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Duty to Others

A better tomorrow begins with the training of a better generation. — Gordon B. Hinckley, (Ensign, Nov. 1975, p 38)

A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle. — James Keller

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. — Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded. — Tyne Daly

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it. — Gilbert Keith Chesterton (Everlasting Man, 1925)

Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them. — Andrew V. Mason

A fisherman does not bait his hook with food he likes. He uses food the fish likes. So with boys. — Lord Robert Baden-Powell

A friend is a possession we earn, not a gift. — Elder Marvin J. Ashton, (Ensign, January 1973)

After all is said and done, more is said than done. — Aesop

A fundamental issue that accounts for a high percentage of marital problems is selfishness. Selfishness is at the root of adultery, the breaking of solemn and sacred covenants to satisfy lust. Selfishness is the antithesis of love. It is a cankering expression of greed. It destroys self-discipline. It obliterates loyalty. It tears up sacred covenants. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Standing for Something, p 155)

A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not. — Author Unknown

A leader who keeps his ear to the ground allows his rear end to become a target. — Angie Papadakis

A life can never be happy that is focused inward. So if you are miserable now, forget your troubles. March right out your door, and find someone who needs you. — Robert L. Backman (Ensign, November 1985, page 13)

A little help is better than a deal of pity. — Irish Proverb

All I can offer the world is a good heart and a good hand. — Joseph Smith (History of the Church, 5:498)

Almost every day brings opportunities to perform unselfish acts for others. Such acts are unlimited and can be as simple as a kind word, a helping hand, or a gracious smile. — James E. Faust (Ensign, Nov 2002, p 21-22)

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

Along your pathway of life you will observe that you are not the only traveler. There are others who need your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save. — (Thomas S. Monson (Ensign, Nov 2006, p 68)

Always be nice to a secretary. — Blaine Nay

Always be nice to the wait staff in restaurants. — Jeanie

Always be sincere, even when you don't mean it. — Irene Peter

Always do more than you're paid for; eventually the pay will catch up. — Carla

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. — Mark Twain

Always go to other people's funerals - otherwise, they won't go to yours — Yogi Berra

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. — Oscar Wilde

Always remember others may hate you but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself. — Richard M. Nixon

A man cannot be perfected by religion alone -- but also by cheerful service to others. — Blaine Nay

A man does not have to be an angel in order to be a saint. — Albert Schweitzer. Peace, 1952

Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken. — Orson Card

An act of justice closes the book on a misdeed; an act of vengeance writes one of its own. — Marilyn vos Savant (Parade Magazine)

Anger repressed can poison a relationship as surely as the cruelest words. — Dr. Joyce Brothers

Anything done for another is done for oneself. — Pope Boniface VIII

Apologizing does not always mean that you're wrong and the other person is right. It just means that you value your relationship more than your ego. — Author Unknown

As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities. — Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author

As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled. — Victor Hugo

As you go forward with your ambitious programs, forget yourselves now and again. Lay aside your selfishness; lose yourself in the service of others and in some great cause. — Gordon B. Hinckley (BYU Speeches, October 17, 1962, p.6)

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. — Audrey Hepburn

A true friend is one who not only is willing to love us the way we are, but is able to leave us better than he found us. — Marvin J. Ashton (Ensign, Sep 1982, p 73)

Avoid confessing other people's sins. — Wilford Woodruff

A world in which everyone believed in the purity of women and the nobility of men, and acted accordingly, would be a very different world, but a grand place to live in. — Channing Pollock (Reader's Digest, June 1960, p. 76.)

Be as friendly to the janitor as you are to the chairman of the board. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Be still indebted to somebody or other, that there may be somebody always to pray for you. — Franηois Rabelais

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. — Philo

Be the kind of person you'd like to come home to every day. — Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals. — (Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, May 2002, p 19)

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them. — Lady Bird Johnson

Children have more need of models than critics. — Joseph Joubert

Civility carries with it the essence of courtesy, politeness and consideration of others. All the education and accomplishments in the world will not count for much unless they are accompanied by marks of gentility, of respect for others, or going the extra mile. — Gordon B Hinckley, Standing for Something, page 47

Courage is contagious. When a brave person takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened. — Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. — Martin Luther King, Jr, 1929-1968

