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George MacDonald Sayings: counsel:--Go to the Lady of Sorrow, and 'take with both hands'* what she will give counsel:--Go to the Lady of Sorrow, and 'take with both hands'* what she will give you. Yonder lies her cottage. She is not in it now, but her door stands open, and there is bread and water on her table. Go in; sit down; eat of the bread; drink of the water; and wait there until she appear. Then ask counsel of her, for she is true, and her wisdom is great.
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George MacDonald Sayings: Until a man has love, it is well he should have fear. So long as 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 Sayings: If God were not only to hear our prayers, as he does ever and always, 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 Sayings: the road is difficult. - But come; loss now will be gain then! To wait the road is difficult. - But come; loss now will be gain then! To wait is harder than to run, and its meed is the fuller.
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George MacDonald Sayings: I believe that no hell will be lacking which would help the just mercy of 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 Sayings: I repent me of the ignorance wherein I ever said that God made man out 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 Sayings: By this edition of HAMLET I hope to help the student of Shakspere to understand By this edition of HAMLET I hope to help the student of Shakspere to understand the play - and first of all Hamlet himself, whose spiritual and moral nature are the real material of the tragedy, to
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George MacDonald Sayings: There is nothing eternal but that which loves and can be loved, and love is There is nothing eternal but that which loves and can be loved, and love is ever climbing towards the consummation when such shall be the universe, imperishable, divine.
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George MacDonald Sayings: Annihilation itself is no death to evil. Only good where evil was, is evil dead. 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 Sayings: God's finger can touch nothing but to mold it into loveliness. God's finger can touch nothing but to mold it into loveliness.
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George MacDonald Sayings: I begin indeed to fear that I have undertaken an impossibility, undertaken to tell what I begin indeed to fear that I have undertaken an impossibility, undertaken to tell what I cannot tell because no speech at my command will fit the forms in my mind.
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George MacDonald Sayings: I knew that love gives to him that loveth, power over any soul beloved, even I knew that love gives to him that loveth, power over any soul beloved, even if that soul know him not, bringing him inwardly close to that spirit; a power that cannot be but for good; for in proportion as selfishness intrudes, the love ceases, and the power which springs therefrom dies. Yet 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 Sayings: But there is a light that goes deeper than the will, a light that lights 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 created can pour itself the creating will, and so redeem it!
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George MacDonald Sayings: You allowed me existence, which is the sum of what one can demand of his You allowed me existence, which is the sum of what one can demand of his fellow-beings
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George MacDonald Sayings: Now he learned what law and order and truth are, what consent and harmony mean; Now he learned what law and order and truth are, what consent and harmony mean; how the individual may find his own end in a higher end, where law and freedom mean the same thing, and the purest certainty exists without the slightest constraint.
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George MacDonald Sayings: This is in the very nature of things: obedience alone places a man in the This is in the very nature of things: obedience alone places a man in the position in which he can see so as to judge that which is above him.
George MacDonald Sayings: As Christ is the blossom of humanity, so the blossom of every man is Christ As Christ is the blossom of humanity, so the blossom of every man is Christ perfected in him.
George MacDonald Sayings: Seek not that your sons and your daughters should not see visions, should not dream Seek not that your sons and your daughters should not see visions, should not dream dreams; seek that they should see true visions, that they should dream noble dreams. Such out-going of the imagination is one with aspiration, and will do more to elevate above what is low and vile than all possible inculcations of morality.
George MacDonald Sayings: God is nearer to you than any thought or feeling of yours ... Do not God is nearer to you than any thought or feeling of yours ... Do not be afraid.
George MacDonald Sayings: But, sir, isn't death a dreadful thing?" asked Malcolm."That depends on whether a man regards But, sir, isn't death a dreadful thing?" asked Malcolm.
"That depends on whether a man regards it as his fate or as the will of a perfect God. Its obscurity is its dread. But if God be light, then death itself must be full of splendor
a splendor probably too keen for our eyes to receive."
