21 Quotes From 'A Wrinkle In Time' That You Won't Be Able To Forget

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With the film adaptation coming to theaters on Friday, now is an excellent time to revisit the 21 best quotes from A Wrinkle in Time, because we could all use a little more Mrs Who, Mrs Which, and Mrs Whatsit in our lives.

First published in 1962, A Wrinkle in Time centers on Meg Murry, the teenage daughter of scientists, who struggles to fit in after her father disappears while conducting experiments in pursuit of interplanetary travel. She and her youngest brother, the psychically gifted Charles Wallace, are approached by three mysterious beings called Mrs Who, Mrs Which, and Mrs Whatsit, who tell them that their father is alive and that they will help the children to find him. Along with Meg's friend Calvin, the two Murry children set off with the three Mrs Ws to find their father and save the world from an encroaching Darkness.

Madeleine L'Engle's novel for children has so many wonderful lessons to impart about life, love and happiness that it's difficult to pare down the quotes for a list this small. If you haven't already read the book, or if it has been a while, I highly recommend picking up a copy of A Wrinkle in Time to enjoy before — or after, I'm not judging — you see the film adaptation.

Check out my picks for the 21 best quotes from A Wrinkle in Time below:

"Only a fool is not afraid."

— Mrs Whatsit

"People are more than just the way they look."

— Mrs. Murry

"Nothing is hopeless; we must hope for everything."

— Mrs Who, quoting Euripides

"We do not know what things look like. We know what things are like. It must be a very limiting thing, this seeing."

— Aunt Beast

"There will no longer be so many pleasant things to look at if responsible people do not do something about the unpleasant ones."

— Mrs Which

"What is real?"

— Gaudior

"Maybe I don't like being different . . . but I don't want to be like everybody else, either."

— Meg Murry

"Wild nights are my glory."

— Mrs Whatsit

"The only way to cope with something deadly serious is to try to treat it a little lightly."

— Mrs Which

"[Y]ou don't have to understand things for them to be."

— Mrs. Murry

"The heart has its reasons, whereof reason knows nothing."

— Mrs Who, quoting Pascal

"We have to make decisions, and we can’t make them if they’re based on fear."

— Charles Wallace Murry

"Oh, my dears, I did so love being a star!"

— Mrs Whatsit

"[T]hough we travel together, we travel alone."

— Mrs Whatsit

"[T]he things which are seen are temporal. But the things which are not seen are eternal."

— Aunt Beast

"You're much too straightforward to be able to pretend to be what you aren't."

— Mrs. Murry

"We are such stuff as dreams are made on."

— Mrs Who, quoting Prospero from "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare

"All your great artists. They've been lights for us to see by."

— Mrs Whatsit

"You don't know how lucky you are to be loved."

— Calvin O'Keefe

"An old ass knows more than a young colt."

— Mrs Who, quoting A. Pérez

"Maybe if you aren't unhappy sometimes you don't know how to be happy."

— Meg Murry