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. — William Jennings Bryan

Developing the mind is important, but developing a conscience is the most precious gift parents can give their children. — John Gray (Children from Heaven)

Die when I may, I want it said of me that I plucked a weed and planted a flower where ever I thought a flower would grow. — Abraham Lincoln

Don't curse the darkness -- light a candle. — Chinese proverb

Don't drive as if you own the road; drive as if you own the car. — Sam Ewing

Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. — Calvin Coolidge

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. — Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-94

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence. — Spanish proverb

Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. — Robert Fulghum

Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. — Martin Luther King

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven. — Henry Ward Beecher

Every human being has, like Socrates, an attendant spirit; and wise are they who obey its signals. If it does not always tell us what to do, it always cautions us what not to do. — Lydia M. Child

Every kind act that we perform for one of our Father's children is but a permanent investment made by us that will bear eternal dividends. — George Albert Smith (Conference Report, Apr 1914, p 13)

Everyone needs help from everyone. — Bertolt Brecht

Every time we navigate safely on this great and narrow way there are other ships that are nearly lost or which are lost which can find their way because of our light. — Neal A. Maxwell (Brigham Young University fireside address)

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. — Albert Schweitzer

Excuses are like armpits, everybody has a couple of them and they usually stink! — Author Unknown

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. — William Arthur Ward

First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me. — Pastor Martin Niemφller

Force has no place where there is need of skill. — Herodotus

Friendship is a responsibility, not an opportunity. — Stephen Bently (in "Herb & Jamaal")

Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others. There is nothing that dulls a personality so much as a negative attitude....By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves....The most effective medicine for the sickness of self-pity is to lose ourselves in the service of others. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Aug 1982, p 5)

Getting other people to like you is simply the other side of liking other people. — Norman Vincent Peale

Give more to people than they expect, and do it cheerfully. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Go down to the fish market and look into the crab barrel. They never have to put a lid on it because if one crab starts to crawl out, the others will grab onto him and pull him back down. That's what negative peer pressure does. — Ben Carson

God gave burdens, also shoulders. — Yiddish proverb

God recognizes only one justification for seeking wealth, and that is with the express intent of helping the poor. — Hugh Nibley

God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. — Spencer W. Kimball (Ensign, Dec 1974)

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton (1593-1683) English writer

Good leadership involves responsibility to the welfare of the group, which means that some people will get angry at your actions and decisions. It's inevitable, especially if you're honorable. Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity: You'll avoid the tough decisions; you'll avoid confronting the people who need to be confronted. Good leadership does not emerge from blind obedience to anyone. Good leadership encourages everyone's evolution. Ultimately the essence of leadership is the willingness to make the tough, unambiguous choices that will have an impact on the fate of the organization. Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible. — General Colin Powell

Good manners make any man a pleasure to be with. Ask any woman. — Peter Mayle

Go the extra mile. It's never crowded. — Author Unknown

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks. — Herodotus

Great things are won by great dangers. — Herodotus

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. — George Eliot, (1819-1880)

Hanging on the kitchen wall was a framed expression which my aunt had embroidered many years ago. It carried a world of practical application: "Choose your love; love your choice." Very often this will take compromise, forgiveness, perhaps apology. We must ever be committed to the success of our marriage. — Thomas S. Monson (Ensign, Oct. 2001)

Happiness adds and multiplies as we divide it with others. — Author Unknown

Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light. — Steve Kloves

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all. — Sam Ewing

Hate is like acid. It can damage the vessel in which it is stored as well as destroy the object on which it is poured. — Ann Landers

Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat. — Harry Emerson Fosdick

He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help. — Abraham Lincoln

He [Heavenly Father] would rather have you read stories in the afternoon to a little girl in a faded blue hand-me-down dress than have her entertained by a color TV because you are away working to make the payments. — H. Burke Peterson (Ensign, May 1974, p 31)

He knows not and knows he knows not: he is a child, teach him. He knows not and knows not that he knows not: he is a fool, shun him. He knows but he knows not he knows: he is asleep, awaken him. He knows and he knows he knows: he is a leader, follow him. — Confucius

Help your brother's boat across, and your own will reach the shore. — Hindu Proverb

