Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle wrote dozens of books many of them her own journals which I always found inspirational and quotable. L'Engle's most famous book is probably the young adult novel "A Wrinkle in Time."

I looked through one of my favorites "A Circle of Quiet", published in 1972 and found these words:

I haven't defined a self, nor do I want to. A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming. Being does mean becoming, but we run so fast that it is only when we seem to stop - as sitting on the rock at the brook - that we are aware of our own is-ness, of being. But certainly this is not static, for this awareness of being is always a way of moving from the selfish self - the self-image - and towards the real.
Who am I, then? Who are you?

Madeleine L'Engle lived from 1918 - 2007. Read more about her HERE.


Erin O'Brien said...

Love L'Engle. "A Wrinkle in Time" was the first book that changed me in the subtle way of books.

(M)ary said...

I recently read one of L'Engle's adult books and realized what I had been missing. I knew her from the Wrinkle in Time series but she has much to offer to the adult reader too.

Moohaa said...

Lovely quote. She is a beautiful writer.

Rob-bear said...

I had the privilege of studying with her one summer years ago. She was an amazing woman.