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I love to find quotes as I’m reading, and I make a note of them. I’ve compiled some of my favorites here in random order.

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

John Adams

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affection and the truth of imagination.

John Keats

[Observing the] Sabbath is therefore a declaration of our freedom. It means you are not a slave – not to your culture’s expectations, your family’s hopes, your medical school’s demands, not even to your own insecurities. To practice Sabbath is a disciplined and faithful way to remember that you are not the one who keeps the world running, who provides for your family, not even the one who keeps your work projects moving forward. How easy it is to fall prey to the temptation to believe that [we] alone are holding up our corner of creation.

Tim Keller

Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.

Charles Schulz

We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that the [savage] has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter.

Mark Twain

The word religion literally means ‘to ligate again’ or ‘to tie back’ to God. The question we might ask ourselves is, are we securely tied to God so that our faith shows, or are we actually tied to something else?

President Russell M. Nelson

When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

A person may profit by noticing the first intimation of the spirit of revelation; for instance, when you feel pure intelligence flowing into you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas, … those things that were presented unto your minds by the Spirit of God, will come to pass; and thus by learning the Spirit of God and understanding it, you may grow into the principle of revelation, until you become perfect in Christ Jesus.

Joseph Smith

Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high. They can become the key to open the channel to communion with our Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

Richard G. Scott

The nature of God’s word is, that whosoever reads it will begin immediately to make him every day better and better, til he has grown into a perfect man.

William Tyndale

My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Paul, Second Corinthians, 12:9

Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It’s unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don’t have to try.

Peggy Noonan

He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

1: Whatever the work is, do it well—not for the boss but for yourself, 2: You make the job; it doesn’t make you, 3: Your real life is with us, your family, 4:You are not the work you do; you are the person you are. I have worked for all sorts of people since then, geniuses and morons, quick-witted and dull, bighearted and narrow. I’ve had many kinds of jobs, but since that conversation with my father I have never considered the level of labor to be the measure of myself, and I have never placed the security of a job above the value of home.

Toni Morrison

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.

Aeschylus

I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.

President George Washington

​But ​​​sanctify​ the Lord God in your hearts: and ​be​ ready always to ​give​ ​​​an answer​ to every man that asketh you a reason of the ​​​hope​ that is in you with ​​​meekness​ and ​​​fear

1 Peter 3:15

In America it doesn’t matter where you came from, it matters where you are going.

Condoleezza Rice

Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth- in a word, to know himself- so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.

Pope John Paul II

It is certainly desirable to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.

Plutarch

In both parties there are fools at one end and crackpots at the other, but the great body in the middle is sound and wise.

Winston Churchill

To one with faith, no explanation is needed; to one without, no explanation is possible.

Thomas Aquinas

The power is in the balance: we are our injuries, as much as we are our successes.

Barbara Kingsolver

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.

Epictetus

The purpose of the cult was not to convince or persuade, but to sow confusion, destroy common sense, enforce obedience, isolate individuals and crush their dignity. People had to self-censor and in turn they monitored others, denouncing those who failed to appear sufficiently sincere in their professions of loyalty. No one knew who believed what.

History Today, October 2019, "The Great Dictators"

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

Rumi

The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.

Russell M. Nelson

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust

With gratitude, optimism becomes sustainable.

Michael J. Fox

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln

Too many go about their lives thinking they are of little worth when, in reality, they are elegant and eternal creatures of infinite value with potential beyond imagination.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

To sit at one’s table on a sunny morning, with four clear hours of uninterruptible security, plenty of nice white paper, and a Squeezer (fountain) pen — that is true happiness.

Winston Churchill

‘Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me,’ declared Martin Luther boldly, though threatened and persecuted. Luther stood for the responsibility of the individual and the rights of the individual conscience, and this he did at the imminent risk of his life.

Martin Luther

Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there.

President Andrew Jackson, about his wife Rachel Donelson

So let us begin anew—remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is subject to proof.

John F. Kennedy

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Those who have passed on are as deeply interested in our welfare today, if not with greater capacity, with far more interest behind the veil, than they were in the flesh… They see us, they are solicitous for our welfare, they loves us now more than ever.

Joseph F. Smith

True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the Gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.

Boyd K. Packer

Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.

2 Nephi 32:3 (Book of Mormon)

The government is not your salvation. The government is not your road to prosperity. Hard work, education will take you far beyond what any government program can ever promise.

Mia Love

How much larger your life would be if your self could become smaller in it… You would break out of this tiny and tawdry theatre in which your own little plot is always played, and you would find yourself under a freer sky, in a street full of splendid strangers.

G.K. Chesterton