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9 Moving Quotes from Sci-Fi Master Ursula K. Le Guin

Late novelist Ursula K. Le Guin was ahead of her time in every way.

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“Gentlemen, I just don’t belong here.”

Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Young Le Guin, in a photo seen in the upcoming documentary Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

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"I didn't see why everybody in heroic fantasy had to be white [...] It didn't even make sense."

“Too many imaginative babies were going out with the bathwater. Too many critics and teachers ignored – were ignorant of – any kind of fiction but realism.” 

“People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.” 

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  • Le Guin with Harlan Ellison at Westercon in 1984.

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“There's a point, around the age of twenty, when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.” 

“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.”

“You will die. You will not live forever. Nor will any man nor any thing. Nothing is immortal. But only to us is it given to know that we must die. And that is a great gift: the gift of selfhood.” 

“Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”

“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” 

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