Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Madeleine L'Engle quotes

Madeleine L'Engle Camp (1918 – 2007), aka Madeleine L'Engle, was an American writer and poet best known for her children's books. The interest in quotes by L'Engle should not be interpreted as an endorsement of her philosophy.

“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.”

“Just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist.”

“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.”

“Nothing important is completely explicable.”

“There's more to life than just the things that can be explained by encyclopedias and facts. Facts alone are not adequate.”

“I have advice for people who want to write. I don't care whether they're 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can't be a writer if you're not a reader. It's the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it's for only half an hour — write, write, write.”

“A great piece of literature does not try to coerce you to believe it or agree with it. A great piece of literature simply is.”

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