Character

LDS Quotes on Character

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will find out that he can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace.”

Ezra Taft Benson  |  The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 361

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Joseph Smith Portrait

“Happiness consists not of having, but of being – not of possessing, but of enjoying. . . . For what a man has he may be dependent upon others; what he is rests with him alone. What he obtains in life is but acquisition; what he attains is true growth.”

Joseph Smith

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“Decisions of character are made by remembering the right order of the first and second great commandments.”

Lynn G. Robbins

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Richard G. Scott Portrait

“Real joy comes from righteous character, and that is built from a pattern of consistent righteous decisions. When the things that you acquire are used as tools to help others, they won’t rule your life. Your righteous decisions determine who you are and what is important to you. They make doing the right things easier. For happiness now and throughout your life, steadfastly obey the Lord, no matter what pressure you feel to do otherwise.”

Richard G. Scott  |  "Making the Right Decisions"

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“Character is the aim of true education; and science, history, and literature are but means used to accomplish the desired end. Character is not the result of chance work but of continuous right thinking and right acting. . . . True education seeks, then to make men and women not only good mathematicians, proficient linguists, profound scientists, or brilliant literary lights, but also honest men, combined with virtue, temperance, and brotherly love — men and women who prize truth, justice, wisdom, benevolence, and self-control as the choicest acquisitions of a successful life. . . It is regrettable, not to say deplorable, that modern education so little emphasizes these fundamental elements of true character. The principal aim of many of our schools and colleges seems to be to give the students purely intellectual attainments and to give but passing regard to the nobler and more necessary development along moral lines.”

David O. McKay  |  Gospel Ideals p. 440-441

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“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

Abraham Lincoln

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Joseph Smith Portrait

“If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves.”

Joseph Smith  |  Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Chapter 2

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“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.”

Mother Teresa  |  “Anyway”

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Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church
“Yes, life has its problems and yes, there are negative things to face, but please accept one of Elder Holland’s maxims for living: No misfortune is so bad that whining about it won’t make it worse.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  |  "Broken Things to Mend"

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“All of man’s miseries come from his incapacity to sit alone in an empty, quiet room.”

Blaise Pascal

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