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If instead of a gem, or even a flower,
by George MacDonald

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.
- George MacDonald

Related topics: Friendship

To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.
- George MacDonald

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

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected.
The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.
- George MacDonald

 

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving,
of life.
- George MacDonald

To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.
- George MacDonald

Afflictions are but the shadows of God's wings.
- George MacDonald

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There are thousands willing to do great things for
one willing to do a small thing.
- George MacDonald

When we are out of sympathy with the young,
then I think our work in this world is over.
- George MacDonald

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

I find that doing of the will of God leaves me no time
for disputing about His plans.
- George MacDonald

To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.
- George MacDonald

The principle part of faith is patience.
- George MacDonald

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

Friends, if we be honest with ourselves,
we shall be honest with each other.
- George MacDonald

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

Anything large enough for a wish to light upon,
is large enough to hang a prayer upon.
- George MacDonald

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

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

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.
- George MacDonald

You can't live on amusement.
It is the froth on water - an inch deep and then the mud.
- George MacDonald

The first thing a kindness deserves is acceptance,
the second, transmission.
- George MacDonald

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

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

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

Love is the opener as well as closer of eyes.
- George MacDonald

It is our best work that God wants, not the dregs of our exhaustion.
I think he must prefer quality to quantity.
- George MacDonald

Age is not all decay; it is the ripening,
the swelling, of the fresh life within,
that withers and bursts the husk.
- George MacDonald

Attitudes are more important than facts.
- George MacDonald

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.
- George MacDonald

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have,
instead of what you don't have.
- Woody Allen

Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts,
cause your mind to dwell on peace and joy.
- Ernest Holmes

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

Love is saying "I feel differently,"
instead of "You're wrong."
- Anonymous

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Instead of comparing our lot with that
of those who are more fortunate than we are,
we should compare it with the lot
of the great majority of our fellow men.
It then appears that we are among the privileged.
- Helen Keller

Instead of needing lots of children,
we need high-quality children.
- Margaret Mead

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue.
If we have enough friends, we may go on for years,
intending to leave, talking about leaving -
instead of actually getting up and leaving.
- Erica Jong

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

Instead of being presented with stereotypes
by age, sex, color, class, or religion,
children must have the opportunity
to learn that within each range,
some people are loathsome and some are delightful.
- Margaret Mead

Trust your own instinct.
Your mistakes might as well be your own,
instead of someone else's.
- Billy Wilder

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- A. R. Ammons

But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends,
and mar the purest joys and happiness
God has granted us in this world,
to fill our hearts with hatred
instead of love for our neighbors,
and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world!
- Robert E. Lee

If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago,
Catholic school children would be wearing little electric
chairs around their necks instead of crosses.
- Lenny Bruce

We need to become good citizens in the global village,
instead of competing.
What are we competing for - to drive more cars,
eat more steaks? That will destroy the world.
- Yuan T. Lee

We need a data network that can easily carry voice,
instead of what we have today, a voice network struggling to carry data.
- Reed Hundt

If you have an emotional reaction in the presence of someone,
your heart is telling you that you have
not resolved your issues with them.
In other words, you have not truly forgiven that person.
All of this begs the question, how do we forgive?
First, cease lying to yourself and stop telling yourself stories
about why you behave the way you do.
Stop blaming your behavior on other people
and take responsibility for your emotional reactions.
If you could forgive all the people in your life
who have hurt or wounded you
it would be possible to be in control of your behavior
instead of being in reaction to other people all of the time.
Imagine living life without experiencing
a constant emotional roller-coaster of pain, anger, and jealousy!
That would be bliss!
-Sheri Rosenthal

Politics, it seems to me, for years,
or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
- Richard Armour

The left dismisses talk about the collapse of family
life and talks instead about the emergence of the growing
new diversity of family types.
- Christopher Lasch

Instead of noblemen,
let us have noble villages of men.
- Henry David Thoreau

We waste time looking for the perfect lover,
instead of creating the perfect love.
- Tom Robbins

It is a sad commentary of our times when our young
must seek advice and counsel from "Dear Abby" instead of going to Mom and Dad.
- Abigail Van Buren

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city,
it might be better to change the locks.
- Doug Larson

Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find
a woman I don't like and give her a house.
- Lewis Grizzard

People are getting smarter nowadays;
they are letting lawyers,
instead of their conscience, be their guide.
- Will Rogers

If everyone demanded peace
instead of another television set,
then there'd be peace.
- John Lennon

The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination
to see how much he can give for a dollar,
instead of how little he can give for a dollar,
is bound to succeed.
- Henry Ford

Too many people are thinking of security
instead of opportunity.
They seem more afraid of life than death.
- James F. Bymes

Everything is blooming most recklessly;
if it were voices instead of colors,
there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier,
you will become a general.
If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.'
Instead,
I was a painter, and became Picasso.
- Pablo Picasso

I offer gentle understanding to myself.
I position myself in love, not fear.
I look behind me with forgiveness.
I look forward with festive anticipation.
I embrace this holy moment and assert,
"Now. This moment is the moment to love,
the moment to serve, the moment to seize
the legacy instead of the small.
Now. Now I will live large, love boldly,
reach to the edges of my unfurled heart and fully enrolled hope.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

They wanted Guy Middleton instead of Kenneth More,
and even Kay Kendall wasn't their first choice!
- Dinah Sheridan

I was in jail four and a half years.
When I came out, I continued the same struggle against injustice,
but instead of using weapons, I began to use art and cinema.
- Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Instead of seeing depression as a dysfunction,
it is a functioning phenomenon.
It stops you cold, sets you down, makes you damn miserable.
- James Hillman

I tell ya, I could have got some more jobs if I'd tried,
but I went to Sweden instead.
- Lee Hazlewood

A writer uses a pen instead of a scalpel or blow torch.
- Michael Ondaatje

So instead of talking about theoretical ways of ending the war and violence,
I say that we have to get rid of the individual asholes
in each office and situation.
- Colin Quinn


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