“I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed , and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails… I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor’s children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden. I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was here and that I really lived.”
– Majorie Pay Hinckley
“It is my aim to find pleasure and enjoyment in life by seeking after those things which are good and worth while, that I may gain knowledge and wisdom with each pursuing year; to carefully plan my allotted time so that none of it will be wasted; to give my family the benefits of education, recreation, and travel; to conduct my life in obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to so manage my business affairs that I will have an income adequate to provide my family with their wants and the advantages of some of the finer things in life; and to set aside a portion for investments to provide an income for retirement.”
“We have bigger houses, but smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicines, but less healthiness; we’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We built more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication. We have become long on quantity, but short on quality. These are times of fast foot but slow digestion: Tall man but short character: Steep profits but shallow relationships. It is a time when there is much in the window, but nothing in the room.”
– Dalai Lama*
“The great test of life is obedience to God. “We will prove them herewith,” said the Lord, “to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them” (Abr. 3:25). The great task of life is to learn the will of the Lord and then do it. The great commandment of life is to love the Lord. “Come unto Christ,” exhorts Moroni in his closing testimony, “… and love God with all your might, mind and strength” (Moro. 10:32). This, then, is the first and great commandment: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength (Mark 12:30).”
– Ezra Taft Benson
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children… to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson*
To Succeed In Life:
- Establish principles to guide your life.
- Don’t make exceptions to your standards.
- Be loyal.
- Live so that the Lord can guide you.
- Serve others.
- Don’t complain.
- Always have a Church assignment.
- Worship in the temple.
- Follow the Savior’s example.
“I’m convinced that we can write and live our own scripts more than most people will acknowledge. I also know the price that must be paid. It’s a real struggle to do it. It requires visualization and affirmation. It involves living a life of integrity, starting with making and keeping promises, until the whole human personality, the senses, the thinking, the feeling, and the intuition are ultimately integrated and harmonized.”
– Stephen R. Covey
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance, and, above all confidence in ourselves, we must believe we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
– Marie Curie*
“Our journey through life has periods of both good times and bad. Each presents different challenges. How we learn to adjust to the changes which come along depends on the foundation on which we build. The gospel of our Lord and Savior provides a sure and solid foundation.”
– L. Tom Perry
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: Wow, what a ride!”
– Marjorie Hinckley, via journalist Hunter S. Thompson
“There are few ways in which good people do more harm to those who take them seriously than to defend the gospel with arguments that won’t hold water. Many of the difficulties encountered by young people going to college would be avoided if parents and teachers were more careful to distinguish between what they know to be true and what they think may be true. Impetuous youth, upon finding the authority it trusts crumbling, even on unimportant details, is apt to lump everything together and throw the baby out with the bath.”
– Henry Eyring Sr.
“If not us, who? If not now, when?”
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
– George Bernard Shaw*
“You see, it’s never the environment; it’s never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events – how we interpret them – that shapes who we are today and who we’ll become tomorrow.”
– Tony Robbins*