12 quotes from Ursula K. Le Guin on her 87th birthday

“Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (born October 21, 1929) is an American author of novels, children’s books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She has also written poetry and essays. First published in the 1960s, her work has often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, the natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality and ethnography. In 2016, The New York Times described her as “America’s greatest living science fiction writer,” although she herself has said she would prefer to be known as an “American novelist.”

She influenced such Booker Prize winners and other writers as Salman Rushdie and David Mitchell – and notable science fiction and fantasy writers including Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks. She has won the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, and World Fantasy Award, each more than once. In 2014, she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Le Guin has resided in Portland, Oregon, since 1959.”

Here are some quotes from Ursula K. Le Guin that we find very educative, and inspirational.

1. The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.


2. We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.


3. Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.


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


5. To light a candle is to cast a shadow.


6. The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.


7. If you see a whole thing – it seems that it’s always beautiful. Planets, lives… But up close a world’s all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.


8. It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.


9. What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?


10. The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so.


11. My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world, and exiles me from it.


12. To oppose something is to maintain it.

Biography via: Wikipedia.

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