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Wikipedia Summary for Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle Camp (November 29, 1918 – September 6, 2007) was an American writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young adult fiction, including A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels: A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. Her works reflect both her Christian faith and her strong interest in modern science.

Quote: Life is the greatest gift that could ever be conceived ... A daffodil pushing up through the dark earth to the spring, knowing somehow deep in its roots that spring and light and sunshine will come, has more courage and more knowledge of the value of life than any human being I've met. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote: Life is the greatest gift that could ever be conceived ... A daffodil pushing up through the dark earth to the spring, knowing somehow deep in its roots that spring and light and sunshine will come, has more courage and more knowledge of the value of life than any human being I've met.- black text on quotes background

Life is the greatest gift that could ever be conceived ... A daffodil pushing up through the dark earth to the spring, knowing somehow deep in its roots that spring and light and sunshine will come, has more courage and more knowledge of the value of life than any human being I've met.


Quote: It takes too much energy to be against something unless it's really important. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

It takes too much energy to be against something unless it's really important.


Quote: Nothing is hopeless, we must hope for everything. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Nothing is hopeless, we must hope for everything.


Quote: Experiment is the mother of knowledge. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Experiment is the mother of knowledge.


Quote: Detachment and involvement: the artist must have both. The link between them is compassion. It has taken me over fifty years to get a glimmer of what this means. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Detachment and involvement: the artist must have both. The link between them is compassion. It has taken me over fifty years to get a glimmer of what this means.


Quote: If you're too happy about anything, fate usually gives you a good sock in the jaw and knocks you down. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

If you're too happy about anything, fate usually gives you a good sock in the jaw and knocks you down.


Quote: I looked at this tiny perfect creature and it was as though a light switch had been turned on. A giant gush of love flooded out of me. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I looked at this tiny perfect creature and it was as though a light switch had been turned on. A giant gush of love flooded out of me.


Quote: A daffodil pushing up through the dark earth to the spring, knowing somehow deep in its roots that spring and light and sunshine will come, has more courage and more knowledge of the value of life than any human being I've met. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

A daffodil pushing up through the dark earth to the spring, knowing somehow deep in its roots that spring and light and sunshine will come, has more courage and more knowledge of the value of life than any human being I've met.


Quote: I mean, the starfish is still pretty much a mystery even to the people who know most about it. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I mean, the starfish is still pretty much a mystery even to the people who know most about it.


Quote: But when the world is, indeed, in chaos, then an affirmation of cosmos becomes essential. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

But when the world is, indeed, in chaos, then an affirmation of cosmos becomes essential.


Quote: The naked intellect is an extraordinarily inaccurate instrument. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The naked intellect is an extraordinarily inaccurate instrument.




Quote: It's amazing what passing the half-century mark does to free one to be eccentric. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

It's amazing what passing the half-century mark does to free one to be eccentric.


Quote: I am still every age that I have been. Because I was once a child, I am always a child. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I am still every age that I have been. Because I was once a child, I am always a child.


Quote: We think because we have words, not the other way around. The more words we have, the better able we are to think conceptually. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We think because we have words, not the other way around. The more words we have, the better able we are to think conceptually.


Quote: Are anybody's parents typical? by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Are anybody's parents typical?


Quote: Our country in general assumes that the pursuit of happiness really means the pursuit of pleasure and that therefore pleasure is the greatest good. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Our country in general assumes that the pursuit of happiness really means the pursuit of pleasure and that therefore pleasure is the greatest good.


Quote: Reading is a creative activity. You have to visualize the characters, you have to hear what the voices sound like. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Reading is a creative activity. You have to visualize the characters, you have to hear what the voices sound like.


Quote: The world has been abnormal for so long that we've forgotten what it's like to live in a peaceful and reasonable climate. If there is to be any peace or reason, we have to create it in our own hearts and homes. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The world has been abnormal for so long that we've forgotten what it's like to live in a peaceful and reasonable climate. If there is to be any peace or reason, we have to create it in our own hearts and homes.




Quote: The part of us that has to be burned away is something like the deadwood on the bush; it has to go, to be burned in the terrible fire of reality, until there is nothing left but ... what we are meant to be. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The part of us that has to be burned away is something like the deadwood on the bush; it has to go, to be burned in the terrible fire of reality, until there is nothing left but ... what we are meant to be.


Quote: When I look at the galaxies on a clear night -- when I look at the incredible brilliance of creation, and think that this is what God is like, then instead of feeling intimidated and diminished by it, I am enlarged ... I rejoice that I am a part of it. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

When I look at the galaxies on a clear night -- when I look at the incredible brilliance of creation, and think that this is what God is like, then instead of feeling intimidated and diminished by it, I am enlarged ... I rejoice that I am a part of it.


Quote: Oh child, your language is so utterly simple and limited that it has the affect of extreme complication. -Aunt Beast. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Oh child, your language is so utterly simple and limited that it has the affect of extreme complication. -Aunt Beast.


Quote: It was the same way with silence. This was more than silence. A deaf person can feel vibrations. Here there was nothing to feel. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

It was the same way with silence. This was more than silence. A deaf person can feel vibrations. Here there was nothing to feel.


Quote: For an artist is not a consumer, as our commercials urge us to be. An artist is a nourisher and a creator who knows that during the act of creation there is collaboration. We do not create alone. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

For an artist is not a consumer, as our commercials urge us to be. An artist is a nourisher and a creator who knows that during the act of creation there is collaboration. We do not create alone.


Quote: Death is contagious; it is contracted the moment we are conceived. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Death is contagious; it is contracted the moment we are conceived.


Quote: Women must be very gentle with men as they, as well as women, seek to regain the lost wholeness for which they were destined. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Women must be very gentle with men as they, as well as women, seek to regain the lost wholeness for which they were destined.


Quote: An infinite question is often destroyed by finite answers. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

An infinite question is often destroyed by finite answers.


Quote: The discoveries don't come when you're looking for them. They come when for some reason you've let go conscious control. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The discoveries don't come when you're looking for them. They come when for some reason you've let go conscious control.


Quote: There are dozens and dozens of ways to be a family ... Family tends to happen. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

There are dozens and dozens of ways to be a family ... Family tends to happen.




Quote: We do learn and develop when we are exposed to those who are greater than we are. Perhaps this is the chief way we mature. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We do learn and develop when we are exposed to those who are greater than we are. Perhaps this is the chief way we mature.


Quote: We do not have to understand in order to believe that behind the mystery and the fascination there is love. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We do not have to understand in order to believe that behind the mystery and the fascination there is love.


Quote: Come t'e' picciol fallo amaro morso! Dante. What grievous pain a little fault doth give thee! by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Come t'e' picciol fallo amaro morso! Dante. What grievous pain a little fault doth give thee!




Quote: Because we fail to listen to each other's stories, we are becoming a fragmented human race. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Because we fail to listen to each other's stories, we are becoming a fragmented human race.


Quote: When we celebrate Christmas, we are celebrating that amazing time when the Word that shouted all the galaxies into being limited all power and, for love of us, came to us in the powerless body of a human baby. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

When we celebrate Christmas, we are celebrating that amazing time when the Word that shouted all the galaxies into being limited all power and, for love of us, came to us in the powerless body of a human baby.