"But there's the dying itself; isn't that fearsome? It's that I would be afraid of."
"I don't see why it should be. It's the lack of a God that makes it dreadful, and you would be greatly to blame for that, Malcolm, if you hadn't found your God by the time you had to die.
George MacDonald Sayings: Then his heart and imagination were more in the ascendency. Now he had begun to Then his heart and imagination were more in the ascendency. Now he had begun to admire the intellectual qualities of that literature more, and its imaginative less; for he had begun to think truth attainable through the forces of the brain, sole and supreme.
George MacDonald Sayings: If man could do what in his wildest self-worship he can imagine, the grand result If man could do what in his wildest self-worship he can imagine, the grand result would be that he would be his own God, which is the Hell of Hells.
George MacDonald Sayings: I wish I had [made that song]. No, I don't That would be to take I wish I had [made that song]. No, I don't That would be to take it from somebody else. But it's mine for all that.'
'What makes it yours?'
'I love it so.'
'Does loving a thing make it yours?'
'I think so, Mother
at least more than anything else can ... Love makes the only myness,' said Diamond.
George MacDonald Sayings: In short, a man must be set free from the sin he is , which In short, a man must be set free from the sin he is , which makes him do the sin he does .
George MacDonald Sayings: Trust to God to weave your thread into the great web, though the pattern shows Trust to God to weave your thread into the great web, though the pattern shows it not yet.
George MacDonald Sayings: No man has the mind of Christ, except him who makes it his business to No man has the mind of Christ, except him who makes it his business to obey him.
George MacDonald Sayings: But he remembered that even if she did box his ears, he musn't box hers But he remembered that even if she did box his ears, he musn't box hers again, for she was a girl, and all that boys must do, if girls are rude, is to go away and leave them.
George MacDonald Sayings: Winna ye be gaein' awa', to write buiks, an' gar fowk fin' oot what's the Winna ye be gaein' awa', to write buiks, an' gar fowk fin' oot what's the maitter wi' them?
George MacDonald Sayings: Mankind had disappointed him, but here was a dog! Mankind had disappointed him, but here was a dog!
George MacDonald Sayings: Her face was fair and pretty, with eyes like two bits of night sky, each Her face was fair and pretty, with eyes like two bits of night sky, each with a star dissolved in the blue.
George MacDonald Sayings: To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is power.
George MacDonald Sayings: But Mrs. Wingfold had developed a great aptitude for liking people. Surely more people would But Mrs. Wingfold had developed a great aptitude for liking people. Surely more people would allow themselves to be thus changed if they realized how greatly the coming of the kingdom of God is slowed by a simple lack of courtesy.
George MacDonald Sayings: To the dim and bewildered vision of humanity, God's care is more evident in some 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 would be gloriously better if they could believe that the whole matter is one grand providence.
George MacDonald Sayings: It is a happy thing for us that this is really all we have to It is a happy thing for us that this is really all we have to concern ourselves about
what to do next. No man can do the second thing. He can do the first.
George MacDonald Sayings: Godfrey and Hesper made a glorious pair to look at--but would theirs be a happy Godfrey and Hesper made a glorious pair to look at--but would theirs be a happy union?--Happy, I dare say--and not too happy. He who sees to our affairs will see that the "too" is not in them. There were fine elements in both, and, if indeed they loved, and now I think, from very necessity of their two hearts, they must have loved, then all would, by degrees, by slow degrees, most likely, come right with them. If they had been born again both, before they began, so to start fresh, then like two children hand in hand they might have run in through the gates into the city. But what is love, what is loss, what defilement even, what are pains, and hopes, and disappointments, what sorrow, and death, and all the ills that flesh is heir to, but means to this very end, to this waking of the soul to seek the home of our being--the life eternal? Verily we must be born from above, and be good children, or become, even to our self-loving selves, a scorn, a hissing, and an endless reproach.
