“When you choose to follow Christ, you choose to be changed. The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature. . . .Christ changes men, and changed men can change the world.”– Ezra Taft Benson

“Unlike the political opportunist, the true statesman values principle above popularity, and works to create popularity for those political principles which are wise and just.” — Ezra Taft Benson

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do and, by the grace of God, I shall do.” — Edward Everett Hale

“One of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long,lonely path utterly alone,we do not have to do so.” –Jeffrey R. Holland

“The average human looks without seeing, listens without hearing, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odour or fragrance, and talks without thinking.” –Leonardo Da Vinci

“What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body.” — Thomas Jefferson

“There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path.” — Ezra T. Benson

“When our prayers are accompanied by righteousness and service to others, the Lord blesses us with charity.” — Elder Burke Manning

“Upon common theaters, indeed, the applause of the audience is of more importance to the actors than their own approbation. But upon the stage of life, while conscience claps, let the world hiss! On the contrary if conscience disapproves, the loudest applauses of the world are of little value” –John Adams

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.”

— Franklin D. Roosevet

“What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.”

— from “Leisure,” by W.H. Davies

“The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.”

–Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God endows us with power.”

–Ezra T Benson

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up!”

— Thomas Edison

“I always found that the prosperity or the misery of a people is in direct proportion to its liberties or concerns, and consequently to the sacrifices or selfishness of its ancestors.”

–Jose Rizal

“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition has gone, pride has gone”

— C. S. Lewis

“Pursue your goals with all your heart, might, mind and strength. You are doomed to failure if you pursue them in a vacillating manner”

— Robert D. Hales

“God, give us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed, courage to change what should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.”

–Reinhold Neibuhr

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

— T. S. Eliot

“This above all, to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

–William Shakespeare

“Men will work hard for money. Men will work harder for other men. But men will work hardest of all when they are dedicated to a cause. . . Duty is never worthily performed until it is performed by one who would gladly do more if only he could.”

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

“Vision without task is only a dream. A task without vision is but drudgery. But vision with a task is a dream fulfilled.”

–Willie Stone

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.

I awoke and saw that life was duty.

I acted and behold– Duty was Joy.

–Rabindranath Tagore

“If there is righteousness in the heart there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation there will be peace in the world.”

–Old Chinese Proverb

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that out power to do is increased”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Hard work is a far better horse to ride than genius.”

–David E. LeSueur

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay as he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he could be and ought to be, he will become what he ought to be”


“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world”

–Archbishop Desmund Tutu

“Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.” — Thomas Paine