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A cultist is one who has a strong belief in the Bible and the Second Coming of Christ; who frequently attends Bible's studies; who has a high level of financial giving to a Christian cause; who home schools for their children; who has accumulated survival foods and has a strong belief in the Second Amendment; and who distrust big government. Any of these may qualify [a person as a cultist] but certainly more than one [of these] would cause us to look at this person as a threat, and his family as being in a risk situation that qualified for government interference. — Janet Reno, Interview on 60 Minutes, 26 Jun 1994

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it. — Santayana, Essays

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung. — Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author

A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority. — Brendan Francis

A short saying often contains much wisdom. — Sophocles

A witty saying proves nothing. — Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author

Everything that can be said can be said clearly. — Ludwig Wittgenstein

Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action. — Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800–1859)

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (Journals, 1849)

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself. — Marlene Dietrich

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation. — Oscar Wilde

I quote others only the better to express myself. — Michel de Montaigne

Men of few words are the best men. — Shakespeare (Henry V)

Some people like my advice so much they frame it on the walls instead of using it. — Gordon R. Dickson

The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is. — Mary Pettibone Poole

The problem with Internet quotations is that many are not genuine. — Abraham Lincoln"

The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him. — Robert Benchley

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. - Benjamin Disraeli

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are preserved, into perpetuity, by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations. — William Feather

What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before. — Mark Twain

Wisdom comes with age, but keep it to yourself. — Mary Roach

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away. — Sir Arthur Helps

Write a wise saying and your name will live forever. — Author Unknown



Duty to God

A blessing always carries with it a responsibility. — J. Reuben Clark, Jr. (General Conference Report, October 1954, page 38)

A Christian is just as much under obligation to obey God's will in the most secular of his daily businesses as he is in his closet [in prayer] or at the communion table. He has no right to separate his life into two realms, and acknowledge different moral codes in each respectively-to say the Bible is a good rule for Sunday, but this is a week-day question; or the Scriptures are the right rule in matters of religion, but this is a question of business or of politics. God reigns over all everywhere. His will is the supreme law in all relations and actions. His inspired Word, loyally read, will inform us of His will in every relation and act of life, secu­lar as well as religious; and the man is a traitor who refuses to walk therein with scrupulous care. The kingdom of God includes all sides of human life, and it is a kingdom of absolute righteousness. You are either a loyal subject or a traitor. When the King comes, how will he find you doing? — A. A. Hodge (Evangelical Theology, p 280-281)

A commandment is a lamp to show us the right course. — ElRay L. Christiansen (Ensign, May 1975, p 23)

A covenant made with God should be regarded not as restrictive but as protective. — Russell M. Nelson (Ensign, March 2002, p 21-22)

A cultist is one who has a strong belief in the Bible and the Second Coming of Christ; who frequently attends Bible's studies; who has a high level of financial giving to a Christian cause; who home schools for their children; who has accumulated survival foods and has a strong belief in the Second Amendment; and who distrust big government. Any of these may qualify [a person as a cultist] but certainly more than one [of these] would cause us to look at this person as a threat, and his family as being in a risk situation that qualified for government interference. — Falsely attributed to Janet Reno, Interview on 60 Minutes, 26 Jun 1994

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. — Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) English author

All religions must be tolerated... for every man must get to heaven in his own way. — Epictetus

All sects are different, because they come from men; morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God. — Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing. — Edmund Burke

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell. — Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) English author

A man with God is always in the majority. — John Knox

Among all my patients in the second half of life (over 35), there has not been one whose problems in the last resort were not that of finding a religious outlook on life. It is safe to say that everyone of them fell ill because he or she had lost that which the living religions of every age have given to their followers, and none of them has really healed who did not regain his religious outlook. — Dr Carl Jung, psychologist

An outward observance without any real inward meaning is only a ceremony. — Alfred Edersheim, The Temple, Its Ministry and Services, p. 106

Anyone who chooses not to go to church because his parents "forced" him to go as a child, because the meetings are too long or too boring, because his children are too fidgety, because of an unwise act or or comment by a church leader or member, because he wants "to make my own choices," or because the church's moral standards are too demanding is only trying to rationalize a choice he already knows is bad for him, his family, and those around him. — Blaine Nay

A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things, never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation. — Joseph Smith (Lectures on Faith, Section 6)

A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion. — Mohandas Gandhi

As the world grapples with more efficient ways of managing time, it lures us into more and more earthly pursuits. But life is not a struggle with time -- it is a struggle between good and evil. — Keith B. McMullin, Ensign, Nov 2002, p 94

As you work with your associates to help them with their faith, you will save them and also yourselves. — Gordon B. Hinckley (167th Annual General Conference, April 1997, Priesthood session)

Atheism is a non-prophet organization. — George Carlin

Beat the Christmas rush, come to church this Sunday! — Author Unknown

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish. — Albert Einstein

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between church and State. — Thomas Jefferson (letter to a Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, Connecticut, 1 Jan 1802)

Biblical social scientists have an advantage because they know truths about human nature. Those who dismiss the Bible and create surveys that don't measure crucial factors are the ones who have closed minds. Sometimes the Bible gives us clear answers and sometimes it doesn't, but it always helps us to ask the right questions. — Marvin Olasky

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. — Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) English author

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees. — Victor Hugo

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. — Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) English author

Come early to church for a good seat in the back. — Author Unknown

Conscience is the most sacred of all property. — James Madison

Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God's approval. — Thomas S. Monson (Ensign, Nov 1986, p 41)

Crowds cannot make right what God has declared to be wrong. — Neal A. Maxwell (Ensign, Nov 1988, p 33)

Deep faith eliminates fear. — Lech Walesa

Don't wait for six strong men to take you to church. — Author Unknown

Don't wait for the hearse to take you to church. — Author Unknown

Don't you think the commandments should be rewritten? The answer was, No, they should be reread. — Richard L. Evans (Ensign, Dec 1971, p 57)

