Eight Life Lessons from A Wrinkle in Time

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1. If you don’t know how to begin your story, start with something classic: “It was a dark and stormy night.”

2. Some things you have control over and some things you don’t: “Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.”

3. Swinging between extremes can be exhausting: “You don’t know the meaning of moderation, do you, my darling? A happy medium is something I wonder if you’ll ever learn.”

4. Linguistic determination is real: “Oh child, your language is so utterly simple and limited that it has the affect of extreme complication.”

5. Geometry teachers should never be trusted: “A straight line is not the shortest distance between two points.”

6. Scary things are easier to face with the people you love: “Calvin put a strong hand to Meg’s elbow, and Fort pressed against her leg. Happiness at their concern was so strong in her that her panic fled, and she followed Charles Wallace into the dark recesses of the house without fear.”

7. You can’t be happy all of the time: “If you aren’t unhappy sometimes you don’t know how to be happy.”

8. It doesn’t matter how talented you are, you still have to work hard: “We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.”

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