65 Madeleine L’Engle Quotes On Success In Life

Madeleine L’Engle Camp was an American writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young adult fiction, including A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels: A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. Her works reflect both her Christian faith and her strong interest in modern science. These Madeleine L’Engle quotes will motivate you.

Best Madeleine L’Engle Quotes

  1. “We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  2. “We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  3. “What I believe is so magnificent, so glorious, that it is beyond finite comprehension. To believe that the universe was created by a purposeful, benign Creator is one thing. To believe that this Creator took on human vesture, accepted death and mortality, was tempted, betrayed, broken, and all for love of us, defies reason. It is so wild that it terrifies some Christians who try to dogmatize their fear by lashing out at other Christians because tidy Christianity with all answers given is easier than one which reaches out to the wild wonder of God’s love, a love we don’t even have to earn.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  4. “When we believe in the impossible, it becomes possible, and we can do all kinds of extraordinary things.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

  5. “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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  6. “I will have nothing to do with a God who cares only occasionally. I need a God who is with us always, everywhere, in the deepest depths as well as the highest heights. It is when things go wrong, when good things do not happen, when our prayers seem to have been lost, that God is most present. We do not need the sheltering wings when things go smoothly. We are closest to God in the darkness, stumbling along blindly.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  7. “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

  8. “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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  9. “Because we fail to listen to each other’s stories, we are becoming a fragmented human race.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  10. “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
  11. “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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  12. “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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  13. “Nothing, no one, is too small to matter. What you do is going to make a difference.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

  14. “In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to do his work, to bear his glory. If we are qualified, we tend to think that we have done the job ourselves. If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification, then there’s no danger that we will confuse God’s work with our own, or God’s glory with our own.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  15. “If we are not willing to fail we will never accomplish anything. All creative acts involve the risk of failure.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  16. “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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  17. “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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  18. “A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

  19. “When I look at the galaxies on a clear night – when I look at the incredible brilliance of creation and think that this is what God is like, then instead of feeling intimidated and diminished by it, I am enlarged . . . I rejoice that I am a part of it.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  20. “We can surely no longer pretend that our children are growing up into a peaceful, secure, and civilized world. We’ve come to the point where it’s irresponsible to try to protect them from the irrational world they will have to live in when they grow up. The children themselves haven’t yet isolated themselves by selfishness and indifference; they do not fall easily into the error of despair; they are considerably braver than most grownups. Our responsibility to them is not to pretend that if we don’t look, evil will go away, but to give them weapons against it.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  21. “Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith. Faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  22. “To pray is to listen, to move through my own chattering to God, to that place where I can be silent and listen to what God may have to say.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

  23. “Creativity comes from accepting that you’re not safe, from being absolutely aware, and from letting go of control. It’s a matter of seeing everything – even when you want to shut your eyes.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  24. “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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  25. “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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  26. “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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

  27. “In art we are once again able to do all the things we have forgotten; we are able to walk on water; we speak to the angels who call us; we move, unfettered, among the stars.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  28. “When the artist is truly the servant of the work, the work is better than the artist; Shakespeare knew how to listen to his work, and so he often wrote better than he could write; Bach composed more deeply, more truly than he knew, Rembrandt’s brush put more of the human spirit on canvas than Rembrandt could comprehend. When the work takes over, then the artist is enabled to get out of the way, not to interfere. When the work takes over, then the artist listens.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  29. “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
  30. “The journey homewards. Coming home. That’s what it’s all about. The journey to the coming of the Kingdom. That’s probably the chief difference between the Christian and the secular artist–the purpose of the work, be it story or music or painting, is to further the coming of the kingdom, to make us aware of our status as children of God, and to turn our feet toward home.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  31. “I wish that we worried more about asking the right questions instead of being so hung up on finding answers.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

  32. “Those who believe they believe in God, but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God, and not in God himself.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  33. “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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  34. “The earth will never be the same again Rock, water, tree, iron, share this greif As distant stars participate in the pain. A candle snuffed, a falling star or leaf, A dolphin death, O this particular loss A Heaven-mourned; for if no angel cried If this small one was tossed away as dross, The very galaxies would have lied. How shall we sing our love’s song now In this strange land where all are born to die? Each tree and leaf and star show how The universe is part of this one cry, Every life is noted and is cherished, and nothing loved is ever lost or perished.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  35. “If it can be verified, we don’t need faith… Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason. Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  36. “Remember the root word of humble and human is the same: humus: earth. We are dust. We are created; it is God who made us and not we ourselves. But we were made to be co-creators with our maker.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  37. “Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

  38. “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. That’s what happens when you write stories. You listen and you say ‘a ha,’ and you write it down. A lot of it is not planned, not conscious; it happens while you’re doing it. You know more about it after you’re done.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  39. “God is over all things, under all things; outside all; within, but not enclosed; without, but not excluded; above, but not raised up; below; but not depressed; wholly above, presiding; wholly without, embracing; wholly within, filling.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  40. “Man has a viewpoint, but God has the view.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  41. “Because you’re not what I would have you be, I blind myself to who, in truth, you are.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  42. “Human beings are the only creatures who are allowed to fail. If an ant fails, it’s dead. But we’re allowed to learn from our mistakes and from our failures. And that’s how I learn, by falling flat on my face and picking myself up and starting all over again.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  43. “God promised to make you free. He never promised to make you independent.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

  44. “There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  45. “The concentration of a small child at play is analogous to the concentration of the artist of any discipline. In real play, which is real concentration, the child is not only outside time, he is outside himself.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle quotes
  46. “The concentration of a small child at play is analogous to the concentration of the artist of any discipline. In real play, which is real concentration, the child is not only outside time, he is outside himself.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  47. “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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  48. “… nothing loved is ever lost or perished.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

  49. “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…” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  50. “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…” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  51. “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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  52. “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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  53. “I hope that I will never forget the salvific power of joyful laughter.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

  54. “The growth of love is not a straight line, but a series of hills and valleys.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  55. “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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  56. “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.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  57. “I think your mythology would call them fallen angels. War and hate are their business, and one of their chief weapons is un-Naming – making people not know who they are. If someone knows who he is, really knows, then he doesn’t need to hate. That’s why we still need Namers, because there are places throughout the universe like your planet Earth. When everyone is really and truly Named, then the Echthroi will be vanquished.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  58. “Conversion for me was not a Damascus Road experience. I slowly moved into an intellectual acceptance of what my intuition had always known.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

  59. “When I have something to say that I think will be too difficult for adults, I write it in a book for children. Children are excited by new ideas; they have not yet closed the doors and windows of their imaginations. Provided the story is good… nothing is too difficult for children.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  60. “The creative impulse can be killed, but it cannot be taught. What a teacher can do… in working with children, is to give the flame enough oxygen so that it can burn. As far as I’m concerned, this providing of oxygen is one of the noblest of all vocations.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  61. “I do not think that I will ever reach a stage when I will say, “This is what I believe. Finished.” What I believe is alive … and open to growth” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  62. “I believe that consistently we need to look for good, and not for evil, that when we look for evil we call up evil, while heaven comes closer when we acknowledge it.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  63. “Stories are able to help us to become more whole, to become Named. And Naming is one of the impulses behind all art; to give a name to the cosmos, we see despite all the chaos.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  64. “Qui plussait, plus se tait. French, you know. The more a man knows, the less he talks.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
  65. “Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

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