Madelein K. L'Engle Quotes

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Inspiration comes during work, not before it.

inspirational inspiration

The naked intellect is an extraordinarily inaccurate instrument.


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

failure adversity

Humility is throwing oneself away in complete concentration on something or someone else.


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


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


Integrity, like humility, is a quality which vanishes the moment we are conscious of it in ourselves.  We see it only in others.


The moment that humility becomes self-conscious, it becomes hubris.  One cannot be humble and aware of oneself at the same time.


Conversion for me was not a Damascus Road experience. I slowly moved into an intellectual acceptance of what my intuition had always known.
— Madelein K. L'Engle


It's a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally.  It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet, and what is sand.

losing our way

It is all right to wallow in one's journal; it is a way of getting rid of self-pity and self-indulgence and self-centeredness.  What we work out in our journals we don't take out on family and friends.


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.

concentration play

Severe illness isolates those in close contact with it, because it inevitably narrows the focus of concern. To a certain extent this can lead to healing, but not if the circle of concern is so tight that it cannot be broken into, or out of.