Other Quotes of Great Wisdom

“When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly.”
Michel de Montaigne


Quotes from Latter-day Saint Leaders and Thinkers:

“…it was by reason of the knowledge of His existence (God’s) that there was a foundation laid for the exercise of faith in him, as the only Being in whom faith could center for life and salvation; for faith could not center in a Being of whose existence we have no idea, because the idea of his existence in the first instance is essential to the exercise of faith in him.  “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? (or one sent to tell them!) (Romans 10:14)  So, then, faith comes by hearing the word of God.”
“Let us here observe, that three things are neces­sary in order that any rational and intelligent being may exercise faith in God unto life and salvation.

First, the idea that he actually exists.
Secondly, a correct idea of his character, perfections, and attributes.
Thirdly, an actual knowledge that the course of life which he is pursuing is according to his will.

For without an acquaintance with these three important facts, the faith of every rational being must be imperfect and unproductive; but with this understanding it can become perfect and fruitful, abounding in righteousness, unto the praise and glory of God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
The Prophet Joseph Smith (Lectures on Faith 3:1-5.)

“Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation; for, from the first existence of man, the faith necessary unto the enjoyment of life and salvation never could be obtained without the sacrifice of all earthly things. It was through this sacrifice, and this only, that God has ordained that men should enjoy eternal life; and it is through the medium of the sacrifice of all earthly things that men do actually know that they are doing the things that are well pleasing in the sight of God. When a man has offered in sacrifice all that he has for the truth’s sake, not even withholding his life, and believing before God that he has been called to make this sacrifice because he seeks to do his will, he does know, most assuredly, that God does and will accept his sacrifice and offering, and that he has not, nor will not seek his face in vain. Under these circumstances, then, he can obtain the faith necessary for him to lay hold on eternal life.  … But those who have not made this sacrifice to God do not know that the course which they pursue is well pleasing in his sight; for whatever may be their belief or their opinion, it is a matter of doubt and uncertainty in their mind; and where doubt and uncertainty are there faith is not, nor can it be.”
The Prophet Joseph Smith (Lectures on Faith 6:7, 12.)

It is the duty of a husband to love, cherish, and nourish his wife, and cleave unto her and none else; he ought to honor her as himself, and he ought to regard her feelings with tenderness, for she is his flesh, and his bone, designed to be an help unto him, both in temporal, and spiritual things; one into whose bosom he can pour all his complaints without reserve, who is willing (being designed) to take part of his burden, to soothe and encourage his feelings by her gentle voice. It is the place of the man, to stand at the head of his family, and be lord of his own house, not to rule over his wife as a tyrant, neither as one who is fearful or jealous that his wife will get out of her place, and prevent him from exercising his authority. It is his duty to be a man of God (for a man of God is a man of wisdom), ready at all times to obtain from the scriptures, the revelations, and from on high, such instructions as are necessary for the edification, and salvation of his household.”
The Prophet Joseph Smith (Encyclopedia of Joseph Smith’s Teachings, edited by Larry E. Dahl and Donald Q. Cannon [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1997].)

“I do not believe that any man lives up to his ideals, but if we are striving, if we are working, if we are trying, to the best of our ability, to improve day by day, then we are in the line of our duty. If we are seeking to remedy our own defects, if we are so living that we can ask God for light, for knowledge, for intelligence, and above all, for His Spirit, that we may overcome our weaknesses, then, I can tell you, we are in the straight and narrow path that leads to life eternal. Then we need have no fear.
President Heber J. Grant (Gospel Standards, 184–185).

“We are not here to while away the hours of this life and then pass to a sphere of exaltation, but we are here to qualify ourselves day by day for the positions that our Father expects us to fill hereafter.
President George Albert Smith

“. . .men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life in the service of God will find eternal life.”
President Ezra Taft Benson

Love people, not things; use things, not people.
President Spencer W. Kimball

Through tears and trials, through fears and sorrows, through the heartache and loneliness of losing loved ones, there is assurance that life is everlasting. Our Lord and Savior is the living witness that such is so.
President Thomas S. Monson (“I Know That My Redeemer Lives!” Ensign, May 2007, 25).

