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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.

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Ursula K. Le Guin

   Dreams
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He is far too intelligent to become really cerebral.

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I don't teach writing classes anymore, and I'm really glad I don't, because I would feel very strange about telling people, 'Go out there and be a writer, and make a living from it.'

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I don't write tracts, I write novels. I'm not a preacher, I'm a fiction writer.

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I believe that maturity is not an outgrowing, but a growing up: that an adult is not a dead child, but a child who survived.

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I do try to separate my personal activism - showing up at a demonstration or something - from what I write.

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I get a lot of moral guidance from reading novels, so I guess I expect my novels to offer some moral guidance, but they're not blueprints for action, ever.

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Ursula K. Le Guin

   Reading
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There are no right answers to wrong questions.

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Ursula K. Le Guin

   Questions
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Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further development.

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Ursula K. Le Guin

   Hope
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To oppose something is to maintain it.

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I certainly wasn't happy. Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it. What I was given was the thing you can't earn, and can't keep, and often don't even recognize at the time; I mean joy.

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Ursula K. Le Guin

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It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music.

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

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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.

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Great artists make the roads; good teachers and good companions can point them out. But there ain't no free rides, baby.

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   Good
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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.

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As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope.

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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.

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Ursula K. Le Guin

   Life
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I've got some gift for languages. You follow your gift. But Latin's not easy.

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I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant.

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