Favorite Quotes

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


“Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”
Spoken by Mary the Mother of Jesus to a servant (John 2:5)

Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”
Saul on the Road to Damascus (Acts 9:6)

“From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”  (John 6:66-69)

“Therefore, let your hearts be comforted concerning Zion; for all flesh is in mine hands; be still and know that I am God.  (D&C 101:16)

“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).

“…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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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!)

“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

“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

“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

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

“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.”
Theodore Roosevelt, 1907

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

“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

“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.

“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

“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.”
Scott A. 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.”
Scott A. 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.”
Scott A. Edgar

“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

“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

“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

“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 written primarily by Thomas Jefferson and approved as an official document of united will and determination, July 4, 1776.

“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

“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


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