Ursula Le Guin
From A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)
“Later, when Ged thought back upon that night, he knew that had none touched him when he
lay thus spirit-lost, had none called him back in some way, he might have been lost for good.
It was only the dumb instinctive wisdom of the beast who licks his hurt companion to comfort him,
and yet in that wisdom Ged saw something akin to his own power, something that went as deep as wizardry.
From that time forth he believed that the wise man is one who never sets himself apart from other living things,
whether they have speech or not, and in later years he strove long to learn what can be learned,
in silence, from the eyes of animals, the flight of birds, the great slow gestures of trees.”
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