George MacDonald

Born: December 10, 1824

Die: September 18, 1905

Occupation: Author

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George MacDonald

Past tears are present strength.

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George MacDonald

As in all sweetest music, a tinge of sadness was in every note. Nor do we know how much of the pleasures even of life we owe to the intermingled sorrows. Joy cannot unfold the deepest truths, although...

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George MacDonald

Human science cannot discover God. Human science is but the backward undoing of the tapestry web of God's science. It works with its back to him, and is always leaving his intent and perfected work behind...

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George MacDonald

Love me, beloved; Hades and Death Shall vanish away like a frosty breath; These hands, that now are at home in thine, Shall clasp thee again, if thou art still mine; And thou shalt be mine, my spirit's...

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George MacDonald

God is nearer to you than any thought or feeling of yours... Do not be afraid.

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George MacDonald

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.

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George MacDonald

A perfect faith would lift us absolutely above fear

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George MacDonald

Those are not the tears of repentance!... Self-loathing is not sorrow. Yet it is good, for it marks a step in the way home, and in the father's arms the prodigal forgets the self he abominates.

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George MacDonald

A Baby Sermon- The lighting and thunder, they go and they come: But the stars and the stillness are always at home

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George MacDonald

When I look like this into the blue sky, it seems so deep, so peaceful, so full of a mysterious tenderness, that I could lie for centuries and wait for the dawning of the face of God out of the awe-inspiring...

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George MacDonald

...though I cannot promise to take you home," said North Wind, as she sank nearer and nearer to the tops of the houses, "I can promise you it will be all right in the end. You will get home somehow.

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George MacDonald

If we do not die to ourselves, we cannot live to God, andhe that does not live to God, is dead.

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George MacDonald

It is only by loving a thing that you can make it yours.

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George MacDonald

You doubt because you love truth.

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George MacDonald

But we believe – nay, Lord we only hope, That one day we shall thank thee perfectly For pain and hope and all that led or drove Us back into the bosom of thy love.

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George MacDonald

Anything big enough to occupy our minds is big enough to hang a prayer on.

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George MacDonald

I watched her departure, as one watches a sunset. She went like a radiance through the dark wood, which was henceforth bright to me, from simply knowing that such a creature was in it.

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George MacDonald

He may delay because it would not be safe to give us at once what we ask: we are not ready for it. To give ere we could truly receive, would be to destroy the very heart and hope of prayer, to cease to...

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George MacDonald

Well, perhaps; but I begin to think there are better things than being comfortable.

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George MacDonald

Somehow, I can't say how, it tells me that all is right; that it is coming to swallow up all cries.

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George MacDonald

In low theologies, hell is invariably the deepest truth, and the love of God is not so deep as hell.

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George MacDonald

A man's real belief is that which he lives by. What a man believes is the thing he does, not the thing he thinks.

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George MacDonald

I learned that it is better, a thousand-fold, for a proud man to fall and be humbled, than to hold up his head in his pride and fancied innocence. I learned that he that will be a hero, will barely be...

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George MacDonald

To love righteousness is to make it grow, not to avenge it. Throughout his life on earth, Jesus resisted every impulse to work more rapidly for a lower good.

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George MacDonald

It matters little where a man may be at this moment; the point is whether he is growing.

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George MacDonald

Cleverness is cheap. It is faith that He praises.

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George MacDonald

This is and has been the Father's work from the beginning-to bring us into the home of His heart.

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George MacDonald

This is a wise, sane Christian faith: that a man commit himself, his life, and his hopes to God; that God undertakes the special protection of that man; that therefore that man ought not to be afraid of...

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George MacDonald

It may be infinitely worse to refuse to forgive than to murder, because

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George MacDonald

Forgiveness is the giving and so the receiving of life. the latter may be an impulse of a moment of heat; whereas the former is a cold and deliberate choice of the heart.