He who does not bellow out the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers. — Charles Peguy

He who has the privilege to know has the duty to act. — Albert Einstein

He who slings mud generally loses ground. — Adlai E. Stevenson

Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything. — Billy Graham

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. — Anne Frank

How much pressure is too much pressure to remain true? How much disappointment is too much disappointment to stand firm? How far is too far to walk with a discouraged friend, or a struggling spouse, or a troubled child? When the opposition heats up and the going gets tough, how much of what we thought was important to us will we defend and how much, in that inevitable tug and pull of life, will we find it convenient to give away? — Jeffrey R. Holland, On Earth As It Is in Heaven, p 140

I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. — Benjamin Franklin

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot. — Horace Greeley

I believe every person has been put on this earth for just one purpose - to serve his fellow man. It doesn't matter how he does this. He can build a bridge, paint a picture, invent a labor-saving gadget, or run a gas station. The point is, he should try to leave the earth a better place than he found it. If he does, his life will have been worthwhile. If he doesn't do what he can within his own limitations, he is destined to be unhappy. — General Jimmy Doolittle

I believe our problems, almost every one, arise out of the homes of the people. If there is to be reformation, if there is to be a change, if there is to be a return to old and sacred values, it must begin in the home. It is here that truth is learned, that integrity is cultivated, that self-discipline is instilled, and that love is nurtured. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Nov. 1998, p99)

I can live for three months on a good compliment. — Mark Twain

I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to. — Author Unknown

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. — Albert Schweitzer, theologian and missionary physician

I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. — Plutarch

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. — Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)

If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That's all it takes to get people to win. — Paul "Bear" Bryant, University of Alabama football coach

If a person gives you his time, he can give you no more precious gift. — Frank Tyger

I feel that my life is like my shoes -- to be worn out in service to others. — Spencer W. Kimball

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. — Anatole France

If I do not have peace within me, others around me will suffer. — Marvin J. Ashton (Ensign, Nov 1985, p 69)

If it's true that we are here to help others, then, what exactly are the others here for? — Author Unknown

If it's very painful to you to criticize your friends - you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it - that's the time to hold your tongue. — Alice Duer Miller

If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. — Charles Darwin

If there be misunderstandings, clear them up, forgive and forget, don't let old grievances change your souls and affect them, and destroy your love and lives. Put your houses in order. Love one another and love your neighbors, your friends, the people who live near you, as the Lord gives this power to you. — Spencer W. Kimball, Teachings of Presidents of the Church, 2006, p 89-101

If we could have but one generation of properly born, trained, educated and healthy children, a thousand other problems of government would vanish. We would assure ourselves of healthier minds, more vigorous bodies, to direct the energies of our nation to greater heights of achievement. — Herbert Hoover (US president)

If you ever get a second chance in life for something, you've got to go all the way. — Lance Armstrong

If you give people tools, [and they use] their natural abilities and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected. — Bill Gates

If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don't want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all. — David Livingstone

If you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. — Author Unknown

If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. — Abigail Van Buren

If you want your children to follow in your footsteps, be careful where you walk. — Author Unknown

If you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. — Unknown

If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? — Stephen Levine

If you would find yourself, learn to deny yourself for the blessing of others. Forget yourself and find someone who needs your service, and you will discover the secret to the happy, fulfilled life. — Ezra Taft Benson (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.449)

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you're dead and rotten, either write something worth reading, or do things worth the writing. — Benjamin Franklin

If you wouldn't write it and sign it, don't say it — Earl Wilson

If y'want to leave footprints in the sands of time you should wear work boots. — Bill Keane (in "Family Circus")

I know sanctification comes not with any particular calling, but with genuine acts of service, often for which there is no specific calling. — Neal A. Maxwell (Ensign, May 1985, p 78)

‘I must do something' always solves more problems than ‘Something must be done.' — Author Unknown

In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing. — Antonio Porchia

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better. — Edgar Watson Howe

It has been said that the sin of ingratitude is more serious than the sin of revenge. With revenge, we return evil for evil, but with ingratitude, we return evil for good. — W. Eugene Hansen (Ensign, Nov 1989, p 24)

I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. — Benjamin Franklin, 1766

