Ursula K Le Guin, award-winning fantasy and science fiction author and pioneer of feminist speculative fiction, has died age 88. Her extensive catalogue of published works includes novels, essays, poetry and children’s books.
Here are some of her most memorable quotes.
- It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
- Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.
- When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.
- Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.
- The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
- 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.
- My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.
- We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.
- What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?
- I talk about the gods, I am an atheist. But I am an artist too, and therefore a liar. Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth.