I don't know if they're really like everybody else, or if they're able to pretend they are.

Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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God understands that part of us which is more than what we think we are.

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

They've never known a time when people drank rain water because it was pure, or could eat snow, or swim in any river or brook. The last time I drove to Washington the traffic was so bad that I could have made better time with a horse.

But she was one of those people who change very little between twenty and sixty. Instead of growing and developing into whatever kind of creatures they are, slowly and consistently, they have three periods of their lives, with sharp lines of demarcation between them: they are children, then grownups, then old men and women. Suddenly.

IT was the most horrible, the most repellent thing she had ever seen, far more nauseating then anything she had ever imagined with her consious mind, or that had ever tormented her in her most terrible nightmares.

Being alive hurts. I have found it best not to rush for the aspirin bottle. - A Severed Wasp.

Only a fool is not afraid.

An infinite question is often destroyed by finite answers...To define everything is to annihilate much that gives us laughter and joy...If I try self consciously to become a person, I will never be one. The most real people, those who are able to forget their selfish selves, who have true compassion, are usually the most distinct individuals.

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

This wasn't the first time that I'd come close to death, but it was the first time I'd been involved in this part of it, this strange, terrible saying goodbye to someone you've loved.

We want nothing from you that you do without grace, Mrs Whatsit said, or that you do without understanding.

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

Wild nights are my glory!

Freedom is a terrible gift, and the theory behind all dictatorships is that "the people" do no want freedom.