George MacDonald quote about doubt from Lilith - Doubt . . . may be a poor encouragement to do anything, but it is a bad reason for doing nothing.
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Doubt . . . may be a poor encouragement to do anything, but it is a bad reason for doing nothing.
 George MacDonald, Lilith (1895). copy citation

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Author George MacDonald
Source Lilith
Topic doubt action encouragement
Date 1895
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1640/1640-h/1640-h.htm

Context

“To do for her all I could, I spread a thick layer of pine-needles and dry leaves, laid one of my garments over it, warm from my body, lifted her upon it, and covered her with my clothes and a great heap of leaves: I would save the little warmth left in her, hoping an increase to it when the sun came back. Then I tried another grape, but could perceive no slightest movement of mouth or throat.
«Doubt,» I said to myself, «may be a poor encouragement to do anything, but it is a bad reason for doing nothing.» So tight was the skin upon her bones that I dared not use friction.
I crept into the heap of leaves, got as close to her as I could, and took her in my arms. I had not much heat left in me, but what I had I would share with her!” source

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