Quote: If we accept that we have at least an iota of free will, we cannot throw it back the moment things go wrong. Like a human parent, God will help us when we ask for help, but in a way that will make us more mature, more real, not in a way that will diminish us. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

If we accept that we have at least an iota of free will, we cannot throw it back the moment things go wrong. Like a human parent, God will help us when we ask for help, but in a way that will make us more mature, more real, not in a way that will diminish us.




Quote: Great art transcends its culture and touches on that which is eternal. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Great art transcends its culture and touches on that which is eternal.


Quote: We know you have a great mind and all, Mother, but you don't have much sense. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We know you have a great mind and all, Mother, but you don't have much sense.


Quote: Art is not a mirror but an icon. It takes the chaos in which we live and shows us structure and pattern, not the structure of conformity which imprisons but the structure which liberates,

sets us free to become growing, mature human beings. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Art is not a mirror but an icon. It takes the chaos in which we live and shows us structure and pattern, not the structure of conformity which imprisons but the structure which liberates,

sets us free to become growing, mature human beings.






Quote: Sometimes idiosyncrasies which used to be irritating become endearing, part of the complexity of a partner who has become woven deep into our own selves. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Sometimes idiosyncrasies which used to be irritating become endearing, part of the complexity of a partner who has become woven deep into our own selves.


Quote: I rebel against death, yet I know that it is how I respond to death's inevitability that is going to make me less or more fully alive. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I rebel against death, yet I know that it is how I respond to death's inevitability that is going to make me less or more fully alive.


Quote: Anything that's natural can't be sinful-it may be inconvenient, but it's not sinful. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Anything that's natural can't be sinful-it may be inconvenient, but it's not sinful.


Quote: All children are artists, and it is an indictment of our culture that so many of them lose their creativity, their unfettered imaginations, as they grow older. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

All children are artists, and it is an indictment of our culture that so many of them lose their creativity, their unfettered imaginations, as they grow older.


Quote: We are a generation which is crying loudly to tear down all structure in order to find freedom, and discovering, when order is demolished, that instead of freedom we have death. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We are a generation which is crying loudly to tear down all structure in order to find freedom, and discovering, when order is demolished, that instead of freedom we have death.


Quote: Detachment and involvement: the artist must have both. The link between them is compassion. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Detachment and involvement: the artist must have both. The link between them is compassion.


Quote: When the work takes over, then the artist is enabled to get out of the way, not to interfere. When the work takes over, then the artist listens. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

When the work takes over, then the artist is enabled to get out of the way, not to interfere. When the work takes over, then the artist listens.


Quote: Part of doing something is listening. We are listening. To the sun. To the stars. To the wind. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of smiling woman

Part of doing something is listening. We are listening. To the sun. To the stars. To the wind.


Quote: That's a sure way to tell about somebody -- the way they play, or don't play, make-believe. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

That's a sure way to tell about somebody -- the way they play, or don't play, make-believe.


Quote: There is little character or loveliness in the face of someone who has shunned risk, avoided suffering and rejected life. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

There is little character or loveliness in the face of someone who has shunned risk, avoided suffering and rejected life.


Quote: When I have something to say that I think will be too difficult for adults, I write it in a book for children. Children are excited by new ideas; they have not yet closed the doors and windows of their imaginations. Provided the story is good... nothing is too difficult for children. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote: When I have something to say that I think will be too difficult for adults, I write it in a book for children. Children are excited by new ideas; they have not yet closed the doors and windows of their imaginations. Provided the story is good... nothing is too difficult for children.- black text on quotes background

When I have something to say that I think will be too difficult for adults, I write it in a book for children. Children are excited by new ideas; they have not yet closed the doors and windows of their imaginations. Provided the story is good... nothing is too difficult for children.


Quote: Mother, Meg pursued. Charles says I'm not one thing or the other, not flesh nor fowl nor good red herring.
Oh for crying out loud, Calvin said, you're Meg, aren't you? Come on and let's go for a walk. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Mother, Meg pursued. Charles says I'm not one thing or the other, not flesh nor fowl nor good red herring.
Oh for crying out loud, Calvin said, you're Meg, aren't you? Come on and let's go for a walk.


Quote: A mystic is a person who sees the facts as inadequate. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

A mystic is a person who sees the facts as inadequate.


Quote: When we lose our myths we lose our place in the universe. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

When we lose our myths we lose our place in the universe.


Quote: We're not peculiar.
Oh, yes, you are. Don't you realize that in my world my parents are peculiar because they'd never been divorced? Basically because it would have been too much trouble. But you live in a world where not only are your parents not divorced, they appear to love each other. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote: We're not peculiar.
Oh, yes, you are. Don't you realize that in my world my parents are peculiar because they'd never been divorced? Basically because it would have been too much trouble. But you live in a world where not only are your parents not divorced, they appear to love each other.- black text on quotes background

We're not peculiar.
Oh, yes, you are. Don't you realize that in my world my parents are peculiar because they'd never been divorced? Basically because it would have been too much trouble. But you live in a world where not only are your parents not divorced, they appear to love each other.


Quote: Qui plussait, plus se tait. French, you know. The more a man knows, the less he talks. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Qui plussait, plus se tait. French, you know. The more a man knows, the less he talks.










Quote: He knew what she wanted, and he wanted it, too; he was ready, but not, despite her gorgeousness, with Tiglah. Tiglah was not worth losing his ability to touch a unicorn. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

He knew what she wanted, and he wanted it, too; he was ready, but not, despite her gorgeousness, with Tiglah. Tiglah was not worth losing his ability to touch a unicorn.


Quote: Lords of space and Lords of time,
Lords of blessing, Lords of grace,
Who is in the warmer clime?
Who will follow Madoc's rhyme?
Blue will alter time and space. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Lords of space and Lords of time,
Lords of blessing, Lords of grace,
Who is in the warmer clime?
Who will follow Madoc's rhyme?
Blue will alter time and space.


Quote: We are going to your father, Mrs. Which said. 

But where is he? Meg went over to Mrs. Which and stamped as though she were as young as Charles Wallace. 

Mrs. Whatsit answered in a voice that was low but quite firm. On a planet that has given in. So you must prepare to be very strong. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote: We are going to your father, Mrs. Which said. 

But where is he? Meg went over to Mrs. Which and stamped as though she were as young as Charles Wallace. 

Mrs. Whatsit answered in a voice that was low but quite firm. On a planet that has given in. So you must prepare to be very strong.- black text on quotes background

We are going to your father, Mrs. Which said.

But where is he? Meg went over to Mrs. Which and stamped as though she were as young as Charles Wallace.

Mrs. Whatsit answered in a voice that was low but quite firm. On a planet that has given in. So you must prepare to be very strong.


Quote: Ridicule is a terrible witherer of the flower of the imagination. It binds us where we should be free. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Ridicule is a terrible witherer of the flower of the imagination. It binds us where we should be free.


Quote: We cannot always cry at the right time
and who is to say which time is right? by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We cannot always cry at the right time
and who is to say which time is right?


Quote: I saw Eternity the other night, Like a great ring of pure and endless light, All calm, as it was bright, And round beneath it, Time, in hours, days, years, Driven by the spheres, Like a vast shadow moved, in which the world And all her train were hurled. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I saw Eternity the other night, Like a great ring of pure and endless light, All calm, as it was bright, And round beneath it, Time, in hours, days, years, Driven by the spheres, Like a vast shadow moved, in which the world And all her train were hurled.


