Encourage Imagination (Quote by Ursula Le Guin)

Encourage Imagination (Quote by Ursula Le Guin)
Encourage Imagination Ursula Le Guin quote

Childhood Imagination (pastel) by Polly Castor

“I believe that maturity is not an outgrowing, but a growing up; that an adult is not a dead child, but a child who survived. I believe that all the best faculties of a mature human being exist in the child, and that if these faculties are encouraged in youth they will act well and wisely in the adult, but if they are repressed and denied in the child they will stunt and cripple the adult personality. And finally, I believe that one of the most deeply human, and humane, of these faculties is the power of imagination…

It is our pleasant duty as librarians, or teachers, or parents, or writers, or simply as grownups, to encourage that faculty of imagination in our children, to encourage it to grow freely … by giving it the best, absolutely the best and purest, nourishment that it can absorb. And never, under any circumstances, to squelch it, or sneer at it, or imply that it is childish, or unmanly, or untrue.”

by Ursula Le Guin

Orbs of Hope (pastel) by Polly Castor

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.

1 Comment

  1. Dilys 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing that quote, Polly!
    I love spending time with my 8 grandchildren, aged between 6 months and 13 years, because they are so full of the zest for life and imagining what life holds for them. It helps me see things anew through their eyes and makes me feel excited too.

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