Ursula K. Le Guin Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Ursula K. Le Guin quotes, Ursula K. Le Guin sayings, and Ursula K. Le Guin proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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
To light a candle is to cast a shadow. 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
Grieving, like being blind, is a strange business; you have to learn how to do it. We seek company in mourning, but after the early bursts of tears, after the praises have been spoken, and the good days remembered, and the lament cried, and the grave closed, there is no company in grief. It is a burden borne alone. Ursula K. Le Guin
When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow. Ursula K. Le Guin
We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become. 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 children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so. Ursula K. Le Guin
A forest ecology is a delicate one. If the forest perishes, its fauna may go with it. The athshean word for world is also the word for forest. Ursula K. Le Guin
You always have to defend the imagination against idiots. Ursula K. Le Guin
Belief is the wound that knowledge heals. 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
Between thought and spoken word is a gap where intention can enter, the symbol be twisted aside, and the lie come to be. 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
In the tale, in the telling, we are all one blood. Take the tale in your teeth, then, and bite till the blood runs, hoping it's not poison; and we will all come to the end together, and even to the beginning: living, as we do, in the middle. Ursula K. Le Guin
A realist is a man who knows both the world and his own dreams. Ursula K. Le Guin
You cannot blame everything on the enemy. Ursula K. Le Guin
Primitiveness and civilization are degrees of the same thing. If civilization has an opposite, it is war. Ursula K. Le Guin
One voice speaking truth is a greater force than fleets and armies. Ursula K. Le Guin
When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow Ursula K. Le Guin
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. Ursula K. Le Guin
The great authors share their souls with us — literally. Ursula K. Le Guin
A forest ecology is a delicate one. If the forest perishes, its fauna may go with it. The Athshean word for world is also the word for forest. 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. Ursula K. Le Guin
A machine is more blameless, more sinless even than any animal. It has no intentions whatsoever but our own. Ursula K. Le Guin
The machine conceals the machinations. Ursula K. Le Guin
Truth is a matter of the imagination. Ursula K. Le Guin
If civilization has an opposite, it is war. Of these two things, you have either one, or the other. Not both. Ursula K. Le Guin
Truth, as ever, avoids the stranger. Ursula K. Le Guin
To light a candle is to cast a shadow. Ursula K. Le Guin