Quote: There's no such thing as an unbreakable scientific rule, because, sooner or later, they all seem to get broken. Or to change. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

There's no such thing as an unbreakable scientific rule, because, sooner or later, they all seem to get broken. Or to change.


Quote: The Great God Science. It has failed us, because it was never meant to be a god, but only a few true scientists understand that. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The Great God Science. It has failed us, because it was never meant to be a god, but only a few true scientists understand that.


Quote: It's a stage we all go through; it takes a certain amount of living to strike the strange balance between the two errors either of regarding ourselves as unforgivable or as not needing forgiveness. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

It's a stage we all go through; it takes a certain amount of living to strike the strange balance between the two errors either of regarding ourselves as unforgivable or as not needing forgiveness.


Quote: Lords of blue and Lords of gold,
Lords of wind and waters wild,
Lords of time that's growing old,
When will come the season mild?
When will come blue Madoc's child? by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Lords of blue and Lords of gold,
Lords of wind and waters wild,
Lords of time that's growing old,
When will come the season mild?
When will come blue Madoc's child?


Quote: Now I am setting out into the unknown. It will take me a long while to work through the grief. There are no shortcuts; it has to be gone through. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Now I am setting out into the unknown. It will take me a long while to work through the grief. There are no shortcuts; it has to be gone through.


Quote: Lords of spirit, Lords of breath,
Lords of fireflies, stars, and light,
Who will keep the world from death?
Who will stop the coming night?
Blue eyes, blue eyes, have the sight. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Lords of spirit, Lords of breath,
Lords of fireflies, stars, and light,
Who will keep the world from death?
Who will stop the coming night?
Blue eyes, blue eyes, have the sight.




Quote: In the literary world today, Christianity has pretty well replaced sex as the present pet taboo, not only because Christianity is so often distorted by Christians as well as non-Christians, but because it is too wild and free for the timid. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

In the literary world today, Christianity has pretty well replaced sex as the present pet taboo, not only because Christianity is so often distorted by Christians as well as non-Christians, but because it is too wild and free for the timid.


Quote: People become trustworthy when they are trusted. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

People become trustworthy when they are trusted.


Quote: Friends -- or lovers -- are not always available to each other. Inner turmoils can cause us to be unhearing when someone needs us, to need to receive understanding when we should be giving understanding. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Friends -- or lovers -- are not always available to each other. Inner turmoils can cause us to be unhearing when someone needs us, to need to receive understanding when we should be giving understanding.






Quote: If the artist reflects only his own culture, then his works will die with that culture. But if his works reflect the eternal and universal, they will revive. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

If the artist reflects only his own culture, then his works will die with that culture. But if his works reflect the eternal and universal, they will revive.


Quote: In so-called primitive societies there are two words for power, mana and taboo: the power which creates and the power which destroys; the power which is benign and the power which is malign. Odd that we have retained in our vocabulary the word for dangerous power, taboo, and have lost mana. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote: In so-called primitive societies there are two words for power, mana and taboo: the power which creates and the power which destroys; the power which is benign and the power which is malign. Odd that we have retained in our vocabulary the word for dangerous power, taboo, and have lost mana.- black text on quotes background

In so-called primitive societies there are two words for power, mana and taboo: the power which creates and the power which destroys; the power which is benign and the power which is malign. Odd that we have retained in our vocabulary the word for dangerous power, taboo, and have lost mana.


Quote: If we don't pray according to the needs of the heart, we repress our deepest longings. Our prayers may not be rational, and we may be quite aware of that, but if we repress our needs, then those unsaid prayers will fester. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

If we don't pray according to the needs of the heart, we repress our deepest longings. Our prayers may not be rational, and we may be quite aware of that, but if we repress our needs, then those unsaid prayers will fester.


Quote: God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.


Quote: There is no way that you can read the entire Bible seriously and take every word literally. Contradictions start in the first chapter of Genesis. There are two Creation stories, two stories of the making of Adam and Eve. And that is all right. The Bible is still true. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote; white text on black background

There is no way that you can read the entire Bible seriously and take every word literally. Contradictions start in the first chapter of Genesis. There are two Creation stories, two stories of the making of Adam and Eve. And that is all right. The Bible is still true.


Quote: If we aren't capable of being hurt we aren't capable of feeling joy. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

If we aren't capable of being hurt we aren't capable of feeling joy.




Quote: The story comes, and it is pure story. That's all I set out to write. But I don't believe that we can write any kind of story without including, whether we intend to or not, our response to the world around us. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The story comes, and it is pure story. That's all I set out to write. But I don't believe that we can write any kind of story without including, whether we intend to or not, our response to the world around us.


Quote: There is in God, some say, a deep but dazzling darkness. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

There is in God, some say, a deep but dazzling darkness.


Quote: Schooling, instead of encouraging the asking of questions, too often discourages it. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Schooling, instead of encouraging the asking of questions, too often discourages it.


Quote: If it can be verified, we don't need faith... Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason. Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

If it can be verified, we don't need faith... Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason. Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.


Quote: And we mustn't lose our sense of humor, Mrs. Which said. The only way to cope with something deadly serious is to try to treat it a little lightly. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

And we mustn't lose our sense of humor, Mrs. Which said. The only way to cope with something deadly serious is to try to treat it a little lightly.


Quote: Like all great fantasists, he has taught me about life, life in eternity rather than chronology, life in that time in which we are real. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Like all great fantasists, he has taught me about life, life in eternity rather than chronology, life in that time in which we are real.


Quote: A great piece of literature does not try to coerce you to believe it or agree with it. A great piece of literature simply is . It is a vehicle of truth, but it is not a blueprint, and we tend to confuse the two. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

A great piece of literature does not try to coerce you to believe it or agree with it. A great piece of literature simply is . It is a vehicle of truth, but it is not a blueprint, and we tend to confuse the two.


Quote: The best way to guide children without coercion is to be ourselves. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The best way to guide children without coercion is to be ourselves.


Quote: She began to feel the sense of wonderful elation that always came to her when beauty took hold of her and made her forget her fears. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

She began to feel the sense of wonderful elation that always came to her when beauty took hold of her and made her forget her fears.




Quote: If we allow our high creativity to remain alive, we will never be bored. We can pray, standing in line at the super market. Or we can be lost in awe at all the people around us, their lives full of glory and tragedy, and suddenly we will have the beginnings of a painting, a story, a song. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote: If we allow our high creativity to remain alive, we will never be bored. We can pray, standing in line at the super market. Or we can be lost in awe at all the people around us, their lives full of glory and tragedy, and suddenly we will have the beginnings of a painting, a story, a song.- black text on quotes background

If we allow our high creativity to remain alive, we will never be bored. We can pray, standing in line at the super market. Or we can be lost in awe at all the people around us, their lives full of glory and tragedy, and suddenly we will have the beginnings of a painting, a story, a song.


Quote: When we believe in the impossible, it becomes possible, and we can do all kinds of extraordinary things. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

When we believe in the impossible, it becomes possible, and we can do all kinds of extraordinary things.


Quote: Truth is what is true, and it's not necessarily factual. Truth and fact are not the same thing. Truth does not contradict or deny facts, but it goes through and beyond facts. This is something that it is very difficult for some people to understand. Truth can be dangerous. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote; white text on black background

Truth is what is true, and it's not necessarily factual. Truth and fact are not the same thing. Truth does not contradict or deny facts, but it goes through and beyond facts. This is something that it is very difficult for some people to understand. Truth can be dangerous.






