Thanks @saltzshaker great topic! My main way to save great quotes from things I read is Kindle highlights, saved > Readwise for easier review. Kind of a random selection since I read lots of good physical books w/ no quotes saved, but luckily I just started Ursula K. Le Guin’s Left Hand of Darkness on Kindle and have a few good ones so far!
From the introduction:
Science fiction is not predictive; it is descriptive. Predictions are uttered by prophets (free of charge), by clairvoyants (who usually charge a fee, and are therefore more honored in their day than prophets), and by futurologists (salaried). Prediction is the business of prophets, clairvoyants, and futurologists. It is not the business of novelists. A novelist’s business is lying.
A sentence or paragraph is like a chord or harmonic sequence in music: its meaning may be more clearly understood by the attentive ear, even though it is read in silence, than by the attentive intellect.
From the story itself:
I was trying to speak insipidly, yet everything I said to Tibe seemed to take on a double meaning. “Oh very much indeed,” said Tibe. “Indeed Lord Estraven is famous for his kindness to foreigners.” He smiled again, and every tooth seemed to have a meaning, double, multiple, thirty-two different meanings.
Like all the King’s House this room was high, red, old, bare, with a musty chill on the air as if the drafts blew in not from other rooms but from other centuries.