Duty: Something we look forward to with distaste, do with reluctance, and boast about forever. — Joe Smyly, Northridge, California (Ensign, Feb 1972, p 80)

Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end? — Tom Stoppard

Every dimension of the gospel is relevant to one or more of our social and political problems of our time. — Meal A. Maxwell (New Era, Feb 1975, p 38)

Every Latter-day Saint has spiritual obligations in four basic areas: his home, his church, his job and his citizenship responsibility. Each of these areas should receive consistent attention although not necessarily equal time. Are we doing our duty in these important fields? What about our citizenship responsibility-our obligation to safeguard our freedom and preserve the Constitution… May we as a free people face courageously the challenging responsibility, which face us. 'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.' (Edmund Burke) We are not here to sit by complacently while our birthright of freedom is exchanged for a mess of Socialist-Communist pottage. — Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, Apr 1963

Every logical position will eventually lead you into trouble, and heresy, and chaos. Every logical position is consistent, but it is logic which is in the human mind, not God's logic. The human mind is finite and cannot grasp eternity, and therefore the finite mind sees the infinite as not graspable coherently. If we could grasp it all coherently, without contradiction, we would be God. The person who insists on being logical to the end winds up in a mess. I am not saying that we should not be rational. I am not anti-intellectual. I am saying that the intellect by itself is helpless to arrive at total truth. — Kenneth L. Pike

Everyone is a house with four rooms: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person. — Rumer Godden

Everything that used to be a sin is now a disease. — Bill Maher

Every time we are obedient to the words of the prophets and apostles we reap great blessings. We receive more blessings than we can understand at the time, and we continue to receive blessings long after our initial decision to be obedient. — Paul V. Johnson (Ensign, Nov 2005, p 52)

Faith is a gift of God; it is the fruitage of righteous living. It does not come to us by our command but is the result of doing the will of our Heavenly Father. — George Albert Smith, Oct 1913

Faith is the element that builds the bridge in the absence of concrete evidence. — Howard W. Hunter (Ensign, May 1975, p 37)

Father forgive us, for we do not what we know. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Christmas Devotional, December 1998)

Free agency is a gift of God....The world does not comprehend the significance of that divine gift to the individual. It is as inherent as intelligence which, we are told, has never been nor can be created [see D&C 93:29]. — David O. McKay (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay, p 205)

Get down on your knees and thank God you are still on your feet. — Irish Proverb

God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools...and He has not been disappointed....If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world. — Antonin Scalia, US Supreme Court Justice

God does not love us because we are lovable, have a pleasing personality or a good sense of humor, or at rare times show exceptional kindness. In spite of who we are and what we have done, God wants to pour out His love on us, for the unlovable are also precious unto Him. — David B. Haight (Ensign, Nov 1982, p 10)

God does not send thunder if a still small voice is enough. — Neal A. Maxwell (Ensign, Nov 1976, p 14)

God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart. — Izaak Walton (1593-1683) English writer

God is not against us for our sins. God is for us against our sins. — David A. Seamands

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just keeps on trying other things. — Pablo Picasso

God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon. He left the electricity in the cloud, the oil in the earth. He left the rivers unbridged and the forests unfelled and the cities unbuilt. God gives to man the challenge of raw materials, not the ease of finished things. He leaves the pictures unpainted and the music unsung and the problems unsolved, that man might know the joys and glories of creation. — Thomas S. Monson (Ensign, Mar 1988)

God listens to the heart, not to words. — Gaston M. Carrier

God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts. — Author Unknown

God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of people that these liberties are a gift from God? — Inscription on a wall of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC

Great danger lies in the notion that we can reason with evil. — Doug Patton

Great truths can only be forgotten and can never be falsified. — G. K. Chesterton

Greed has replaced religion as the national religion, and with greed comes envy. — Wesley Pruden

[Have] faith to keep all the commandments of God, knowing that they are given to bless His children and bring them joy. [You] will encounter people who pick which commandments they will keep and ignore others that they choose to break. I call this the cafeteria approach to obedience. This practice of picking and choosing will not work. It will lead to misery. To prepare to meet God, one keeps all of His commandments. It takes faith to obey them, and keeping His commandments will strengthen that faith. — Russell M. Nelson (Ensign, May 2011)

Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't. — Richard Bach

Here's a note to [atheist] Michael Newdow, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and all the other humor-impaired individuals whose time is spent obsessing on such Earth-shaking issues as the total elimination of religious references from the public venue. God just called ... and he says you should get a life. — Ron Marr

He who makes no effort to learn of the existence of Deity will, in this life, likely not learn there is a Deity. But his ignorance does not warrant him in declaring there is no God. — Joseph F. Merrill (The Truth-Seeker and Mormonism, p 76-77)

He who seeks God has already found him. — Graham Greene

Hope is knowing that whatever comes, the Lord can whisper peace. — Dwane J. Young (Ensign, Nov 1986, p 86)

How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments. — Benjamin Franklin

How we observe the Sabbath indicates our feelings towards our Father in Heaven. — LeGrand R. Curtis (Ensign, November 1990, page 13)

I believe many of us are overnourished on entertainment junk food and undernourished on the bread of life. — Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, May 2001, p 84)

I do not think I could myself, be brought to support a man for office, whom I knew to be an open enemy of, and scoffer at, religion. — Abraham Lincoln

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. — Galileo Galilei

I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't. — Jules Renard

If America is destroyed, it may be by Americans who salute the flag, sing the national anthem, march in patriotic parades, cheer Fourth of July speakers - normally good Americans who fail to comprehend what is required to keep our country strong and free - Americans who have been lulled away into a false security. — Ezra Taft Benson (General Conference Report, Apr 1968)

If God dwells inside us, like some people say, I sure hope he likes enchiladas, because that's what He's getting! — Jack Handey