“Our Heavenly Father and His beloved, Jesus Christ have made two overarching and imperative promises that have yet to be fulfilledScattered Israel is to be gathered in the latter days …and, the Lord Jesus Christ will come to earth again. It is our glorious privilege and sacred responsibility… to assist in preparing the world for these two, yet-to-be-fulfilled promises.”
President Russell M. Nelson (2018 Mission Leadership Seminar)

“My dear young brothers and sisters, these surely are the latter days, and the Lord is hastening His work to gather Israel.  That gathering is the most important thing taking place on earth today. Nothing else compares in magnitude, nothing else compares in importance, nothing else compares in majesty. And if you choose to, if you want to, you can be a big part of it.  You can be a big part of something big, something grand, something majestic!”
President Russell M. Nelson (“Hope of Israel”)

When we speak of the gathering, we are simply saying this fundamental truth: every one of our Heavenly Father’s children, on both sides of the veil, deserves to hear the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
President Russell M. Nelson (“Hope of Israel”)

“You and I know that you are to be a light to the world. Therefore, the Lord needs you to look like, sound like, act like, and dress like a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Yes, you are living in the world, but you have very different standards from the world to help you avoid the stain of the world.
President Russell M. Nelson (“Hope of Israel”)

“…one of the most important things we need to learn in life is to know who we really are.
“We have been created for a purpose. Learn of your divine purpose and then live up to it. This will come to you as you seek for it. Ask your Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, how He feels about you and your mission here on earth. If you ask with real intent, over time the Spirit will whisper this life-changing truth to you. Record those impressions, review them often, and follow through with exactness.
“I promise you that when you begin to catch even a glimpse of how your Heavenly Father sees you and what He is counting on you to do for Him, your life will never be the same!
President Russell M. Nelson

“…in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost. I urge you to stretch beyond your current spiritual ability to receive personal revelation. Choose to do the spiritual work required to enjoy the gift of the Holy Ghost and hear the voice of the Spirit more frequently and more clearly.”
President Russell M. Nelson

Jesus Christ invites us to take the covenant path back home to our Heavenly Parents and be with those we love.  He invites us to ‘come, follow me.’  As President of His Church, I plead with you who have distanced yourselves from the Church and with you who have not yet really sought to know that the Savior’s Church has been restored.  Do the spiritual work to find out for yourselves, and please do it now.  Time is running out.
President Russell M. Nelson

“…everybody has challenges and if you want to feel better, forget about yourself and serve somebody else.”
President Russell M. Nelson

“Under the Father’s great eternal plan, it is the Savior who suffered. It is the Savior who broke the bands of death. It is the Savior who paid the price for our sins and transgressions and blots them out on condition of our repentance. It is the Savior who delivers us from physical and spiritual death.
President Russell M. Nelson

“Why would any man waste his days and settle for Esau’s mess of pottage (Gen 25:29-34) when he has been entrusted with the possibility of receiving all of the blessings of Abraham? (1 Nephi 15:14-18; Abraham 2:9-11) I urgently plead with each one of us to live up to our privileges as bearers of the priesthood. In a coming day, only those men who have taken their priesthood seriously, by diligently seeking to be taught by the Lord Himself, will be able to bless, guide, protect, strengthen, and heal others. Only a man who has paid the price for priesthood power will be able to bring miracles to those he loves and keep his marriage and family safe, now and throughout eternity.
President Russell M. Nelson

“I invite you to inspire members to keep their covenants, fast and pray, study the scriptures, worship in the temple, and serve with faith as men and women of God. We can help all to see with the eye of faith that obedience and righteousness will draw them closer to Jesus Christ, allow them to enjoy the companionship of the Holy Ghost, and experience joy in life!
President Russell M. Nelson

“In the scriptures, there are very few sacred instances in which the voice of God the Father has been heard.  So, when He says something, we really need to listen. Repeatedly, He has personally introduced His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, with a specific charge to Hear Him!  Have you ever stopped to ask, “Why?” Why is our Heavenly Father so insistent—and consistent—in His plea that we should hear His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ?  Jesus answered this question Himself.  He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).  Our Father loves us and yearns for each one of us to choose to return to His holy presence. He pleads with us to listen to the voice of Jesus Christ, whom the Father anointed and appointed as our Mediator, Savior, and Redeemer.”
President Russell M. Nelson

How can we help those struggling with ______ (fill in the blank)?   Elder Russell M. Nelson … replied, “Teach them their identity and their purpose.”  This applies to most of the challenges we face in life?

