35 Remarkable Madeleine L Engle Quotes

35 Remarkable Madeleine L Engle Quotes

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Madeleine L’Engle was a writer known for her work in young adult fiction. She has written multiple award winning books including A Wrinkle In Time, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and A Wind in the Door. She died on September 6, 2007 at the age of 88.

“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”

“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.”

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

“All we have, I think, is the truth, the truth that will set him free, not limited, provable truth, but the open, growing, evolving truth that is not afraid.”

“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. ”

“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.”

“Believing takes practice.”

“Conversion for me was not a Damascus Road experience. I slowly moved into an intellectual acceptance of what my intuition had always known.”

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

“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.”

“I cannot believe that God wants punishment to go on interminably any more than does a loving parent. The entire purpose of loving punishment is to teach, and it lasts only as long as is
needed for the lesson. And the lesson is always love.”

“I love, therefore I am vulnerable.”

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

“I wrote because I wanted to know what everything was about. ”

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

“In my dreams, I never have an age.”

“It is a vehicle of truth, but it is not a blueprint, and we tend to confuse the two.”

“It is the ability to choose which makes us human.”

“It might be a good idea if, like the White Queen, we practiced believing six impossible things every morning before breakfast, for we are called on to believe what to many people is
impossible. Instead of rejoicing in this glorious “impossible” which gives meaning and dignity to our lives, we try to domesticate God, to make his might actions comprehensible to our
finite minds.”

“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. ”

“Love can’t be pinned down by a definition, and it certainly can’t be proved, anymore than anything else important in life can be proved.”

“My protagonists, male and female, are me.”

“No long-term marriage is made easily, and there have been times when I’ve been so angry or so hurt that I thought my love would never recover.”

“Nothing important is completely explicable.”

“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.”

“Some things have to be believed to be seen.”

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

“That’s the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they’ve been all along.”

“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.”

“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.”

“We do have to use our minds as far as they will take us, yet acknowledging that they cannot take us all the way.”

“We tell stories because we can’t help it. We tell stories because they fill the silence death imposes. We tell stories because they save us.”

“What can we give a child when there is nothing left?”

“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. So, when we wholly concentrate, like a child
in play, or an artist at work, then we share in the act of creating. We not only escape time, we escape our self-conscious selves.”

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”"