David O. McKay Quotes

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David O. McKay Quotes

As precious as life itself is our heritage of individual freedom, for mans free agency is a God-given gift. In sensing our responsibility to preserve it for ourselves and our posterity, let students and patriotic people ever keep in mind the warning voice of James Russell Lowell proclaiming: Our American republic will endure only as long as the ideas of the men who founded it continue dominant.
There is a crying need today to have this truth heralded throughout the land that youth especially may appreciate and hold the freedom of the individual as sacred as did our revolutionary fathers
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Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.

— David O. McKay

A man may possess a profound knowledge of history and mathematics; he may be an authority in psychology, biology, or astronomy; he may know all the discovered truths pertaining to geology and natural science; but if he has not with this knowledge that nobility of soul which prompts him to deal justly with his fellow men, to practice virtue and holiness in his personal life, he is not truly an educated man.
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.

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The purpose of the gospel is to make bad men good and good men better, and to change human nature.

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Each one of us is the architect of his own fate; and he is unfortunate indeed who will try to build himself without the inspiration of God, without realizing that he grows from within, not from without.

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Choose your mate not alone for physical attraction, but for congenial and spiritual companionship.

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True education is awakening a love for truth ... opening the eyes of the soul to the great purpose and end of life.

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True motherhood is the noblest call of the world, and we look with sorrow upon the practice here in our own United States of limiting families, a tendency creeping into our own Church.

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No greater responsibility can rest upon a man, than to be a teacher of God's children

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Be thankful that sometimes God lets you struggle for a long time before that answer comes. Your character will grow; your faith will increase. There is a relationship between these two: the greater your faith, the stronger your character, and increased character enhances your ability to exercise even greater faith.

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As individuals, we must think nobler thoughts. We must not encourage vile thoughts or low aspirations. We shall radiate them if we do. If we think noble thoughts, if we encourage and cherish noble aspirations, there will be that radiation when we meet people, especially when we associate with them.

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The peril of this century is spiritual apathy. As the body requires sunlight, good food, proper exercise and rest, so the spirit of man requires the sunlight of the Holy Spirit; proper exercise of the spiritual functions; the avoiding of evils that affect spiritual health, that are more ravaging in their effects than typhoid fever, pneumonia, or other diseases that attack the body.

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True liberty in individuals consists in the enjoying of every right that will contribute to one's peace and happiness, so long as the exercise of such a privilege does not interfere with the same privilege in others.

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I wish to emphasize the fact that our homes should be more attractive and that more of our amusements should be in the home instead of the streets.

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That home is most beautiful in which you find each person striving to serve the other.

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Thoughts that most frequently occupy the mind determine a man's course of action.

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The greatest spiritual blessing comes from helping another.

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