“As we really begin to keep the first commandment—loving God with “all thy heart, with all thy might, mind, and strength” (D&C 59:5; see also Matt. 22:37)—giving time, talent, and treasure is then accompanied by fully giving of ourselves.  Sometimes, our holding back occurs because we lack faith or we are too entangled with the cares of the world. Other times, there is in us an understandable tremulousness which slows our yielding, because we sense what further yielding might bring.  Yet we need to break free of our old selves—the provincial, constraining, and complaining selves—and become susceptible to the shaping of the Lord. But the old self goes neither gladly nor quickly. Even so, this subjection to God is really emancipation.  How can we truly acknowledge the Fatherhood of God and refuse His tutorials?
Elder Neal A. Maxwell

“…the ‘cares of the world’ can overcome us (see D&C 39:9).  Humdrum routineness and repetition can cause us to look indifferently downward instead of reverently upward and outward.  We can become estranged from the Creator, who then seems like a far, distant star: “For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?” (Mosiah 5:13).  We know the Creator of the universe is also the Author of the plan of happiness. We can trust Him. He knows perfectly what brings happiness to His children (see Mosiah 2:41; Alma 41:10). Meanwhile, as some experience daily life situations in which they are or feel unloved and unappreciated, they can nevertheless know that God loves them! His creations so witness. Therefore, we can confess His hand in our individual lives just as we can confess His hand in the astonishing universe (see D&C 59:21).  If we will so confess His hand now, one day we who are “cradled” amidst His creations can even know what it is like to be “clasped in the arms of Jesus” (Mormon 5:11).
Elder Neal A. Maxwell

“Astonishingly, to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, it is clear that the Father and the Son are giving away the secrets of the universe! If only you and I can avoid being offended by their generosity.”
Neal A. Maxwell, “Meek and Lowly” (Brigham Young University devotional, Oct. 21, 1986)

“I testify that the astonishing work of God is greater than the known universe.”
Neal A. Maxwell

“Truly understood and properly practiced, faith is one of the grand and glorious powers of eternity. It is a force powerful beyond our comprehension. ‘Through faith, … the worlds were framed by the word of God’ [Hebrews 11:3].  Through faith, waters are parted, the sick healed, the wicked silenced, and salvation made possible.  Our faith is the foundation upon which all our spiritual lives rest.  It should be the most important resource of our lives.  Faith is not so much something we believe; faith is something we live.”
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (1917–2008), “Shall He Find Faith on the Earth?”

“Heavenly Father gave you plenty of gifts. Find them and use them! But remember, the Lord hasn’t asked you to sit on His gifts. He doesn’t want you to only go through the daily motions, day after day, and just be glad that you still have the same gifts. The Lord is asking you to make something of what has been given to you. Grow your talents by using them with diligence. Progression is part of the work.
“We are made of the stuff of eternity. With that as your history and your future, how could you not feel the deepest gratitude to the God of the universe, whose spiritual child you are? Remember, these feelings are deeply ingrained in your divine DNA. To be satisfied with less than your eternal potential is to pretend that you are a different person than you really are.”
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Even during the most difficult times of life, we can find ways to be happy. We can find ways to lift up others. We can always find joy and happiness in the grace of God and in the love of Jesus Christ. If we do our best with what we have been given, look for happiness and joy around us, keep the commandments, and trust God, all will eventually work out.”
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

You nor I, cannot hide from what we really are like if we ask the Holy Ghost to help us see our self as we really are.  The natural man and the natural woman, in my option, are extraordinarily adept at rationalizing and hiding from what we are really like.  So, if truth is knowledge of things as they were, as they will be, and as they really are, and if the Holy Ghost is a revealer of truth, and he is, then you cannot hide behind the typical rationalizations and constructions that we have of our self when the Holy Ghost shows you things as they really are.  Humility is an openness to information, some of which we may not want to receive, that helps us take steps to rely upon the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and thereby become increasingly like Him and His character.”
Elder David A. Bednar

Making our homes sanctuaries wherein we can ‘stand in holy places’ is essential in these latter days. And as important as home-centered and Church-supported learning is for our spiritual strength and protection today, it will be even more vital in the future.”
Elder David A. Bednar

“The Book of Mormon is not a book of history. The Book of Mormon is a book about the future. It describes episodes in the lives of people thousands of years ago, but the writers of the record and especially the compilers of the record were inspired by the Lord to include the things that we would need for the world in which we live today.”
Elder David A. Bednar