Quote: If you don't recount your family history, it will be lost. Honor your own stories and tell them too. The tales may not seem very important, but they are what binds families and makes each of us who we are. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

If you don't recount your family history, it will be lost. Honor your own stories and tell them too. The tales may not seem very important, but they are what binds families and makes each of us who we are.


Quote: I suspect that in every good marriage there are times when love seems to be over. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I suspect that in every good marriage there are times when love seems to be over.


Quote: When I am grappling with ideas which are radical enough to upset grown-ups, then I am likely to put these ideas into a story which will be marketed for children, because children understand what their parents have rejected and forgotten. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

When I am grappling with ideas which are radical enough to upset grown-ups, then I am likely to put these ideas into a story which will be marketed for children, because children understand what their parents have rejected and forgotten.


Quote: Agape love is...profound concern for the well-being of another, without any desire to control that other, to be thanked by that other, or to enjoy the process. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Agape love is...profound concern for the well-being of another, without any desire to control that other, to be thanked by that other, or to enjoy the process.


Quote: And there's no getting around the fact that all life lives at the expense of another life. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

And there's no getting around the fact that all life lives at the expense of another life.


Quote: We were sent here for something. And we know that all things work together for good them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We were sent here for something. And we know that all things work together for good them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.


Quote: I share Einstein's affirmation that anyone who is not lost in rapturous awe at the power and glory of the mind behind the universe is as good as a burnt out candle. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I share Einstein's affirmation that anyone who is not lost in rapturous awe at the power and glory of the mind behind the universe is as good as a burnt out candle.


Quote: When a bride insists on telling her lover everything, I suspect she is looking for a father, not a husband. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

When a bride insists on telling her lover everything, I suspect she is looking for a father, not a husband.


Quote: Refusing to accept God's love because we're unworthy -- of course we're unworthy! -- is another golden calf. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Refusing to accept God's love because we're unworthy -- of course we're unworthy! -- is another golden calf.


Quote: If it's bad art, it's bad religion, no matter how pious the subject. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

If it's bad art, it's bad religion, no matter how pious the subject.


Quote: The chief reason that A Wrinkle in Time was rejected for over two years and by thirty-odd publishers was because it is a difficult book for many adults, the decision was made to market it as a children's book; it won a medal for children's books. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The chief reason that A Wrinkle in Time was rejected for over two years and by thirty-odd publishers was because it is a difficult book for many adults, the decision was made to market it as a children's book; it won a medal for children's books.


Quote: If I have something I want to say that is too difficult for adults to swallow, then I will write it in a book for children. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

If I have something I want to say that is too difficult for adults to swallow, then I will write it in a book for children.


Quote: To write for children at all is an act of faith. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

To write for children at all is an act of faith.


Quote: Deepest communion with God is beyond words, on the other side of silence. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Deepest communion with God is beyond words, on the other side of silence.


Quote: The degree of talent, the size of the gift, is immaterial. All artists must listen, but not all hear great symphonies, see wide canvasses, conceive complex, character-filled novels. No

matter, the creative act is the same, and it is an act of faith. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The degree of talent, the size of the gift, is immaterial. All artists must listen, but not all hear great symphonies, see wide canvasses, conceive complex, character-filled novels. No

matter, the creative act is the same, and it is an act of faith.


Quote: The minute we begin to think we have all the answers, we forget the questions. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The minute we begin to think we have all the answers, we forget the questions.


Quote: There was no light. The darkness was deep and there was no dazzle. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

There was no light. The darkness was deep and there was no dazzle.


Quote: Creative scientists and saints expect revelation and do not fear it. Neither do children. But as we grow up and we are hurt, we learned not to trust. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Creative scientists and saints expect revelation and do not fear it. Neither do children. But as we grow up and we are hurt, we learned not to trust.




Quote: I tell a friend that I hope for Mother's death, and he is shocked; he sees it as a failure in my love toward her. 

Perhaps it is. I don't know. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I tell a friend that I hope for Mother's death, and he is shocked; he sees it as a failure in my love toward her.

Perhaps it is. I don't know.


Quote: When we make ourselves vulnerable, we do open ourselves to pain, sometimes excruciating pain. The more people we love, the more we are liable to be hurt, and not only by the people we love, but for the people we love. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

When we make ourselves vulnerable, we do open ourselves to pain, sometimes excruciating pain. The more people we love, the more we are liable to be hurt, and not only by the people we love, but for the people we love.


Quote: If I have something I want to say that is too difficult for adults to swallow, then I write it in a book for children. Children still haven't closed themselves off with fear of the unknown, fear of revolution, or the scramble for security. They are still familiar with the inborn vocabulary of myth. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote: If I have something I want to say that is too difficult for adults to swallow, then I write it in a book for children. Children still haven't closed themselves off with fear of the unknown, fear of revolution, or the scramble for security. They are still familiar with the inborn vocabulary of myth.- black text on quotes background

If I have something I want to say that is too difficult for adults to swallow, then I write it in a book for children. Children still haven't closed themselves off with fear of the unknown, fear of revolution, or the scramble for security. They are still familiar with the inborn vocabulary of myth.






Quote: Following Christ has nothing to do with success as the world sees success. It has to do with love. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Following Christ has nothing to do with success as the world sees success. It has to do with love.


Quote: I believe that good questions are more important than answers, and the best children's books ask questions, and make the readers ask questions. And every new question is going to disturb someone's universe. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I believe that good questions are more important than answers, and the best children's books ask questions, and make the readers ask questions. And every new question is going to disturb someone's universe.


Quote: As far as I'm concerned, there is only one absolute: God is love. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

As far as I'm concerned, there is only one absolute: God is love.


Quote: It's hard to let go anything we love. We live in a world which teaches us to clutch. But when we clutch we're left with a fistful of ashes. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

It's hard to let go anything we love. We live in a world which teaches us to clutch. But when we clutch we're left with a fistful of ashes.


Quote: I am convinced that each work of art, be it a great work of genius or something very small, has its own life, and it will come to the artist, the composer or the writer or the painter, and

say, Here I am: compose me; or write me; or paint me; and the job of the artist is to serve the work. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote: I am convinced that each work of art, be it a great work of genius or something very small, has its own life, and it will come to the artist, the composer or the writer or the painter, and

say, Here I am: compose me; or write me; or paint me; and the job of the artist is to serve the work.- black text on quotes background

I am convinced that each work of art, be it a great work of genius or something very small, has its own life, and it will come to the artist, the composer or the writer or the painter, and

say, Here I am: compose me; or write me; or paint me; and the job of the artist is to serve the work.


Quote: To be half a century plus is wonderfully exciting, because I haven't lost any of my past, and I am free to stand on the rock of all that the past has taught me as I look to the future. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

To be half a century plus is wonderfully exciting, because I haven't lost any of my past, and I am free to stand on the rock of all that the past has taught me as I look to the future.




Quote: Anger is not bitterness. Bitterness can go on eating at a man's heart and mind forever. Anger spends itself in its own time. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Anger is not bitterness. Bitterness can go on eating at a man's heart and mind forever. Anger spends itself in its own time.


Quote: If you aren't unhappy sometimes you don't know how to be happy. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

If you aren't unhappy sometimes you don't know how to be happy.


Quote: Love isn't how you feel. It's what you do. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Love isn't how you feel. It's what you do.


