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


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  • But you must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil will follow on that act. The world is in balance, in Equilibrium. A wizard's power of Changing and Summoning can shake the balance of the world. It is dangerous, that power...It must follow knowledge, and serve need.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Wizard of Earthsea")

  • It is no secret. All power is one in source and end, I think. Years and distances, stars and candles, water and wind and wizardry, the craft in a man's hand and the wisdom in a tree's root: they all arise together. My name, and yours, and the true name of the sun, or a spring of water, or an unborn child, all are syllables of the great word that is very slowly spoken by the shining of the stars. There is no other power. No other name.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Wizard of Earthsea")

  • 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")

  • The individual cannot bargain with the State. The State recognizes no coinage but power: and it issues the coins itself.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia")

  • A profound love between two people involves, after all, the power and chance of doing profound hurt.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Left Hand of Darkness")


  • The quality of the will to power is, precisely, growth. Achievement is its cancellation. To be, the will to power must increase with each fulfillment, making the fulfillment only a step to a further one. The vaster the power gained the vaster the appetite for more.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin)


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