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A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin

Top 10 Best Quotes

“It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul.”

“But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them.”

“To light a candle is to cast a shadow...”

“I had forgotten how much light there is in the world, till you gave it back to me.”

“From that time forth he believed that the wise man is one who never sets himself apart from other living things, whether they have speech or not, and in later years he strove long to learn what can be learned, in silence, from the eyes of animals, the flight of birds, the great slow gestures of trees.”

“For a word to be spoken, there must be silence. Before, and after.”

“Go to bed; tired is stupid.”

“You thought, as a boy, that a mage is one who can do anything. So I thought, once. So did we all. And the truth is that as a man's real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do. . . .”

“It is no secret. All power is one in source and end, I think. Years and distances, stars and candles, water and wind and wizardry, the craft in a man's hand and the wisdom in a tree's root: they all arise together. My name, and yours, and the true name of the sun, or a spring of water, or an unborn child, all are syllables of the great word that is very slowly spoken by the shining of the stars. There is no other power. No other name.”

“But need alone is not enough to set power free: there must be knowledge.”

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Book Keywords:

knowledge, light, good, taoism, love, death, balance, life, soul, equilibrium, ged, listening, dragons, evil

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