It is always commendable to get in and dig. But be careful where you throw the dirt. — Author Unknown

It is better in times of need to have a friend rather than money. — Greek Proverb

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen. — Mother Teresa

It is better to give children a rule to break than to give them no rules at all. — Tipper Gore (Time Magazine)

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same. — Chaplain Towner, Alaska National

It is easy to do things for our own families and loved ones, but to give of our substance for the stranger who is in need is the real test of our charity and love for our fellowmen. — N. Eldon Tanner Guard

It is listening, not silence, that shows respect. — J. Frank Schulman

It is not honorable to take mere legal advantage, when it happens to be contrary to justice. — Thomas Jefferson

It is not in death or in one event that we give our lives, but in every day as we are asked to do it. — Robert D. Hales (Ensign, May 1975, p 43)

It isn't the load that breaks you down; it's the way you carry it. — Author Unknown

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man or woman can sincerely try to help another without helping themselves. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is selfishness which is the cause of most of our misery. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Nov 1988, p 54)

It's everybody's right to enjoy the world, and it's everybody's obligation to help others enjoy it. — Ashleigh Brilliant (in "Potshots")

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

It's tough getting ahead of someone you're trying to get even with. — Gene Mora

It usually takes two people to make one of them angry. — Laurence Peter

Law of Volunteer Labor: People are always available for work in the past tense. — Author Unknown

Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned. — Harold S. Geneen

Leadership is action, not position. — Donald H. McGannon

Leadership is the ability to encourage the best efforts of others in working toward a desirable goal. — Spencer W. Kimball (Ensign, Mar 1976, p 4)

Lead, follow, or get out of the way. — Laurence J. Peter

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Let those who drink the water remember those who dug the well. — Mary Gilmore Sydney

Let us not forget the obligation which rests upon us to render allegiance and service to the Lord, and that acceptable service to Him cannot be rendered without service to our fellow man. — Heber J. Grant (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, p 139)

Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others. — William Allen White

Life is a mission and not a career. — Stephen L. Richards

Life is never easy, and we cannot escape our own case of feeble knees from time to time. It is thus essential that we love and support one another. — Marvin J. Ashton (Ensign, Nov 1991, p 70)

Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way around. — David Lodge

Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get -- only with what you are expecting to give -- which is everything. — Katharine Hepburn

Love. . . (is) a lack of personal selfishness. — Theodore M. Burton (Ensign, May 1979)

Love is never hopeless. Love is full of hope. It's hate that is hopeless. — Lynn Johnston in "For Better or For Worse"

Love is not consolation, it is light. — Simone Weil

Love is the only force that can erase the differences between people or bridge the chasm of bitterness. — Gordon B Hinckley (Standing for Something, p 3)

Love me when I least deserve it, because that's when I really need it. — Swedish proverb

Love, not time, heals all wounds. — Author Unknown

Love without service, like faith without works, is dead. — Mary Ellen Edmunds (LDS Speaker's Sourcebook, Aspen Books 1991, page 434)

Loyalty is the one thing a leader cannot do without. — A. P. Gouthey

Mankind is not called to make a sacrifice of others but a sacrifice for others. — Selwyn Duke

Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail. — Author Unknown

More often than not, people who want to change the way others think would be better served by changing the way they think. — Selwyn Duke

Mutual Forgiveness of each vice, Such are the Gates of Paradise. — William Blake

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. — Henry Ford

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead

Never laugh at anyone's dreams. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much. — Author Unknown

Never make negative comments or spread rumors about anyone. It depreciates their reputation and yours. — Brian Koslow

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 greater responsibility can rest upon a man, than to be a teacher of God's children. — David O. McKay

No man goeth about a more godly purpose than he who is mindful of the right upbringing not only of his own, but of other men's children. — Robert Baden-Powell

None is so rich as to throw away a friend. — Turkish Proverb

No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. — Edmund Burke

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut. — Sam Rayburn

No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money, too. — Margaret Thatcher

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave. — Calvin Coolidge

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing, and conveys much. — Erastus Wiman

Of all influences that cause men to choose wrong, selfishness is undoubtedly the strongest. Where it is, the Spirit is not. — William R. Bradford (Ensign, Nov 1987, p 76)

