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A Woman is home caring for her children! even if she can't. Trapped in this well-built trap, A Woman blames her mother for luring her into it, while ensuring that her own daughter never gets out; she recoils from the idea of sisterhood and doesn't believe women have friends, because it probably means something unnatural, and anyhow, A Woman is afraid of women. She's a male construct, and she's afraid women will deconstruct her. She's afraid of everything, because she can't change. Thighs forever thin and shining hair and shining teeth and she's my Mom, too, all seven percent of her. And she never grows old.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Women]

 

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He is far too intelligent to become really cerebral.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Intelligence and Intellectuals]

 

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If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Science Fiction]

 

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If we can get that realistic feminine morality working for us, if we can trust ourselves and so let women think and feel that an unwanted child or an oversize family is wrong -- not ethically wrong, not against the rules, but morally wrong, all wrong, wrong like a thalidomide birth, wrong like taking a wrong step that will break your neck -- if we can get feminine and human morality out from under the yoke of a dead ethic, then maybe we'll begin to get somewhere on the road that leads to survival.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Birth Control]

 

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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 - [Rejection]

 

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In the tale, in the telling, we are all one blood. Take the tale in your teeth, then, and bite till the blood runs, hoping it's not poison; and we will all come to the end together, and even to the beginning: living, as we do, in the middle.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Story and Story-Telling]

 

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Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further development.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Invention and Inventor]

 

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Legends of prediction are common throughout the whole Household of Man. Gods speak, spirits speak, computers speak. Oracular ambiguity or statistical probability provides loopholes, and discrepancies are expunged by Faith.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Prediction]

 

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Love does not just sit there, like a stone; it had to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Love]

 

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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 - [Imagination]

 

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Our roots are in the dark; the earth is our country. Why did we look up for blessing -- instead of around, and down? What hope we have lies there. Not in the sky full of orbiting spy-eyes and weaponry, but in the earth we have looked down upon. Not from above, but from below. Not in the light that blinds, but in the dark that nourishes, where human beings grow human souls.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [World]

 

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Public speaking is done in the public tongue, the national or tribal language; and the language of our tribe is the men's language. Of course women learn it. We're not dumb. If you can tell Margaret Thatcher from Ronald Reagan, or Indira Gandhi from General Somoza, by anything they say, tell me how. This is a man's world, so it talks a man's language.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Language]

 

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Reason is a faculty far larger than mere objective force. When either the political or the scientific discourse announces itself as the voice of reason, it is playing God, and should be spanked and stood in the corner.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Reason]

 

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The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Revolutions and Revolutionaries]

 

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The misogyny that shapes every aspect of our civilization is the institutionalized form of male fear and hatred of what they have denied and therefore cannot know, cannot share: that wild country, the being of women.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Sex]

 

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The pornography of violence of course far exceeds, in volume and general acceptance, sexual pornography, in this Puritan land of ours. Exploiting the apocalypse, selling the holocaust, is a pornography. For the ultimate selling job on ultimate violence one must read those works of fiction issued by our government as manuals of civil defense, in which you learn that there's nothing to be afraid of if you've stockpiled lots of dried fruit.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Pornography]

 

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The preservation of life seems to be rather a slogan than a genuine goal of the anti-abortion forces; what they want is control. Control over behavior: power over women. Women in the anti-choice movement want to share in male power over women, and do so by denying their own womanhood, their own rights and responsibilities.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Abortion]

 

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The quality of the will to power is, precisely, growth. Achievement is its cancellation. To be, the will to power must increase with each fulfillment, making the fulfillment only a step to a further one. The vaster the power gained the vaster the appetite for more.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin - [Power]

 

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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 - [Books and Reading]

 

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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 - [Television]

 

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