If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it? — Benjamin Franklin

If one man gains spiritually, the whole world gains with him, and if one man fails, the whole world fails to that extent. — Mahatma Gandhi

If prayer is only a spasmodic cry at the time of crisis, then it is utterly selfish, and we come to think of God as a repairman or a service agency to help us only in our emergencies. We should remember the Most High day and night-always-not only at times when all other assistance has failed and we desperately need help. — Howard W. Hunter (Ensign, Nov 1977, p 52)

If prayer is to leave the public schools, let the ridicule of prayer leave also. — Boyd K. Packer (Ensign, Sep 1973, p 38)

If religious ideas are not true, of what good is religion? If science ignores truths simply because they wear religious labels, of what good is science? — Selwyn Duke

If there were no God, there would be no atheists. — Gilbert Keith Chesterton (Where All Roads Lead, 1922)

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. — Albert Einstein

If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news? — Robert Anthony, Author

If you pray for an angel to visit you, you know what he'll do if he comes. He'll just quote the scriptures to you - so you know you're wasting your time waiting for what we already have. Though you are amused by my saying this, I'm quite serious about it. — Hugh Nibley

If you're headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns. — Author Unknown

If you serve a mission faithfully and well, you will be a better husband, you will be a better father, you will be a better student, a better worker in your chosen vocation. Love is of the essence of this missionary work. Selflessness is of its very nature. Self-discipline is its requirement. Prayer opens its reservoir of power. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, p 356)

If you value your safety, avoid holy places founded in the name of peace and brotherhood. — Ashleigh Brilliant

If you want to talk to God, pray; if you want God to talk to you, search the scriptures. — Elder Robert D. Hales (Ensign Nov 2006)

I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth, that God governs in the Affairs of Men. — Benjamin Franklin

I have often expressed my sentiments, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience. — George Washington (letter to the General Committee of the United Baptist Churches in Virginia, May 1789)

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress. — Ronald Reagan

Imagine the appeals, dissents, and remandments, if lawyers had written the Ten Commandments. — George Harrison Bender

I'm an atheist and I thank God for it. — George Bernard Shaw

Important principles may and must be inflexible. — Abraham Lincoln

In a time when a single American atheist can get the Supreme Court to consider his demand that the words 'under God' be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, the rest of us must pray that his lawsuit fails. An Alabama judge whose Ten Commandments monument offended someone has been censured. A U.S. Army lieutenant general who told people he was proud to be a Christian had to promise to keep that to himself. The message is clear -- if you believe in God, for God's sake, keep it to yourself! — Alan Caruba

In disquisitions of every kind there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasoning must depend. — Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 31, 1788)

In reality, the communication or hearing about divine truth can be summarized in three words: revelation, commandments, blessings. However, it is going to be a lifetime challenge to first hear and then heed the voice of the Lord and His servants....Spiritual preparation is a prerequisite to receive a personal spiritual impression....We must become 'a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord' and also become 'as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to' the will of the Lord, meaning His commandments. Then says the Lord, 'When we obtain any blessing..., it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated' (D&C 130:21). — Charles Didier (Ensign, Nov 2005, p 48-49)

Intellectual methods—study and reason—are essential to our progress toward eternal life, but they are not sufficient. They can prepare the way. They can get the mind ready to receive the Spirit. But what the scriptures call conversion—the change of mind and heart that gives us the direction and strength to move resolutely toward eternal life—comes only by the witness and power of the Holy Spirit. — Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, Dec 1998, p 7)

In the acquisition of Sacred knowledge, scholarship and reason are not alternatives to revelation. They are a means to an end, and the end is revelation from God. — Dallin H. Oaks (LDS Speaker's Sourcebook, p 230)

In these respects we differ from the Christian world, for our religion will not clash with or contradict the facts of science in any particular… whether the Lord found the earth empty and void, whether he made it out of nothing or out of the rude elements; or whether he made it in six days or in as many millions of years, is and will remain a matter of speculation in the minds of men unless he give revelation on the subject. If we understood the process of creation there would be no mystery about it, it would be all reasonable and plain, for there is no mystery except to the ignorant. — Brigham Young (Journal of Discourses 14:166, May 14, 1871)

In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator. — Samuel Adams

It appears that the Soviets are now going to allow prayer in school. One wonders how soon the United States will catch up. — Jeff Cooper, Jun 1990

I think religion is a neurological disorder. — Bill Maher on Christianity

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors? — Thomas Jefferson (1781)

It is not enough to belong to a religion. You also have to put it into practice. Religion is like medicine -- you have to ingest it to combat the illness. — The Dalai Lama

It is possible to worship God while driving along the highway or sitting in a baseball park. But if we raise the question of statistical probability, the worship of God is scarcely as frequent in those places as in houses built in his honor. There is the story of the father who said, "Come on, we can sing hymns on the beach," to which his little girl replied, "But we won't, will we?" — George Hedley (The Superstitions of the Irreligious)

It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to. — C. S. Lewis

It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the Supreme Being, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship. — John Adams (Thoughts on Government, 1776)

It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage, and such only, as he believes to be acceptable to him. This duty is precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society. Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe. — James Madison (A Memorial and Remonstrance, 1785)

It is the right as well as the duty of all men in society, publicly and at stated seasons, to worship the Supreme Being, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religion profession of sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship. — Massachusetts Bill of Rights, Part the First, 1780

It is true that Christianity doesn't fit neatly into political categories. But it's also true that the left doesn't fit even roughly into the Christian one. — Selwyn Duke

It's all right to pull the cow out of the mud on Sunday, provided that you don't push him in on Saturday night. — Harold B. Lee

It's a time for us to take counsel from God rather than give him counsel about all the things we think he ought to be doing. — Whitney L. Clayton, 8 Aug 2015, Cedar City, Utah

It's hard to stumble when you're on your knees. — Author Unknown

It's interesting that the very same people who insist that there must be a wall of separation between church and our state cannot even begin to conceive of a wall of separation between Mexico and our state. — Selwyn Duke

