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George MacDonald Quotes

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George MacDonald
December 10, 1824 - September 18, 1905
Nationality: Scottish
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: Scottish Novelist

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


It is our best work that God wants, not the dregs of our exhaustion. I think he must prefer quality to quantity.


If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.


It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow, that weigh a man down.


Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it.


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.


We die daily. Happy those who daily come to life as well.


The first thing a kindness deserves is acceptance, the second, transmission.


The best preparation for the future is the present well seen to, and the last duty done.


When we are out of sympathy with the young, then I think our work in this world is over.


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


There are thousands willing to do great things for one willing to do a small thing.


Love is the opener as well as closer of eyes.


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


The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given disease. The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom.


How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.


Afflictions are but the shadows of God's wings.


To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.


You can't live on amusement. It is the froth on water - an inch deep and then the mud.


To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.


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