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Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.”

We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.

— Madeleine L'Engle



Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “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.”

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.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.”

Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are.”

We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle 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.”

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.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Nothing, no one, is too small to matter. What you do is going to make a difference.”

Nothing, no one, is too small to matter. What you do is going to make a difference.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Believing takes practice.”

Believing takes practice.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.”

Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “A straight line is not the shortest distance between two points.”

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

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “I love, therefore I am vulnerable.”

I love, therefore I am vulnerable.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.”

A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “People become trustworthy when they are trusted.”

People become trustworthy when they are trusted.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point. French. Pascal. The heart has its reasons, whereof reason knows nothing.”

Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point. French. Pascal. The heart has its reasons, whereof reason knows nothing.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”

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

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle 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.”

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.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.”

Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Don’t try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition.”

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

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle 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.”

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.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “The best way to guide children without coercion is to be ourselves.”

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

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Deepest communion with God is beyond words, on the other side of silence.”

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

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “When we believe in the impossible, it becomes possible, and we can do all kinds of extraordinary things.”

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

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “The minute we begin to think we have all the answers, we forget the questions.”

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

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Maybe that’s the best part of going away for a vacation-coming home again.”

Maybe that’s the best part of going away for a vacation-coming home again.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle 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.”

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.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle 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.”

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.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour – write, write, write.”

Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour – write, write, write.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Some things have to be believed to be seen.”

Some things have to be believed to be seen.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Like it or not, we either add to the darkness of indifference and out-and-out evil which surrounds us or we light a candle to see by.”

Like it or not, we either add to the darkness of indifference and out-and-out evil which surrounds us or we light a candle to see by.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “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. – Mrs. Whatsit.”

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. – Mrs. Whatsit.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle 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.”

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.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Hate hurts the hater more’n the hated.”

Hate hurts the hater more’n the hated.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “If I’m not free to fail, I’m not free to take risks and everything in life that’s worth doing involves a willingness to take a risk.”

If I’m not free to fail, I’m not free to take risks and everything in life that’s worth doing involves a willingness to take a risk.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “I am still every age that I have been. Because I was once a child, I am always a child. Because I was once a searching adolescent, given to moods and ecstasies, these are still part of me, and always will be.”

I am still every age that I have been. Because I was once a child, I am always a child. Because I was once a searching adolescent, given to moods and ecstasies, these are still part of me, and always will be.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle 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.”

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.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “People are more than just the way they look.”

People are more than just the way they look.

— Madeleine L'Engle


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

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

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.”

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

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “To grow up is to accept vulnerability. To be alive is to be vulnerable.”

To grow up is to accept vulnerability. To be alive is to be vulnerable.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Time exists so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”

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

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle 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.”

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.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Truth is eternal. Knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.”

Truth is eternal. Knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle 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.”

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.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle 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.”

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.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle 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.”

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.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “The growth of love is not a straight line, but a series of hills and valleys.”

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

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Only a fool is not afraid.”

Only a fool is not afraid.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle 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.”

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.

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Great art transcends its culture and touches on that which is eternal.”

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

— Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “When we lose our myths we lose our place in the universe.”

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

— Madeleine L'Engle

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