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.— Madeleine L'Engle
The most uplifting Madeleine L'Engle quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
But grief still has to be worked through.
It is like walking through water. Sometimes there are little waves lapping about my feet. Sometimes there is an enormous breaker that knocks me down. Sometimes there is a sudden and fierce squall. But I know that many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.
The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.
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.
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.
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.
It was a dark and stormy night.
A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.
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.
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.
what I must learn is to love with all of me, giving all of me, and yet remain whole in myself. Any other kind of love is too demanding of the other; it takes, rather than gives. To love so completely that you lose yourself in another person is not good. You are giving a weight, not the sense of lightness and light that loving someone should give.
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.
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.
The growth of love is not a straight line, but a series of hills and valleys.
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.
There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.
Our story is never written in isolation.
We do not act in a one-man play. We can do nothing that does not affect other people, no matter how loudly we say, "It's my own business.
When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability... To be alive is to be vulnerable.
That's the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they've been all along.
There are times when I feel that he has withdrawn from me, and I have often given him cause, but Easter is always the answer to My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me!
Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.
For the things that are seen are temporal, but things that are unseen are eternal.
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.
When we are writing, or painting, or composing, we are, during the time of creativity, freed from normal restrictions, and are opened to a wider world, where colors are brighter, sounds clearer, and people more wondrously complex than we normally realize.
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.
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.
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.
Meg, when people don't know who they are, they are open either to being Xed, or Named
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.
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.
Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.
Easter is always the answer to "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me!"
Humility is throwing oneself away in complete concentration on something or someone else.
I suspect that in every good marriage there are times when love seems to be over.
A mystic is a person who sees the facts as inadequate.
Rather than feeling lost and unimportant and meaningless, set 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.
I like the fact that in ancient Chinese art the great painters always included a deliberate flaw in their work: human creation is never perfect.
Plato spoke of the necessity for divine madness in the poet.
It is a frightening thing to open oneself to this strange and dark side of the divine; it means letting go our sane self control, that control which gives us the illusion of safety. But safety is only an illusion, and letting it go is part of listening to the silence, and to the spirit.
We have much to be judged on when he comes, slums and battlefields and insane asylums, but these are the symptoms of our illness and the result of our failures in love.
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.
We do not love each other without changing each other.
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.
A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.
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.
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.
To be a witness means to live in such a way that one's life would not make sense if God did not exist.
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.
On the other side of pain, there is still love.
To marry is the biggest risk in human relations that a person can take.
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