George MacDonald

George
MacDonald
1824
1905

Scottish Author, Poet and Minister known for his fairy tales and fantasy works

Author Quotes

I find the doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.

I wondered over again from the hundredth time what could be the principle which, in the wildest, most lawless, fantastically chaotic, apparently capricious work of nature, always kept it beautiful.

Faith is obedience, not compliance.

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.

All growth that is not towards God is growing to decay.

But for money and the need of it, there would not be half the friendship in the world. It is powerful for good if divinely used. Give it plenty of air, and it is sweet as the hawthorn; shut it up, and it cankers and breeds worms.

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

A parent must respect the spiritual person of his child, and approach it with reverence.

A perfect faith would lift us absolutely above fear.

Will is not unfrequently weakness.

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

Truth is a very different thing from fact; it is the loving contact of the soul with spiritual fact, vital and potent. It does not work I the soul independently of all faculty or qualification there for setting it forth or defending it. Truth in the inward parts is a power, not an opinion.

Timely service, like timely gifts, is doubled in value.

A man often preaches his beliefs precisely when he has lost them and is looking everywhere for them, and, on such occasions, his preaching is by no means at its worst.

No indulgence of passion destroys the spiritual nature so much as respectable selfishness.

Author Picture
First Name
George
Last Name
MacDonald
Birth Date
1824
Death Date
1905
Bio

Scottish Author, Poet and Minister known for his fairy tales and fantasy works