LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS QUOTES

“Light is the left hand of darkness, and darkness the right hand of light.”

“In a society where the norm is ambiguity, the recognition of difference becomes the prime duty.”

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

“A man who doesn’t detest a bad government is a fool. And if there were such a thing as a good government on earth, it would be a great joy to serve it.”

“Why are men afraid of women? I thought men were so brave; I thought they overcame fear.”

“I’ll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination.”

“It is only human to crave ownership of the intangible.”

“You cannot take two steps in politics or in philosophy without being a metaphysician.”

“A person who doesn’t pay their debts, is like a child who doesn’t wash their hands: sooner or later they’re going to infect the community.”

“Sometimes the only way to bring peace is through violence, but that doesn’t mean we should like it.”

“The only society worth joining is one that will have you, really have you. Without reshaping you into something else.”

“Pain and pleasure are two sides of the same coin. You can’t have one without the other.”

“The absence of light is not the same as darkness.”

“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.”

“To be passive is to let others decide for you. To be aggressive is to decide for others. To be assertive is to decide for yourself. And to trust that there is enough, that you are enough.”

“Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life’s ironies that this, which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved.”

“What is a political revolution without a utopian vision of the future?”

“What keeps you going isn’t some fine destination, but just the road you’re on, and the fact that you know how to drive.”

“Genius can be detected only in the acts of a genius itself.”

“To refuse to believe in hope is to guarantee that fear will take the day.”

“The search for truth is not a luxury. It is essential to the survival and growth of a society.”

“There is no such thing as perfect subjective truth. There are only different opinions, different beliefs.”

“We’re all vulnerable, every single one of us. And that’s who we are. That’s what makes us human.”

“The future’s there, looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become.”

“People who have been oppressed for as long as they remember often make the best revolutionaries.”

“The secret of happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.”

“If you cannot hear the ugly voice, the voice is not ugly.”

“The fact that you don’t believe in something doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.”

“Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.”

“The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence.”