Ursula K. Le Guin, 1929-2018

Things don’t have purposes, as if the universe were a machine, where every part has a useful function. What’s the function of a galaxy? I don’t know if our life has a purpose and I don’t see that it matters. What does matter is that we’re a part. Like a thread in a cloth or a grass-blade in a field. It is and we are. What we do is like wind blowing on the grass.

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

Notes: Quote – Thank you Beth @ Alive on all Channels. Photo: Scientific American


  1. I think you are right Ursula 🌿🌫

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  2. Another great talent departs….

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  3. As a Swiss I’ve sadly only heard of this woman on her death… When I saw her photo my first impression was: What a great, open and intelligent face this is!
    Sad news for all who knew and appreciated/loved her. RIP Ursula K. Le Guin

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  4. I didn’t know that she had died until I saw this! Thank you for posting this tribute, David.

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  5. what an intelligent take – she will be missed by many

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  6. It is so sad to hear she left us, but she is great, left so many thoughts, books, she will never die… Rest in Peace dear Ursula, you added a page too to our precious humanity book.

    Thank you dear David,
    Love, nia

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  7. There’s purpose and then there’s meaning.

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  8. “The Lathe of Heaven.” I just read the summary of this book. All fiction I believe is created by the author who has some firm belief. Something can not come from nothing.

    Anything without purpose is an absurdity. A tree converts carbon dioxide to oxygen which is vital to all life, provides cool shade as a respite on a hot day, its branches the support for a bird’s nest and a joyful challenge for the adventurous child. And in this lies its purpose.

    All things do have purpose. Ask a man who is out of work. He is restless and unhappy. Because at the end of the day he cannot look back on a unique fulfillment that only work can bring. A man without purpose is a man without a soul.


  9. David
    “what matters is we are a part” says it all for me. Hope life is healthy and happy.

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  10. She was a pioneer and a role model. Bless her.

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  11. Reblogged this on Sherrie's Scriptorium and commented:
    Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Trilogy was one of the first and biggest influences for me and my love of the fantasy genre. I think I was only around 12 or so when I first read these books. I was in awe of the new world that her writing opened to me. I was transported to the world of Earthsea and (the main character). I had never read anything like it.
    Ursula K. Le Guin’s writing went far beyond fantasy and I loved how her writing expands ours minds and always will. She introduced me to ideas and worlds I had never imagined and showed me how to explore new ways of thinking. She has left behind a large amount of writing to still explore.
    She passed away on January 22. She will be missed but her writing lives on and that is a tremendous gift to this world.
    Here is a link to more information about her books and great suggestions for new books to read:


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