It's service, not status, that counts. — Neal A. Maxwell (Ensign, Jul 1975, p 5)

It's time to stop trying to put God in a box; instead, we must put the misbegotten separation of church and state argument where it belongs: a pine box. If we do not, that is most assuredly where our civilization will end up. — Selwyn Duke

It takes a lifetime to learn the lessons that are taught in the house of the Lord. Each time a person goes he can learn something new about the gospel that he has not fully understood before. — J. Duane Dudley (Ensign, Aug 1974, p 68)

It takes courage to be a man or woman of integrity when those around you forsake gospel principles for expediency or convenience. — President Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Sep 2001, p 4)

It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure. — Albert Einstein

I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't, and die to find out there is. — Author Unknown

Lead me not into temptation. I can find it myself. — Author Unknown

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. — Joseph Smith (Lectures on Faith 6:7)

Let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. — George Washington, ca. 1789

Light and darkness cannot occupy the same space at the same time. — Robert D. Hales

Man has made 32 million laws since the Commandments were handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai...but he has never improved on God's law....They are the charter and guide of human liberty, for there can be no liberty without the law. — Cecil B. DeMille

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on. — Sir Winston Churchill

Many of those who don't have a testimony shouldn't have one — they haven't earned one. A testimony comes only after sincere prayer and study. Sincerity is manifested by fasting, obedience, doing good works, and sincerely wanting to believe. — Blaine Nay

Many people hold onto a grudge because it offers the illusion of power and a perverse feeling of security. But in fact, we are held hostage by our anger. It is never too late to forgive. But you can forgive too soon. I am especially wary of what I call "saintly forgiveness." Premature forgiveness is common among people who avoid conflict. They're afraid of their own anger and the anger of others. But their forgiveness is false. Their anger goes underground. I define forgiving as letting someone back into your heart. This returns us to a loving state -- and not merely within the relationship -- we feel good about ourselves and the world. True forgiveness isn't easy, but it transforms us significantly. To forgive is to love and to feel worthy of love. In that sense, it is always worthwhile. — Robert Karen, PhD (Bottom Line Personal, Nov 1, 2001, p 3-4)

May we dedicate our lives to serving the Lord and not worry about offending the devil. —- James E. Faust (Ensign, Sep 1995)

More than any gift or toy, ornament of tree, let us resolve that this Christmas shall be, like that first Christmas, a celebration of interior treasures. — Ronald Reagan

Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor. — Robert Frost

Most people do not pray; they only beg. — George Bernard Shaw

Much of the sorrow and distress that is afflicting and will continue to afflict mankind is traceable to the fact that they have ignored his [God's] admonition to keep the Sabbath day holy. — George Albert Smith (Conference Report, October 1935, p. 120.)

My plea is that as we continue our search for truth, particularly we of the Church, that we look for strength and goodness rather than weakness and failings in those who did so great a work in their time. We recognize that our forefathers were human. They doubtless made mistakes. Some of them acknowledged making mistakes. But the mistakes were minor when compared with the marvelous work which they accomplished. — Gordon B. Hinckley

Never give the devil a ride. He will always want to drive. — Author Unknown

No blessing that is sealed upon us will do us any good unless we live for it. — (Journal of Discourses, vol. 11, p. 117)

Nobody is lost until somebody has given up. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Oct 2003, p 22)

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. — Edmund Burke

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means. — George Bernard Shaw

No man will ever apostatize so long as he will pay his tithing. It is reasonable. Why? Because as long as he has faith to pay his tithing he has faith in the Church and in the principles of the Gospel, and there is some good in him, and there is some light in him. As long as he will do this the tempter will not overcome him and will not lead him astray. — Joseph F. Smith (Millennial Star, 25 Oct 1906, p. 674)

No matter where we begin, if we pursue knowledge diligently and honestly our quest will inevitably lead us from the things of earth to the things of heaven. — Hugh Nibley (Of All Things, page 219)

Now that science appears to be showing that the human brain is hard-wired to believe in God, does this mean that atheists are brain-damaged? — Paul Deparrie (Reader's Digest, Feb 2002, p 14)

Obedience is a powerful spiritual medicine. It comes close to being a cure-all. — Boyd K. Packer (Ensign, Nov 1977, p 60)

Obedience is a part of greatness. — Mark E. Petersen (Ensign, Nov 1974, p 48)

Obedience leads to true freedom. The more we obey revealed truth, the more we become liberated. — James E. Faust (Ensign, May 1999, p 45)

Obedience [to God's commandments] is a powerful spiritual medicine. It comes close to being a cure-all. — Boyd K. Packer (Ensign, Nov 1977, p 60)

Obedience to God's laws preserves our freedom, flexibility, and ability to achieve our potential. — Dale G. Renlund, Liahona, Apr 2016

Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God. — Gilbert Keith Chesterton (Christendom in Dublin, 1933)

Once we know a spiritual truth we must choose whether we will conform our lives to it. — Henry B. Eyring (Ensign, Nov 1998, p 34)

On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it. — Jules Renard

One is both impressed with the secularist and the sectarian search for a savior. Secularists are not interested in being saved from their 32% illegitimacy rate, their higher than average failure rate in school, their double average smoking both tobacco and marijuana and alcoholic drinking rates. They are double national average of pornography. Sectarians are not interested in being saved, for example, from their 50% higher than average divorce rates, their 88% promiscuity rates, their rapid increase in cohabitation, their involvement in pornography or the double average racism. No both these groups are looking for a savior to save them from the Mormons. Some of the proposed saviors loudly proclaim, "Here am I, send me and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor." Knowing something of these proposed saviors I cannot say that I have much faith in them. The truth is we all need a Savior if for no other reason than to save us from ourselves but that Savior is Jesus Christ. — John Gee, 2007