George MacDonald Sayings: All things are possible with God, but all things are not easy. All things are possible with God, but all things are not easy.
George MacDonald Sayings: God will not take shelter behind a jugglery of logic or metaphysics. He is neither God will not take shelter behind a jugglery of logic or metaphysics. He is neither a schoolman nor theologian, but our Father in Heaven.
George MacDonald Sayings: All words, then, belonging to the inner world of the mind, are of the imagination, All words, then, belonging to the inner world of the mind, are of the imagination, are originally poetic words.
George MacDonald Sayings: And Summer, dear Summer, hath years of June,With large white clouds, and cool showers at And Summer, dear Summer, hath years of June,
With large white clouds, and cool showers at noon;
And a beauty that grows to a weight like grief,
Till a burst of tears is the heart's relief.
George MacDonald Sayings: Oh, I believe that there is no away; that no love, no life, goes ever 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.
George MacDonald Sayings: I am a beast until I love as God doth love. I am a beast until I love as God doth love.
George MacDonald Sayings: There is no inborn longing that shall not be fulfilled. I think that is as There is no inborn longing that shall not be fulfilled. I think that is as certain as the forgiveness of sins.
George MacDonald Sayings: That which is within a man, not that which lies beyond his vision, is the That which is within a man, not that which lies beyond his vision, is the main factor in what is about to befall him:
George MacDonald Sayings: Twilight-kind, oppressing the heart as with a condensed atmosphere of dreamy undefined love and longing. Twilight-kind, oppressing the heart as with a condensed atmosphere of dreamy undefined love and longing.
George MacDonald Sayings: What would the Living One have me do? What would the Living One have me do?
George MacDonald Sayings: A library cannot be made all at once, any more than a house or a A library cannot be made all at once, any more than a house or a nation or a tree; they must all take time to grow, and so must a library. I wouldn't even know what books to go and ask for. I dare say, if I were to try, I couldn't at a moment's notice tell you the names of more than two score of books at the outside. Folk must make acquaintance among books as they would among living folk.
George MacDonald Sayings: We must do the thing we must Before the thing we may; We are unfit We must do the thing we must Before the thing we may; We are unfit for any trust Till we can and do obey.
George MacDonald Sayings: The good man never wrote or read a sermon, but talked to his people as The good man never wrote or read a sermon, but talked to his people as one who would meet what was in them with what was in him.
George MacDonald Sayings: Suddenly pressing both hands on her heart, she fell to the ground, and the mist Suddenly pressing both hands on her heart, she fell to the ground, and the mist rose from her and melted in the air. I ran to her. But she began to writhe in such torture that I stood aghast. A moment more and her legs, hurrying from her body, sped away serpents. From her shoulders fled her arms as in terror, serpents also. Then something flew up from her like a bat, and when I looked again, she was gone.
George MacDonald Sayings: The days glided by. The fervid Summer slid away round the shoulder of the world, The days glided by. The fervid Summer slid away round the shoulder of the world, and made room for her dignified matron sister; my lady Autumn swept her frayed and discoloured train out of the great hall-door of the world, and old brother Winter, who so assiduously waits upon the house, and cleans its innermost recesses, was creeping around it, biding his time, but eager to get to his work.
George MacDonald Sayings: When a feeling was there, they felt as if it would never go; when it 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.
George MacDonald Sayings: If a man keeps the law, I know he is a lover of his neighbour. If a man keeps the law, I know he is a lover of his neighbour. But he is not a lover because he keeps the law: he keeps the law because he is a lover. No heart will be content with the law for love. The law cannot fulfil love.
George MacDonald Sayings: Afterwards I learned, that the best way to manage some kinds of pain fill thoughts, Afterwards I learned, that the best way to manage some kinds of pain fill thoughts, is to dare them to do their worst; to let them lie and gnaw at your heart till they are tired; and you find you still have a residue of life they cannot kill.
