Madeleine L'Engle

A Quote by Madeleine L'Engle on thinking, words, language, cognition, and concepts

We think because we have words, not the other way around. The more words we have, the better able we are to think conceptually.

Madeleine L'Engle

Source: Walking On Water: Reflections On Faith and Art

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A Quote by Madeleine L'Engle on truth, storytelling, readers, and writing

No matter how true I believe what I am writing to be, if the reader cannot also participate in that truth, then I have failed.

Madeleine L'Engle

Source: Walking On Water: Reflections On Faith and Art

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A Quote by Madeleine L'Engle on art, religion, and religious art

If it's bad art, it's bad religion, no matter how pious the subject.

Madeleine L'Engle

Source: Walking On Water: Reflections On Faith and Art

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A Quote by Madeleine L'Engle on past, future, divination, and would haves

You cannot see the past that did not happen any more than you can foresee the future.

Madeleine L'Engle

Source: The Arm of the Starfish (Laurel Leaf Books)

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A Quote by Madeleine L'Engle on thinking, words, language, cognition, and concepts

We think because we have words, not the other way around. The more words we have, the better able we are to think conceptually.

Madeleine L'Engle

Source: Walking On Water: Reflections On Faith and Art

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Madeleine L'Engle on intellect, intelligence, mind, and brain

The naked intellect is an extraordinarily inaccurate instrument.

Madeleine L'Engle

Source: A Wind in the Door

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A Quote by Madeleine L'Engle on clarity, understanding, eureka, and breakthrough

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

Madeleine L'Engle

Source: The Arm of the Starfish (Laurel Leaf Books)

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A Quote by Madeleine L'Engle on idiosyncrasies, irritants, and marriage

Sometimes idiosyncrasies which used to be irritating become endearing, part of the complexity of a partner who has become woven deep into our own selves.

Madeleine L'Engle

Source: Two-Part Invention

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A Quote by Madeleine L'Engle on newness and discovery

We tend to think things are new because we've just discovered them.

Madeleine L'Engle

Source: A Wind in the Door

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A Quote by Madeleine L'Engle on contradiction, paradox, physics, randomness, chance, and science

The world of science lives fairly comfortably with paradox. We know that light is a wave, and also that light is a particle. The discoveries made in the infinitely small world of particle physics indicate randomness and chance, and I do not find it any more difficult to live with the paradox of a universe of randomness and chance and a universe of pattern and purpose than I do with light as a wave and light as a particle. Living with contradiction is nothing new to the human being.

Madeleine L'Engle

Source: Two-Part Invention

Contributed by: Tsuya

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