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George MacDonald

Let me, if I may, be ever welcomed to my room in winter by a glowing hearth, in summer by a vase of flowers. If I may not, let me think how nice they would be and bury myself in my work. I do not think...

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George MacDonald

But there are victories far worse than defeats; and to overcome an angel too gentle to put out all his strength, and ride away in triumph on the back of a devil, is one of the poorest.

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George MacDonald

The purposes of God point to one simple end-that we should be as he is, think the same thoughts, mean the same things, possess the same blessedness.

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George MacDonald

LET A MAN THINK AND CARE ever so little about God, he does not therefore exist without God. God is here with him, upholding, warming, delighting, teaching him-making life a good thing to him. God gives...

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George MacDonald

I am so tried by the things said about God. I understand God's patience with the wicked, but I do wonder how he can be so patient with the pious!

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George MacDonald

We have to do with God, to whom no one can look without the need of being good waking up in his heart; to think about God is to begin to be good.

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George MacDonald

The ruin of a man's teaching comes of his followers, such as having never touched the foundation he has laid, build upon it wood, hay, and stubble, fit only to be burnt. Therefore, if only to avoid his...

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George MacDonald

I write, not for children,but for the child-like, whether they be of five, or fifty, or seventy-five.

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George MacDonald

What a good thing, for instance, it was that one princess should sleep for a hundred years! Was she not saved from all the plague of young men who were not worthy of her? And did not she come awake exactly...

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George MacDonald

In the midst of death we are in life. Life is the only reality; what men call death is but a shadow...

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George MacDonald

Life and religion are one, or neither is any thing.

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George MacDonald

Oh, I believe that there is no away; that no love, no life, goes ever from us; it goes as He went, that it may come again, deeper and closer and surer, and be with us always, even to the end of the world.

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George MacDonald

All love will, one day, meet with its return. All true love will, one day, behold its own image in the eyes of the beloved, and be humbly glad.

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George MacDonald

Primarily, God is not bound to punish sin; he is bound to destroy sin. The only vengeance worth having on sin is to make the sinner himself its executioner.

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George MacDonald

The principle part of faith is patience.

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George MacDonald

A man is as free as he chooses to make himself, never an atom freer.

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George MacDonald

By all means rid yourself of an impoverished faith.

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George MacDonald

You must learn to be strong in the dark as well as in the day, else you will always be only half brave.

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George MacDonald

She would wonder what had hurt her when she found her face wet with tears, and then would wonder how she could have been hurt without knowing it.

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George MacDonald

I am perplexed at the stupidity of the ordinary religious being. In the most practical of all matters he will talk and speculate and try to feel, but he will not set himself to do.

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George MacDonald

Those Christians who are very strict in their observances, think a good deal more of the Sabbath than of man, a great deal more of the Bible than of the truth, and ten times more of their creed than of...

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George MacDonald

One chief cause of the amount of unbelief in the world is tha tthose who have seen something of the glory of Christ set themselves to theorize concerning him rather than to obey him.

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George MacDonald

The truly wise talk little about religion and are not given to taking sides on doctrinal issues. When they hear people advocating or opposing the claims of this or that party in the church, they turn away...

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George MacDonald

If those who had set themselves to explain the various theories of Christianity had set themselves instead to do the will of the Master, how different the world would be now!

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George MacDonald

Many a life has been injured by the constant expectation of death. It is life we have to do with, not death. The best preparation for the night is to work diligently while the day lasts. The best preparation...

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George MacDonald

Friends, if we be honest with ourselves, we shall be honest with each other.

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George MacDonald

Every truth must be accompanied by some corresponding act.

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George MacDonald

I would not favour a fiction to keep a whole world out of hell. The hell that a lie would keep any man out of is doubtless the very best place for him to go to. It is truth... that saves the world.

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George MacDonald

Beauty and sadness always go together. Nature thought beauty too rich to go forth Upon the earth without a meet alloy.

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George MacDonald

One of the good things that come of a true marriage is, that there is one face on which changes come without your seeing them; or rather there is one face which you can still see the same, through all...