One can never tell what will be the result of faithful service rendered, nor do we know when it will come back to us or to those with whom we are associated. The reward may not come at the time, but in dividends later. I believe we will never lose anything in life by giving service, by making sacrifices, and doing the right thing. — Heber J. Grant (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, p 139)

One human life is as precious as a million lives, for each is infinite in value. — Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits (Jewish Views on Abortion, p. 4)

One of the duties of manhood is to safeguard womanhood. — James E. Faust (Ensign, May 1988, p 37)

One's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into action . . . which bring results. — Florence Nightingale

One major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions. — Edward R. Murrow

Our eternal happiness will be in proportion to the way that we devote ourselves to helping others. — George Albert Smith (General Conference Report, October 1936, page 71)

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. — Martin Luther King Jr.

Our worth is determined by the good deeds we do, rather than by the fine emotions we feel. — Elias L. Magoon

Peace can come to both the giver and the receiver as we follow the promptings of the Spirit to serve one another. — Barbara W. Winder (Ensign, Nov 1985, p 96)

People are just like eggs. On the outside, some are brown. Some are white. But on the inside, they're all the same. And if they're rotten, they're no damn good. — Sherman Nay

People ask you for criticism. But they only want praise. — W. Somerset Maugham

People have a way to becoming what you encourage them to be -- not what you nag them to be. — S.N. Parker

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing — that's why we recommend it daily. — Zig Ziglar

People who don't work are often more exhausted than people who do. — Michael Levine

People who never do any more than they get paid for never get paid for anything more than they do. — Henry Huddleston Rogers

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. — George Bernard Shaw

People will feel safer around you and speak truthfully to you when they feel you are listening intently to them. — Brian Koslow

Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family. — George Bernard Shaw

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. — Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the US House of Representatives

Pride means never having to say you're sorry. — David Limbaugh, 6 Apr 2010

Private choices are not private; they all have public consequences. Our society is the sum total of what millions of individuals do in their private lives. — James E. Faust (Ensign, May 1987)

Real friends are those who, when you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel that you've done a permanent job. — Erwin T. Randall

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile. — Sir Wilfred Grenfell

Real pros are those who do their jobs well - even when they don't feel like it. — Author Unknown

Real unselfishness consists in sharing the interests of others. — George Santayana

Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk. — Author Unknown

Rings and other jewels are not gifts but apologies for gifts. The only [true] gift is a portion of thyself. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sacrifice is a demonstration of pure love. The degree of our love for the Lord, for the gospel, and for our fellowman can be measured by what we are willing to sacrifice for them. — M. Russell Ballard (Ensign, May 1992, p 75)

Sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue. — Andre Gide

Service changes people. It refines, purifies, gives a finer perspective, and brings out the best in each one of us. It gets us looking outward instead of inward. Righteous service is the expression of true charity, such as the Savior showed. — Derek A. Cuthbert (Ensign, May 1990)

Service is not something we endure on this earth so we can earn the right to live in the celestial kingdom. Service is the very fiber of which an exalted life in the celestial kingdom is made. — Marion G. Romney (Ensign, Nov 1982, p 93)

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. — Swedish proverb

Sharing what you have is more important than what you have. — Albert M. Wells, Jr.

Silent company is often more healing than words of advice. — Author Unknown

Sir, I will treat you like a gentleman, not because you are one, but because I am one. — William Gladstone (1809–1898), speaking in the British Parliament

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. — Oscar Wilde

Some of the most rewarding times of our lives are those 'extra mile' hours given in service when the body says it wants to relax, but our better self emerges and says, 'Here am I; send me.' — James E. Faust (Ensign, Nov 2002)

Someone has said, "A friend is a person who is willing to take me the way I am." Accepting this as one definition of the word, may I quickly suggest that we are something less than a real friend if we leave a person the same way we find him. — Marvin J. Ashton (Ensign, Jan 1973, p 41)

Sometimes the best way to convince someone he is wrong is to let him have his way. — Red O'Donnell

Stop tolerating in your leaders what you would not tolerate in your friends. — Michael Ventura

Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's only what you do for others. — Danny Thomas

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community. — Andrew Carnegie

Suspicion is the cancer of friendship. — Petrarch (1304-1374) Italian poet and humanist

