The compulsion for me to get my cotton-pickin' fingers on my fellow man is the natural result of my belief that I have the word. If I do have the word and feel surrounded by unmolded clay, I have no choice but to mold. When I do this, I begin playing God, and as a result usually raise the devil.

Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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

Your planet does not deal gently with lovers of peace.

No, it was not anger, it was loathing; it was hatred, sheer and unadulterated, and as she became lost in hatred she also began to be lost in IT.

Art is communication.

Nothing loved is ever lost or perished.

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

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.

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.

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

The language of logical argument, of proofs,is the language of the limited self we know and can manipulate. But the language of parable and poetry, of storytelling,moves from the imprisoned language of the provable into the free language of what I must, for lack of another word, continue to call faith.

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.

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

On Camazotz we are all happy because we are all alike. Differences create problems. You know that, don't you, dear sister?

She knew that the freedom was in herself, just as the prison had been.