George MacDonald, Scottish author and Christian Minister



  1. George MacDonald from Robert Falconer
    • Low Theology ( Link )
      • In low theologies, hell is invariably the deepest truth, and the love of God is not so deep as hell.
      • George MacDonald from Robert Falconer
  2. George MacDonald from “The Last Farthing” in Unspoken Sermons.
    • Theologians have done more to hide the gospel of Christ than any of its adversaries ( Link )
      • There is a thing wonderful and admirable in the parables, not readily grasped, but specially indicated by the Lord himself—their unintelligibility to the mere intellect.
      • They are addressed to the conscience and not to the intellect, to the will and not to the imagination.
      • They are strong and direct but not definite.
      • They are not meant to explain anything, but to rouse a man to the feeling, ‘I am not what I ought to be, I do not the thing I ought to do!’
      • Many maundering interpretations may be given by the wise, with plentiful loss of labour, while the child who uses them for the necessity of walking in the one path will constantly receive light from them.
      • The greatest obscuration of the words of the Lord, as of all true teachers, comes from those who give themselves to interpret rather than do them.
      • Theologians have done more to hide the gospel of Christ than any of its adversaries.
      • It was not for our understandings, but our will, that Christ came.
      • He who does that which he sees, shall understand; he who is set upon understanding rather than doing, shall go on stumbling and mistaking and speaking foolishness.
      • He has not that in him which can understand that kind. The gospel itself, and in it the parables of the Truth, are to be understood only by those who walk by what they find.
      • It is he that runneth that shall read, and no other. It is not intended by the speaker of the parables that any other should know intellectually what, known but intellectually, would be for his injury—what knowing intellectually he would imagine he had grasped, perhaps even appropriated.
      • When the pilgrim of the truth comes on his journey to the region of the parable, he finds its interpretation. It is not a fruit or a jewel to be stored, but a well springing by the wayside.”
      • – George MacDonald from “The Last Farthing” in Unspoken Sermons.
  3. George MacDonald in “Righteousness” from Unspoken Sermons
    • Not in Any Church ( Link )
      • Remember, if indeed thou art able to know it, that not in any church is the service done that he requires.
      • He will say to no man, ‘You never went to church: depart from me; I do not know you;’ but, ‘Inasmuch as you never helped one of my father’s children, you have done nothing for me.’
      • Church or chapel is not the place for divine service. It is a place of prayer, a place of praise, a place to feed upon good things, a place to learn of God, as what place is not?
      • It is a place to look in the eyes of your neighbour, and love God along with him.
      • But the world in which you move, the place of your living and loving and labour, not the church you go to on your holiday, is the place of divine service.
      • Serve your neighbour, and you serve him.
      • Do not heed much if men mock you and speak lies of you, or in goodwill defend you unworthily.
      • Heed not much if even the righteous turn their backs upon you.
      • Only take heed that you turn not from them.
      • Take courage in the fact that there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.”
      • George MacDonald in “Righteousness” from Unspoken Sermons
  4. George MacDonald, from The Hands Of The Father in Unspoken Sermons
    • Divine Service ( Link )
      • The last act of our Lord in thus commending his spirit at the close of his life, was only a summing up of what he had been doing all his life.
      • He had been offering this sacrifice, the sacrifice of himself, all the years, and in thus sacrificing he had lived the divine life.
      • Every morning when he went out ere it was day, every evening when he lingered on the night-lapt mountain after his friends were gone, he was offering himself to his Father in the communion of loving words, of high thoughts, of speechless feelings; and, between, he turned to do the same thing in deed, namely, in loving word, in helping thought, in healing action towards his fellows; for the way to worship God while the daylight lasts is to work; the service of God, the only “divine service,” is the helping of our fellows.
  5. George MacDonald. From Wilfrid Cumbermede.
    • Injustice to you is not an awful thing like injustice in you.
      • As his narrative closed my uncle said: ‘Now, Willie, you see, with a good man like that for your father, you are bound to be good and honourable!
      • Never mind whether people praise you or not; you do what you ought to do.
      • And don’t be always thinking of your rights.
      • There are people who consider themselves very grand because they can’t bear to be interfered with.
      • They think themselves lovers of justice, when it is only justice to themselves they care about.
      • The true lover of justice is one who would rather die a slave than interfere with the rights of others.
      • To wrong any one is the most terrible thing in the world.
      • Injustice to you is not an awful thing like injustice in you.
      • I should like to see you a great man, Willie. Do you know what I mean by a great man?
  6. The History of Gutta Percha Willie, the Working Genius (1873)
    • I think the reason children get tired of their toys so soon is just that it is against human nature to be really interested in what is of no use. If you say that a beautiful thing is always interesting, I answer, that a beautiful thing is of the highest use. Is not the diamond that flashes all its colours into the heart of a poet as useful as the diamond with which the glazier divides the sheets of glass into panes for our windows?
  7. Mary Marston (1881), Chapter V
    • To receive honestly is the best thanks for a good thing.
  8. The Princess and Curdie (1883)
    • 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 them.
  9. The Marquis of Lossie (1877)
    • To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.
  10. Lilith (1895)
    • We are often unable to tell people what they need to know because they want to know something else.
  11. From Heather and Snow
    • Never Ending Story
      • Phemy seemed more pleased to see her father every time he came; and Kirsty began to hope she would tell him the trouble she had gone through. But then Kirsty had a perfect faith in her father, and a girl like Phemy never has! Her father, besides, had never been father enough to her. He had been invariably kind and trusting, but his books had been more to his hourly life than his daughter.
      • He had never drawn her to him, never given her opportunity of coming really near him. No story, however, ends in this world. The first volume may have been very dull, and yet the next be full of delight.
  12. Sir Gibbie
    • Laugh In His Presence
      • Janet was well satisfied with her experiment. Most Scotch women, and more than most Scotch men, would have rebuked him for laughing, but Janet knew in herself a certain tension of delight which nothing served to relieve but a wild laughter of holiest gladness; and never in tears of deepest emotion did her heart appeal more directly to its God.
      • It is the heart that is not yet sure of its God, that is afraid to laugh in his presence.




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