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George MacDonald

What honest boy would pride himself on not picking pockets ? A thief who was trying to reform would. To be conceited of doing one's duty is then a sign of how little one does it, and how little one sees...

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George MacDonald

Faith is that which, knowing the Lord's will, goes and does it; or, not knowing it, stands and waits, content in ignorance as in knowledge, because God wills - neither pressing into the hidden future,...

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George MacDonald

To try too hard to make people good is one way to make them worse. The only way to make them good is to be good, remembering well the beam and the mote.

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George MacDonald

No man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow's burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear.

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George MacDonald

It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow, that weigh a man down. For the needs of today we have corresponding strength given. For the morrow we are told to trust. It is not ours yet. It...

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George MacDonald

All that is not God is death.

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

Above all things, I delight in listening to stories, and sometimes in telling them.

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George MacDonald

If both Church and fairy-tale belong to humanity, they may occasionally cross circles, without injury to either.

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George MacDonald

Man's rank is his power to uplift.

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George MacDonald

There are women who fly their falcons at any game, little birds and all.

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George MacDonald

Sad, indeed, would the whole matter be if the Bible had told us everything God meant us to believe. But herein is the Bible greatly wronged. It nowhere lays claim to be regarded as the Word, the Way, the...

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George MacDonald

Half of the misery in the world comes from trying to look, instead of trying to be, what one is not.

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George MacDonald

We can walk without fear, full of hope and courage and strength to do His will, waiting for the endless good which He is always giving as fast as He can get us able to take it in.

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George MacDonald

In whatever man does without God, he must fail miserably, or succeed more miserably.

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George MacDonald

God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon. He left the electricity still in the cloud, the oil still in the earth. How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go...

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George MacDonald

Now I want you to think that in life troubles will come, which seem as if they never would pass away. The night and storm look as if they would last forever; but the calm and the morning cannot be stayed;...

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George MacDonald

I learned that he that will be a hero will barely be a man; that he that will be nothing but a doer of his work is sure of his manhood.

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George MacDonald

My spirits rose as I went deeper; into the forest; but I could not regain my former elasticity of mind. I found cheerfulness to be like life itself - not to be created by any argument. Afterwards I learned,...

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George MacDonald

To try to be brave is to be brave.

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George MacDonald

Philosophy is really homesickness.

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George MacDonald

The boy should enclose and keep, as his life, the old child at the heart of him, and never let it go. He must still, to be a right man, be his mother's darling, and more, his father's pride, and more....

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George MacDonald

There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection.

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George MacDonald

Remember, then, that whoever does not mean good is always in danger of harm. But I try to give everybody fair play, and those that are in the wrong are in far more need of it always than those who are...

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George MacDonald

I don't know how to thank you.' Then I will tell you. There is only one way I care for. Do better, and grow better, and be better.

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George MacDonald

The greatest forces lie in the region of the uncomprehended.

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George MacDonald

Yet I know that good is coming to me—that good is always coming; though few have at all times the simplicity and the courage to believe it. What we call evil, is the only and best shape, which, for the...

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George MacDonald

There is little hope of the repentance and redemption of certain some until they have committed one or another of the many wrong things of which they are daily, through a course of unrestrained selfishness,...

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George MacDonald

If God were not only to hear our prayers, as he does ever and always, but to answer them as we want them answered, he would not be God our Saviour but the ministering genius of our destruction.

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George MacDonald

The Son of God suffered unto death, not that men might not suffer, but that their sufferings might be like His.

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George MacDonald

The trees bathed their great heads in the waves of the morning, while their roots were planted deep in gloom; save where on the borders of the sunshine broke against their stems, or swept in long streams...

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George MacDonald

No man has the mind of Christ, except him who makes it his business to obey him.

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George MacDonald

All those evil doctrines about God that work misery and madness have their origin in the brains of the wise and prudent, not in the hearts of children.

