I draw on the social sciences a great deal. I get a lot of ideas from them, particularly from anthropology. When I create another planet, another world, with a society on it, I try to hint at the complexity of the society I’m creating, instead of just referring to an empire or something like that.
Ursula K. Le Guin Quotes
Where I can get prickly and combative is if I’m just called a sci-fi writer. I’m not. I’m a novelist and poet. Don’t shove me into your damn pigeonhole, where I don’t fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions.
To oppose something is to maintain it.
“How is it you know my name?” – “Knowing names is my job. My art. To weave the magic of a thing, you see, one must find its true name out.”
True myth may serve for thousands of years as an inexhaustible source of intellectual speculation, religious joy, ethical inquiry, and artistic renewal. The real mystery is not destroyed by reason. The fake one is. You look at it and it vanishes. You look at the Blonde Hero – really look – and he turns into […]
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.
What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?
When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.
I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant.
My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.