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88 Famous Quotes by George MacDonald
12/10/1824 - 9/18/1905
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To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.

Being trusted Quotes, by George MacDonald

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

Exhaustion Quotes, by George MacDonald

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The two pillars of 'political correctness' are:a) willful ignoranceb) a steadfast refusal to face the truth

Ignorance Quotes, by George MacDonald

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Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.

Trust Quotes, by George MacDonald

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

Amusement Quotes, by George MacDonald

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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.

Abuse Quotes, by George MacDonald

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And so all growth that is not towards God Is growing to decay.

Growth Quotes, by George MacDonald , Source: Within and Without (pt. I, sc. 3)

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The whole trouble is that we won't let God help us.

Independence Quotes, by George MacDonald , Source: The Marquis of Lossie (ch. XXVII)

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To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.

Compliments Quotes, by George MacDonald

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Attitudes are more important than facts.

Facts Quotes, by George MacDonald

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The two pillars of 'political correctness' are:a) willful ignoranceb) a steadfast refusal to face the truth

Politics Quotes, by George MacDonald

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In giving, a man receives more than he gives, and the more is in proportion to the worth of the thing given.

Gifts Quotes, by George MacDonald , Source: Mary Marston (ch. V)

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You've got to save your own soul first, and then the souls of your neighbors if they will let you; and for that reason you must cultivate, not a spirit of criticism, but the talents that attract people to the hearing of the Word.

Influence Quotes, by George MacDonald , Source: The Marquis of Lossie (ch. XXVII)

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Alas! how easily things go wrong! A sigh too deep, or a kiss too long, And then comes a mist and a weeping rain, And life is never the same again.

Wrongs Quotes, by George MacDonald , Source: Phantastes--A Fairy Story

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Where did you get that pearly ear? God spoke and it came out to hear.

Hearing Quotes, by George MacDonald , Source: Song--At the Back of the North Wind (ch. XXXIII)

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I want to help you to grow as beautiful as God meant you to be when he thought of you first.

Help Quotes, by George MacDonald , Source: The Marquis of Lossie (ch. XXII)

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Whence that three-cornered smile of bliss? Three angels gave me at once a kiss.

Smiles Quotes, by George MacDonald , Source: Baby (st. 7)

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God never gave man a thing to do concerning which it were irreverent to ponder how the Son of God would have done it.

Christ Quotes, by George MacDonald , Source: The Marquis of Lossie (vol. II, ch. XVII)

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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.

Unbelief Quotes, by George MacDonald , Source: The Marquis of Lossie (ch. XLII)

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

Thankfulness Quotes, by George MacDonald , Source: Mary Marston (ch. V)

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The west is broken into bars Of orange, gold, and gray; Gone is the sun, come are the stars, And night infolds the day.

Twilight Quotes, by George MacDonald , Source: Songs of the Summer Nights

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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.

Idleness Quotes, by George MacDonald

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Commemoration of Mellitus, First Bishop of London, 624 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 Truth. The Bible leads us to Jesus, the inexhaustible, the ever-unfolding Revelation of God. It is Christ "in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge", not the Bible, save as leading to Him.

Christianity Quotes, by George MacDonald

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Do you so love the truth and the right that you welcome, or at least submit willingly to, the idea of an exposure of what in you is yet unknown to yourself -- an exposure that may redound to the glory of the truth by making you ashamed and humbled?... Are you willing to be made glad that you were wrong when you thought others were wrong?... We may trust God with our past as heartily as with our future. It will not hurt us so long as we do not try to hide things, so long as we are ready to bow our heads in hearty shame where it is fit that we should be ashamed. For to be ashamed is a holy and blessed thing. Shame is a thing to shame only those who want to appear, not those who want to be. Shame is to shame those who want to pass their examination, not those who would get into the heart of things... To be humbly ashamed is to be plunged in the cleansing bath of truth.

Christianity Quotes, by George MacDonald

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The Gospels contain what the Apostles preached -- the Epistles, what they wrote after the preaching. And until we understand the Gospel, the good news about our brother-king -- until we understand Him, until we have His Spirit, promised so freely to them that ask it -- all the Epistles, the words of men who were full of Him, and wrote out of that fullness, who loved Him so utterly that by that very love they were lifted into the air of pure reason and right, and would die for Him, without two thoughts about it, in the very simplicity of no choice -- the Letters, I say, of such men are to us a sealed book. Until we love the Lord so as to do what He tells us, we have no right to an opinion about what one of those men meant; for all they wrote is about things beyond us. The simplest woman who tries not to judge her neighbor, or not to be anxious for the morrow, will better know what is best to know, than the best-read bishop without that one simple outgoing of his highest nature in the effort to do the will of Him who thus spoke.

Christianity Quotes, by George MacDonald

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