The Saturday Writing Quote — Madeleine L’Engel

Nancy's moose“The stories I cared about, the stories I read and reread, were usually stories which dared to disturb the universe, which asked questions rather than gave answers.

I turned to story, then, as now, looking for truth, for it is in story that we find glimpses of meaning, rather than in textbooks. But how apologetic many adults are when they are caught reading a book of fiction! They tend to hide it and tell you about the “How-To” book which is what they are really reading. Fortunately, nobody ever told me that stories were untrue, or should be outgrown, and then as now they nourished me and kept me willing to ask the unanswerable questions.”

— Madeleine L’Engle, 1983 lecture to Library of Congress, later published as “Dare to Be Creative”

(moose painting, dye on silk, by Nancy Cawdrey)

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