"Every soul has a landscape that changes with the wind that sweeps the sky, with the clouds that return after its rain."
— George MacDonald (via itsquoted)
"he was a real king - that is, one who ruled for the good of his people and not to please himself, and he wanted the silver not to buy rich things for himself, but to help him to govern the country, and pay the ones that defended it from certain troublesome neighbors, and the judges whom he set to portion out righteousness among the people, that so they might learn it themselves, and come to do without judges at all.
Nothing that could have been gotten from the heart of the earth could have been put to better purposes than the silver the king’s miners got for him.
There were people who, when it came into their hands, degraded it by locking it up in a chest, and then it grew diseased and was called mammon, and bred all sorts of quarrels; but when first it left the king’s hands it never made any but friends, and the air of the world kept it clean."
— the princess and the curdie.
"it is not possible to be ‘incidentally a Christian’. The fact of Christianity must be overwhelmingly first or nothing. This suggests a reason for the dislike of Christians by nominal or non Christians: their lives contain no overwhelming firsts but many balances."
— the Overwhelming First
"to believe with certainty, somebody said, one has to begin by doubting. Wherever it began, what it was was a coming together of disparate things - - our love for each other and for beauty, our longing for unpressured time and the night of the cold sea-fire on Grey Goose, the quality of our Christian friends and the Oxford built by hands and the Oxford that I saw in the face of the Warden of All Souls. They came together in focus, and the Light fell upon them."
"it is like the disguised prince in the fairy tale who wins a heroine’s love before she knows he is anything more than a woodcutter. What would be a bribe if it came first had better to come last."