Quote: I love my mother, not as a prisoner of atherosclerosis, but as a person; and I must love her enough to accept her as she is, now, for as long as this dwindling may take. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I love my mother, not as a prisoner of atherosclerosis, but as a person; and I must love her enough to accept her as she is, now, for as long as this dwindling may take.


Quote: In the day school she went to in New York she had long intimate conversations with them all in her imagination, but never in reality. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

In the day school she went to in New York she had long intimate conversations with them all in her imagination, but never in reality.


Quote: Think of the person you love the most in the world. Do you really see them visually? Or don't you see on a much deeper level? It's lots easier to visualize people we don't know very well. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Think of the person you love the most in the world. Do you really see them visually? Or don't you see on a much deeper level? It's lots easier to visualize people we don't know very well.


Quote: Oh child, your language is so utterly simple and limited that it has the affect of extreme complication.
-Aunt Beast. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Oh child, your language is so utterly simple and limited that it has the affect of extreme complication.
-Aunt Beast.


Quote: Darkness was and darkness was good. As with light. Light and Darkness dancing together, born together, born of each other, neither preceding, neither following, both fully being, in joyful rhythm. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Darkness was and darkness was good. As with light. Light and Darkness dancing together, born together, born of each other, neither preceding, neither following, both fully being, in joyful rhythm.






Quote: Only Christ can free us from the prison of legalism, and then only if we are willing to be freed. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Only Christ can free us from the prison of legalism, and then only if we are willing to be freed.


Quote: On the other side of pain, there is still love. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of full-bloomed red and white tulip flowers

On the other side of pain, there is still love.


Quote: We do not love each other without changing each other. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket

We do not love each other without changing each other.




Quote: Love isn't how you feel. It's what you do. I've never had a feeling in my life. As a matter of fact, I matter only with earth people. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Love isn't how you feel. It's what you do. I've never had a feeling in my life. As a matter of fact, I matter only with earth people.


Quote: Meg, when people don't know who they are, they are open either to being Xed, or Named. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Meg, when people don't know who they are, they are open either to being Xed, or Named.




Quote: Meg, don't you think you'd make a better adjustment to life if you faced facts? I do face facts, Meg said. They're lots easier to face than people, I can tell you. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Meg, don't you think you'd make a better adjustment to life if you faced facts? I do face facts, Meg said. They're lots easier to face than people, I can tell you.




Quote: The primary needs can be filled without language. We can eat, sleep, make love, build a house, bear children, without language. But we cannot ask questions. We cannot ask, 'Who am I? Who are you? Why? by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The primary needs can be filled without language. We can eat, sleep, make love, build a house, bear children, without language. But we cannot ask questions. We cannot ask, 'Who am I? Who are you? Why?


Quote: The truth is that I hate to think about other people reading my books, Miranda said. It's like watching someone go through the box of private stuff that I keep under my bed. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The truth is that I hate to think about other people reading my books, Miranda said. It's like watching someone go through the box of private stuff that I keep under my bed.




Quote: My dear, I'm seldom sure of anything. Life at best is a precarious business, and we aren't told that difficult or painful things won't happen, just that it matters. It matters not just to us but to the entire universe. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

My dear, I'm seldom sure of anything. Life at best is a precarious business, and we aren't told that difficult or painful things won't happen, just that it matters. It matters not just to us but to the entire universe.




Quote: Prayer is whenever we consciously try to get in contact with the numinous, the ineffable, the marvelous. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Prayer is whenever we consciously try to get in contact with the numinous, the ineffable, the marvelous.


Quote: I'm apt to get drunk on words...Ontology: the word about the essence of things; the word about being. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I'm apt to get drunk on words...Ontology: the word about the essence of things; the word about being.




Quote: To share poetry is one of the most intimate acts of friendship possible. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

To share poetry is one of the most intimate acts of friendship possible.


Quote: Don't try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Don't try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition.


Quote: Art is an affirmation of life, a rebuttal of death. And here we blunder into paradox again, for during the creation of any form of art, art which affirms the value and the holiness of life, the artist must die. To serve a work of art, great or small, is to die, to die to self. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote; white text on black background

Art is an affirmation of life, a rebuttal of death. And here we blunder into paradox again, for during the creation of any form of art, art which affirms the value and the holiness of life, the artist must die. To serve a work of art, great or small, is to die, to die to self.




Quote: All real art is, in its true sense, religious; it is a religious impulse; there is no such thing as a non-religious subject. But much bad or downright sacrilegious art depicts so-called religious subjects. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

All real art is, in its true sense, religious; it is a religious impulse; there is no such thing as a non-religious subject. But much bad or downright sacrilegious art depicts so-called religious subjects.


Quote: When we are self-conscious, we cannot be wholly aware; we must throw ourselves out first. This throwing ourselves away is the act of creativity. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

When we are self-conscious, we cannot be wholly aware; we must throw ourselves out first. This throwing ourselves away is the act of creativity.


Quote: A lot of the shadow self is the home of poetry, story, prayer. My deepest understandings are often released from the part of me of which I am least aware most of the time. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

A lot of the shadow self is the home of poetry, story, prayer. My deepest understandings are often released from the part of me of which I am least aware most of the time.


Quote: Human beings are the only creatures who are allowed to fail. If an ant fails, it's dead. But we're allowed to learn from our mistakes and from our failures. And that's how I learn, by falling flat on my face and picking myself up and starting all over again. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Human beings are the only creatures who are allowed to fail. If an ant fails, it's dead. But we're allowed to learn from our mistakes and from our failures. And that's how I learn, by falling flat on my face and picking myself up and starting all over again.






Quote: I think that all artists, regardless of degree of talent, are a painful, paradoxical combination of certainty and uncertainty, of arrogance and humility, constantly in need of reassurance, and yet with a stubborn streak of faith in their own validity no matter what. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote; white text on black background

I think that all artists, regardless of degree of talent, are a painful, paradoxical combination of certainty and uncertainty, of arrogance and humility, constantly in need of reassurance, and yet with a stubborn streak of faith in their own validity no matter what.


Quote: Life is not easy and comfortable, with nothing ever going wrong as long as you buy the right product. It's not true that if you have the right insurance everything is going to be fine. That's not what it's really like. Terrible things happen. And those are the things we learn from. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote: Life is not easy and comfortable, with nothing ever going wrong as long as you buy the right product. It's not true that if you have the right insurance everything is going to be fine. That's not what it's really like. Terrible things happen. And those are the things we learn from.- black text on quotes background

Life is not easy and comfortable, with nothing ever going wrong as long as you buy the right product. It's not true that if you have the right insurance everything is going to be fine. That's not what it's really like. Terrible things happen. And those are the things we learn from.


Quote: I never want to lose the story-loving child within me, or the adolescent, or the young woman, or the middle-aged one, because all together they help me to be fully alive on this journey, and show me that I must be willing to go where it takes me, even through the valley of the shadow. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote: I never want to lose the story-loving child within me, or the adolescent, or the young woman, or the middle-aged one, because all together they help me to be fully alive on this journey, and show me that I must be willing to go where it takes me, even through the valley of the shadow.- black text on quotes background

I never want to lose the story-loving child within me, or the adolescent, or the young woman, or the middle-aged one, because all together they help me to be fully alive on this journey, and show me that I must be willing to go where it takes me, even through the valley of the shadow.




