Favorite Quotes

After more than forty years of teaching—
I present a collection of my all-time favorite quotations:


“I am perfectly satisfied that my Father and my God is a cheerful, pleasant, lively, and good-natured Being.  Why?  Because I am cheerful, pleasant, lively, and good-natured when I have His Spirit. . . . He is a jovial, lively person.”  (Heber C. Kimball)


“How vain and trifling have been our spirits, our conferences, our councils, our meetings, our private as well as public conversations — too low, too mean, too vulgar, too condescending for the dignified characters of the called and chosen of God . . !”  (Joseph Smith)


“We all have photographic memories; we just don’t have instant recall.  On Judgment day we will all have instant recall!”  (DKO)  “The reason we lose our memory when we get old is so we can die with a clear conscience!”


“These are the times that try men’s souls . . . the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”  (Thomas Paine)


“Security is mostly a superstition.  It does not exist in nature. . . . Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”  (Helen Keller)


“We can . . . tell that we are making progress by the attention we get from the adversary. . . . This has been the lot of the Lord’s people from the beginning, and it will be no different in our time.”  (Spencer W. Kimball)


“A man may receive the priesthood and all its privileges and blessings, but until he learns to overcome the flesh, his temper, his tongue, his disposition to indulge in the things God has forbidden, he cannot come into the celestial kingdom of God.”  (Melvin J. Ballard)


“We do not need more material development, we need more spiritual development.  We do not need more intellectual power, we need more moral power.  We do not need more knowledge, we need more character.  We do not need more government, we need more culture.  We do not need more law, we need more religion.”  (Calvin Coolidge)


“If Mormonism is able to endure unmodified until it reaches the third and fourth generation, it is destined to become the greatest power the world has ever known.”  (Leo Tolstoy)


“In other centuries, human beings wanted to be saved, or improved, or freed, or educated.  But in our century, they want to be entertained.  The great fear is not of disease or death, but of boredom.  A sense of time on our hands, a sense of nothing to do.  A sense that we are not amused.”  (Michael Crichton)


“A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation.  . . . The faith necessary unto the enjoyment of life and salvation never could be obtained without the sacrifice of all earthly things.”  (Joseph Smith)


“In essentials, unity.  In non-essentials, liberty.  And in all things, charity.”  (St. Augustine)


“Let the fire of the covenant which you made in the House of the Lord, burn in your hearts, like flame unquenchable.”  (Brigham Young)


“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”  (Edmund Burke)


“Whenever you get red in the face, whenever you raise your voice, whenever you get ‘hot under the collar,’ or angry, rebellious, or negative in spirit, then know that the Spirit of God is leaving you and the spirit of Satan is beginning to take over.”  (Theodore M. Burton)


“The power behind you is always greater than the obstacles before you.”  (Dallin H. Oaks)


“Sisters, I testify that when you stand in front of your heavenly parents in those royal courts on high and you look into Her eyes and behold Her countenance, any question you ever had about the role of women in the kingdom will evaporate into the rich celestial air, because at that moment you will see standing directly in front of you, your divine nature and destiny.”  (Glenn L. Pace)


“What you think of Christ will determine what you are.”  (David O. McKay)


“Free agency is to do it willingly or to do it anyway!”  (Bruce R. McConkie)


“Being human, we would expel from our lives physical pain and mental anguish and assure ourselves of continual ease and comfort, but if we were to close the doors upon sorrow and distress, we might be excluding our greatest friends and benefactors.  Suffering can make saints of people as they learn patience, long-suffering, and self-mastery.”  (Spencer W. Kimball)


“They do not love who do not show their love.”  (William Shakespeare)


“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


“Eternal life is . . . bound up with love.  We want to live forever for the same reason that we want to live tomorrow.  Why do you want to live tomorrow?  It is because there is someone who loves you, and whom you want to see tomorrow, and be with, and love back.”  (Henry Drummond)


“Greatness is best measured by how well an individual responds to the happenings in life that appear to be totally unfair, unreasonable, and undeserved.”  (Marvin J. Ashton)


“Forgetfulness leads to exile, but remembrance is the secret of redemption.”  (Baal Shem Tov)


“Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, to be hated needs but to be seen; but seen too oft, familiar with her face, first we endure, then pity, then embrace.”  (Alexander Pope)


“If you do not magnify your callings, God will hold you responsible for those whom you might have saved had you done your duty.”  (John Taylor)


“The surest road to success is to do well your present job.”  (Theodore Roosevelt)


“You may search all the ages for a person who has had no problems, you may look through the streets of heaven asking each one how he came there, and you will look in vain everywhere for a man morally and spiritually strong whose strength did not come to him in a struggle.  Do not suppose that there is a person who has never wrestled with his own success and happiness.  There is no exception anywhere.  Every true strength is gained in a struggle.”  (Richard L. Evans)


“Nobody can reach everybody, but everybody can reach somebody.”  (Richard L. Evans)


“Whatever you do, you need courage.  Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you you are wrong.  There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right.  To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires . . . courage.”  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


“You’d better want the consequences of what you want.”  (Neal A. Maxwell)


“I think the Lord Himself must like a joke.  If he didn’t, he wouldn’t have made some of you people.”  (J. Golden Kimball)


“The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: ‘that God governs in the affairs of men.’”  (Benjamin Franklin)


“I know that the Lord is always on the side of right.  But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I—and this nation—should be on the Lord’s side.”  (Abraham Lincoln)


“If you can’t stand the fire, you ought to stay out of the kitchen.”  (Harry Truman)


“If you’re not tested, make up your mind not to amount to much.”  (Theodore M. Burton)


“This is the generation that will stop the devil in his tracks.”  (Hugh B. Brown)


“I calculate to be one of the instruments of setting up the kingdom of Daniel by the word of the Lord, and I intend to lay a foundation that will revolutionize the whole world.” (Joseph Smith)


“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.”  (Joseph Smith)


The original authors of the following quotes are unknown, but the thoughts are still great—and some quite funny!


“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”


“Never lose faith in what you know because of what you don’t know.”


“The measure of life is not brilliance but balance.”


“Not knowing, and having a pious regard for the truth, I hesitate to articulate for fear of deviating from the paths of rectitude which have previously characterized my remarks.”


“If you almost keep the commandments, the Lord almost blesses you.”


“Man wrapped up in self make mighty small package.”  (Chinese proverb)


“I sought my God, but my God I could not see; I sought my soul, but my soul eluded me; I sought my brother, and I found all three.”


“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon, must inevitably come to pass.”


“God gave man a mouth that closes and ears that don’t.”


“Love one human being purely and warmly, and you will love all.”


“I don’t care how much you know until I know how much you care.”


“There’s no end to the good you can do if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.”


“The only difference between a mud puddle and a geyser is a little enthusiasm!”


“If at first you succeed, try to hide your astonishment!”


“Blossom where you’re planted.”


“While you’re green, you’re growing; as soon as you think you’re ripe, you’ll soon be rotten.”


“You may be on the right track, but if you just sit there you’re going to be run over!”


“Every time you sin, there is a loss of power.”


“There is no future in any job, only in the person who holds that job.”


“Life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans.”


“Sometimes we need to tell Satan where to go.”


“If you’re too busy to serve God, you’re too busy.”


“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”


“After all is said and done, there’s more said than done!”


“Life is one foolish thing after another; love is two foolish things after each other!”


“Can you expect a ten-million-dollar blessing from a ten cent prayer?”


“We become what we think about.”