Quit Pro Quotes

Fabulous, inspiring stories of quitting from Utne Reader visionaries

| September-October1996

Ursula K. LeGuin, author: 

I’m a sort of ignorant, imperfect Taoist, and in a sense the point of trying to follow the Tao is that you have to quit trying to do it.

I’ve found this to be true in my art. When I’m trying to control the story and make it do something, it doesn’t work. When I quit trying, I get to a whole deeper level in my writing. When I let the story tell me what it is.

Letting your work do itself this way requires, of course, an extremely intense, alert attitude. It’s not passive; it’s actively passive, passively active. One of those great Chinese ideas you chase all your life.


Ray Suarez, radio show host: 

10/3/2008 6:37:33 PM

Bo Lozoff is a treasure. He has a way of taking ancient principles, like the 10 Commandments, and making them feel so relevant to daily life. Thank you for including Lozoff in this quote section.

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