37 Greatest George Macdonald Quotes

37 Greatest George Macdonald Quotes

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George MacDonald was a poet and minister from Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He was one of the most influential writers in the genre of fantasy literature and was a mentor to Lewis Carroll. Some of his most famous novels include David Elginbrod, At the Back of the North Wind, and Lilith. He died on September 18, 1905 at the age of 80.

“A fairytale is not an allegory. There may be allegory in it, but it is not an allegory.”

“A true friend is forever a friend.”

“Alas! how easily things go wrong!”

“All that man sees has to do with man. Worlds cannot be without an intermundane relationship. The community of the centre of all creation suggests an interradiating connection and dependence
of the parts. Else a grander idea is conceivable than that which is already embodied.”

“But God lets men have their playthings, like the children they are, that they may learn to distinguish them from true possessions. If they are not learning that he takes them from them, and
tries the other way: for lack of them and its misery, they will perhaps seek the true!”

“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.”

“Diamond, however, had not been out so late before in all his life, and things looked so strange about him! — just as if he had got into Fairyland, of which he knew quite as much as anybody;
for his mother had no money to buy books to set him wrong on the subject.”

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

“Endurance must conquer, where force could not reach.”

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

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

“God hides nothing. His very work from the beginning is revelation, — a casting aside of veil after veil, a showing unto men of truth after truth. ”

“God Himself — His thoughts, His will, His love, His judgments are men’s home. To think His thoughts, to choose His will, to judge His judgments, and thus to know that He is in us, with us,
is to be at home.”

“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.”

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

“I firmly believe people have hitherto been a great deal too much taken up about doctrine and far too little about practice.”

“I say again, if I cannot draw a horse, I will not write THIS IS A HORSE under what I foolishly meant for one.”

“If there be music in my reader, I would gladly wake it.”

“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 a
man; that he that will be nothing but a doer of his work, is sure of his manhood.”

“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.”

“Never be discouraged because good things get on so slowly here; and never fail daily to do that good which lies next to your hand.”

“Not even nothingness preceded life. Nothingness owes its very idea to existence.”

“Some thinkers would feel sorely hampered if at liberty to use no forms but such as existed in nature, or to invent nothing save in accordance with the laws of the world of the senses; but
it must not therefore be imagined that they desire escape from the region of law.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“The word doctrine, as used in the Bible, means teaching of duty, not theory.”

“There is no cheating in nature and the simple unsought feelings of the soul. There must be a truth involved in it, though we may but in part lay hold of the meaning.”

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.”

“Two people may be at the same spot in manners and behaviour, and yet one may be getting better, and the other worse, which is the greatest of differences that could possibly exist between

“We are often unable to tell people what they need to know because they want to know something else.”

“Were I asked, what is a fairytale? I should reply, Read Undine: that is a fairytale.”

“What distressed me most — more even than my own folly — was the perplexing question, How can beauty and ugliness dwell so near?”

“What I would say is this, that the light is not blinding because God would hide, but because the truth is too glorious for our vision.”

“What we call evil, is the only and best shape, which, for the person and his condition at the time, could be assumed by the best good.”

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

“Where did you come from baby dear?”