Madeleine L'Engle
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"Madeleine L'Engle" was an American people/American writer best known for young-adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels: A Wind in the Door, National Book Award-winning A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. Her works reflect both her Christian faith and her strong interest in modern science.

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In the evening of life we shall be judged on love, and not one of us is going to come off very well, and were it not for my absolute faith in the loving forgiveness of my Lord I could not call on him to come.

The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.

She seems to have had the ability to stand firmly on the rock of her past while living completely and unregretfully in the present.

It takes too much energy to be against something unless it's really important.

Maybe you have to know darkness before you can appreciate the light.

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.

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.

So we must daily keep things wound: that is, we must pray when prayer seems dry as dust; we must write when we are physically tired, when our hearts are heavy, when our bodies are in pain.

Sometimes our freedom comes in the way we accept things over which we have no control, things which may cause us great pain and even death.

Alleluia! We do not have to be right! We do have to love, to be vulnerable, to accept joy and pain, and to grow through them.

A book comes and says, "Write me." My job is to try to serve it to the best of my ability, which is never good enough, but all I can do is listen to it, do what it tells me and collaborate.

That's the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they've been all along.

Truth is eternal, knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.

If we aren't capable of being hurt we aren't capable of feeling joy.

The novel we sit down to write, and the one we end up writing may be very different, just as the Jesus we grasp and the Jesus who grasps us may also differ.

An artist is someone who cannot rest, who can never rest as long as there is one suffering creature in this world.

With each book I write, I become more and more convinced that [the books] have a life of their own, quite apart from me.

We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use them that counts.

Because you're not what I would have you be, I blind myself to who, in truth, you are.

A life lived in chaos is an impossibility...

If my religion is true, it will stand up to all my questioning; there is no need to fear.