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George MacDonald Quotes


A Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister.
(1824 - 1905)

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A beast does not know that he is a beast, and the nearer a man gets to being a beast, the less he knows it.
 

A perfect faith would lift us absolutely above fear.
 

Afflictions are but the shadows of God's wings.
 

Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.
 

Alas! how easily things go wrong; a sigh too much or a kiss too long, and there follows a mist and a weeping rain, and life is never the same again.
 

All growth that is not toward God, is growing to decay.
[Progress]
 

Ambition is but the evil shadow of aspiration.
[Ambition]
 

Anything large enough for a wish to light upon, is large enough to hang a prayer upon.
 

As you grow ready for it, somewhere or other, you will find what is needful for you in a book.
[Reading]
 

Attitudes are more important than facts.
[Attitude]
 

But for money and the need of it, there would not be half the friendship in the world. It is powerful for good if divinely used. Give it plenty of air and it is sweet as the hawthorn; shut it up and it cankers and breeds worms.
[Money]
 

Certainly work is not always required of a man. There is such a thing as a sacred idleness - the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.
[Rest]
 

Division has done more to hide Christ from the view of men than all the infidelity that has ever been spoken.
[Church]
 

Do the truth ye know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know.
[Duty]
 

Doing the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about his plans.
[Obedience]
 

Emulation is the devil-shadow of aspiration. - To excite it is worthy only of the commonplace vulgar schoolmaster, whose ambition is to show what fine scholars he can turn out, that he may get the more pupils.
 

Fear is faithlessness.
 

Few delights can equal the presence of one whom we trust utterly.
 

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
[Forgiveness]
 

Free will is not the liberty to do whatever one likes, but the power of doing whatever one sees ought to be done, even in the very face of otherwise overwhelming impulse. There lies freedom, indeed.
[Liberty]
 


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