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Abortion
Engrave this Quote The preservation of life seems to be rather a slogan than a genuine goal of the anti-abortion forces; what they want is control. Control over behavior: power over women. Women in the anti-choice movement want to share in male power over women, and do so by denying their own womanhood, their own rights and responsibilities.
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-Ursula K. LeGuin
Birth
Engrave this Quote Virginity is now a mere preamble or waiting room to be got out of as soon as possible; it is without significance. Old age is similarly a waiting room, where you go after life's over and wait for cancer or a stroke. The years before and after the menstrual years are vestigial: the only meaningful condition left to women is that of fruitfulness.
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Choice
Engrave this Quote 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 least he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do.
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-Ursula K. LeGuin, A Wizard of Earthsea
Contraception, Birth Control
Engrave this Quote If we can get that realistic feminine morality working for us, if we can trust ourselves and so let women think and feel that an unwanted child or an oversize family is wrong -- not ethically wrong, not against the rules, but morally wrong, all wrong, wrong like a thalidomide birth, wrong like taking a wrong step that will break your neck -- if we can get feminine and human morality out from under the yoke of a dead ethic, then maybe we'll begin to get somewhere on the road that leads to survival.
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Earth
Engrave this Quote The Earth is beautiful, and bright, and kindly, but that is not all. The Earth is also terrible, and dark, and cruel.
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-Ursula K. LeGuin, The Tombs of Atuan (1971)
Engrave this Quote The world is in balance <...>. To light a candle is to cast a shadow.
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Equality
Engrave this Quote If you deny any affinity with another person or kind of person, if you declare it to be wholly different from yourself
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Faith
Engrave this Quote Legends of prediction are common throughout the whole Household of Man. Gods speak, spirits speak, computers speak. Oracular ambiguity or statistical probability provides loopholes, and discrepancies are expunged by Faith.
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-Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness, ch. 4, 1969
Imagination
Engrave this Quote My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.
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Information
Engrave this Quote When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.
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Intelligence
Engrave this Quote He is far too intelligent to become really cerebral.
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Inventing, Inventions
Engrave this Quote Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further development.
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Journeys
Engrave this Quote It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
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-Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness, 1969
Language
Engrave this Quote Public speaking is done in the public tongue, the national or tribal language; and the language of our tribe is the men's language. Of course women learn it. We're not dumb. If you can tell Margaret Thatcher from Ronald Reagan, or Indira Gandhi from General Somoza, by anything they say, tell me how. This is a man's world, so it talks a man's language.
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Love
Engrave this Quote Love doesn't just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.
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Pornography
Engrave this Quote The pornography of violence of course far exceeds, in volume and general acceptance, sexual pornography, in this Puritan land of ours. Exploiting the apocalypse, selling the holocaust, is a pornography. For the ultimate selling job on ultimate violence one must read those works of fiction issued by our government as manuals of civil defense, in which you learn that there's nothing to be afraid of if you've stockpiled lots of dried fruit.
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Power
Engrave this Quote The quality of the will to power is, precisely, growth. Achievement is its cancellation. To be, the will to power must increase with each fulfillment, making the fulfillment only a step to a further one. The vaster the power gained the vaster the appetite for more.
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Reading
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Reason
Engrave this Quote Reason is a faculty far larger than mere objective force. When either the political or the scientific discourse announces itself as the voice of reason, it is playing God, and should be spanked and stood in the corner.
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Rejection
Engrave this Quote In so far as one denies what is, one is possessed by what is not, the compulsions, the fantasies, the terrors that flock to fill the void.
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Revolution
Engrave this Quote The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so.
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Sanity
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Science Fiction
Engrave this Quote Science fiction is not predictive; it is descriptive.
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-Ursula K. LeGuin, from The Introduction to The Left Hand of Darkness
Engrave this Quote What the hell is nostalgia doing in a science-fiction film? With the whole universe and all the future to play in, Lucas took his marvelous toys and crawled under the fringed cloth on the parlor table, back into a nice safe hide hole, along with Flash Gordon and the Cowardly Lion and Luke Skywalker and the Flying Aces and the Hitler Jugend. If there's a message there, I don't think I want to hear it.
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Sex
Engrave this Quote The misogyny that shapes every aspect of our civilization is the institutionalized form of male fear and hatred of what they have denied and therefore cannot know, cannot share: that wild country, the being of women.
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