Let us realize that: the privilege to work is a gift, the power to work is a blessing, the love of work is success!

— David O. Mckay

The most sensational David O. Mckay quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

I'm going to tell you the most important secret of human life.

The most critical need of the human soul is to be kind.


The home is the first and most effective place to learn the lessons of life: truth, honor, virtue, self control, the value of education, honest work, and the purpose and privilege of life. Nothing can take the place of home in rearing and teaching children, and no other success can compensate for failure in the home.


Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.


Find a purpose in life so big it will challenge every capacity to be at your best.


Being a parent is the greatest trust that has been given to human beings.


Happiness and peace will come to earth only as the light of love and human compassion enter the souls of men.


I think it must be apparent to every thinking mind that the noblest of all professions is that of teaching, and that upon the effectiveness of that teaching hangs the destiny of nations.


President David O. McKay (1873-1970) observed that too many couples come to "marriage looking upon the marriage ceremony as the end of courtship instead of the beginning of an eternal courtship. ... Love can be starved to death as literally as the body that receives no sustenance. Love feeds upon kindness and courtesy"


Children are more influenced by sermons you act than by sermons you preach.


Let husband and wife never speak to one another in loud tones,unless the house is on fire.


Happiness consists not of having, but of being. It is a warm glow of the heart at peace with itself.


The rising sun can dispel the darkness of night, but it cannot banish the blackness of malice, hatred, bigotry, and selfishness from the hearts of humanity.


About David O. Mckay

Quotes 144 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Clergyman
Birthday October 16

Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrificing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountains of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life.


True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character.


Seek to share joy with others, or to make somebody else happy, and you will find your own soul radiant with the joy you wished for another.


Every noble impulse, every unselfish expression of love, every surrender of self to something higher than self, every loyalty to an ideal, every fine courage of the soul – by doing good for good’s sake – that is spirituality. –


The Gospel of Jesus Christ can make bad men good and good men better, can alter human nature, and can change human lives.


The most important of life's battles is the one we fight daily in the silent chambers of the soul.


All good things require effort. That which is worth having will cost part of your physical being, your intellectual power and your soul power. Let us ever keep in mind that life is largely what we make it.


Youth need guidance, direction, and proper restraint.

..Parents, too, have a responsibility in this training not to provoke children to wrath. They should be considerate not to irritate by vexatious commands or place unreasonable blame. Whenever possible they should give encouragement rather than remonstrance or reproof.


Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give.


… The most worthy calling in life is that in which man can serve best his fellow man. … The noblest aim in life is to strive to live to make other lives better and happier.


True happiness comes only by making others happy—the practical application of the Savior's doctrine of losing one's life to gain it. In short, the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit, that makes our hearts glow in brotherly love and friendship and prompts us to kind deeds of service.


The first contributing factor to a happy home is the sublime virtue of loyalty, one of the noblest attributes of the human soul.


Man's earthly existence is but a test as to whether he will concentrate his efforts, his mind, his soul upon things which contribute to the comfort and gratification of his physical instincts and passions, or whether he will make as his life's end and purpose the acquisition of spiritual qualities


There are seeds of happiness in every soul.

Our mental attitude and dispositions constitute the environment in which these seeds germinate. There is as much need for sunshine in our heart as for sunshine in the world. Today, as perhaps never before, mankind needs encouragement and cheer.


Only to the extent that men desire peace and brotherhood can the world be made better. No peace even though temporarily obtained, will be permanent, whether to individuals or nations, unless it is built upon the solid foundation of eternal principles.


Character is the aim of true education;

and science, history, and literature are but means used to accomplish this desired end.


Do your duty, that is best; leave unto the Lord the rest.


It is possible to make home a bit of heaven;

indeed, I picture heaven to be a continuation of the ideal home


To be ignorant of one's own ignorance is to be in an unprogressive, uninspired state of existence.


He who harbors hatred and bitterness injures himself far more than the one towards whom he manifests these evil propensities.


The best means of preaching the gospel is by personal contact.


Anger itself does more harm than the condition which aroused anger.


Music is truly the universal language, and when it is excellently expressed how deeply it moves our souls


I repeat that no greater immediate responsibility rests upon members of the Church, upon all citizens of this republic and of neighboring republics than to protect the freedom vouchsafed by the Constitution of the United States.


Wisdom is the right application of knowledge;

and true education...is the application of knowledge to the development of a noble and Godlike character.


What you think about when you don't have to think, shows what you really are.


No other success [in life] can compensate for failure in the home.


There are seeds of happiness planted in every human soul.

Our mental attitude and disposition constitute the environment in which these seeds may germinate.


Man is a spiritual being, a soul, and at some period of his life everyone is possessed with an irresistible desire to know his relationship to the Infinite. . . . There is something within him which urges him to rise above himself, to control his environment, to master the body and all things physical and live in a higher and more beautiful world.


Pleasure is not the purpose of man's existence. Joy is.


True education seeks to make men and women not only good mathematicians, proficient linguists, profound scientists, or brilliant literary lights, but also honest men and women with virtue, temperance, and brotherly love.


Among the immediate obligations and duties resting upon members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today, and one of the most urgent and pressing for attention and action of all liberty loving people, is the preservation of individual liberty.


As precious as life itself is our heritage of individual freedom, for man's free agency is a God-given gift.


The greatest need in the world today is faith in God and courage to do His will.


Next to being one in worshipping God there is nothing in this world upon which the Church should be more united that in upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States


The united, well-ordered American home is one of the greatest contributing factors to the preservation of the Constitution of the United States.


The purpose of the church is to make bad men good and good men better.