Sunday, April 22

Quotes from The Left Hand of Darkness

By Ursula K. LeGuin (Writer of Earthsea)

Life and the Unknown

"The unknown, the unforetold, the unproven, that is what life is based on. Ignorance is the ground of thought. Unproof is the ground of action. If it were proven that there is no God there would be no religion... But if it were proven that there is a God, there would be no religion."

"The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertaintaintly; not knowing what comes next."

On Patriotism and Government

"How does one hate a country, of love one?"

"What is love of one's country; Is it hate of one's uncountry? Then it is not a good thing."

"A man who doesn't detest a bad government is a fool. And if there were such a thing as a good government on earth, it would be a joy to serve it."

* * * The left hand of darkness is LIGHT... * * *

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