And The Word Was Spoken

‘Tell me just this, if it is not a secret: what other great powers are there besides the light?’
 
‘It is no secret. All power is one in source and end, I think. Years and distances, stars and candles, water and wind and wizardry, the craft in a man’s hand and the wisdom in a tree’s root: they all arise together. My name, and yours, and the true name of the sun, or a spring of water, or an unborn child, all are syllables of the great word that is very slowly spoken by the shining of the stars. There is no other power. No other name.’
 
Staying his knife on the curved wood, Murre asked, ‘What of death?’
 
The girl listened, her shining black head bent down.
 
‘For a word to be spoken,’ Ged answered slowly, ‘there must be silence. Before and after.’

 
Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea — Book One of The Earthsea Trilogy

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