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

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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.


Forgiveness unleashes joy. It brings peace. It washes the slate clean. It sets all the highest values of love in motion.


No man ever sank under the burden of the day.

It is when tomorrow's burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear.

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


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


God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon.

He left the electricity still in the cloud, the oil still in the earth.


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.


Now I want you to think that in life troubles will come, which seem as if they never would pass away. The night and storm look as if they would last forever; but the calm and the morning cannot be stayed; the storm in its very nature is transient. The effort of nature, as that of the human heart, ever is to return to its repose, for God is Peace.


Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.


In whatever man does without God, he must fail miserably, or succeed more miserably.


If we do not die to ourselves, we cannot live to God, andhe that does not live to God, is dead.


Love makes everything lovely; hate concentrates itself on the one thing hated.


It is by loving and not by being loved that one can come nearest to the soul of another.


About George Macdonald

Quotes 362 sayings
Nationality Scottish
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

Those Christians who are very strict in their observances, think a good deal more of the Sabbath than of man, a great deal more of the Bible than of the truth, and ten times more of their creed than of the will of God. Of course, if they heard anyone utter such words as I have just written, they would say he was and atheist.


I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God's thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest and most precious thing in all thinking.


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


To give truth to him who loves it not is but to give him more plentiful material for misinterpretation.


Free will is not the liberty to do whatever one likes, but the power of doing whatever one sees ought to be done, even in the very face of otherwise overwhelming impulse. There lies freedom, indeed.


The purposes of God point to one simple end-that we should be as he is, think the same thoughts, mean the same things, possess the same blessedness.


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


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


On Good Friday Jesus died But rose again at Eastertide.

....Lord, teach us to understand that your Son died to save us not from suffering but from ourselves, not from injustice...but from being unjust. He died that we might live - but live as he lives, by dying as he died who died to himself.


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


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.


Not only then has each man his individual relation to God, but each man has his peculiar relation to God.

16 is so silly of people to fancy that old age means crookedness and witheredness and feebleness and sticks and spectacles and rheumatism and forgetfulness! It is so silly! Old age has nothing whatever to do with all that. The right old age means strength and beauty and mirth and courage and clear eyes and strong painless limbs.


Beauty and sadness always go together.


But more impressive than the facts and figures as to height, width, age, etc.

, are the entrancing beauty and tranquility that pervade the forest, the feelings of peace, awe and reverence that it inspires.


To judge religion we must have it--not stare at it from the bottom of a seemingly interminable ladder.


You must learn to be strong in the dark as well as in the day, else you will always be only half brave.


When I look like this into the blue sky, it seems so deep, so peaceful, so full of a mysterious tenderness, that I could lie for centuries and wait for the dawning of the face of God out of the awe-inspiring loving-kindness.


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.


Right gladly would He free them from their misery, but He knows only one way: He will teach them to be like himself, meek and lowly, bearing with gladness the yoke of His Father's will. This in the one, the only right, the only possible way of freeing them from their sin, the cause of their unrest.


Doubts are the messengers of the Living One to the honest.

They are the first knock at our door of things that are not yet, but have to be, understood. . . . Doubts must precede every deeper assurance; for uncertainties are what we first see when we look into a region hitherto unknown, unexplored, unannexed.


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.


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.


Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.


Afflictions are but the shadows of God's wings.


You doubt because you love truth.


The holy spirit of the Spring Is working silently.


The principal part of faith is patience.


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


Light-leaved acacias, by the door, Stood up in balmy air, Clusters of blossomed moonlight bore, And breathed a perfume rare.


No man has the mind of Christ, except him who makes it his business to obey him.


The Root of All Rebellion: It is because we are not near enough to Thee to partake of thy liberty that we want a liberty of our own different from thine.


Obedience is the key to every door.


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


There are women who fly their falcons at any game, little birds and all.


One of the good things that come of a true marriage is, that there is one face on which changes come without your seeing them; or rather there is one face which you can still see the same, through all the shadows which years have gathered upon it.


As to the pure all things are pure, so the common mind sees far more vulgarity in others than the mind developed in genuine refinement.

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