We are imperfect human beings striving to live in mortality according to Heavenly Father’s perfect plan of eternal progression. The requirements of His plan are glorious, merciful, and rigorous. We may at times be filled with determination and at other times feel totally inadequate. We may wonder if we spiritually can ever fulfill the commandment to stand spotless before Him at the last day.  With the help of the Lord and through the power of His Spirit to ‘teach [us] all things,’ indeed we can be blessed to realize our spiritual possibilities. Ordinances invite spiritual purpose and power into our lives as we strive to be born again and become men and women of Christ. Our weaknesses can be strengthened, and our limitations can be overcome.  Although none of us can achieve perfection in this life, we can become increasingly worthy and spotless as we are ‘cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.’ I promise and testify we will be blessed with increased faith in the Savior and greater spiritual assurance as we seek to always retain a remission of our sins and, ultimately, to stand spotless before the Lord at the last day. I so witness in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.”
Elder David A. Bednar

“Whatever level of spirituality we now enjoy in our lives; whatever degree of faith in Jesus Christ we now have; whatever strength of commitment and consecration, whatever degree of obedience or hope or charity is ours; whatever level of professional skill and ability we may have obtained, it will not be sufficient for the work that lies ahead.  …you and I need to be much better than we are now. The scriptures teach us that the world is now and will be in commotion. Wickedness and darkness will increase. Yet in that darkening world, there will be increased divine light. The Lord Jesus Christ has a great work for us to do with the rising generation. It is a greater work than we have ever done before. The Lord is working in power to strengthen teaching and learning in His true and living Church. He is hastening His work, and He is preparing the earth and His kingdom and us for His return.”
Elder Kim B. Clark

Daily Self-Assessment:
“Ask yourself these two questions each day!
1.  What am I doing that I should STOP doing?
(Pause …and Think about it!  Then ask…)
2.  What am I not doing that I should START doing?”
Elder Kim B. Clark


Quotes from other Great Thinkers:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Preamble to THE CONSTITUTION of the United States.  (First Paragraph!)

“Whoever really has considered the lilies of the field or the birds of the air and pondered the improbability of their existence in this warm world within the cold and empty stellar distances will hardly balk at the turning of water into wine—which was, after all, a very small miracle. We forget the greater and still continuing miracle by which water (with soil and sunlight) is turned into grapes.
Wendell Berry, “Christianity and the Survival of Creation”

Gentle in what you do.
Firm in how you do it.
Buck Brannaman (Horse Trainer)

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men. Gang aft a-gley” (or “goes wrong”).  Or to translate, the best laid plans of mice and men can still go wrong.  No matter how well you plan, there is no guarantee of success.
Robert Burns (Scotland)

Life is a stage, and we don’t always know what will come out from behind the curtain and into our view. Much of what we see is wonderful. But occasionally, we are exposed to the evil or ugly side of life. We can’t always control what we will see. Images flash before our eyes and leave lasting impressions. However, we do have the power to avoid or minimize our exposure to their influence. Knowing when to turn away is wisdom! If you do not turn away, there is often regret.
S. Alexander Edgar

“Those of us who may be struggling in lonely darkness and/or despair (whether by our own ignorance or disobedience) can also feel the ‘immediate’ love and influence of the gospel in our lives when we turn from inappropriate behavior and embrace Jesus Christ (Book of Mormon, Alma 34:31). He will ‘immediately’ bless our lives with His love and the warmth of the gospel. We may not be made completely whole ‘immediately,’ but we will feel his love and have hope ‘immediately’ as the ‘great plan of redemption’ is ‘brought about’ in us. Pure and lasting joy will come as we learn more of Him, continue to follow Him, and embrace His Great Plan of Happiness.
S. Alexander. Edgar

“With the loss of a loving companion, we will often ask: ‘Why? Why must my children be without a loving father or mother?’ The truth is, we usually do not know why. But two things are sure; the Lord knows those of us who are left behind, and He trusts us enough to carry on and care for the needs and growth of our little ones. If we are true and diligent, we will enjoy many indescribable tender mercies.
S. Alexander Edgar

“One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. He only is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with worry, fret, and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could.  Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.  We all suffer injustices to one degree or another.  Though some of these have greater costs, our hurt and helplessness remain the same. Comparing our circumstances to others is dangerous.   Because regardless of the situations, we all have similar feelings. Our choice in our response to those circumstances is what matters.  How we think about them and how we act on them.  In concentration camps…we watched and witnessed some of our comrades behave like swine while others behaved like saints. Man has both potentialities within himself… After all, man is the being who has invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who has entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord’s prayer or the Shema Israel on his lips.  When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
Dr. Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning,

“If you should not be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worthy reading,
Or do things worth the writing.”
Benjamin Franklin

What you lose in the fire, you will find amongst the ashes.”  That is, what you think was destroyed in a fire you will find in the ashes of rebirth (if looked at correctly, you will find it transformed into something else.)
French Proverb

the earth is a medium-sized planet orbiting around an average star in the outer suburbs of an ordinary spiral galaxy, which is itself only one of about a million million galaxies in the observable universe.”
Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne

“It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
John Andrew Holmes.

