25+ quotes from The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin

Quotes from The Farthest Shore

Ursula K. Le Guin ·  259 pages

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“I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“This is. And thou art. There is no safety. There is no end. The word must be heard in silence. There must be darkness to see the stars. The dance is always danced above the hollow place, above the terrible abyss.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“A man does not make his destiny: he accepts it or denies it.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“Do nothing because it is righteous or praiseworthy or noble to do so; do nothing because it seems good to do so; do only that which you must do and which you cannot do in any other way.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“When I was young, I had to choose between the life of being and the life of doing. And I leapt at the latter like a trout to a fly. But each deed you do, each act, binds you to itself and to its consequences, and makes you act again and yet again. Then very seldom do you come upon a space, a time like this, between act and act, when you may stop and simply be. Or wonder who, after all, you are.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“And though I came to forget or regret all I have ever done, yet I would remember that once I saw the dragons aloft on the wind at sunset above the western isles; and I would be content.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“Do you see how an act is not, as young men think, like a rock that one picks up and throws, and it hits or misses, and that's the end of it. When that rock is lifted, the earth is lighter; the hand that bears it heavier. When it is thrown, the circuits of the stars respond, and where it strikes or falls, the universe is changed. On every act the balance of the whole depends. The winds and seas, the powers of water and earth an light, all that these do, and all that the beasts and green things do, is well done, and rightly done. All these act within the Equilibrium. From the hurricane and the great whale's sounding to the fall of a dry leaf an the gnat's flight, all they do is done within the balance of the whole.

But we, insofar as we have power over the world and over one another, we must learn to do what the leaf and the whale and the wind do of their own nature. We must learn to keep the balance. Having intelligence, we must not act in ignorance. Having choice, we must not act without responsibility.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“No darkness lasts forever. And even there, there are stars.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“We men dream dreams, we work magic, we do good, we do evil. The dragons do not dream. They are dreams. They do not work magic: it is their substance, their being. They do not do; they are.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“There is no kingdom like the forests.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“For in this love he now felt there was compassion: without which love is untempered, and is not whole, and does not last.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“Do you see, Arren, how an act is not, as young men think, like a rock that one picks up and throws, and it hits or misses, and that's the end of it. When that rock is lifted, the earth is lighter; the hand that bears it is heavier. When it is thrown, the circuits of the stars respond, and where it strikes or falls the universe is changed.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“I have given my love to what is worthy of love. Is that not the kingdom and the unperishing spring?”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“No man, no power, can bind the action of wizardry or still the words of power. For they are the very words of Making, and one who could silence them could unmake the world.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“Yet we were rescued by that fancy, and saved by a myth.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“I am tired of safe places, and roofs, and walls around me.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“To see a candle’s light, one must take it into a dark place.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“In Enlad," said Arren after a while, "we have a story about the boy whose schoolmaster
was a stone:'
"Aye?... What did he learn?"
"Not to ask questions.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“What is evil?" asked the younger man. The round web, with its black center, seemed to watch them both. "A web we men weave." Ged answered.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“But when we crave power over life—endless wealth, unassailable safety, immortality—then desire becomes greed. And if knowledge allies itself to that greed, then comes evil. Then the balance of the world is swayed, and ruin weighs heavy in the scale.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“Having intelligence, we must not act in ignorance. Having choice, we must not act without responsibility.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“He was very weary; the day had been long, and full of dragons.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“So the first step out of childhood is made all at once, without looking before or behind, without caution, and nothing held in reserve.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“For discipline is the channel in which our acts run strong and deep; where there is no direction, the deeds of men run shallow and wander and are wasted.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


“He said after a little while, 'I see why you say that only men do evil, I think. Even sharks are innocent, they kill because they must.'
'That is why nothing can resist us. Only one thing in the worl can resist an evil-hearted man. And that is another man. In our shame is our glory. Only our spirit, which is capable of evil, is capable of overcoming it.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, quote from The Farthest Shore


About the author

Ursula K. Le Guin
Born place: in Berkeley, California, The United States
Born date October 21, 1929
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