Quote: Give the public the 'image' of what it thinks it ought to be, or what television commercials or glossy magazine ads have convinced us we ought to be, and we will buy more of the product, become closer to the image, and further from reality. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Give the public the 'image' of what it thinks it ought to be, or what television commercials or glossy magazine ads have convinced us we ought to be, and we will buy more of the product, become closer to the image, and further from reality.


Quote: You've got to accept the fact that you are basically not teaching a subject, you are teaching children. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

You've got to accept the fact that you are basically not teaching a subject, you are teaching children.


Quote: A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming.


Quote: Sometimes when we have to speak suddenly we come closer to the truth than when we have time to think. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Sometimes when we have to speak suddenly we come closer to the truth than when we have time to think.


Quote: I would like to travel light on this journey of life, to get rid of the encumbrances I acquire each day. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I would like to travel light on this journey of life, to get rid of the encumbrances I acquire each day.




Quote: We tend to defend vigorously things that in our deepest hearts we are not quite certain about. If we are certain of something we know, it doesn't need defending. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We tend to defend vigorously things that in our deepest hearts we are not quite certain about. If we are certain of something we know, it doesn't need defending.


Quote: George MacDonald gives me renewed strength during times of trouble -- times when I have seen people tempted to deny God -- when he says, The Son of God suffered unto death, not that men might not suffer, but that their sufferings might be like his. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

George MacDonald gives me renewed strength during times of trouble -- times when I have seen people tempted to deny God -- when he says, The Son of God suffered unto death, not that men might not suffer, but that their sufferings might be like his.


Quote: You mean you're comparing our lives to a sonnet? A strict form, but freedom within it? Yes. Mrs. Whatsit said. You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

You mean you're comparing our lives to a sonnet? A strict form, but freedom within it? Yes. Mrs. Whatsit said. You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you.


Quote: Because it is the nature of love to create, a marriage itself is something which has to be created, so that, together we become a new creature. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Because it is the nature of love to create, a marriage itself is something which has to be created, so that, together we become a new creature.


Quote: To marry is the biggest risk in human relations that a person can take. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

To marry is the biggest risk in human relations that a person can take.


Quote: You don't want him for a reason. You want him because he's your father. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

You don't want him for a reason. You want him because he's your father.


Quote: When a promise is broken, the promise still remains. In one way or another, we are all unfaithful to each other, and physical unfaithfulness is not the worst kind there is. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

When a promise is broken, the promise still remains. In one way or another, we are all unfaithful to each other, and physical unfaithfulness is not the worst kind there is.


Quote: A long-term marriage has to move beyond chemistry to compatibility, to friendship, to companionship. It is certainly not that passion disappears, but that it is conjoined with other ways of love. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

A long-term marriage has to move beyond chemistry to compatibility, to friendship, to companionship. It is certainly not that passion disappears, but that it is conjoined with other ways of love.


Quote: In our dreams we are able to fly ... and that is a remembering of how we were meant to be. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

In our dreams we are able to fly ... and that is a remembering of how we were meant to be.


Quote: Ridicule is a terrible witherer of the flower of imagination. It binds us where we should be free. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Ridicule is a terrible witherer of the flower of imagination. It binds us where we should be free.


Quote: If our lives are truly hid with Christ in God, the astounding thing is that this hiddenness is revealed in all that we do and say and write. What we are is going to be visible in our art, no matter how secular (on the surface) the subject may be. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

If our lives are truly hid with Christ in God, the astounding thing is that this hiddenness is revealed in all that we do and say and write. What we are is going to be visible in our art, no matter how secular (on the surface) the subject may be.


Quote: We are suspicious of grace. We are afraid of the very lavishness of the gift. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We are suspicious of grace. We are afraid of the very lavishness of the gift.


Quote: As Emmanuel, Cardinal Suhard says, To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such a way that one's life would not make sense if God did not exist. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

As Emmanuel, Cardinal Suhard says, To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such a way that one's life would not make sense if God did not exist.


Quote: To be a witness means to live in such a way that one's life would not make sense if God did not exist. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

To be a witness means to live in such a way that one's life would not make sense if God did not exist.


Quote: Wild nights are my glory! by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Wild nights are my glory!




Quote: We are all strangers in a strange land, longing for home, but not quite knowing what or where home is. We glimpse it sometimes in our dreams, or as we turn a corner, and suddenly there is a strange, sweet familiarity that vanishes almost as soon as it comes. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We are all strangers in a strange land, longing for home, but not quite knowing what or where home is. We glimpse it sometimes in our dreams, or as we turn a corner, and suddenly there is a strange, sweet familiarity that vanishes almost as soon as it comes.


Quote: I do not think that I will ever reach a stage when I will say, This is what I believe. Finished. What I believe is alive ... and open to growth. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I do not think that I will ever reach a stage when I will say, This is what I believe. Finished. What I believe is alive ... and open to growth.


Quote: The creative impulse can be killed, but it cannot be taught. What a teacher can do... in working with children, is to give the flame enough oxygen so that it can burn. As far as I'm concerned, this providing of oxygen is one of the noblest of all vocations. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The creative impulse can be killed, but it cannot be taught. What a teacher can do... in working with children, is to give the flame enough oxygen so that it can burn. As far as I'm concerned, this providing of oxygen is one of the noblest of all vocations.


Quote: I'm different,and I like being different.Calvin's voice was unnaturally loud.
Maybe I don't like being different,Meg said.but I don't want to be like everybody else,either. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I'm different,and I like being different.Calvin's voice was unnaturally loud.
Maybe I don't like being different,Meg said.but I don't want to be like everybody else,either.


Quote: 'A Wrinkle in Time' was almost never published. You can't name a major publisher who didn't reject it. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

'A Wrinkle in Time' was almost never published. You can't name a major publisher who didn't reject it.


Quote: Have you ever tried to get to your feet with a sprained dignity? by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Have you ever tried to get to your feet with a sprained dignity?


Quote: It seemed to travel with her, to sweep her aloft in the power of song, so that she was moving in glory among the stars, and for a moment she, too, felt that the words Darkness and Light had no meaning, and only this melody was real. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

It seemed to travel with her, to sweep her aloft in the power of song, so that she was moving in glory among the stars, and for a moment she, too, felt that the words Darkness and Light had no meaning, and only this melody was real.


Quote: I do not know everything; still many things I understand. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I do not know everything; still many things I understand.


Quote: I don't know if they're really like everybody else, or if they're able to pretend they are. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I don't know if they're really like everybody else, or if they're able to pretend they are.


Quote: The only way to cope with something deadly serious is to try to treat it a little lightly. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The only way to cope with something deadly serious is to try to treat it a little lightly.


Quote: Like and equal are not the same thing at all. -- Meg Murray. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Like and equal are not the same thing at all. -- Meg Murray.


Quote: Speaking of ways, pet, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Speaking of ways, pet, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.


Quote: Love. That was what she had that IT did not have. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Love. That was what she had that IT did not have.


Quote: Suddenly there was a great burst of light through the Darkness. The light spread out and where it touched the Darkness the Darkness disappeared. The light spread until the patch of Dark Thing had vanished, and there was only a gentle shining, and through the shining came the stars, clear and pure. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote: Suddenly there was a great burst of light through the Darkness. The light spread out and where it touched the Darkness the Darkness disappeared. The light spread until the patch of Dark Thing had vanished, and there was only a gentle shining, and through the shining came the stars, clear and pure.- black text on quotes background

Suddenly there was a great burst of light through the Darkness. The light spread out and where it touched the Darkness the Darkness disappeared. The light spread until the patch of Dark Thing had vanished, and there was only a gentle shining, and through the shining came the stars, clear and pure.


