Ursula Le Guin


Ursula Le Guin Quotes

  • ''He is far too intelligent to become really cerebral.''
    Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. repr. In Dancing at the Edge of the World (1989). "Review of Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino," Washington Post Book World (Nov. 18, 1984). Speaking of Italo Calvino.
    2 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.''
    Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. repr. In Dancing at the Edge of the World (1989). "The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction," (written 1986), first published in Women of Vision, ed. Denise M. Du Pont (1988).
  • ''In so far as one denies what is, one is possessed by what is not, the compulsions, the fantasies, the terrors that flock to fill the void.''
    Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. The Lathe of Heaven, ch. 10 (1971).
  • ''When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.''
    Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. The Left Hand of Darkness, ch. 3 (1969).
  • ''The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.''
    Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. "Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?" Dancing at the Edge of the World (1989).
  • ''My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.''
    Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. "Winged: The Creatures on My Mind," Harper's (New York, Aug. 1990).
  • ''There's a good deal in common between the mind's eye and the TV screen, and though the TV set has all too often been the boobtube, it could be, it can be, the box of dreams.''
    Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. repr. In Dancing at the Edge of the World (1989). "Working on 'The Lathe'," Horizon (New York, 1980).
  • ''Success is somebody else's failure. Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most people in most places, including thirty million of ourselves, live wide awake in the terrible reality of poverty.''
    Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. "A Left-Handed Commencement Address," Dancing at the Edge of the World (1989). Speech, 1983, to Mills College.
  • ''We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.''
    Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. Bryn Mawr commencement address, 1986. Dancing at the Edge of the World (1989).
  • ''If you want your writing to be taken seriously, don't marry and have kids, and above all, don't die. But if you have to die, commit suicide. They approve of that.''
    Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. address, Sept. 1986, Conference on Women in the Year 2000, Portland, Maine. "Prospects for Women in Writing," Dancing at the Edge of the World (1989).

Read more quotations »
Best Poem of Ursula Le Guin

The Maenads

Somewhere I read
that when they finally staggered off the mountain
into some strange town, past drunk,
hoarse, half naked, blear-eyed,
blood dried under broken nails
and across young thighs,
but still jeering and joking, still trying
to dance, lurching and yelling, but falling
dead asleep by the market stalls,
sprawled helpless, flat out, then
middle-aged women,
respectable housewives,
would come and stand nightlong in the agora
silent
together
as ewes and cows in the night fields,
guarding, watching them
as their mothers
watched over ...

Read the full of The Maenads

The Maenads

Somewhere I read
that when they finally staggered off the mountain
into some strange town, past drunk,
hoarse, half naked, blear-eyed,
blood dried under broken nails
and across young thighs,
but still jeering and joking, still trying
to dance, lurching and yelling, but falling
dead asleep by the market stalls,

[Report Error]