Ursula K Le Guin’s works are full of quotations, both her fiction and her non-fiction.

Having just read her collection, or more accurately re-collection of essays, ‘Dreams must explain themselves’ I’d be hard-put to choose a favourite quotation.

This one from her 2014 acceptance speech on being awarded the National Book Award Medal for distinguished contribution to American letters stays with me and reminds me how much has gone from the world with her:

‘I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries, the realists of a larger reality.’

Dreams must explain themselves

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LOS ANGELES – DEC 15: Ursula Le Guin at home in Portland, Oregon, California December 15 2005. (Photo by Dan Tuffs/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ursula Le Guin

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