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George MacDonald

Good souls many will one day be horrified at the things they now believe of God.

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George MacDonald

You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it himself. (Quoted by C.S.Lewis in Mere Christianity)

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George MacDonald

Except the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus make a man sick of his opinions, he may hold them to doomsday for me; for no opinion, I repeat is Christianity, and no...

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George MacDonald

I am sometimes almost terrified at the scope of the demands made upon me, at the perfection of the self-abandonment required of me; yet outside of such absoluteness can be no salvation.

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George MacDonald

If there be a God and one has never sought him, it will be small consolation to remember that one could not get proof of his existence.

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George MacDonald

God will not take shelter behind a jugglery of logic or metaphysics. He is neither a schoolman nor theologian, but our Father in Heaven.

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George MacDonald

The Bible is to me the most precious thing in the world just because it tells me the story of Jesus.

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George MacDonald

I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God's thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest...

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George MacDonald

All about us, in earth and air, wherever the eye or ear can reach, there is a power ever breathing itself forth in signs, now in daisy, now in a wind-waft, a cloud, a sunset; a power that holds constant...

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George MacDonald

When we understand the outside of things, we think we have them. Yet the Lord puts his things in subdefined, suggestive shapes, yielding no satisfactory meaning to the mere intellect, but unfolding themselves...

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George MacDonald

One who not merely beholds the outward shows of things, but catches a glimpse of the soul that looks out of them, whose garment and revelation they are-if he be such, I say, he will stand, for more than...

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George MacDonald

It is the heart that is not sure of its God that is afraid to laugh in His presence.

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George MacDonald

Only he knew that to be left alone is not always to be forsaken.

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George MacDonald

What distressed me most - more even than my own folly - was the perplexing question - How can beauty and ugliness dwell so near? Even with her altered complexion and face of dislike; disenchanted of the...

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George MacDonald

For this, deep waters whelm the fruitful lea, Wars ravage, famine wastes, plague withers, nor Shall cease till men have chosen the better part.

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George MacDonald

But there are not a few who would be indignant at having their belief in God questioned, who yet seem greatly to fear imagining Him better than He is.

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George MacDonald

Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.

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George MacDonald

I repent me of the ignorance wherein I ever said that God made man out of nothing: there is no nothing out of which to make anything; God is all in all, and he made us out of himself.

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George MacDonald

Love loves unto purity. Love has ever in view the absolute loveliness of that which it beholds. Therefore all that is not beautiful in the beloved, all that comes between and is not of love's kind, must...

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George MacDonald

To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is power.

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George MacDonald

In short, a man must be set free from the sin he is , which makes him do the sin he does .

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George MacDonald

To be humbly ashamed is to be plunged in the cleansing bath of truth.

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George MacDonald

If you will not determine to be pure, you will grow more and more impure.

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George MacDonald

Where did you come from, baby dear? Out of the everywhere and into here.

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George MacDonald

And her life will perhaps be the richer, for holding now within it the memory of what came, but could not stay.

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George MacDonald

I rose as from the death that wipes out the sadness of life, and then dies itself in the new morrow.

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George MacDonald

But words are vain; reject them all— They utter but a feeble part: Hear thou the depths from which they call, The voiceless longing of my heart.

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George MacDonald

I saw thee ne'er before; I see thee never more; But love, and help, and pain, beautiful one, Have made thee mine, till all my years are done.

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George MacDonald

It is to the man who is trying to live, to the man who is obedient to the word of the Master, that the word of the Master unfolds itself.

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George MacDonald

For that great Love speaks in the most wretched and dirty hearts; only the tone of its voice depends on the echoes of the place in which it sounds.

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George MacDonald

The best thing you can do for your fellow, next to rousing his conscience, is — not to give him things to think about, but to wake things up that are in him; or say, to make him think things for himself.

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George MacDonald

It may be an infinitely less evil to murder a man than to refuse to forgive him. The former may be the act of a moment of passion: the latter is the heart’s choice.