George MacDonald Sayings: [T]wo of you can be no match for the three giants, I will find you, [T]wo of you can be no match for the three giants, I will find you, if I can, a third brother, who will take on himself the third share of the fight, and the preparation ... I will show him to you in a glass, and, when he comes, you will know him at once. If he will share your endeavors, you must teach him all you know, and he will repay you well, in present song, and in future deeds.'
She opened the door of a curious old cabinet that stood in the room. On the inside of this door was an oval convex mirror ... we at length saw reflected the place where we stood, and the old dame seated in her chair ... at the feet of the dame lay a young man ... weeping.
'Surely this youth will not serve our ends,' said I, 'for he weeps.'
The old woman smiled. 'Past tears are present strength,'said she.
George MacDonald Sayings: I saw thee ne'er before; I see thee never more; But love, and help, and 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.
George MacDonald Sayings: My spirits rose as I went deeper; into the forest; but I could not regain 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, that the best way to manage some kinds of pain fill thoughts, is to dare them to do their worst; to let them lie and gnaw at your heart till they are tired; and you find you still have a residue of life they cannot kill. So, better and worse, I went on, till I came to a little clearing in the forest.
George MacDonald Sayings: Religion is life essential. Religion is life essential.
George MacDonald Sayings: This is a wise, sane Christian faith: that a man commit himself, his life, and 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 anything.
George MacDonald Sayings: ...when the children had made sparrows of clay,Thou mad'st them birds, with wings to flutter ...when the children had made sparrows of clay,
Thou mad'st them birds, with wings to flutter and fold:
Take, Lord, my prayer in thy hand, and make it pray.
George MacDonald Sayings: I need a God; and if there be none how did I come to need I need a God; and if there be none how did I come to need one?
George MacDonald Sayings: O, lack and doubt and fear can only comeBecause of plenty, confidence, and love!They are O, lack and doubt and fear can only come
Because of plenty, confidence, and love!
They are the shadow-forms about their feet,
Because they are not perfect crystal-clear
To the all-searching sun in which they live.
Dread of its loss is Beauty's certain seal!
George MacDonald Sayings: THE SHADOWS Table of Contents Old Ralph Rinkelmann made his living by comic sketches, and THE SHADOWS Table of Contents Old Ralph Rinkelmann made his living by comic sketches, and all but lost it again by tragic poems. So he was just the man to be chosen king of the fairies, for in Fairyland the sovereignty is elective. It is no doubt very strange that fairies should desire to have a mortal king; but the fact is, that with all their knowledge and power, they cannot get rid of the feeling that some men are greater than they are, though they can neither fly nor play tricks. So at such times as there happens to be twice the usual number of sensible electors, such a man as Ralph Rinkelmann gets to be chosen. They
George MacDonald Sayings: We are often unable to tell people what they need to know, because they want 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.
George MacDonald Sayings: By all means tell people, when you are busy about something that must be done, By all means tell people, when you are busy about something that must be done, that you cannot spare the time for them except they want of you something of yet more pressing necessity; but tell them, and do not get rid of them by the use of the instrument commonly called the cold shoulder. It is a wicked instrument.
George MacDonald Sayings: It is a hard thing for a rich man to grow poor; but it is It is a hard thing for a rich man to grow poor; but it is an awful thing for him to grow dishonest, and some kinds of speculation lead a man deep into dishonesty before he thinks what he is about. Poverty will not make a man worthless - he may be of worth a great deal more when he is poor than he was when he was rich; but dishonesty goes very far indeed to make a man of no value - a thing to be thrown out in the dust-hole of the creation, like a bit of broken basin, or dirty rag.
George MacDonald Sayings: Who knows what harm may be done to a man by hurrying a spiritual process Who knows what harm may be done to a man by hurrying a spiritual process in him?
