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George Macdonald Quotes

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.

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.

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

Attitudes are more important than facts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love is the opener as well as closer of eyes.

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.

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

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

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