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Ursula K. Le Guin Quotes on Wisdom & Knowledge (5 Quotes)


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  • But need alone is not enough to set power free: there must be knowledge.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Wizard of Earthsea")

  • 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")

  • 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")

  • He knew now, and the knowledge was hard, that his task had never been to undo what he had done, but to finish what he had begun.
    (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")



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