My Life in Zion

The life and views of a Latter-day Saint in the 21st Century…

Worth A Thousand Words…

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. And I suppose that the statement is true. However, I also like to say that a thousand words is worth a million words, because written words convey not just thought, meaning, intent, and purpose, but so much more. Consider Shakespeare’s simple line, “To be, or not to be. That is the question.” Those ten words have brought forth countless theses of thought.

The other day one of my dear friends sent me a Facebook message which said simply, “Stan, I wanted to thank you for your quotations on your info page. They really built me up today.” – I hadn’t put them there for her, or for anyone in particular. In fact, when I collected those quotations they were more for myself than anyone else. Words have a way of literally reaching off the page or screen and embracing us sometimes. So in the hopes that they may be of benefit to someone else, and because they are each of particular worth to me, I wanted to share a few of my favorite quotations with you. I hope they elicit not just a thousand words of thought and meaning to you, but millions of words of thought, meaning, and purpose, and that they might be uplifting in some way to you.

Some of My Favorite Quotations:

“There shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.” – King Benjamin in Mosiah 3:17 from The Book of Mormon
“The heaviest burden that one has to bear in this life is the burden of sin.” – Harold B. Lee

“The Constitution is the guide which I never would abandon.” – George Washington

“I am convinced that each of us, at some time in our lives, must discover the scriptures for ourselves — and not just discover them once, but rediscover them again and again.” – Spencer W. Kimball

“The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.” – Woodrow Wilson

“The charity of good women is such that their ‘love makes no parade’; they are not glad ‘when others go wrong’; they are too busy serving to sit statusfully about, waiting to be offended.” – Neal A. Maxwell

“Though you may feel that no one can understand the depth of your despair, our Savior, Jesus Christ, understands. He suffered more than we can possibly imagine, and He did it for us; He did it for you. You are not alone.” – Dieter F Uchtdorf

“Believe that your faith has everything to do with your romance, because it does. You separate dating from discipleship at your peril.” – Jeffrey R. Holland

“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” – Abraham Lincoln

“It has to be an awfully good meeting to beat having no meeting at all.” – Boyd K. Packer

“[P]atriotism… is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” – Adlai Stevenson

“It takes exactly as long to repent as it takes you to say, ‘I’ll change’ —and mean it.” – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

“’Mormonism’ has made me all I am; and the grace, the power, and the wisdom of God will make me all that I ever will be, either in time or in eternity.” – Brigham Young

“Choose your love. Love your choice. ” – Thomas S. Monson

“We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” – Nephi in 2 Nephi 25:26 from The Book of Mormon

“I have felt God’s hand upon me in great trials, and have submitted to His guidance, and I trust that as He shall further open the way, I will be ready to walk therein, relying on His help and trusting in His wisdom.” -Abraham Lincoln

“If you meet a [person] in whose presence you feel a desire to achieve, who inspires you to do your best, and to make the most of yourself, such a [person] is worthy of your love and is awakening love in your heart.” – Jennette Eveline Evans McKay; mother of President David O. McKay

“The difference between ‘Try’ and ‘Triumph’ is just an extra UMPH to your efforts.” – Unknown

“To me the gospel is not a great mass of theological jargon. It is a simple and beautiful and logical thing, with one quiet truth following another in orderly sequence. I do not fret over the mysteries. I do not worry whether the heavenly gates swing or slide. I am only concerned that they open.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

“No father, no son, no mother, no daughter should get so busy that he or she does not have time to study the scriptures and the words of modern prophets. None of us should get so busy that we crowd out contemplation and praying. None of us should become so busy in our formal Church assignments that there is no room left for quiet Christian service to our neighbors.” – Spencer W. Kimball

“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.” -Henry David Thoreau

“The Church is not a fast food outlet. We can’t always have it our way. Some day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ, and that salvation can only come His way.” – Jeffrey R. Holland

“Children are more influenced by sermons you act than by sermons you preach.” – David O. McKay

“When you find yourselves a little gloomy, look around you and find somebody that is in a worse plight than yourself; go to him and find out what the trouble is, then try to remove it with the wisdom which the Lord bestows upon you; and the first thing you know, your gloom is gone, you feel light, the Spirit of the Lord is upon you, and everything seems illuminated.” – Lorenzo Snow

“Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval.” – Thomas S. Monson

“Read the divine scriptures constantly. In fact, never let the sacred volume out of your hand. Learn what you have to teach.” – St. Jerome; Epistle 52

“It is a terrible thing to see and still have no vision.” – Hellen Keller

“Pride is a sin that can readily be seen in others but is rarely admitted in ourselves.” – Ezra Taft Benson

“Ask and ye shall recieve.” – The Lord Jesus Christ

“Whether you think you can, or you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.” – Thomas Jefferson

“God became man so that man might become a god.” – St. Athanasius

“The Lord’s way to help those in temporal need requires people who out of love have consecrated themselves and what they have to God and to His work.” – Henry B. Eyring

“Never take life too seriously. No one gets out alive anyways.” – Someone Smart

“To achieve our eternal destiny, we will desire and work for the qualities required to become an eternal being.” – Dallin H. Oaks

“Help others in their race of life! Remember when you help another up a mountain, you are a little nearer to the top yourself.” – Thomas S. Monson

“Every once in a while you ought to kiss a young lady. And every once in a while you ought to kiss a young lady for a while.” – Jon Miller; former counselor in the WSM

“Faith makes everything possible, not easy.” – My Personal Mantra

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss

“A man, as a man, could arrive at all the dignity that a man was capable of obtaining or receiving; but it needed a God to raise him to the dignity of a God.” – John Taylor

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies WITHIN us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“National honor is national property of the highest value.” – James Monroe

“If life gets too hard to stand, kneel.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

“Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.” – Ronald Reagan

“After all that has been said, the greatest and most important duty is to preach the Gospel.” – Joseph Smith

“You may have the administration of angels, you may see many miracles; . . . but I claim that the gift of the Holy Ghost is the greatest gift that can be bestowed upon man.” – Wilford Woodruff

“Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.” – Charles Wesley

“[Teach] that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“People of integrity and honesty not only practice what they preach, they are what they preach. And the Savior stands as the finest example.” – Elder David A. Bednar

“Being happily and successfully married is generally not so much a matter of marrying the right person as it is being the right person.” – Howard W. Hunter

“Noah came before the flood. I have came before the fire.” – Joseph Smith

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