[PW] ? Quotes from Famous Short Stories (Quotation Query #792)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Thu Jan 18 13:04:43 PST 2018


Here are two quotations from a famous short story by fantasy and SF
writer Ursula K. Le Guin.

Year: 1973
Short Story: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Note: This information is unverified. This metadata is from Wikipedia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ones_Who_Walk_Away_from_Omelas

[Begin excerpt]
We have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of
considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is
intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the
artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible
boredom of pain.
[End excerpt]

[Begin excerpt]
The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to most of
us than the city of happiness. I cannot describe it at all. It is
possible it does not exist. But they seem to know where they are
going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.
[End excerpt]

Garson


On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 1:26 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
> Quotation dictionaries don't usually include many quotations from short stories, but I'm trying to do so in my upcoming revised edition.  Can anyone point me to crucial or particularly memorable quotes from any of these famous short stories:
>
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> Anton Chekhov, "The Bet"
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> Joyce Carol Oates, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
>
> Raymond Carver, "Cathedral"
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> Or, for that matter, I would welcome any suggestions of crucial or particularly memorable quotes from other short stories as well.
>
> Fred Shapiro
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