One of the genuine phenomenons over the past four decades has been the liberal community's steadfast insistence that God should be barred from the public sphere. This is not law. It is religious prejudice. — Armstrong Williams

One, with God, is always a majority, but many a martyr has been burned at the stake while the votes were being counted. — Rep. Thomas Reed, 1885

On the straight and narrow path, there are simply no corners to be cut. — Neal A. Maxwell (Ensign, Nov 1988, p 33)

Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity. — Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834-1902), 1st Baron Acton of Aldenham

Order is heaven's first law. — Alexander Pope

Our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually. It can be saved only by becoming permeated with the spirit of Christ and being made free and happy by the practices which spring out of that spirit. Only thus can discontent be driven out and all the shadows lifted from the road ahead. — Woodrow Wilson, US President (The Road Away From Revolution)

Our relationship with God is not a goal to attain before we die. It is something to enjoy while we are still alive. — W. Denis Nurmela

Our spirits...require nourishment. Just as there is food for the body, there is food for the spirit. The consequences of spiritual malnutrition are just as hurtful to our spiritual lives as physical malnutrition is to our physical bodies. — Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, Dec 1998, p 7)

Peace is an emotion that Satan cannot duplicate. — Author Unknown

People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them. — Dave Barry

Pray devoutly, but hammer stoutly. — Sir William G. Benham

Prayer is the single most powerful tool we have on Earth. And yet so many people misunderstand it -- or ignore it altogether. Prayer is our ability to talk directly to God -- and to listen to God tell us how to live our lives. Those who ignore prayer -- and God, too -- are missing the best part of life. — John LeBoutillier

Prayer is your personal key to heaven. The lock is on your side of the veil. — Boyd K. Packer (Ensign, Nov. 1994, p 59)

Prayer keeps man from sin, and sin keeps man from prayer. — Brigham Young (Ensign, Jan, 1974, p 19)

Prepare now to go on a mission. It will not be a burden. It will not be a waste of time. It will be a great opportunity and a great challenge. It will do something for you that nothing else will do for you. It will sharpen your skills. It will train you in leadership. It will bring testimony and conviction into your heart. You will bless the lives of others as you bless your own. It will bring testimony and conviction into your heart. You will bless the lives of others as you bless your own. It will bring you nearer to God and to His Divine Son as you bear witness and testimony of Him. Your knowledge of the gospel will strengthen and deepen. Your love for your fellowmen will increase. Your fears will fade as you stand boldly in testimony of the truth. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, p 365)

Primary (the LDS Church's Sunday school for children) is where you go to do with somebody else's mother the things you would do with your own mother if she weren't so busy teaching Primary. — Mary Ann Evans (Ensign, Dec 1971, p 152)

Procrastination as applied to gospel principles is the thief of eternal life. — Joseph Fielding Smith, April 1969

Rationalization is one of the real obstacles to obedience. — Russell M. Nelson (Ensign, Nov 1987, p 88)

[R]eligion and virtue are the only foundations, not of republicanism and of all free government, but of social felicity under all government and in all the combinations of human society. — John Adams (letter in response to Rush letter above, 8/28 1811)

Religion in a Family is at once its brightest Ornament & its best Security. — Samuel Adams (letter to Thomas Wells, 22 Nov 1780)

Religion is not bad, but there is bad religion. — Selwyn Duke

Religion is not just a matter of saying your prayers and paying your tithing and keeping the Word of Wisdom. Religion is not just a matter of going to church. Religion is not just a matter of any outward form or ceremony. Religion is a way of life. Your life. What are you going to do with it, and why? Do you want to succeed? Well, what do you mean, succeed? I'll save that for another discussion, but you answer it. Just what is it you want? What success are you talking about? What kind of a man, what kind of a woman do you want to be? What would you like your friends to think of when they think of you? What kind of imprint and impression do you want to make on the world? — Hugh B. Brown (The Abundant Life, p 161)

Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness. — Samuel Adams (letter to John Trumbull, 16 Oct 1778)

Religion is the worst thing that ever happened to mankind -- the ironic part is that it's presented as a good thing, and its effect is absolutely catastrophic to individuals and to societies. — George Carlin

Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect. — James Madison (letter to William Bradford, 1 Apr 1774)

Salvation does not come all at once; we are commanded to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect. It will take us ages to accomplish this end, for there will be greater progress beyond the grave, and it will be there that the faithful will overcome all things, and receive all things, even the fullness of the Father's glory. — Joseph Fielding Smith (Doctrines of Salvation, 2:18–19)

Satan possesses knowledge, far more than we have, but he has not intelligence or he would render obedience to the principles of truth and right....Pure intelligence comprises not only knowledge, but also the power to properly apply that knowledge. — Joseph F. Smith (Gospel Doctrine, p 58)

Science may someday discover what faith has always known. — Ashleigh Brilliant

Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but they were truly religious men because of their faith in the orderliness of the universe. — Albert Einstein

Some folks wear their halos much too tight. — Author Unknown

Some men are willing to die for their faith, but they are not willing to fully live for it. — Ezra Taft Benson (Ensign, Dec 1988, p 2)

Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. — Garth Brooks, Pat Alger and Larry Bastian

Some people have faith in science and use religious principles in its practice while demanding the scientific methodology of religion. Why would you expect that what is taught our children in the schools about evolution be the standard against which we should measure the scriptures? Scientific theories are just that. They are theories, not facts. The scriptures contain "the word of God revealed to many." I don't think that there is much question about whether to believe God or science. The problem arises when we try to put unsupportable interpretations on the word of God and unsubstantiated belief in the theories of scientists. Scientific theories change so fast that college text books of fifty years ago have no value in today's curricula. — Ask Gramps, www.ldsliving.com

Some mistake the Church for a place where perfect people gather to say perfect things, think perfect thoughts, and feel perfect feelings. May I quickly dispel such a thought? The Church is a place where imperfect people gather to help and strengthen each other as we strive to return to our Heavenly Father. — Joseph B. Wirthlin (Ensign, Dec 2000, p 7)

