George Macdonald Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old george macdonald quotes, george macdonald sayings, and george macdonald proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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.     

George Macdonald

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

George Macdonald

There is one show of breeding vulgarity seldom assumes, simplicity.     

George Macdonald

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

George Macdonald

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

George Macdonald

To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.     

George Macdonald

Where did you come from, baby dear? Out of the everywhere and into here.     

George Macdonald

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.     

George Macdonald

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

George Macdonald

Never be discouraged because good things get on so slowly here; and never fail daily to do that good which lies next to your hand.     

George Macdonald

Obedience is the opener of eyes.     

George Macdonald

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

George Macdonald

Not even nothingness preceded life. Nothingness owes its very idea to existence.     

George Macdonald

We die daily. Happy those who daily come to life as well.     

George Macdonald

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

George Macdonald

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

George Macdonald

Will is not unfrequently weakness.     

George Macdonald

A gentle wind of western birth, From some far summer sea, Wakes daisies in the wintry earth.     

George Macdonald

There is but one thing that can free a man from superstition, and that is belief. All history proves it. The most sceptical have ever been the most credulous.     

George Macdonald

A beast does not know that he is a beast, and the nearer a man gets to being a beast, the less he knows it.     

George Macdonald

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.     

George Macdonald

The holy spirit of the Spring Is working silently.     

George Macdonald

The principle part of faith is patience.     

George Macdonald

One thing is clear to me, that no indulgence of passion destroys the spiritual nature so much as respectable selfishness.     

George Macdonald

For the greatest fool and rascal in creation there is yet a worse condition; and that is, not to know it, but to think himself a respectable man.     

George Macdonald