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Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Now wonder our youth is confused and in pain; they long for God, for the transcendent, and they are offered, far too often, either piosity or sociology, neither of which meets their needs, and they are introduced to churches which have become buildings that are a safe place to go to escape the awful demands of God.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “If someone knows who he is, really knows, then he doesn’t need to hate.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “There is nothing we need be afraid to say before the Lord.”
Madeleine L'Engle 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.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Let’s not worry about next year till we get through this one,” Mrs. Murry said. “More French toast, boys?”
Madeleine L'Engle 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.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “An artist is someone who cannot rest, who can never rest as long as there is one suffering creature in the world.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Oh, why must you make me look at unpleasant things when there are so many delightful ones to see?” Again Mrs Which’s voice reverberated through the cave. “Therre willl nno llonggerr bee sso many y pplleasanntt thinggss tto llookk att iff rressponssible ppeoplle ddo nnott ddo ssomethingg abboutt thee unnppleassanntt oness.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’... I am grateful that Jesus cried out those words, because it means that I need never fear to cry them out myself. I need never fear, nor feel any sense of guilt, during the inevitable moments of forsakenness. They come to us all. They are part of the soul’s growth.”
Madeleine L'Engle 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.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “It may be that we have lost our ability to hold a blazing coal, to move unfettered through time, to walk on water, because we have been taught that such things have to be earned; we should deserve them; we must be qualified. We are suspicious of grace. We are afraid of the very lavishness of the gift. But a child rejoices in presents!”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “What can we give a child when there is nothing left? 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.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Stories have a richness that goes way beyond fact. My writing knows more than I know. What a writer must do is listen to her book. It might take you where you don’t expect to go.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “The well-intentioned mothers who don’t want their children polluted by fairy tales would not only deny them their childhood, with its high creativity, but they would have them conform to the secular world, with its dirty devices. The world of fairy tale, fantasy, myth, is inimical to the secular world, and in total opposition to it, for it is interested not in limited laboratory proofs but in truth.”
Madeleine L'Engle 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.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “The most memorable books from our childhoods are those that make us feel less alone, convince us that our own foibles and quirks are both as individual as a finger-print and as universal as an open hand.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “The more a man knows, the less he talks.”
Madeleine L'Engle 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.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “A love which depends solely on romance, on the combustion of two attracting chemistries, tends to fizzle out. The famous lovers usually end up dead. 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 Quote: “The complete, the true Mrs Whatsit, Meg realized, was beyond human understanding. What she saw was only the game Mrs Whatsit was playing; it was an amusing and charming game, a game full of both laughter and comfort, but it was only the tiniest facet of all the things Mrs Whatsit could be.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “The prayer of words cannot be eliminated. And I must pray them daily, whether I feel like praying or not. Otherwise, when God as something to say to me, I will not know how to listen. Until I have worked through self, I will not be enabled to get out of the way.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “And it came to me as I stood on the desert sand, looking at the Great Pyramid, that what any civilization says about God tells us more about that civilization than it does about God.”
Madeleine L'Engle 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.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “I like to understand things,” Meg said. “We all do. But it isn’t always possible.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “I suspect that in every good marriage there are times when love seems to be over. Sometimes these desert lines are simply the only way to the next oasis, which is far more lush and beautiful after the desert crossing than it could possibly have been without it.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Man is; it matters to him; this is terrifying unless it matters to God, too, because this is the only possible reason we can matter to ourselves...”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “It is not always on the great or the important that the balance of the universe depends.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “No matter how true I believe what I am writing to be, if the reader cannot also participate in that truth, then I have failed.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “If I’m confused, or upset, or angry, if I can go out and look at the stars I’ll almost always get back a sense of proportion. It’s not that they make me feel insignificant; it’s the very opposite; they make me feel that everything matters, be it ever so small, and that there’s meaning to life even when it seems most meaningless.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “When I think of the incredible, incomprehensible sweep of creation above me, I have the strange reaction of feeling fully alive. Rather than feeling lost and unimportant and meaningless, seta against galaxies which go beyond the reach of the furthest telescopes, I feel that my life has meaning. Perhaps I should feel insignificant, but instead I feel a soaring in my heart that the God who could create all this – and out of nothing – can still count the hairs of my head.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Again Mrs Which’s voice reverberated through the cave. “Therre willl nno llonggerr bee sso manyy pplleasanntt thinggss too llookk att iff rressponssible ppeoplle ddo nnott ddoo ssomethingg abboutt thee unnppleassanntt oness.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “When I get this feeling, this compulsion, I always do what it tells me. I can’t explain where it comes from or how I get it, and it doesn’t happen very often. But I obey it. And this afternoon I had a feeling that I must come over to the haunted house. That’s all I know, kid. I’m not holding anything back. Maybe it’s because I’m supposed to meet you. You tell me.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “We write alone, but we do not write in isolation. No matter how fantastic a story line may be, it still comes out of our response to what is happening to us and to the world in which we live.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Her father said, “You know, my dears, 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.” “Even at a time like this?” Meg asked. The call from Calvin, the sound of her husband’s voice, had nearly broken her control. “Especially at a time like this,” her mother said gently.”
Madeleine L'Engle 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.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “What can we give a child when there is nothing left?”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “We know you have a great mind and all, Mother, but you don’t have much sense.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Yet there are times when for no logical reason I feel an almost unbearable sense of isolation. Not only am I divided in myself, my underwater and above-water selves separated, but I feel wrenched away from everybody around me. This is part of being human, this knowing that we are all part of one another, inextricably involved; and at the same time alone, irrevocably alone.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “You learn to write by doing it.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Sometimes when we have to speak suddenly we come closer to the truth than when we have time to think.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “If I sit for a while, then my impatience, crossness, frustration, are indeed annihilated, and my sense of humor returns.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “What is self-image? Who started talking about one? I rather fancy it was Madison Avenue.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “And I can’t say it now. I can’t say what I want to say. I hold you – I – I clutch you, because I love you so desperately, and time is so short, we have such a little time in which to live and be young, even at best, and I put my arms around you and hold you because I want to love you while I can and I want to know I’m loving you, only it doesn’t mean anything because you aren’t afraid. You aren’t frightened so that you want to clutch it all while you can.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Do you know how lucky you are?” She smiled rather wryly. “Not most of the time.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “Meg, when people don’t know who they are, they are open either to being Xed, or Named.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “With each book I write, I become more and more convinced that the books have a life of their own, quite apart from me.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “If I didn’t get fond I could be happy all the time.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “It was still twilight when they reached the flat rock. They sat, and the stone still held the warmth of the day’s sun. At first there were only occasional sparkles, but as it got darker Chuck was lost in a daze pf delight as a galaxy of fireflies twinkled on and off, flinging upward in a blaze of light, dropping earthward like falling stars, moving in contiuous effervescent dance.”
Madeleine L'Engle Quote: “The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has obtained liberation from self.”
Madeleine L'Engle 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.”
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