The best helping hand is the one at the end of your own arm. — Author Unknown

The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. — Theodore Roosevelt

The best portion of a good man's life is the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. — William Wordsworth

The best proof of love is trust. — Dr. Joyce Brothers

The best rule of friendship is to keep your heart a little softer than your head. — Author Unknown

The best thing to do behind a friend's back is pat it. — Ruth Brillhart

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up. — Mark Twain

The best way to forget your own problems is to help someone else solve theirs. — Author Unknown

The best way to get even is to forget. — Author Unknown

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people. — Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1910

The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds ceases to be charity, and is only pride and ostentation. — William Hutton

The cruelest lies are often told in silence. — Robert Louis Stevenson

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems. — Gandhi

The easiest way to save face is to keep the lower half shut. — Author Unknown

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. — Ralph Nader

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of being selfish and having ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. What you spend years building, someone may try to destroy overnight. Build anyway. If you are hones and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the world the best you have anyway. Of you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it's between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. — Attributed to Mother Teresa

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own. — Benjamin Disraeli

The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the greatest leader who gets the people to do the greatest things. — Ronald Reagan

The greatest reward for serving others is always the satisfaction found in your own heart. — Author Unknown

The harder you work, the luckier you get. — Author Unknown

The hardest thing to do is nothing, because you can't stop to rest. — Author Unknown

The law of nature is universal. For it is true, not only that all men are equally subject to the command of their Maker; but it is true also, that the law of nature, having its foundation in the constitution and state of man, has an essential fitness for all mankind, and binds them without distinction. — James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791

The lazy man aims at nothing -- and generally hits it. — Author Unknown

The love we give away is the only love we keep. — Elbert Hubbard

The moment you blame anyone for anything, your relationship and your personal power deteriorate. — Brian Koslow

The more people you influence, the more power you have. — Brian Koslow

The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway. — Henry Boye

The only gift is giving to the poor. All else is exchange. — Thiruvalluvar

The only people you should ever want to get "even" with are those who have helped you. — John Honeyfield

The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him. — Henry L. Stimson

The opposite of love is not hate, it's selfishness. — Blaine Nay

The person who has earned love the least needs it the most. — F. Enzio Busche (Ensign, May 1982, p 70)

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. — Dorothy Nevill

There are no traffic jams when you go the extra mile. — Zig Ziglar

There are two types of leaders on this planet, those that one follows through fire and ones that you push in. — Gregory Horowitz

There are two types of people -- those who come into a room and say, "Well, here I am," and those who come in and say, "Ah, there you are." — Frederick Collins

The reason charity never fails and the reason charity is greater than even the most significant acts of goodness [Paul] cited is that charity, 'the pure love of Christ' (Moro. 7:47), is not an act but a condition or state of being. Charity is attained through a succession of acts that result in a conversion. Charity is something one becomes. — Dallin H. Oaks (Ensign, Nov 2000, p 32-34)

There is nothing that so much gratifies an ill tongue as when it finds an angry heart. — Thomas Fuller

There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability. — Robert Half

There's no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit. — Ronald Reagan

The reward of great men is that, long after they have died, one is not quite sure that they are dead. — Jules Renard

The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs. — Karl Marx

The Savior's example of going the extra mile to find His lost sheep is evident throughout the scriptures....The Good Shepherd knew when one of His sheep was missing....He searched for that which was lost....We also know that He did not give up....and when He returned, the lost sheep was safely on His shoulders. — Mervyn B. Arnold (Ensign, May 2004, p 47)

The secret to living is giving. — Author Unknown

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention. — Duguet

The streets of hell are paved with good intentions. — Mark Twain

The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business. — George Bernard Shaw

The tongue must be heavy indeed, because so few people can hold it. — Author Unknown

The true key to happiness in life is to labor for the happiness of others. — Heber J. Grant (Teachings of Presidents of the Church, p 139)

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. — Nelson Henderson

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. — Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)

The true purpose of life is the perfection of humanity through individual effort, under the guidance of God's inspiration. — David O. McKay (General Conference Report, May 1989, page 14)

The true way to honor the past is to improve upon it. — N. Eldon Tanner (Ensign, Jul 1976, p 4)