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George MacDonald

We are and remain such creeping Christians, because we look at ourselves and not at Christ; because we gaze at the marks of our own soiled feet, and the trail of our own defiled garments.... Each, putting...

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George MacDonald

We must do the thing we must Before the thing we may; We are unfit for any trust Till we can and do obey.

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George MacDonald

You would not think any duty small, If you yourself were great.

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George MacDonald

My prayers, my God, flow from what I am not; I think thy answers make me what I am.

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George MacDonald

Could you not give me some sign, or tell me something about you that never changes, or some other way to know you, or thing to know you by?" — "No, Curdie: that would be to keep you from knowing me....

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George MacDonald

Until a man has love, it is well he should have fear. So long as there are wild beasts about, it is better to be afraid than secure.

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George MacDonald

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...

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George MacDonald

A true friend is forever a friend.

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George MacDonald

They will pressure you into doing things that may be unsafe, use your good judgment, and remember, 'I would rather be laughed at, than cried for.'

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George MacDonald

All that is made seems planless to the darkened mind, because there are more plans than it looked for...There seems no plan because it is all plan: there seems no centre because it is all centre.

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George MacDonald

The first thing in all progress is to leave something behind.

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George MacDonald

The miracles of Jesus were the ordinary works of his Father, wrought small and swift that we might take them in.

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George MacDonald

To receive honestly is the best thanks for a good thing.

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

Forgiveness unleashes joy. It brings peace. It washes the slate clean. It sets all the highest values of love in motion.

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George MacDonald

To cease to wonder is to fall plumb-down from the childlike to the commonplace—the most undivine of all moods intellectual. Our nature can never be at home among things that are not wonderful to us.

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George MacDonald

To say on the authority of the Bible that God does a thing no honourable man would do, is to lie against God; to say that it is therefore right, is to lie against the very spirit of God.

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George MacDonald

In moments of doubt I cry, ‘Could God Himself create such lovely things as I dreamed?’ ‘Whence then came thy dream?’ answers Hope.

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George MacDonald

Ah, what is it we send up thither, where our thoughts are either a dissonance or a sweetness and a grace?

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George MacDonald

Whose work is it but your own to open your eyes? But indeed the business of the universe is to make such a fool out of you that you will know yourself for one, and begin to be wise.

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George MacDonald

It is by loving, and not by being loved, that one can come nearest the soul of another; yea, that, where two love, it is the loving of each other, that originates and perfects and assures their blessedness....

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George MacDonald

Come, then, affliction, if my Father wills, and be my frowning friend. A friend that frowns is better than a smiling enemy.

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George MacDonald

Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.

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George MacDonald

When I can no more stir my soul to move, and life is but the ashes of a fire; when I can but remember that my heart once used to live and love, long and aspire- O, be thou then the first, the one thou...

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George MacDonald

God's finger can touch nothing but to mold it into loveliness.

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George MacDonald

When a feeling was there, they felt as if it would never go; when it was gone, they felt as if it had never been; when it returned, they felt as if it had never gone.

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George MacDonald

No words can express how much the world owes to sorrow. Most of the Psalms were born in the wilderness. Most of the Epistles were written in a prison. The greatest thoughts of the greatest thinkers have...

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George MacDonald

In very truth, a wise imagination, which is the presence of the spirit of God, is the best guide that man or woman can have; for it is not the things we see the most clearly that influence us the most...

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George MacDonald

Right gladly would He free them from their misery, but He knows only one way: He will teach them to be like himself, meek and lowly, bearing with gladness the yoke of His Father's will. This in the one,...

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George MacDonald

God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon. He left the electricity still in the cloud, the oil still in the earth.

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George MacDonald

Never tell a child 'you have a soul.' Teach him, you are a soul; you have a body.

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George MacDonald

I firmly believe people have hitherto been a great deal too much taken up about doctrine and far too little about practice. The word "doctrine," as used in the Bible, means teaching of duty, not theory.

