Ursula K. Le Guin Quotes



Best 13 The Left Hand of Darkness Quotes by Ursula K. Le Guin

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“A man wants his virility regarded. A woman wants her femininity appreciated, however indirect and subtle the indications of regard and appreciation.”

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“A profound love between two people involves, after all, the power and chance of doing profound hurt.”

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“Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth.”

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“I talk about the gods, I am an atheist. But I am an artist too, and therefore a liar. Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth. The only truth I can understand or express is, logically defined, a lie. Psychologically defined, a symbol. Aesthetically defined, a metaphor.”

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“If civilization has an opposite, it is war.”

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“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

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“No, I don't mean love, when I say patriotism. I mean fear. The fear of the other. And its expressions are political, not poetical: hate, rivalry, aggression.”

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“The artist deals with 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.”

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“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.”

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“To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.”

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“To oppose something is to maintain it.”

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“Truth is a matter of the imagination.”

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“When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.”

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Try this experiment to see what I mean: Say out loud the affirmation 'I am wealthy. I have all the money I want'. Now, say out loud 'I am willing to be financially successful'.”


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