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. — Mahatma Gandhi

The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it. — Albert Einstein

The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. — Helen Keller

The world is run by those people who show up and speak up. So if you don't show up and speak up, you have to sit down and shut up. — Old American Political Proverb

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity. — George Bernard Shaw

Those see nothing but faults that seek for nothing else. — Thomas Fuller

Time isn't a commodity, something you pass around like cake. Time is the substance of life. When anyone asks you to give your time, they're really asking for a chunk of your life. — Antoinette Bosco

To be able to work is a blessing. The love of work is success. — David O. McKay

To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with. — Mark Twain

Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil. — Thomas Mann

Tolerance is not acceptance, and indifference is not assimilation. — Carey McWilliams

Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice. — Ayaan Hirsi Ali

To the world you might just be one person, but to one person you might just be the world. — Author Unknown

Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

True happiness comes only by making others happy-the practical application of the Savior's doctrine of losing one's life to gain it. In short, the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit, that makes our hearts glow in brotherly love and friendship and prompts us to kind deeds of service. It is the spirit of the gospel of Jesus Christ, obedience to which will bring 'peace on earth,' because it means-good will toward all men. — David O. McKay (Gospel Ideals, 1954, p 551)

Try and leave this world a little better than you found it, and when your time comes to die you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. — Baden-Powell of Gilwell

Unselfishness can mean being the right person at the right time in the right place to render service. Almost every day brings opportunities to perform unselfish acts for others. — President James E. Faust (Ensign, Nov 2002)

We all of us need assistance. Those who sustain others themselves want to be sustained. — Murice Hulst

We are, each of us, angels with only one wing, and we can only fly embracing each other. — Luciano DeCrescenzo

We are so happy to advise others that occasionally we even do it in their interest. — Jules Renard

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 expect to lift others unless we stand on higher ground ourselves. — Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Nov 1975, p 38)

We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own. — Ben Sweetland

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. — Herman Melville

We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness. — Neal A. Maxwell (Ensign, Nov 2000, p 36)

We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box. — Author Unknown

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. — George Bernard Shaw

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. — Winston Churchill

We make our friends, we make our enemies, but God makes our next-door neighbour. — G.K. Chesterton, British novelist (1884-1936)

We must be different from the world to make a difference in the world. — Author Unknown

We never know how far the effects of our service will reach. We can never afford to be cruel or indifferent or ungenerous, because we are all connected, even if it is in a pattern that only God sees. — Chieko N. Okazaki

We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them. — Thucydides

We should all dig in and get to work. Even a mosquito doesn't get a pat on the back until he is well into his job. — Author Unknown

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. — Victor Frankl, Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist

We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service. – Earl Nightingale

What you get is a living. What you give is a life. — Lillian Gish

Whenever you forget self and strive for the betterment of others, and for something higher and better, you rise to the spiritual plane. — David O. McKay (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay, p 81)

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die. — Eleanor Roosevelt

When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don't be surprised if they learn their lesson. — Jack Johnson

When you help a child today, you write the history of tomorrow. — Father Edward Flanagin

Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you. — Spanish Proverb

Women, you are of great strength and support to the men in your lives, and they sometimes need your help most when they are least deserving. — N. Eldon Tanner (Ensign, Jan 1974, p 7)

Words are windows to the heart. — Author Unknown

You can get anything you want...if you help enough other people get what they want. — Author Unknown

You can make your world so much larger simply by acknowledging everyone else's. — Jeanne Marie Laskas (Washington Post Magazine)

You cannot lift another soul until you are standing on higher ground than he is. You must be sure, if you would rescue the man, that you yourself are setting the example of what you would have him be. You cannot light a fire in another soul unless it is burning in your own soul. — Harold B. Lee (Conference Report, Apr 1973, p 178)

You can never tell what type of impact you may make on another's life by your actions or lack of action. Sometimes just with a smile on the street to a passing stranger can make a difference we could never imagine. — Ed Foreman, US Congressman

You can't help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself. — General Norman Schwarzkopf

You can't shake hands with a clenched fist. — Attributed to both Indira Gandhi and Golda Meir

You love God best when you love men most. — Theodore parker

You manage things; you lead people. — Grace Murray Hopper


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