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Ursula K. Le Guin Quotes on Change (6 Quotes)


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  • And I speak of spiritual suffering! Of people seeing their talent, their work, their lives wasted. Of good minds submitting to stupid ones. Of strength and courage strangled by envy, greed for power, fear of change. Change is freedom, change is life
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia")

  • If a book were written all in numbers, it would be true. It would be just. Nothing said in words ever came out quite even. Things in words got twisted and ran together, instead of staying straight and fitting together. But underneath the words, at the center, like the center of the Square, it all came out even. Everything could change, yet nothing would be lost. If you saw the numbers you could see that, the balance, the pattern. You saw the foundations of the world. And they were solid.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia")

  • You can't crush ideas by suppressing them. You can only crush them by ignoring them. By refusing to think, refusing to change.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia")

  • It is a terrible thing, this kindess that human beings do not lose. Terrible, because when we are finally naked in the dark and cold, it is all we have. We who are so rich, so full of strength, we end up with that small change. We have nothing else to give.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Left Hand of Darkness")

  • A Woman is home caring for her children even if she can't. Trapped in this well-built trap, A Woman blames her mother for luring her into it, while ensuring that her own daughter never gets out she recoils from the idea of sisterhood and doesn't believe women have friends, because it probably means something unnatural, and anyhow, A Woman is afraid of women. She's a male construct, and she's afraid women will deconstruct her. She's afraid of everything, because she can't change. Thighs forever thin and shining hair and shining teeth and she's my Mom, too, all seven percent of her. And she never grows old.
    (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)


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