George MacDonald Quotes

- Notable George MacDonald Quotes Index -

Born: December 10, 1824, Scotland, UK
Birth Country: UK
Died: Scotland, UK, September 18, 1905
Occupation: Author

1.
Age is not all decay it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.
- George MacDonald

2.
Attitudes are more important than facts.
- George MacDonald

3.
Few delights can equal the presence of one whom we trust utterly.
- George MacDonald

4.
Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
- George MacDonald

5.
How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.
- George MacDonald

6.
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.
- George MacDonald

7.
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.
- George MacDonald

8.
It is our best work that God wants, not the dregs of our exhaustion. I think he must prefer quality to quantity.
- George MacDonald

9.
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.
- George MacDonald

10.
The best preparation for the future is the present well seen to, and the last duty done.
- George MacDonald

11.
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.
- George MacDonald

12.
The principle part of faith is patience.
- George MacDonald

13.
To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.
- George MacDonald

14.
To have what we want is riches but to be able to do without is power.
- George MacDonald

15.
When we are out of sympathy with the young, then I think our work in this world is over.
- George MacDonald

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