Quote: I don't understand it any more than you do, but one thing I've learned is that you don't have to understand things for them to be. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I don't understand it any more than you do, but one thing I've learned is that you don't have to understand things for them to be.


Quote: You have to write the book that wants to be written. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of silver click pen on white paper

You have to write the book that wants to be written.


Quote: We do not know and cannot tell when the spirit is with us. Great talent or small, it makes no difference. We are caught within our own skins, our own sensibilities; we never know if our technique has been adequate to the vision. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We do not know and cannot tell when the spirit is with us. Great talent or small, it makes no difference. We are caught within our own skins, our own sensibilities; we never know if our technique has been adequate to the vision.


Quote: A truly great work of art breaks beyond the bounds of the period and culture in which it is created, so final judgement on a current book has to be deferred until it can be seen outside this present moment. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

A truly great work of art breaks beyond the bounds of the period and culture in which it is created, so final judgement on a current book has to be deferred until it can be seen outside this present moment.




Quote: If a book is not good enough for a grownup, it is not good enough for a child. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

If a book is not good enough for a grownup, it is not good enough for a child.


Quote: Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth.




Quote: I know writers who write only when inspiration comes. How would Isaac Stern play if he played the violin only when he felt like it? He would be lousy. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I know writers who write only when inspiration comes. How would Isaac Stern play if he played the violin only when he felt like it? He would be lousy.






Quote: If our love for each other really is participatory, then all other human relationships nourish it; it is inclusive, never exclusive. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

If our love for each other really is participatory, then all other human relationships nourish it; it is inclusive, never exclusive.


Quote: We do live, all of us, on many different levels, and for most artists the world of imagination is more real than the world of the kitchen sink. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We do live, all of us, on many different levels, and for most artists the world of imagination is more real than the world of the kitchen sink.


Quote: What is self-image? Who started talking about one? I rather fancy it was Madison Avenue. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

What is self-image? Who started talking about one? I rather fancy it was Madison Avenue.




Quote: Basically there can be no categories such as 'religious' art and 'secular' art, because all true art is incarnational, and therefore 'religious. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Basically there can be no categories such as 'religious' art and 'secular' art, because all true art is incarnational, and therefore 'religious.


Quote: There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.


Quote: Thinking I'm a moron gives people something to feel smug about, Charles Wallace said. Why should I disillusion them? by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Thinking I'm a moron gives people something to feel smug about, Charles Wallace said. Why should I disillusion them?




Quote: I can't think of one great human being in the arts, or in history generally, who conformed, who succeeded, as education experts tell us children must succeed, with his peer group. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I can't think of one great human being in the arts, or in history generally, who conformed, who succeeded, as education experts tell us children must succeed, with his peer group.


Quote: The virgin birth has never been a major stumbling block in my struggle with Christianity; it's far less mind boggling than the Power of all Creation stooping so low as to become one of us. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The virgin birth has never been a major stumbling block in my struggle with Christianity; it's far less mind boggling than the Power of all Creation stooping so low as to become one of us.


Quote: We don't want to feel less when we have finished a book; we want to feel that new possibilities of being have been opened to us. We don't want to close a book with a sense that life is totally unfair and that there is no light in the darkness; we want to feel that we have been given illumination. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote: We don't want to feel less when we have finished a book; we want to feel that new possibilities of being have been opened to us. We don't want to close a book with a sense that life is totally unfair and that there is no light in the darkness; we want to feel that we have been given illumination.- black text on quotes background

We don't want to feel less when we have finished a book; we want to feel that new possibilities of being have been opened to us. We don't want to close a book with a sense that life is totally unfair and that there is no light in the darkness; we want to feel that we have been given illumination.




Quote: Everything we do, our entire interior monologue, is prayer. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Everything we do, our entire interior monologue, is prayer.


Quote: Behind the violence of the birthing of galaxies and stars and planets came a quiet and tender melody, a gentle love song. All the raging of creation, the continuing hydrogen explosions on the countless suns, the heaving of planetary bodies, all was enfolded in a patient, waiting love. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote: Behind the violence of the birthing of galaxies and stars and planets came a quiet and tender melody, a gentle love song. All the raging of creation, the continuing hydrogen explosions on the countless suns, the heaving of planetary bodies, all was enfolded in a patient, waiting love.- black text on quotes background

Behind the violence of the birthing of galaxies and stars and planets came a quiet and tender melody, a gentle love song. All the raging of creation, the continuing hydrogen explosions on the countless suns, the heaving of planetary bodies, all was enfolded in a patient, waiting love.


Quote: Nothing loved is ever lost or perished. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Nothing loved is ever lost or perished.




Quote: It does not matter that we cannot fathom this mystery. The only real problem comes when we think that we have. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

It does not matter that we cannot fathom this mystery. The only real problem comes when we think that we have.


Quote: For that moment, at least, all our doors and windows were wide open; we were not carefully shutting out God's purifying light, in order to feel safe and secure; we were bathed in the same light that burned and yet did not consume the bush. We walked barefoot on holy ground. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote; white text on black background

For that moment, at least, all our doors and windows were wide open; we were not carefully shutting out God's purifying light, in order to feel safe and secure; we were bathed in the same light that burned and yet did not consume the bush. We walked barefoot on holy ground.




Quote: All will be redeemed in God's fullness of time, all, not just the small portion of the population who have been given the grace to know and accept Christ . All the strayed and stolen sheep. All the little lost ones. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

All will be redeemed in God's fullness of time, all, not just the small portion of the population who have been given the grace to know and accept Christ . All the strayed and stolen sheep. All the little lost ones.


Quote: More personally, my intellect is a stumbling block to much that makes life worth living: laughter, love; a wiling acceptance of being created. The rational intellect doesn't have a great deal to do with love, and it doesn't have a great deal to do with art. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

More personally, my intellect is a stumbling block to much that makes life worth living: laughter, love; a wiling acceptance of being created. The rational intellect doesn't have a great deal to do with love, and it doesn't have a great deal to do with art.


Quote: As paredes tem ouvidos. (Portuguese: The walls have ears.). by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

As paredes tem ouvidos. (Portuguese: The walls have ears.).




Quote: Children are less easily frightened than we are.... they all understand princesses, of course. Haven't they all been badly bruised by peas? by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Children are less easily frightened than we are.... they all understand princesses, of course. Haven't they all been badly bruised by peas?


Quote: Unlearning is the choice, conscious or unconscious, of any real artist. And it is the true sign of maturity. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Unlearning is the choice, conscious or unconscious, of any real artist. And it is the true sign of maturity.


Quote: It's a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet, and what is sand. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

It's a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet, and what is sand.


Quote: I wish that we worried more about asking the right questions instead of being so hung up on finding answers. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I wish that we worried more about asking the right questions instead of being so hung up on finding answers.




Quote: Be aware that rigidity imprisons. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Be aware that rigidity imprisons.


Quote: I like to take the time out to listen to the trees, much in the same way that I listen to a sea shell, holding my ear against the rough bark of the trunk, hearing the inner singing of the sap. It's a lovely sound, the beating of the heart of the tree. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I like to take the time out to listen to the trees, much in the same way that I listen to a sea shell, holding my ear against the rough bark of the trunk, hearing the inner singing of the sap. It's a lovely sound, the beating of the heart of the tree.


