março 21, 2013

Os Despojados II


  • It is of the nature of idea to be communicated: written, spoken, done. The idea is like grass. It craves light, likes crowds, thrives on crossbreeding, grows better for being stepped on.
  • It is hard, however, for people who have never paid money for anything to understand the psychology of cost, the argument of the marketplace.
  • You can’t crush ideas by suppressing them. You can only crush them by ignoring them. By refusing to think, refusing to change.
  • What drives people crazy is trying to live outside reality. Reality is terrible. It can kill you. Given time, it certainly will kill you. The reality is pain [...] But it’s the lies, the evasions of reality, that drive you crazy.
  • The individual cannot bargain with the State. The State recognizes no coinage but power: and it issues the coins itself.
  • We came from a great distance to each other. We have always done so. Over great distances, over years, over abysses of chance. It is  because he comes from so far away that nothing can separate us. Nothing, no distances, no years, can be greater than the distance that's already between us, the distance of our sex, the difference of our being, our minds; that gap, that abyss which we bridge with a look, with a touch, with a word, the easiest thing in the world.
Ursula K. LeGuin -- The dispossessed



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