Sometimes we will receive counsel that we cannot understand or that seems not to apply to us, even after careful prayer and thought. Don't discard the counsel, but hold it close. If someone you trusted handed you what appeared to be nothing more than sand with the promise that it contained gold, you might wisely hold it in your hand awhile, shaking it gently. Every time I have done that with counsel from a prophet, after a time the gold flakes have begun to appear and I have been grateful. We are blessed to live in a time when the priesthood keys are on the earth. We are blessed to know where to look and how to listen for the voice that will fulfill the promise of the Lord that He will gather us to safety. I pray for you and for me that we will have humble hearts, that we will listen, that we will pray, that we will wait for the deliverance of the Lord which is sure to come as we are faithful. — Henry B. Eyring (Ensign, May 1997, p 24)

Sometimes when I'm faced with an unbeliever, an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve, and when we finished eating that magnificent dinner, to ask him if he believes there's a cook. — Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), US President

Some worry endlessly over missions that were missed, or marriages that did not turn out, or babies that did not arrive, or children that seem lost, or dreams unfulfilled, or because age limits what they can do. I do not think it pleases the Lord when we worry because we think we never do enough or that what we do is never good enough....Some needlessly carry a heavy burden of guilt which could be removed through confession and repentance. — President Boyd K. Packer (Ensign, Nov 2004, p 87)

Sunday is a day of rest. Loafing is not rest. — Baden-Powell of Gilwell

Teach children tolerance. No one need surrender his or her own beliefs while extending tolerance to those with other beliefs. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Standing for Something, p 159)

That wise Men have in all Ages thought Government necessary for the Good of Mankind; and, that wise Governments have always thought Religion necessary for the well ordering and well-being of Society, and accordingly have been ever careful to encourage and protect the Ministers of it, paying them the highest publick Honours, that their Doctrines might thereby meet with the greater Respect among the common People. — Benjamin Franklin (On that Odd Letter of the Drum, April 1730)

The Church is not a place where perfect people gather to say perfect things, or have perfect thoughts, or have perfect feelings. The Church is a place where imperfect people gather to provide encouragement, support, and service to each other....We are here with the same purpose: to learn to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. — Joseph B. Wirthlin (Ensign, May 2005, p 28)

The concerted effort to minimize Christmas has resulted in it being our national Happy Holiday holiday. The Christmas season is now the holiday season. Christmas parties are now holiday parties. Christmas is a time for giving and receiving presents and in many homes, nothing more. Who is this fellow, Jesus Christ, anyway? — Lyn Nofziger

The devil has many tools. Dishonesty if the handle that fits them all. — Author Unknown

The devil never did care how many dead prophets the people believed in, and he does not care today. But he does care if they believe in the living prophets. — Ben E. Rich (General Conference Report, October 1901)

The efficacy of our prayers depends on how we care for one another. — Marion G. Romney (Ensign, Nov 1980, page 93)

The fact that we have allowed ourselves to drift from our religious heritage is the most dangerous thing the world has ever done. — Glenn Kimball

The female figure is the greatest known evidence that there might be a God...but the female psyche is an indication that this God has a very sick sense of humor. — John Ziegler

The First Amendment...does not say that in every respect there shall be a separation of Church and State....Otherwise the state and religion would be aliens to each other -- hostile, suspicious, and even unfriendly....The state may not establish a 'religion of secularism' in the sense of affirmatively opposing or showing hostility to religion, thus preferring those who believe in no religion over those who do believe. — Justice William Douglas

The first condition of happiness is a clear conscience. — (David O. McKay, Gospel Ideals, 1954, p 498)

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it. — George Orwell

The gap between what is popular and what is righteous is widening. — President James E. Faust, October 2003

The gospel stands as true for those who reject it as for those who accept it -- both will be judged by it. — Boyd K. Packer (Conference Report, Oct 1974, p 127)

The greatest single lesson we can learn in mortality is that when God speaks and a man obeys, that man will always be right. — Thomas S. Monson (Ensign, Nov 1988, p 46)

The greatest thought that has ever entered my mind is the consciousness of my individual responsibility to God. — Daniel Webster

The issue is not going to church; rather, the issue is worshipping and renewing covenants as we attend church. The issue is not going to or through the temple; rather, the issue is having in our hearts the spirit, the covenants, and the ordinances of the Lord's house. The issue is not going on a mission; rather, the issue is becoming a missionary and serving throughout our entire life with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength. — David A. Bednar (Ensign, Nov 2005, p 45)

The Kingdom of God is a Kingdom of freedom; the gospel of the Son of God is the gospel of liberty. — Joseph F. Smith said

The liberal take on Catholicism is that it's a controversial religion because of its positions on abortion, sodomy and various other crucial planks of the Democrat platform (curiously, positions that are shared by all three of the world's major religions). — Ann Coulter

The Lord is letting the wheat and the tares mature before he fully purges the Church. He is also testing you to see if you will be misled. The devil is trying to deceive the very elect. — Ezra Taft Benson

The Lord is not so concerned about what we study or what profession we follow as long as it is an honest living. — Eldred G. Smith (Ensign, May 1978, p 29)

The Lord never had -- and never will have to the end of time -- a church on the earth without prophets, apostles, and inspired men. Whenever the Lord had a people on the earth that he acknowledged as such, that people were led by revelation. — Wilford Woodruff (Journal of Discourses, 24:240)

The moral virtues, without religion are but cold, lifeless, and insipid; it is only religion which opens the mind to great conceptions, fills it with the most sublime ideas, and warms the soul with more than sensual pleasures. — Joseph Addison

The new morality preached from the media's pulpit is nothing more than the old immorality. — Elder M. Russell Ballard, Oct 2003

