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Ursula K. Le Guin’s “A Wizard of Earthsea” Quotes (14 Quotes)


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  • In that moment Ged understood the singing of the bird, and the language of the water falling in the basin of the fountain, and the shape of the clouds, and the beginning and end of the wind that stirred the leaves; it seemed to him that he himself was a word spoken by the sunlight.
    (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")

  • It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Wizard of Earthsea")

  • Now they came back to him, on this night he was seventeen years old. All the years and places of his brief broken life came within mind's reach and made a whole again. He knew once more, at last, after this long, bitter, waisted time, who he was and where he was. But where he must go in the years to come, that he could not see; and he feared to see it.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Wizard of Earthsea")

  • The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Wizard of Earthsea")


  • The wise needn't ask, the fool asks in vain.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Wizard of Earthsea")

  • Who knows a man's name, holds that man's life in his keeping. Thus to Ged, who had lost faith in himself, Vetch had given him that gift that only a friend can give, the proof of unshaken, unshakeable trust.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Wizard of Earthsea")

  • 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")

  • But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Wizard of Earthsea")

  • 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")

  • I had forgotten how much light there is in the world, till you gave it back to me.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Wizard of Earthsea")


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