George MacDonald’s greatness as an author, poet and writer can be best described through the words of C.S Lewis or GK Chesterton. When Lewis got himself a copy of MacDonald’s legendary book ‘Phantastes’ he claimed ‘I knew I had crossed a great frontier’. As for Chesterton, while reading MacDonald’s ‘The Princess and the Goblin’ he stated that the book had ‘made a difference to my whole existence’. Born in Scotland, MacDonald graduated from the University of Aberdeen before studying at Highbury College for the Congregational ministry. MacDonald in addition to pursuing his life as a Christian pastor turned to writing. He penned several fantasy and fairy tales in his lifetime. MacDonald often claimed that his books were not for children and instead for the child-like, despite their age. So, whether you are five, fifteen or fifty, MacDonald’s books are for the child living inside you. An exponent and a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature, MacDonald through his writing style and works influenced some of the then to-be greatest authors and writers including W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and Madeleine L'Engle. Fantasy tales apart, MacDonald penned some legendary quotes that touch varied topics of life and give readers a new perspective and a new angle to ponder about. Check this section and explore some of the most popular George MacDonald quotes.
The best thing you can do for your fellow, next to rousing his conscience, is — not to give him things to think about, but to wake things up that are in him; or say, to make him think things for himself.