Pride

LDS Quotes on Pride

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Pride is a switch that turns off priesthood power. Humility is a switch that turns it on.”

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf  |  "Pride and the Priesthood"

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“We feel innately there should be a correlation between our worth and our reward. Before we can even put language to the intuitive concepts we feel, we sense a value we learn to call ‘fairness’…If we resent it when others receive more than their just desserts, it may be because we feel that our happiness is somehow compromised, cheapened, diluted, if our reward isn’t greater than the other, undeserving, person’s. This is in fact selfishness masquerading as high-minded virtue.”

Terryl and Fiona Givens  |  "The Christ Who Heals"

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“A zero-sum game is one in which there is a fixed number of resources, and one can only acquire more if someone else receives less. Any benefit won by me can only come at a cost to you…

“Happiness is not a zero-sum game, but our telestial instincts lead us to act and think as if it were. Human psychology seems indelibly conditioned to measure our well-being by comparison with our neighbor. To a disappointing degree, we assess our own happiness by measuring our conditions and circumstances against those of others. What makes me feel rich or fortunate or successful is not an absolute quantity; it is more often the sense that I am richer or more fortunate or more successful than my neighbor or colleague.”

Terryl and Fiona Givens  |  "The Christ Who Heals"

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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.

CS Lewis  |  Mere Christianity

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“The root of all evil is not money, but the love of money.”

Elder Dallin H. Oaks

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“Christ wants to lift us to where He is. Do we desire to do the same for others?”

Ezra Taft Benson

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“Pride adversely affects all our relationships—our relationship with God and His servants, between husband and wife, parent and child, employer and employee, teacher and student, and all mankind. Our degree of pride determines how we treat our God and our brothers and sisters. Christ wants to lift us to where He is. Do we desire to do the same for others?”

Ezra Taft Benson  |  “Beware of Pride,” Ensign, May 1989

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Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church

“Remaining true to our Christian principles is the only way divine influence can help us. The Spirit has a near impossible task to get through to a heart that is filled with hate or anger or vengeance or self-pity.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

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Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church

“Envy is a mistake that just keeps on giving. Obviously we suffer a little when some misfortune befalls us, but envy requires us to suffer all good fortune that befalls everyone we know! What a bright prospect that is—downing another quart of pickle juice every time anyone around you has a happy moment!”1

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  |  Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Laborers in the Vineyard,” Ensign, May 2012, 31–32.

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“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

Theodore Roosevelt

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