Steve Dodd (acheron_hades) wrote in georgemacdonald,
Steve Dodd

Favourite GMD quotes

I've just put together a collection of my favourite GMD quotes, and I thought I'd crosspost them here in case anyone was interested ...

"Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness — the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected."

"Attitudes are more important than facts."

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

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

"It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellow men."

"It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow, that weigh a man down."

"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."

"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."

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

"To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is power."

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

"There are thousands willing to do great things for one willing to do a small thing."

"Afflictions are but the shadows of God's wings."

"Do you think that the work God gives us to do is never easy? Jesus says that His yoke is easy, His burden is light. People sometimes refuse to do God's work just because it is easy ... But however easy any work may be, it cannot be well done without taking thought about it."

"It matters little where a man may be at this moment; the point is whether he is growing."

"The uncertainty lies always in the intellectual region, never in the practical."

"There is a communion with God that asks for nothing, yet asks for everything ... He who seeks the Father more than anything He can give, is likely to have what he asks, for he is not likely to ask amiss."

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

"The principal part of faith is patience."

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

"Where there is no choice, we do well to make no difficulty."

"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."

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