George MacDonald Sayings: There is no law that sermons shall be the preacher's own, but there is an There is no law that sermons shall be the preacher's own, but there is an eternal law against all manner of humbug. Pardon the word.
George MacDonald Sayings: I should like to remark, for the sake of princes and princesses in general, that 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, she is always uneasy until she has had an opportunity of throwing the wrongness away from her by saying: 'I did it; and I wish I had not; and I am sorry for having done it.' So you see there is some ground for supposing that Curdie was not a miner only, but a prince as well. Many such instances have been known in the world's history.
George MacDonald Sayings: The poetry of life, the inner side of nature, rises near the surface to meet The poetry of life, the inner side of nature, rises near the surface to meet the eyes of the man who makes. The advantage gained by the carpenter of Nazareth at his bench is the inheritance of every workman as he imitates his maker in the divine - that is, honest - work.
George MacDonald Sayings: You have tasted of death now," said the old man. "Is it good?" "It is You have tasted of death now," said the old man. "Is it good?"
"It is good," said Mossy. "It is better than life."
"No," said the old man: "it is only more life.
George MacDonald Sayings: You see when he forgot his Self his mother took care of his Self, and You see when he forgot his Self his mother took care of his Self, and loved and praised his Self. Our own praises poison our Selves, and puff and swell them up, till they lose all shape and beauty, and become like great toadstools. But the praises of father or mother do our Selves good, and comfort them and make them beautiful. They never do them any harm. If they do any harm, it comes of our mixing some of our own praises with them, and that turns them nasty and slimy and poisonous.
George MacDonald Sayings: When a man dreams his own dream, he is the sport of his dream; when When a man dreams his own dream, he is the sport of his dream; when Another gives it him, that Other is able to fulfill it.
George MacDonald Sayings: A flush of anger crimsoned the old lady's pale face. It looked dead no longer. A flush of anger crimsoned the old lady's pale face. It looked dead no longer. "Hold your tongue," she said. "You are rude." And Miss Gladwyn did hold her tongue, but nothing else, for she was laughing all over.
George MacDonald Sayings: Come, come to Him who made thy heart; Come weary and oppressed; To come to Come, come to Him who made thy heart; Come weary and oppressed; To come to Jesus is thy part; His part, to give thee rest.
George MacDonald Sayings: It is not by driving away our brother that we can be alone with God. It is not by driving away our brother that we can be alone with God.
George MacDonald Sayings: Love is the opener as well as closer of eyes. Love is the opener as well as closer of eyes.
George MacDonald Sayings: there is plenty of room for meeting in the universe. there is plenty of room for meeting in the universe.
George MacDonald Sayings: What does God want me to do?", not "What will God do if I do What does God want me to do?", not "What will God do if I do so and so?
George MacDonald Sayings: I would not favour a fiction to keep a whole world out of hell. The 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.
George MacDonald Sayings: Truly, if ignorance is the foundation of any man's goodness, it is not worth the Truly, if ignorance is the foundation of any man's goodness, it is not worth the wind that upsets it, but in its mere self, ignorance of evil is a negative good.
George MacDonald Sayings: I am sometimes almost terrified at the scope of the demands made upon me, at 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.
George MacDonald Sayings: Ambition is but the evil shadow of aspiration. Ambition is but the evil shadow of aspiration.
George MacDonald Sayings: A name is one of those things one can give away and keep all the A name is one of those things one can give away and keep all the same.
George MacDonald Sayings: There is no water in oxygen, no water in hydrogen: it comes bubbling fresh from There is no water in oxygen, no water in hydrogen: it comes bubbling fresh from the imagination of the living God, rushing from under the great white throne of the glacier. The very thought of it makes one gasp with an elemental joy no metaphysician can analyse. The water itself, that dances, and sings, and slakes the wonderful thirst
symbol and picture of that draught for which the woman of Samaria made her prayer to Jesus
this lovely thing itself, whose very wetness is a delight to every inch of the human body in its embrace
this live thing which, if I might, I would have running through my room, yea, babbling along my table
this water is its own self its own truth, and is therein a truth of God.
