Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Day 4: 501 Pearls of Wisdom

When I explained this blog to a friend last night, she asked me, "So is that what you do? Read all day?" The answer is, "No, not at all. I look for jobs and have social engagements like everyone else, but reading for me is a lot better than whiling away the hours staring at the ceiling when I have time to spare." So, it is in that spirit that I write this next blog. It was a quote book given to me by my roommate before she left for London on study abroad, in case you're curious as to why a flood of quotes will follow....

"Humility does not mean weakness. It does not mean timidity. It does not mean fear. A man can be humble and fearless. A man can be humble and courageous."
-Ezra Taft Benson
"Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected."
-William Safire
"The call to discipleship is a call to continue. To carry on. To persist. To endure. To finish. The Lord needs finishers, those who make the commitment and then walk the road-no matter the difficulty or challenge-to the very end."
-Robert L. Millet
"As long as we exercise love, patience and understanding, even when no progress is apparent, we are not failing. We must keep trying."
-Marvin J. Ashton
"Reverence is like a symphony. Reverence is profound respect, mingled with love and awe, as for a holy being, or place, or an exalted thing."
-Harold B. Lee
"Patience is not to be mistaken for indifference. It is to care very much, but to be willing, nevertheless, to submit both to the Lord and to what the scriptures call "the process of time."
-Neal A. Maxwell
"God has planted in our hearts an instinctive desire to worship, to seek salvation, to love and to serve a power or being greater than ourselves. Worship is implicit in existence itself."
-Bruce R. McConkie
"Great trials lie ahead. All of the sorrows and perils of the past are but a foretaste of what is yet to be. And we must prepare ourselves temporally and spiritually."
-Bruce R. McConkie
"Be liberal in your giving, that you yourselves may grow."
-Marion G. Romney
"Ideals are stars to steer by; they are not sticks to beat ourselves with."
-Barbra B. Smith
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more."
-Melodie Beattie
"The test of our soul's greatness is rather to be sought in our ability to comfort and console, our ability to help others, rather than our ability to help ourselves and crowd others down in the struggle of life."
-Joseph F. Smith
"Perhaps the most essential godlike quality is that of compassion and love-compassion shown forth in service to others, unselfishness, that ultimate expression of concern for others which we call love."
-Spencer W. Kimball
*"A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race."
-Joseph Smith
"No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future."
-Hugh B. Brown
"Love is the most divine attribute of the human soul, and if you accept the immortality of the soul...then you must believe that love also lives."
-David O. McKay
"If my life is of no value to my friends it is of none to myself."
-Joseph Smith
"Forget yourself and find someone who needs your service, and you will discover the secret to the happy, fulfilled life."
-Ezra Taft Benson
"We must remember that those mortals we meet in parking lots, offices, elevators and elsewhere are the portion of mankind God has given us to love and to serve."
-Spencer W. Kimball
"Music is truly the universal language, and when it is excellently expressed, how deeply it moves our souls."
-David O. McKay
"We each do the best we can. My best may not be as good as your best, but it's my best."
-Marjorie Pay Hinckley
"The spirit of the gospel is optimistic; it trusts in God and looks on the bright side of things."
-Orson F. Whitney
"On every hand we can find opportunity for the use of the talents our Father has blessed us with."
-George Albert Smith
"When a man works by faith he works by mental exertion instead of by physical force."
-Joseph Smith
*"It is not a call to a special office that opens the windows of revelation to a truth seeker. Rather it is personal righteousness."
-Bruce R. McConkie
"A temple is a place where the divine spark in man, or the infinite in man, can seek the infinite in God."
-Franklin D. Richards
"Any man can go into the highest degree of the celestial kingdom of God when his actions have been such that he can feel at home there."
-James E. Talmage
"Great love is built on great sacrifice, and the home where the principle of sacrifice for the welfare of each other is daily expressed is that home where abides great love."
-Harold B. Lee
"History rests on the shoulders of those who accepted the challenges of difficulties and drove through to victory in spite of everything."
-Hugh B. Brown
"No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction. God will never desert us. He never has, and he never will. He cannot do it. It is not his character."
-George Q. Cannon
"When trials and tribulations come, we can just hang tight and keep doing our best and things will eventually get better."
-Marjorie Pay Hinckley
"It is difficult to make a man miserable when he feels he is worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him."
-Abraham Lincoln
"There will always be plenty of miracles if we have eyes to see and ears to hear."
-Howard W. Hunter
"The successful general is one under whose leadership the staff, as well as the rank and file, will work and die with enthusiasm."
-Walter Gifford
*"Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
-Marjorie Pay Hinckley

*Note: The quotes with asterisks are words I live by....If I can help you in any way, shape or form, I will certainly do it....Please let me know how I might be able to serve you and be a good friend.

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