Quotes from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set

Madeleine L'Engle ·  1400 pages

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“For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; for want of a horse the rider was lost; for want of a rider the message was lost; for want of the message the battle was lost; for want of the battle the war was lost; for want of the war the kingdom was lost; and all for the want of a horseshoe nail.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“Perhaps one of the most compelling and moving descriptions of that internal battle comes near the end of the book, when Mrs Whatsit tells the children that life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: “You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“Charles Wallace understands more than the rest of us, doesn’t he?”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“Again Mrs Which’s voice reverberated through the cave. “Therre willl nno llonggerr bee sso manyy pplleasanntt thinggss too llookk att iff rressponssible ppeoplle ddo nnott ddoo ssomethingg abboutt thee unnppleassanntt oness.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“If there is to be any peace or reason, we have to create it in our own hearts and homes.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set



“And as long as there are even a few who belong to the Old Music, you are still our brothers and sisters.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“In my tadpole stage I was delivered to Metron Ariston and transmogrified, and here am I. My name is Sporos, by the way, and I do not like your thinking names like mouse-creature and shrimp-thing at me.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“Remember, he hasn’t much imagination. Or, rather, it’s been frozen for a long while and hasn’t had time to thaw.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“He’s nothing but a deformed emanation of energy.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“What you think is not the point. What you do is what’s going to count.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set



“the climax of their journey is a showdown with IT, the cold and calculating disembodied intelligence that has cast a black shadow over the universe in its quest to make everyone behave and believe the same.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“Let's not worry about next year till we get through this one," Mrs. Murry said. "More French toast, boys?”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“Ananda: that joy without which the universe will fall apart and collapse.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“It isn’t just in distant galaxies that strange, unreasonable things are happening. Unreason has crept up on us so insidiously that we’ve hardly been aware of it. But think of the things going on in our own country which you wouldn’t have believed possible only a few years ago.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“Her father said, “You know, my dears, 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.” “Even at a time like this?” Meg asked. The call from Calvin, the sound of her husband’s voice, had nearly broken her control. “Especially at a time like this,” her mother said gently.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set



“If someone knows who he is, really knows, then he doesn’t need to hate.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“But human beings need Deepening Places, too. And far too many never have any.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“imagination; it’s their own world, the world of their daily life, and it’s our loss that so many of us grow out of it. Probably this group here tonight is the least grown-out-of-it group that could be gathered together in one place, simply by the nature of our work. We, too, can understand how Alice could walk through the mirror into the country on the other side; how often have our children almost done this themselves? And we all understand princesses, of course. Haven’t we all been badly bruised by peas? And what about the princess who spat forth toads and snakes whenever she opened her mouth to speak, and the other whose lips issued forth pieces of pure gold? We all have had days when everything we’ve said has seemed to turn to toads. The days of gold, alas, don’t come nearly as often. What a child doesn’t realize until he is grown is that in responding to fantasy, fairy tale, and myth he is responding to what Erich Fromm calls the one universal language, the one and only language in the world that cuts across all barriers of time, place, race, and culture. Many Newbery books are from this realm, beginning with Dr. Dolittle; books on Hindu myth, Chinese folklore, the life of Buddha, tales of American Indians, books that lead our children beyond all boundaries and into the one language of all mankind.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“Hate hurts the hater more’n the hated.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“Don’t be afraid to be afraid.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set



“Anger is not bitterness. Bitterness can go on eating at a man’s heart and mind forever. Anger spends itself in its own time.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“Strength can always be used to destroy as well as create,”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“Violence met with violence produced only more violence.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“The breaking of the harmony was pain, was brutal anguish, but the harmony kept rising above the pain, and the joy would pulse with light, and light and dark once more knew each other, and were part of the joy.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“When we seek our own pleasure as the ultimate good we place ourselves as the center of the universe. A fara or a man or a star has his place in the universe, but nothing created is the center.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set



“We want nothing from you that you do without grace,” Mrs Whatsit said, “or that you do without understanding.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“There was yesterday, which was gone, which was only a dream. There was tomorrow, which was a vision not unlike today. When was always Now, for there was little looking either backward or forward in this young world. If Now was good, yesterday, though a pleasurable dream, was not necessary. If Now was good, tomorrow would likely continue to be so.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“It is only when we are fully rooted that we are really able to move.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“Time isn’t any more important than size. All that is required of you is to be in the Now, in this moment which has been given us.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set


“You're going to have to do something
about yourself. Nobody can do it tor you.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, quote from The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set



About the author

Madeleine L'Engle
Born place: in New York City, New York, The United States
Born date November 29, 1918
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