Quote: He is: frog: unworried by the self-consciousness with which the human animal is stuck; it is our blessing and our curse; not only do we know, we know that we know. And we are not often willing to face how little we know. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

He is: frog: unworried by the self-consciousness with which the human animal is stuck; it is our blessing and our curse; not only do we know, we know that we know. And we are not often willing to face how little we know.


Quote: To grow up is to find the small part you are playing in the extraordinary drama written by somebody else. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

To grow up is to find the small part you are playing in the extraordinary drama written by somebody else.


Quote: If you're going to care about the fall of the sparrow you can't pick and choose who's going to be the sparrow. It's everybody. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

If you're going to care about the fall of the sparrow you can't pick and choose who's going to be the sparrow. It's everybody.


Quote: Women in Jesus' day were less than second-class citizens. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Women in Jesus' day were less than second-class citizens.


Quote: The concentration of a small child at play is analogous to the concentration of the artist of any discipline. In real play, which is real concentration, the child is not only outside time, he is outside himself. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The concentration of a small child at play is analogous to the concentration of the artist of any discipline. In real play, which is real concentration, the child is not only outside time, he is outside himself.






Quote: The growth of love is not a straight line, but a series of hills and valleys. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The growth of love is not a straight line, but a series of hills and valleys.


Quote: Maybe the theatre isn't any place for a reasonable human being after all. It keeps your emotions in such a constant state of upheaval. It's really terribly wearing. I wonder if I could stand it, one emotional upset after the other just going on and on for the rest of my life. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote; white text on black background

Maybe the theatre isn't any place for a reasonable human being after all. It keeps your emotions in such a constant state of upheaval. It's really terribly wearing. I wonder if I could stand it, one emotional upset after the other just going on and on for the rest of my life.


Quote: But where, after we have made the great decision to leave the security of childhood and move on into the vastness of maturity, does anybody ever feel completely at home? by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

But where, after we have made the great decision to leave the security of childhood and move on into the vastness of maturity, does anybody ever feel completely at home?




Quote: Someone said, 'It's all been done before.'
Yes, I agreed, but we all have to say it in our own voice. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Someone said, 'It's all been done before.'
Yes, I agreed, but we all have to say it in our own voice.




Quote: Time exists so that everything doesn't happen at once. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Time exists so that everything doesn't happen at once.




Quote: We find what we are looking for. If we are looking for life and love and openness and growth, we are likely to find them. If we are looking for witchcraft and evil, we'll likely find them, and we may get taken over by them. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We find what we are looking for. If we are looking for life and love and openness and growth, we are likely to find them. If we are looking for witchcraft and evil, we'll likely find them, and we may get taken over by them.


Quote: I heard a doctor say that the living tend to withdraw emotionally from the dying, thereby driving them deeper into isolation. Not to withdraw takes tremendous strength. To pull back is a temptation; it doesn't hurt nearly as much as remaining open. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

I heard a doctor say that the living tend to withdraw emotionally from the dying, thereby driving them deeper into isolation. Not to withdraw takes tremendous strength. To pull back is a temptation; it doesn't hurt nearly as much as remaining open.




Quote: Because to take away a man's freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Because to take away a man's freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.




Quote: During the long drag of years before our youngest child went to school, my love for my family and my need to write were in acute conflict. The problem was really that I put two things first. My husband and children came first. So did my writing. Bump. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

During the long drag of years before our youngest child went to school, my love for my family and my need to write were in acute conflict. The problem was really that I put two things first. My husband and children came first. So did my writing. Bump.


Quote: We all tend to make zealous judgments and thereby close ourselves off from revelation. If we feel that we already know something in its totality, then we fail to keep our ears and eyes open to that which may expand or even changes that which we so zealously think we know. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote; white text on black background

We all tend to make zealous judgments and thereby close ourselves off from revelation. If we feel that we already know something in its totality, then we fail to keep our ears and eyes open to that which may expand or even changes that which we so zealously think we know.


Quote: We all tend to make zealous judgement, and thereby close ourselves off from revelation. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We all tend to make zealous judgement, and thereby close ourselves off from revelation.


Quote: Love of music, of sunsets and sea; a liking for the same kind of people; political opinions that are not radically divergent; a similar stance as we look at the stars and think of the marvelous strangeness of the universe -- these are what build a marriage. And it is never to be taken for granted. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote: Love of music, of sunsets and sea; a liking for the same kind of people; political opinions that are not radically divergent; a similar stance as we look at the stars and think of the marvelous strangeness of the universe -- these are what build a marriage. And it is never to be taken for granted.- black text on quotes background

Love of music, of sunsets and sea; a liking for the same kind of people; political opinions that are not radically divergent; a similar stance as we look at the stars and think of the marvelous strangeness of the universe -- these are what build a marriage. And it is never to be taken for granted.






Quote: This wasn't the first time that I'd come close to death, but it was the first time I'd been involved in this part of it, this strange, terrible saying goodbye to someone you've loved. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

This wasn't the first time that I'd come close to death, but it was the first time I'd been involved in this part of it, this strange, terrible saying goodbye to someone you've loved.


Quote: We look not at the things which are what you would call seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal. But the things that are not seen are eternal. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We look not at the things which are what you would call seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal. But the things that are not seen are eternal.


Quote: It was a dark and stormy night. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

It was a dark and stormy night.


Quote: Sometimes when we aren't looking, the holiness comes breaking through like a rainbow. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Sometimes when we aren't looking, the holiness comes breaking through like a rainbow.




Quote: Just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist.


Quote: An infinite question is often destroyed by finite answers. To define everything is to annihilate much that gives us laughter and joy. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

An infinite question is often destroyed by finite answers. To define everything is to annihilate much that gives us laughter and joy.


Quote: A good laugh heals a lot of hurts. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.


Quote: Art is communication. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Art is communication.


Quote: You've got to learn to walk through a pigpen and not get dirty. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

You've got to learn to walk through a pigpen and not get dirty.


Quote: Don't be afraid... We need this reassurance. Even for those of us who believe implicitly in angels, to be confronted by one is an awesome thing. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Don't be afraid... We need this reassurance. Even for those of us who believe implicitly in angels, to be confronted by one is an awesome thing.


Quote: A straight line is not the shortest distance between two points. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

A straight line is not the shortest distance between two points.


Quote: Reading about the response of people in stories, plays, poems, helps us to respond more courageously and openly at our own moments of turning. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Reading about the response of people in stories, plays, poems, helps us to respond more courageously and openly at our own moments of turning.


Quote: If we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of Madeleine L'Engle quote; white text on black background

If we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation.


Quote: Like everything else -- Meg spoke to the few remaining cauliflower heads -- it's falling apart. It's not right in the United States of America that a little kid shouldn't be safe in school. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Like everything else -- Meg spoke to the few remaining cauliflower heads -- it's falling apart. It's not right in the United States of America that a little kid shouldn't be safe in school.




Quote: The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.


Quote: We do not know what things look like. We know what things are like. It must be a very limiting thing,this seeing. -Aunt Beast. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

We do not know what things look like. We know what things are like. It must be a very limiting thing,this seeing. -Aunt Beast.




Quote: A new year can begin only because the old year ends. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

A new year can begin only because the old year ends.


Quote: Aeschylus writes, In our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Aeschylus writes, In our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.


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