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Ursula K. Le Guin Quotes on Joy & Excitement (2 Quotes)


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  • A child free from the guilt of ownership and the burden of economic competition will grow up with the will to do what needs doing and the capacity for joy in doing it. It is useless work that darkens the heart. The delight of the nursing mother, of the scholar, of the successful hunter, of the good cook, of the skilful maker, of anyone doing needed work and doing it well, - this durable joy is perhaps the deepest source of human affection and of sociality as a whole.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia")

  • If you evade suffering you also evade the chance of joy. Pleasure you may get, or pleasures, but you will not be fulfilled. You will not know what it is to come home.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia")


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