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GEORGE MACDONALD
Scottish poet and novelist
(1824 - 1905)
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I wish it were never one's duty to quarrel with anybody; I do so hate it: but not to do it sometimes is to smile in the devil's face.
      - [Quarrels]

I wondered over again for 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.
      - [Nature]

If I can put one touch of a rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.
      - [Ingratitude]

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.
      - [Love]

It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when to-morrow's burden is added to the burden of to-day that the weight is more than a man can bear.
      - [Anticipation]

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.
      - [Duty]

It is only by loving a thing that you an make it yours.
      - [Appreciation]

It is when to-morrow's burden is added to the burden of to-day that the weight is more than a man can bear.
      - [Today]

It needs brains to be a real fool.
      - [Fools]

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.
      - [Self-reliance]

Joy cannot unfold the deepest truths. Cometh white-robed Sorrow, stooping and wan, and flingeth wide the door she must not enter.
      - [Sorrow]

Life and religion are one, or neither is anything.
      - [Life]

Many a thief is a better man than many a clergyman, and miles nearer to the gate of the kingdom.
      - [Clergy]

Mind, it is our best work that He wants, not the dregs of our exhaustion. I think He must prefer quality to quantity.
      - [Work]

Moderation is the basis of justice.
      - [Justice]

No indulgence of passion destroys the spiritual nature so much as respectable selfishness.
      - [Selfishness]

No man can make haste to be rich without going against the will of God, in which case it is the one frightful thing to be successful.
      - [Riches]

No one is likely to remember what is entirely uninteresting to him.
      - [Memory]

Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.
      - [Help]

Real good-breeding is independent of the forms and refinements of what has assumed to itself the name of society.
      - [Manners]

Relative to getting rid of it, a fault is serious or not in proportion to the depth of its root rather than the amount of its foliage.
      - [Faults]

Religion is life essential.
      - [Religion]

Such a man will omit neither family worship, nor a sneer at his neighbor. He will neither milk his cows on the first day of the week without a Sabbath mask on his face, nor remove it while he waters the milk for his customers.
      - [Hypocrisy]

The best preparation for the future is the present well seen to, the last duty done.
      - [Future]

The direct foe of courage is the fear itself, not the object of it; and the man who can overcome his own terror is a hero, and more.
      - [Fear]


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