A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle 

★★★★☆ (4/5)

A selection of my favourite passages from the book

  • Why do people always mistrust people who are different? Am I really that different?
  • The stranger was dark, dark as night and tall as a tree, and there was something in the repose of his body, the quiet of his voice, which drove away fear.
  • A cherubim is not a higher order than earthlings, you know, just different.
  • 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.
  • It’s the same sound, isn’t it? The strange ‘cry’ of the ailing mitochondria, and the ‘cry’ picked up in those distant galaxies by the new paraboloidoscope—there’s a horrid similarity between them
  • a world which has become so blunted by dishonor and violence that people casually take it for granted
  • Namer has to know who people are, and who they are meant to be
  • If someone knows who he is, really knows, then he doesn’t need to hate
  • Meg, when people don’t know who they are, they are open either to being Xed, or Named
  • It is not always on the great or the important that the balance of the universe depends
  • Pride has always been the downfall of the Deepening Ones
  • Distance doesn’t seem to be any more important than size. Or time. As for caring—well, that’s outside the realm of provable fact.
  • 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
  • It is the pattern throughout Creation. One child, one man, can swing the balance of the universe
  • You are created matter, Sporos. You are part of the great plan, an indispensable part. You are needed, Sporos; you have your own unique share in the freedom of creation

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