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. — John Bartlett

The peril of this century is spiritual apathy. As the body requires sunlight, good food, proper exercise and rest, so the spirit of man requires the sunlight of the Holy Spirit; proper exercise of the spiritual functions; the avoiding of evils that affect spiritual health, that are more ravaging in their effects than typhoid fever, pneumonia, or other diseases that attack the body. — David O. McKay

The prime duty of help to the poor by the Church is not to bring temporal relief to their needs, but salvation to their souls. — Marion G. Romney (Conference Report , Oct 1977, p 118)

The principle part of faith is patience. — George MacDonald

The problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes. — Dave Barry

The purpose of Church welfare is not to relieve a Church member from taking care of himself....to care for people on any other basis is to do them more harm than good. Marion G. Romney (Welfare Services Meeting, 5 Oct 1974)

The purpose of religion isn't to guarantee a ticket to heaven, though the churches of the world would like to imply that this is the case. No religion has the right to take that responsibility out of your hands. Nowhere in scripture does it say that by belonging to a perfect religion that we will go to heaven. The requirements for heaven are something much more personal. No membership, recommend, ordinance or procedure will compensate for what we must do personally. People will get into heaven because they make the personal choice between good and evil and decide that goodness is their only option. To think that we can dip our toes into evil from time to time and be forgiven because of a church is childish thinking. — Glenn Kimball

The real preparation for [Christ's] return is not to act like we know it's coming right now and do something different. It's to do what we should have been doing all along. — Mike Huckabee, pastor and 2008 presidential candidate

The reformation was preceded by the discovery of America, as if the Almighty graciously meant to open a sanctuary to the persecuted in future years, when home should afford neither friendship nor safety. — Thomas Paine (Common Sense, 1776)

There is an anti-Christian bias in this country [USA], and it is more on display at Christmas season than any other time. — Bill O'Reilly, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel

There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily. — George Washington

There is no constitutional mandate requiring governments to be hostile to religion. — Judge Clarence Brimmer commenting on Lanner v Wimmer (Herald Journal, Logan, Utah, 17 Dec 1978, p 10)

There is no music in hell, for all good music belongs to heaven. — Brigham Young (Journal of Discourses, 9:244)

There is no such thing as unlawful censorship in the home. Movies, magazines, television, videos, the Internet, and other media are there as guests and should only be welcomed when they are appropriate for family enjoyment. — M. Russell Ballard (April 1999 General Conference)

There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage. — John Witherspoon (The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776)

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it. — George Bernard Shaw

The religion of a man is not the creed he professes but his life -- what he acts upon and knows of life and his duty in it. A bad man who believes in a creed is no more religious than the good man who does not. — Baden-Powell

There's a fundamental contradiction in the notion that faith is a private matter. For, such a contention implies that a faith that's worth embracing, depriving oneself for, governing one's life with and perhaps dying for, is not worth proclaiming. The adoption of this idea is an extension of the admonition, "Never discuss religion or politics." However, it's a prescription for superficiality because it's just another way of saying, "Never discuss anything of importance." — Selwyn Duke

The search for God is the search for reality. — Sidney E. Mead

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible. — George Burns

The sum of the whole matter is this, that our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually. — Woodrow Wilson (The Road Away from Revolution, Atlantic Monthly, Aug 1923)

The truth which makes men free is, for the most part, the truth which men prefer not to hear — Herbert Sebastian Agar

The ultimate test of a religion is how it regards and treats non-believers. — Ashleigh Brilliant

The United States didn't create religious liberty. Religious liberty created the United States of America. It's the reason we are here today. This is an essential freedom and an essential right and I don't think you give up this right by simply taking a job. — Bobby Jindal

The wall of separation between church and state is a metaphor based upon bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned....The greatest injury of the 'wall' notion is its mischievous diversion of judges from the actual intention of the drafters of the Bill of Rights. — William Rehnquist, US Supreme Court Chief Justice

The whole problem with this idea of obscenity and indecency, and all of these things -- bad language and whatever -- it's all caused by one basic thing, and that is: religious superstition. — George Carlin, Comedian

The word of the Lord never comes to us as an opinion, no attempt is made to support it by argument, it comes as a definite, abstract statement of fact. So it is from the first words...to the last, the works of the Father are declared as facts, not theories. — Anthony W. Ivins Conference Report, Apr 1918

Those who insist that a Church program exist for every contingency and need are as much in error as their counterparts who demand that government intervene in every aspect of our lives. In both instances the ideal balance is destroyed with a resultant detriment to human progress. — Dean L. Larsen (Ensign, May 1980)

Through the lens of spirituality, we see all the commandments of God as invitations to blessings. — Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, Nov 1985, p 61)

Time is so fleeting that if we do not remember God in our youth, age may find us incapable of thinking of him. — Hans Christian Andersen (Ensign, May 1975, p 57)

Tithe if you love Jesus! Anyone can honk. — Author Unknown

To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder. — Louis L'Amour

Too often we limit preparing for the Second Coming to buying canned food and reading sensational books on the subject, but leave actually doing things until after the Savior comes again. Church leaders have told us it is time to start building Zion. — Ezra Taylor

Too frequently we strive to live as good a life as our peers, when we should be striving to live like the Savior. — Dr. Jae R. Ballif, Physics Professor, Brigham Young University

Too many people offer God prayers, with claw marks all over them. — Author Unknown

To seek God by rituals is to get the ritual and lose God in the process. — Meister Eckhart

Trials are an evidence of a Father's love. they are given as blessings to his children. They are given as opportunities for growth." — H. Burke Peterson

True disciples are those who go beyond simply believing. They act out their belief. — James E. Faust (Ensign, May 1985, page 30)

True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior. Boyd K. Packer (Ensign, May 2004, p 79)

True knowledge never shuts the door on more knowledge, but zeal often does. — Hugh Nibley (Of All Things, p 218)

