill the whole universe
with your presence and there is no need for anybody.
- Osho

One can not love without opening oneself,
and opening oneself, that's taking the risk of suffering.
One does not have control.
- Isabelle Adjani

To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
- Alexander Chase

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor,
for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
- Jessamyn West

Real beauty is to be true to oneself.
That's what makes me feel good.
- Laetitia Casta

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
- Jean Anouilh

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery,
a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a
spring of capital truths,
and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
- Paul Valery

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind;
it requires the same effort of the brain
that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
- Helen Keller

Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks
in building any successful venture.
- Lydia M. Child

I always pass on good advice.
It is the only thing to do with it.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

Those who are dedicated to a life of wisdom
understand that the impulse to blame
something or someone is foolishness,
that there is nothing to be gained in blaming,
whether it be others or oneself.
- Epictetus

Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.
- Michelangelo

One's own religion is after all
a matter between oneself
and one's Maker and no one else's.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep,
one must above all be a sheep oneself.
- Albert Einstein

To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself.
- Simone Weil

To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because
it is invested with so much of oneself.
It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries,
the possibility of torment.
- James A. Baldwin

What becomes fascinating is the way the culture industry
doesn't deny it and doesn't try to mitigate it,
but tries to sell its products as a way of liberating oneself.
- Thomas Frank

Religion promotes the divine discontent within oneself,
so that one tries to make oneself a better person and
draw oneself closer to God.
- Cyril Cusack

Florida isn't so much a place where one goes to reinvent oneself,
as it is a place where one goes if one no longer wished to be found.
- Doug Coupland

An idea's birth is legitimate if one has the feeling
that one is catching oneself plagiarizing oneself.
- Karl Kraus

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline;
the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

Envy is an insult to oneself.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as
in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement.
I will not try it.
Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother.
- Jules Renard

To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection,
but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else
is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin.
- Thomas Aquinas

To convince oneself that one has the right to live decently takes time.
- Evita Peron

The seated lotus postures are an amazing way to go into meditation,
or simply just to take a moment to ground oneself.
- Christy Turlington

To know oneself is to disbelieve utopia.
- Michael Novak


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