Friday, January 24, 2014

Quotes: A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea)

Quotes from A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin

Mastery is nine times patience.

To hear, one must be silent.

To light a candle is to cast a shadow.

Heal the wound and cure the illness, but let the dying spirit go.

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.

Quotes from The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula Le Guin

“Do you know how to read?"
"No. It is one of the black arts."
He nodded. "But a useful one," he said.

Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one. The road goes upward towards the light; but the laden traveler may never reach the end of it.


Quotes from The Farthest Shore

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