George MacDonald Sayings: Take my advice, my dear Mr Walton, and don't make too much of your poor, Take my advice, my dear Mr Walton, and don't make too much of your poor, or they'll soon be too much for you to manage. - Come, Pet: it's time to go home to lunch. - And for the surplice, take your own way and wear it. I shan't say anything more about it.
George MacDonald Sayings: Light-leaved acacias, by the door,Stood up in balmy air,Clusters of blossomed moonlight bore,And breathed a Light-leaved acacias, by the door,
Stood up in balmy air,
Clusters of blossomed moonlight bore,
And breathed a perfume rare.
George MacDonald Sayings: For God alone is our salvation; to know him is salvation. He is in us For God alone is our salvation; to know him is salvation. He is in us all the time, else we could never move to seek him.
George MacDonald Sayings: She began to learn that nothing is dead, that there cannot be a physical abstraction, She began to learn that nothing is dead, that there cannot be a physical abstraction, that nothing exists for the sake of the laws of its phenomena.
George MacDonald Sayings: LET A MAN THINK AND CARE ever so little about God, he does not therefore 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 him himself, though the man knows it not.
George MacDonald Sayings: She had left his church and gone to the missionars, and there found more spiritual She had left his church and gone to the missionars, and there found more spiritual nourishment than Mr Cowie's sermons could supply, but she could not forget his kisses, or his gentle words, or his shilling, for by their means, although she did not know it, Mr Cowie's self had given her a more confiding notion of God, a better feeling of his tenderness, than she could have had from all Mr Turnbull's sermons together. What equal gift could a man give? Was it not worth bookfuls of sound doctrine?
George MacDonald Sayings: How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset. How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.
George MacDonald Sayings: The one cure for any organism, is to be set right--to have all its parts The one cure for any organism, is to be set right--to have all its parts brought into harmony with each other; the one comfort is to know this cure in process. Rightness alone is cure. The return of the organism to its true self, is its only possible ease. To free a man from suffering, he must be set right, put in health; and the health at the root of man's being, his rightness, is to be free from wrongness, that is, from sin. A
George MacDonald Sayings: I took the guinea, and put it in my purse. I took the guinea, and put it in my purse.
George MacDonald Sayings: It is always the way. Until a man knows God, he seeks to obey him It is always the way. Until a man knows God, he seeks to obey him by doing things he neither commands nor cares about;
George MacDonald Sayings: He had come to think that so long as a man wants to do right He had come to think that so long as a man wants to do right he may go where he can: when he can go no further, then it is not the way.
George MacDonald Sayings: It is vain to think that any weariness, however caused, any burden, however slight, may 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 heart and soul than He has created. From every burden, from every anxiety, from all dread of shame or loss, even loss of love itself, that yoke will set us free.
George MacDonald Sayings: Some dreams, some poems, some musical phrases, some pictures, wake feelings such as one never Some dreams, some poems, some musical phrases, some pictures, wake feelings such as one never had before, new in colour and form - spiritual sensations, as it were, hitherto unproved
George MacDonald Sayings: It's right to trust in God; but, if you don't stand to your halliards your It's right to trust in God; but, if you don't stand to your halliards your craft'll miss stays, and your faith'll be blown out of the bolt-ropes in the turn of a marlinspike.
George MacDonald Sayings: Alas! how easily things go wrong! Alas! how easily things go wrong!
George MacDonald Sayings: Perhaps his only vice was self-satisfaction--which few will admit to be a vice; remonstrance never Perhaps his only vice was self-satisfaction--which few will admit to be a vice; remonstrance never reached him; to himself he was ever in the right, judging himself only by his sentiments and vague intents, never by his actions; that these had little correspondence never struck him; it had never even struck him that they ought to correspond.