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Ursula K. Le Guin Quotes on Man (7 Quotes)


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  • A man would know the end he goes to, but he cannot know it if he does not turn, and return to his beginning, and hold that beginning in his being. If he would not be a stick whirled and whelmed in the stream, he must be the stream itself, all of it, from its spring to its sinking in the sea.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Wizard of Earthsea")

  • From that time forth he believed that the wise man is one who never sets himself apart from other living things, whether they have speech or not, and in later years he strove long to learn what can be learned, in silence, from the eyes of animals, the flight of birds, the great slow gestures of trees.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Wizard of Earthsea")

  • Anyhow they're always exceptions. But most women, their only relationship to a man is having. Either owning or being owned.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia")

  • Man's singularity is his divinity.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Left Hand of Darkness")

  • The life of every man is in the Center of Time, for all were seen in the seeing of Meshe, and are in his eye. We are the pupils of his Eye... Our doing is his Seeing: our being is his Knowing.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Left Hand of Darkness")


  • Legends of prediction are common throughout the whole Household of Man. Gods speak, spirits speak, computers speak. Oracular ambiguity or statistical probability provides loopholes, and discrepancies are expunged by Faith.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin)

  • It did not matter, after all. He was only one man. One man's fate is not important. 'If it is not, what is' He could not endure those remembered words.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin)


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