We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness.
Thomas Jefferson, (in an early draft of The Declaration of Independence)

“…for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Closing lines of The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States Of America.
Thomas Jefferson, (approved official document of united will and determination, July 4, 1776).

“I find that all my thoughts circle around God like the planets around the sun, and are as irresistibly attracted by Him. I would feel it to be the grossest sin if I were to oppose any resistance to this force.”
Carl Gustav Jung

“[T]here are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word “happy” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.”
Carl Gustav Jung

“With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mudslides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?
Jay Leno

Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.”
C.S. Lewis

In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function.  We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise.  We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.  We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”
C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man.
(What was Lewis’ point?  He was referring to Relativism: The notion or idea that there are no absolute truths!  Lewis believed “relativism would lead to the decay of morality and a lack of virtue within society.  Without a belief in Universal Moral Laws, we would fail to educate the heart and are left with intelligent men who behave like animals.” Lewis put it: “Men without Chests.”)

“If ever there’s a tomorrow when we’re not together, there’s something you must remember you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.  But the most important thing is, even if we are apart, I will always be with you, I will always be with you!
Alan Alexander Milne, “Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh”

You may come to ask yourself, “what should I do today?” in a manner that means how could I use my time to make things better instead of worse?
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.
President Ronald Reagan

“While America’s military strength is important … I’ve always maintained that the struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith. Our enemies must be made to understand: We will never compromise our principles and standards. We will never give away our freedom. We will never abandon our belief in God.
President Ronald Reagan

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.
President Theodore Roosevelt (1907)

“Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.”
Commonly attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt

The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurements anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.”
George Bernard Shaw

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.
Charles H. Spurgeon

“They who know of no purer sources of truth, who have traced up its stream no higher, stand, and wisely stand, by the Bible and the Constitution, and drink at it there with reverence and humanity; but they who behold where it comes trickling into this lake or that pool, gird up their loins once more, and continue their pilgrimage toward its fountainhead.
Henry David Thoreau

The masses of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate county, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.  There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
Henry David Thoreau

“Our country was founded under George Washington’s leadership, as he led our army to win the War of Independence.  During the War, Thomas Paine said, ‘These are the times that try men’s souls.’  Today we face a similar test (…trying our souls).  And, in this test lies the fate of the world.   The forces of evil want to see us surrender.  The American tradition teaches we meet tyranny with defiance and threats with courage.  It teaches drawing on the resources of faith to counter evil.  At this critical moment, Americans need to come together to take a stand against fraud and in favor of truth: to choose freedom over communism, and good over evil. … This is about whether we can still have a free country.
President Donald J. Trump

“Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.”
Mark Twain

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
Mark Twain

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”
Mark Twain

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”
Mark Twain

My ability to remember song lyrics from the 60’s and 70’s far exceeds my ability to remember why I walked into the kitchen.
Unknown Author

“Even though there are days I wish I could change some things that happened in the past, there’s a reason the rearview mirror is so small and the windshield is so big. Where you’re headed is much more important than what you left behind.
Unknown Author

Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter.  Hush until you heal.”
Unknown Author

“Remind students that one of the central missions of the university, which justifies its existence, is to get at the truth. …that requires honest debate, patience, intellectual honesty, investigation, and a lot of hard work. But it also is not for the faint of heart. And that is a lesson that is almost never transmitted today. That offense, bruising thoughts, and unpleasant facts simply go with the territory. They are an intrinsic feature of an open society, and they never can be entirely avoided.  No one can be heard to say, ‘I’m offended.’ They all have permission to be offended. But they just can’t express it.  No one should be allowed to accuse anyone else, in the classroom or out, dead or alive, of being racist, sexist, xenophobic, white supremacist, or any other derisive, identity-based label. No slurs or name-calling. These don’t enlighten, educate, or edify. They add nothing. Give us an argument. Tell us why the other person is wrong.
Professor Amy Wax, University of Pennsylvania Law School

“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!”
William Wordsworth


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