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George MacDonald

[God desires] not that He may say to them, "Look how mighty I am, and go down upon your knees and worship," for power alone was never yet worthy of prayer; but that He may say thus: "Look, my children,...

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George MacDonald

On Good Friday Jesus died But rose again at Eastertide.....Lord, teach us to understand that your Son died to save us not from suffering but from ourselves, not from injustice...but from being unjust....

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George MacDonald

If we will but let our God and Father work His will with us, there can be no limit to His enlargement of our existence

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George MacDonald

Doubts are the messengers of the Living One to the honest. They are the first knock at our door of things that are not yet, but have to be, understood. . . . Doubts must precede every deeper assurance;...

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George MacDonald

As cold as everything looks in winter, the sun has not forsaken us. He has only drawn away for a little, for good reasons, one of which is that we may learn that we cannot do without him.

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George MacDonald

To be kind neither hurts nor compromises.

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George MacDonald

Annihilation itself is no death to evil. Only good where evil was, is evil dead. An evil thing must live with its evil until it chooses to be good. That alone is the slaying of evil.

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George MacDonald

Suppose you didn't know him, would that make any difference?' 'No,' said Willie, after thinking a little. 'Other people would know him if I didn't.' 'Yes, and if nobody knew him, God would know him, and...

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George MacDonald

There is no strength in unbelief. Even the unbelief of what is false is no source of might. It is the truth shining from behind that gives the strength to disbelieve.

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

The kingdom of heaven is not come even when God's will is our law; it is fully come when God's will is our will.

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George MacDonald

"But if God is so good as you represent Him, and if He knows all that we need, and better far than we do ourselves, why should it be necessary to ask Him for anything?" I answer, "What if He knows prayer...

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George MacDonald

I tell you, there are more worlds, and more doors to them, than you will think of in many years!

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George MacDonald

The part of the philanthropist is indeed a dangerous one; and the man who would do his neighbour good must first study how not to do him evil, and must begin by pulling the beam out of his own eye.

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George MacDonald

Doubt may be a poor encouragement to do anything, but it is a bad reason for doing nothing.

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George MacDonald

Thou art beautiful because God created thee, but thou art a slave to sin... wickedness has made you ugly.

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George MacDonald

There is no slave but the creature that wills against its Creator.

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George MacDonald

Her heart - like every heart, if only its fallen sides were cleared away - was an inexhaustible fountain of love: she loved everything she saw.

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George MacDonald

Our life is no dream; but it ought to become one, and perhaps will.

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George MacDonald

Beauty and sadness always go together.

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George MacDonald

It is by loving and not by being loved that one can come nearest to the soul of another.

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George MacDonald

It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is, when tomorrow's burden is added to the burden of today, that the weight is more than a man can bear. Never load yourselves...

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George MacDonald

We are often unable to tell people what they need to know, because they want to know something else, and would therefore only misunderstand what we said.

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George MacDonald

there is no harm in being afraid. The only harm is in doing what Fear tells you. Fear is not your master! Laugh in his face and he will run away.

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George MacDonald

But there is a light that goes deeper than the will, a light that lights up the darkness behind it: that light can change your will, can make it truly yours and not another's - not the Shadow's. Into the...

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George MacDonald

We are dwellers in a divine universe where no desires are in vain - if only they be large enough.

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George MacDonald

Why are all reflections lovelier than what we call reality? -- not so grand or so strong, it may be, but always lovelier? Fair as is the gliding sloop on the shining sea, the wavering, trembling, unresting...

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George MacDonald

Her face was fair and pretty, with eyes like two bits of night sky, each with a star dissolved in the blue.

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George MacDonald

It was foolish indeed - thus to run farther and farther from all who could help her, as if she had been seeking a fit spot for the goblin creature to eat her in at his leisure; but that is the way fear...

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George MacDonald

It is when people do wrong things wilfully that they are the more likely to do them again.

