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Alexander MacLaren Quotes

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There is nothing more impotent than words which lie dormant in our brains and have no influence on our lives.

    Topics: Life

Ah! If our likeness to God does not show itself in trifles, what is there left for it to show itself in? For our lives are all made up of trifles. The great things come three or four of them in the seventy years; the little ones every time the clock ticks.

    Topics: Life

Every life has dark tracks and long stretches of somber tint, and no representation is true to fact which dips its pencil only in light, and flings no shadows on the canvas.

    Topics: Life

Love is the only fire that is hot enough to melt the iron obstinacy of a creature's will.

    Topics: Love

It was a deep true thought which the old painters had, when they drew John as likest to his Lord. Love makes us like.

    Topics: Love

Here is the manliness of manhood that a man has a good reason for what he does, and has a will in doing it.

    Topics: Men

Embrace in one act the two truths--thine own sin, and God's infinite mercy in Jesus Christ.

    Topics: Mercy

The root of all steadfastness is in consecration to God.

    Topics: Obedience, Consecration

We are only asking you to give to Christ that which you give to others, to transfer the old emotions, the blessed emotions, the exercise of which makes gladness in the life here below, to transfer them to Him, and to rest safe in the Lord. Faith is trust.

    Topics: Obedience

Let the current of your being set towards God, then your life will be filled and calmed by one master-passion which unites and stills the soul.

    Topics: Passion

"I will" is no word for man. There is a far diviner one, "I ought." Bow passion to reason, reason to conscience, and conscience to God, and then be as resolute and determined as you choose.

    Topics: Perseverance

God gives us power to bear all the sorrows of His making; but He does not give us power to bear the sorrows of our own making, which the anticipation of sorrow most assuredly is.

    Topics: Power

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