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always. — Albert Schweitzer

Truth has to fall on fertile soil. — Paula D'Arcy

Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. — St. Augustine of Hippo

Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed. — Epictetus

We acquire a testimony of the principles of the gospel by obediently trying to live them. — James E. Faust, Oct 2003

We and God have business with each other; and in opening ourselves to his influence our deepest destiny is fulfilled. The universe, and those parts of it which our personal being constitutes, takes a turn genuinely for the worse or the better in proportion as each one of us fulfills or evades God's commands. — William Jones, Psychologist (1902)

We are looked upon by God as though we were in eternity; God dwells in eternity, and does not view things as we do. — Joseph Smith (History of the Church, 6:313)

We are the nation's watchmen, no other people collectively love the Constitution and honor it and hold it as a divinely inspired document as do the Latter-day Saints. — Vaughn J. Featherstone (Ensign, Nov 1975, p 7)

We cannot justify ourselves in living by that particular part of the word that appeals to us, the part that we desire to obey, but must be willing to. . . live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. — Albert E. Bowen (General Conference Report, May 1983, p 66)

We cannot survive spiritually with one foot in the Church and the other in the world. — Bruce R. McConkie, (Ensign, Nov 1974, p 33)

We do not lose our faith from a blowout -- just by slow leaks. — Thomas E. McKay

We don't change the message, the message changes us. — Author Unknown

We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount....The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. — General Omar Bradley

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. — Jonathan Swift

We have to believe in free will. We have no choice. — Author Unknown

Well, I have a testimony, I may be ignorant, but I am not lost. — Hugh Nibley

Well-taught doctrines and principles have a more powerful influence on behavior than rules. — Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, Nov 1999, p 79)

What can you say about a society that says that God is dead and Elvis is alive? — Irv Kupcinet

Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof until all of the events transpire. — Joseph Smith (History of the Church, 5:135)

Whatever the scientists may say, if we take the supernatural out of life, we leave only the unnatural. — Amelia Barr (All the Days of My Life, 1913)

What on earth have a man's name, degree, academic position, and of all things, opinions, to do with whether a thing is true? — Hugh Nibley

When a defiled man is born again, his habits are changed, his thoughts cleansed, his attitudes regenerated and elevated, his activities put in total order, and everything about him that was dirty, degenerate or reprobate is washed and made clean. — Spencer W. Kimball (Ensign, Mar 1982, p 2)

When firmly planted, your testimony of the gospel, of the Savior, and of our Heavenly Father will influence all that you do throughout your life. It will help to determine how you spend your time and with whom you choose to associate. It will affect the way you treat your family, how you interact with others. It will bring love, peace, and joy into your life. — Thomas S. Monson (Ensign, May 2005, p 114)

When people say, 'Religion is all right for some, but I am not religious, and it means nothing to me,' is it because they have not experienced the uplift that comes from sacrificing for and serving their fellowmen? — John H. Vandenberg (Ensign, Jun 1971, p63)

When some people don't want to work for something, they pray for it. — Gene Mora in Graffiti

When Sunday loses its fundamental meaning and becomes subordinate to a secular concept of 'weekend' dominated by such things as entertainment and sport, people stay locked within a horizon so narrow that they can no longer see the heavens. — Pope John Paul II

Where doubt is, there faith has no power. — Joseph Smith (Lectures on Faith, 1985, p 46)

Why do we justify anti-religion laws by citing a clause [in the US Constitution] prohibiting such laws? What twisted logic cites 'religious freedom' rights in order to favor atheism over religion? — Steve M. Thomas (Preparing the Elders of Israel to Save the Constitution, Horizon Publishers, p 91)

Why Go To Church? A member of the church wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all." This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: "I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this... They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!" — Dr. Kent Bull, pastor

With every passing day, we are being more pressured to choose whether or not we will serve the true and living God. The days of fence-sitting seem to be swiftly drawing to a close. The US Senate just voted on whether the people of the United States of America believe in supporting the God-given institution of marriage. We often try to serve two masters. We love to live in Babylon, enjoying excessive sensual pleasures and worshipping the god of comfort, often forgetting that sacrifice and service are the Lord's path....We have been convinced to stop praying in public. Will we also agree to stop reading scriptures? How far can we be pushed before we take a stand?....The purpose of life is not to avoid death, but rather to serve God even at the peril of death. — John P. Pratt

Without a knowledge of the gospel plan, transgression seems natural, innocent, even justified. — Boyd K Packer

Without sacrifice there is no true worship of God. The Father gave his Son, and the Son gave his life, and we do not worship unless we give -- give of our substance, our time, strength, talent, faith, [and] testimonies. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, 1997, p 565)

Worthiness is a process, and perfection is an eternal trek. We can be worthy to enjoy certain privileges without being perfect. — Marvin J. Ashton (Ensign, May 1989, p 20)

Yes, it is the precepts of men versus the revealed word of God. The more we follow the word of God the less we are deceived, while those who follow the wisdom of men are deceived the most. — Ezra Taft Benson

You cannot do wrong and feel right. It is impossible! — Ezra Taft Benson (Ensign, Nov 1977, p 30)

You can't find God before an altar if that is the only place you look for him. — A. Powell Davies

You have to wonder about humans, they think God is dead and Elvis is alive! — Author Unknown

You leave out God, and you substitute the devil. — Winston Churchill

Your agency, the right to make choices, is not given so that you can get what you want. This divine gift is provided so that you will choose what your Father in Heaven wants for you. That way He can lead you to become all that He intends you to be. — Richard G. Scott (Ensign, May 1996, p 24)

You see many stars at night in the sky but find them not when the sun rises; can you say that there are no stars in the heaven of day? So, O man! because you behold not God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God. — Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author

You use the name of Deity in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution of the United States, and yet you cannot use it in the schoolroom. — Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of Great Britain

You want to make your own decisions, but you ought to make those decisions with an eternal perspective. — James E. Faust (Ensign, May 2006, p 112)


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