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The Telling (Hainish Cycle, #8) The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin
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“Belief is the wound that knowledge heals.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Telling
“To learn a belief without the belief is to sing a song without the tune.”
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“I know who you are," she said. "You're my enemy. The true believer. The righteous man with the righteous mission. The one that jails people for reading and burns the books. That persecutes people who do exercises the wrong way. That dumps out the medicine and pisses on it. That pushes the button that sends the drones to drop the bombs. And hides behind a bunker and doesn't get hurt. Shielded by God. Or the state. Or whatever lie he uses to hide his envy and self-interest and cowardice and lust for power. It took me a while to see you, though. You saw me right away. You knew I was your enemy. Was unrighteous. How did you know it?”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Telling
“But nobody in one lifetime could read more than a fragment of what was here, this broken labyrinth of words, this shattered, interrupted story of a people and a world through the centuries, the millennia.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Telling
“But I liked the writing better. I could make it look beautiful. I could keep it. The spoken words just went out like the wind, and you always had to say them all over again to keep them alive. But the writing stayed, and you could learn to make it better. More beautiful.”
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“We're not outside the world... We are the world. We're its language. So we live and it lives. You see? If we don't say the words, what is their in our world?”
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“If nobody teaches us the words, the thoughts, we stay ignorant. If nobody shows a little child, two, three years old, how to look for the way, the signs of the path, the landmarks, then it gets lost in the mountain, doesn't it? And dies in the night, in the cold.”
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“And she told me the same thing, she said that when I came back in the winter, she was going to miss missing me....”
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“Minne oppaani ystävällisyydessään minut johdattavat, / Minä seuraan, seuraan kevyesti / eikä tomuun taaksemme / jää ainuttakaan jalanjälkeä.”
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“But belief is the wound that knowledge heals, and death begins the Telling of our life”
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“The old farfetchers' motto: Opinion ends reception.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Telling
“Honorifics and meaningless ritual phrases of greeting, leave-taking, permission-asking, and false gratitude, please, thank you, you're welcome, goodbye, fossil relics of primitive hypocrisy—all were stumbling blocks to truthfulness between producer-consumers.”
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“It’s all we have. You see? It’s the way we have the world. Without the telling, we don’t have anything at all. The moment goes by like the water of the river. We’d tumble and spin and be helpless if we tried to live in the moment. We’d be like a baby. A baby can do it, but we’d drown. Our minds need to tell, need the telling. To hold. The past has passed, and there’s nothing in the future to catch hold of. The future is nothing yet. How could anybody live there? So what we have is the words that tell what happened and what happens. What was and is.”
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“What is sacredness?
What is true is sacred. What has been suffered. What is beautiful.
So the Telling tries to find the truth in events or the pain, or the beauty?
No need to try to find it, said Unroy. The sacredness is there. In the truth, the pain, the beauty. So that the telling of it is sacred.”
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“Talking about it changed it.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Telling
“She turned and went on, telling herself that she should be sorry for him. He was sincere. Most bigots are sincere. The stupid, arrogant fool, trying to tell her that religion was dangerous! But he was merely parroting Dovzan propaganda.”
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“Most civilisations, perhaps, look shinier in general terms and from several light-years away.”
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“Where my guides lead me in kindness
I follow, follow lightly,
and there are no footprints
in the dust behind us.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Telling
“Hate eats the hater”
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“There was no correct text. There was no standard version. Of anything. There was not one Arbor but many, many arbors. The jungle was endless, and it was not one jungle but endless jungles, all burning with bright tigers of meaning, endless tigers. . . .”
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“We’re not outside the world, yoz. You know? We are the world.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Telling
“We’re not outside the world, yoz. You know? We are the world. We’re its language. So we live and it lives. You see? If we don’t say the words, what is there in our world?”
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“The ships always come to the new world at a bad time.”
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“All stories are long,” he murmured. The Fertiliser had said something like that once. Short stories are only pieces of the long one, he had said.”
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“There’s a Hainish parable of the Mirror. If the glass is whole, it reflects the whole world, but broken, it shows only fragments, and cuts the hand that holds it.”
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“Most bigots are sincere.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Telling
“The Akan system is a spiritual discipline with spiritual goals, but they're exactly the same goals it seeks for bodily and ethical well-being.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Telling
“No need to try to find it," said Unroy. "The sacredness is there. In the
truth, the pain, the beauty. So that the telling of it is sacred.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Telling
“No need to try to find it," said Unroy. "The sacredness is there. In the truth, the pain, the beauty. So that the telling of it is sacred.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Telling
“The margin between collusion and respect can be narrow,” Tong said.”
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