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George MacDonald

...it is so silly of people to fancy that old age means crookedness and witheredness and feebleness and sticks and spectacles and rheumatism and forgetfulness! It is so silly! Old age has nothing whatever...

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George MacDonald

People must believe what they can, and those who believe more must not be hard upon those who believe less. I doubt if you would have believed it all yourself if you hadn't seen some of it.

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George MacDonald

Seeing is not believing - it is only seeing.

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George MacDonald

We are all very anxious to be understood, and it is very hard not to be. But there is one thing much more necessary.' What is that, grandmother?' To understand other people.' Yes, grandmother. I must be...

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George MacDonald

Here I should like to remark, for the sake of princes and princesses in general, that it is a low and contemptible thing to refuse to confess a fault, or even an error. If a true princess has done wrong,...

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George MacDonald

What God may hereafter require of you, you must not give yourself the least trouble about. Everything He gives you to do, you must do as well as ever you can, and that is the best possible preparation...

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George MacDonald

I've been thinking about it a great deal, and it seems to me that although one sixpence is as good as another sixpence, not twenty lambs would do instead of one sheep whose face you knew. Somehow, when...

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George MacDonald

To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

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.

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George MacDonald

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.

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George MacDonald

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.

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

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.

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

Many a thief is a better man than many a clergyman, and miles nearer to the gate of the kingdom.

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

I find that doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.

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George MacDonald

Attitudes are more important than facts.

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

Afflictions are but the shadows of God's wings.

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George MacDonald

Love is the opener as well as closer of eyes.

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

Where there is no choice, we do well to make no difficulty.

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

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...

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George MacDonald

What does God want me to do?”, not “What will God do if I do so and so?

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George MacDonald

As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God.

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George MacDonald

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

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George MacDonald

Oh the folly of any mind that would explain God before obeying Him! That would map out the character of God instead of crying, Lord, what wouldst thou have me to do?

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George MacDonald

Trust to God to weave your thread into the great web, though the pattern shows it not yet.

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George MacDonald

One thing is clear to me, that no indulgence of passion destroys the spiritual nature so much as respectable selfishness.

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George MacDonald

To the dim and bewildered vision of humanity, God's care is more evident in some instances than in others; and upon such instances men seize, and call them providences. It is well that they can; but it...

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George MacDonald

He who seeks the Father more than anything He can give, is likely to have what he asks, for he is not likely to ask amiss.

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George MacDonald

Why should my love be powerless to help another?

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George MacDonald

What would the Living One have me do?

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George MacDonald

It is not the high summer alone that is God's. The winter also is His. And into His winter He came to visit us. And all man's winters are His - the winter of our poverty, the winter of our sorrow, the...

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George MacDonald

I believe that no hell will be lacking which would help the just mercy of God to redeem his children.

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George MacDonald

I am an emptiness for Thee to fill; my soul a cavern for Thy sea

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George MacDonald

For the bliss of the animals lies in this, that, on their lower level, they shadow the bliss of those--few at any moment on the earth--who do not 'look before and after, and pine for what is not,' but...

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George MacDonald

No, there is no escape. There is no heaven with a little of hell in it--no plan to retain this or that of the devil in our hearts or our pockets. Out Satan must go, every hair and feather!

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George MacDonald

I wondered over again for the hundredth time what could be the principle which, in the wildest, most lawless, fantastically chaotic, apparently capricious work of Nature, always kept it beautiful.

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George MacDonald

It is vain to think that any weariness, however caused, any burden, however slight, may be got rid of otherwise than by bowing the neck to the yoke of the Father's will. There can be no other rest for...

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George MacDonald

No story ever really ends, and I think I know why.

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George MacDonald

Then the Old Man of the Earth stooped over the floor of the cave, raised a huge stone from it, and left it leaning. It disclosed a great hole that went plumb-down. "That is the way," he said. "But there...

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George MacDonald

The world...is full of resurrections... Every night that folds us up in darkness is a death; and those of you that have been out early, and have seen the first of the dawn, will know it - the day rises...

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