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Most powerful of all powers in its holy insinuation is _being_. _To be_ is more powerful than even _to do_. Action _may_ be hypocrisy, but being is the thing itself, and is the parent of action.


George MacDonald

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God’s finger can touch nothing but to mold it into loveliness.
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Godfrey and Hesper made a glorious pair to look at--but would theirs be a happy union?--Happy, I dar...
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God is ever seeking to get down to us -- to be the divine man in us. And we are ever saying, "That b...
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CHRISTMAS DAY Thou hast not made, or taught me, Lord, to care For times and seasons -- but this on...
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Feast of Simon & Jude, Apostles Some natures will endure an immense amount of misery before the...
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Feast of Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists), 1660 If I mista...
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There is a communion with God that asks for nothing, yet asks for everything... He who seeks the Fat...
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Feast of Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899 Commemoration of Cedd, Founding Ab...
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Christmas Eve They were all looking for a king To slay their foes, and lift them high; Thou cam'st,...
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…for nothing is ever so mischievous in its own place as it is out of it;
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The boy should enclose and keep, as his life, the old child at the heart of him, and never let it go...
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My prayers, my God, flow from what I am not;
I think thy answers make me what I am.
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It may be an infinitely less evil to murder a man than to refuse to forgive him. The former may be t...
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Only he knew that to be left alone is not always to be forsaken.
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Obedience is the opener of eyes.
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The main practical difficulty, with some at least of the Peace-makers, is how to carry themselves to...
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Love loves unto purity. Love has ever in view the absolute loveliness of that which it beholds. Ther...
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You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He ...
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There is no slave but the creature that wills against its Creator.
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In moments of doubt I cry, ‘Could God Himself create such lovely things as I dreamed?’
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With every morn my life afresh must break
The crust of self, gathered about me fresh;
That...
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She who is even once unjust can not complain if the like is expected of her again.
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What honest boy would pride himself on not picking pockets ? A thief who was trying to reform would....
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Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.
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Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give...
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If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of...
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There is no strength in unbelief. Even the unbelief of what is false is no source of might. It is...
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Commemoration of Mellitus, First Bishop of London, 624 Sad, indeed, would the whole matter be if t...
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Certainly work is not always required of a man. There is such a thing as a sacred idleness - the c...
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As you grow ready for it, somewhere or other you will find what is needful for you in a book.
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And when heart and head go together, nothing can stand before them
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Seeing is not believing, it is only seeing,”
George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin
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Mary was one who possessed power over her own spirit--rare gift, given to none but those who do some...
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It is not at all a fit place for you," said Clementina.

"Gently, my lady. It is a ...
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All that is not God is death.
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As in all sweetest music, a tinge of sadness was in every note. Nor do we know how much of the pleas...
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My spirits rose as I went deeper; into the forest; but I could not regain my former elasticity of mi...
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I learned that it is better, a thousand-fold, for a proud man to fall and be humbled, than to hold u...
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I write, not for children,but for the child-like, whether they be of five, or fifty, or seventy-five...
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