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Started by droqen, July 25, 2022, 04:38:51 PM
Quote from: p55You can go home again, the General Temporal Theory asserts, so long as you understand that home is a place where you have never been.
Quote from: p56He welcomed isolation with all his heart. It never occurred to him that the reserve he met in Bedap and Tirin might be a response; that his gentle but already formidably hermetic character might form its own ambience, which only great strength, or great devotion, could withstand. All he noticed, really, was that he had plenty of time to work at last.
Quote from: p50"It would be silly for me to think about a partnership. That sort of thing is for . . . for human beings. . . ."
Quote from: p58The night before he left for Abbenay his fellow students gave a party for him. [..He] wondered why it was such a fine one. Uninfluenced by others, he never knew he influenced them; he never knew they liked him.
Quote from: p73[Shevek said,] "I don't wish to give offense.""Never fear, sir!" Pae said.Oiie said, "I'm not sure you know how."Oiie was not a likeable fellow, like Pae. Even talking physics he had an evasive, secretive style. And yet beneath the style, there was something, Shevek felt, to trust; whereas beneath Pae's charm, what was there?
Quote from: p76"But we haven't been sure whether or not you came with the approval of--" [Oiie] hesitated.Shevek grinned. "Of my government?""We know that nominally there's no government on Anarres. However, obviously there's administration. And we gather the group that sent you, your Syndicate, is a kind of faction; perhaps a revolutionary faction.""Everybody on Anarres is a revolutionary, Oiie. . . . The network of administration [does] not govern persons; they administer production. They have no authority either to support me or to prevent me. [..] Most people on Anarres don't want to learn about Urras. They fear it and want nothing to do with the propertarians. [..] I came to begin to change that.""Entirely on your own initiative," said Oiie."It is the only initiative I acknowledge," Shevek said, smiling, in dead earnest.
Quote from: p89-90He was alone, here, because he came from a self-exiled society. He had always been alone on his own world because he had exiled himself from his society. [..] And he had been fool enough to think that he might serve too bring together two worlds to which he did not belong.
Quote from: p112The social conscience, the opinion of others, was the most powerful moral force motivating the behaviour of most Anarresti, but it was a little less powerful in him than in the rest of them. So many of his problems were of a kind other people did not understand that he had got used to working them out for himself, in silence. So he did with the problems, which were much harder for him, in some ways, than those of temporal physics. He asked no one's opinion.
Quote from: p128To his surprise a good many students came to him to complain. They wanted him to set the problems, to ask the right questions; they did not want to think about questions, but to write down the answers they had learned. And some of them objected strongly to his giving everyone the same mark. [..] If no competitive distinction were to be made, one might as well do nothing."Well, of course," Shevek said, troubled. "If you do not want to do the work, you should not do it."
Quote from: p139[..]where there's property, there's theft[..]" 'To make a thief, make an owner; to create crime, create laws.' [..] ""[..] Where there are papers in locked rooms, there are people with keys to the rooms!"
Quote from: p137, Chifoilisk to Shevekyour habit of approaching everybody as a person, an individual, won't do here, it won't work. You have got to understand the powers behind the individuals.
Quote from: p143It's not money I want, you know. I want the superiority of Cetian science recognized, the superiority of the Cetian mind.
Quote from: p261[..] he had a right to [it], but he was damned if he would explain. Existence is its own justification, need is right. He was an Odonian, he left guilt to profiteers.
Quote from: p280He had been groping and grabbing after certainty, as if it were something he could possess. He had been demanding a security, a guarantee, which is not granted, and which, if granted, would become a prison. By simply assuming the validity of [his theory, his goal] he was left free to use the lovely [devices of his craft]; and then it would be possible to go ahead.
Quote from: p295"Do you know what your society has meant, here, to us, these last hundred and fifty years? Do you know that when people here want to wish each other luck they say, 'May you get reborn on Anarres!' To know that it exists, to know that there is a society without government, without police, without economic exploitation, that they can never say again that it's just a mirage, an idealist's dream!"
Quote from: p333, read today[..] the real mutuality and reciprocity of society and the individual became clear.[..] though only the society could give security and stability, only the individual, the person, had the power of moral choice--the power of change, the essential function of life.
Quote from: a text document i wrote yesterdayOnly humans are capable of morality.
Quote from: p334his radical and unqualified will to create was[..] its own justification. His sense of primary responsibility towards his work did not cut him off from his fellows, from his society, as he had thought. It engaged him with them absolutely.