Quotes by: Ursula K. Le Guin
|Ursula K. Le Guin
Le Guin at a reading in Danville, California, 2008
October 21, 1929
Berkeley, California, U.S.
||Radcliffe College (B.A.)
Columbia University (M.A.)
||Science fiction, fantasy
||Charles Le Guin (m. 1953–present); 3 children
I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant.
I believe that maturity is not an outgrowing, but a growing up: that an adult is not a dead child, but a child who survived.
I get a lot of moral guidance from reading novels, so I guess I expect my novels to offer some moral guidance, but they're not blueprints for action, ever.
Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.
I do try to separate my personal activism - showing up at a demonstration or something - from what I write.
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.
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.
I've got some gift for languages. You follow your gift. But Latin's not easy.
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 science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.
We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.
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.
I don't teach writing classes anymore, and I'm really glad I don't, because I would feel very strange about telling people, 'Go out there and be a writer, and make a living from it.'
It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.
I don't write tracts, I write novels. I'm not a preacher, I'm a fiction writer.
The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so.
Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further development.
The artist deals in what cannot be said in words. The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words. The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words.
When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.