I cannot find it in me to believe that God enjoys long faces and scowls at merriment.

Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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One of the most pusillanimous things we of the female sex have done throughout the centuries is to have allowed the male sex to assume that mankind is masculine. It is not. It takes both male and female to make the image of God. The proper understanding of mankind is that it is only a poor, broken thing if either male or female is excluded.

Meg, when people don't know who they are, they are open either to being Xed, or Named.

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.

I am not some kind of computer. Only machines have glib answers for everything.

That's a sure way to tell about somebody--the way they play, or don't play, make-believe.

My lovely shining fragile broken house is filled with flowers and founded on a rock.

I think we're supposed to ask too much of each other; otherwise, nothing would ever get done.

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.

A book, too, can be a star, "explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly," a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.

Believing takes practice.

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.

Nothing is hopeless. We must hope for everything.

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.

If I sit for a while, then my impatience, crossness, frustration, are indeed annihilated, and my sense of humor returns.