In my ninety-plus years, I have learned a secret. I have learned that when good men and good women face challenges with optimism, things will always work out! Truly, things always work out! Despite how difficult circumstances may look at the moment, those who have faith and move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out.— Gordon B. Hinckley
The most sentimental Gordon B. Hinckley quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is in you must be spread to others.
Being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others
Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others...By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.
You have not failed until you quit trying.
Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.
Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us but cares for us. He is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.
You can be smart and happy or stupid and miserable. . . it's your choice
Keep trying, be believing, be happy. Don't get discouraged, things will work out.
Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great purpose in heart.
Life is to be enjoyed, not endured
The best antidote I know for worry is work.
The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.
The major work of the world is not done by geniuses.
It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.
Gratitude is the beginning of wisdom.
Stated differently, true wisdom cannot be obtained unless it is built on a foundation of true humility and gratitude.
I love the youth of the Church. I have said again and again that I think we have never had a better generation than this. How grateful I am for your integrity, for your ambition to train your minds and your hands to do good work, for your love of the word of the Lord, and for your desire to walk in paths of virtue and truth and goodness.
Never assume that you can make it alone.
You need the help of the Lord. Never hesitate to get on your knees in some private place and speak with Him.
Live today as if you were going to live forever, for you surely shall.
We seldom get into trouble when we speak softly.
It is only when we raise our voices that the sparks fly and tiny molehills become great mountains of contention.
He who lives only unto himself withers and dies, while he who forgets himself in the service of others grows and blossoms.
All the BEAUTY in the earth bears the FINGERPRINT of the master creator” Gordon B. Hinckley
I know your lives are busy. I know that you have much to do. But I make you a promise that if you will go to the house of the Lord, you will be blessed; life will be better for you.
Respect for self is the beginning of cultivating virtue in men and women.
Criticism and pessimism destroy families, undermine institutions of all kinds, defeat nearly everyone, and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations.
We’ve got to have a little humor in our lives.
You had better take seriously that which should be taken seriously but, at the same time, we can bring in a touch of humor now and again. If the time ever comes when we can’t smile at ourselves, it will be a sad time.
Try a little harder to be a little better.
Be believing, be happy, don't get discouraged. Things will work out.
It is not wise, or even possible, to divorce private behavior from public leadership.... By its very nature, true leadership carries with it the burden of being an example.
In all this world there is no substitute for personal integrity.
It includes honor. It includes performance. It includes keeping one's word. It includes doing what is right regardless of the circumstances
Gratitude is the beginning of civility, of decency and goodness, of a recognition that we cannot afford to be arrogant. We should walk with the knowledge that we will need help every step of the way.
Love is like the North Star. In a changing world, it's always constant.
If Life Gets Too Hard To Stand, Kneel.
In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.
The cause of most of man's unhappiness is sacrificing what he wants most for what he wants now.
Though my work may be menial, though my contribution may be small, I can perform it with dignity and offer it with unselfishness. My talents may not be great, but I can use them to bless the lives of others.... The goodness of the world in which we live is the accumulated goodness of many small and seemingly inconsequential acts.
There has come to you as your birthright something beautiful and sacred and divine. Never forget that. Your Eternal Father is the Great master of the Universe. He rules over all, but He also will listen to your prayers as His daughter and hear you as you speak with Him. He will answer your prayers. He will not leave you alone.
Cultivate an attitude of happiness. Cultivate a spirit of optimism. Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine.
In matters of honesty, there are no shortcuts;
no little white lies, or big black lies, only the simple, honest truth spoken in total candor... Being true is different than being honest.
Remember that whatever you do or wherever you are, you are never alone.
I believe that I am a child of God, endowed with a divine birthright.
I believe that there is something of divinity within me and within each of you. I believe that we have a godly inheritance and that it is our responsibility, our obligation, and our opportunity to cultivate and nurture the very best of these qualities within us.
The problem is, I think, that so many of us pray as if we are ordering groceries. We pick up the telephone and say, 'Is this the right place to place my order?' and we proceed right to dictating our order. When we have then ended that list, we hang up.
Gratitude creates the most wonderful feeling.
It can resolve disputes. It can strengthen friendships. And it makes us better men and women.
To me the gospel is not a great mass of theological jargon.
It is a simple and beautiful and logical thing, with one quiet truth following another in orderly sequence. I do not fret over the mysteries. I do not worry whether the heavenly gates swing or slide. I am only concerned that they open.
I know of no other practise which will make one more attractive in conversation than to be well-read in a variety of subjects. There is a great potential within each of us to go on learning. Regardless of our age, unless there be serious illness, we can read, study, drink in the writings of wonderful men and women. It is never too late to learn.
I see a wonderful future in a very uncertain world.
If we will cling to our values, if we will build on our inheritance, if we will walk in obedience before the Lord, if we will simply live the gospel we will be blessed in a magnificent and wonderful way. We will be looked upon as a peculiar people who have found the key to a peculiar happiness.
Happy is the man who can brush aside the offending remarks of another and go on his way.
There is something wonderful about a book.
We can pick it up. We can heft it. We can read it. We can set it down. We can think of what we have read. It does something for us. We can share great minds, great actions, and great undertakings in the pages of a book.
Rise above... cultivate the light you have within you, and it will shine through as a radiant expression that will be seen by others.
The true gospel of Jesus Christ never led to bigotry.
It never led to self-righteousn ess. It never led to arrogance. The true gospel of Jesus Christ leads to brotherhood, to friendship, to appreciation of others, to respect and kindness and love
Stay out of the gutter in your conversation.
Foul talk defiles the man who speaks it... Don't swear. Don't profane. Avoid so-called dirty jokes. Stay away from conversation that is sprinkled with foul and filthy words. You will be happier if you do so, and your example will give strength to others.
There are four pillars to a happy marriage: respect one another as individuals;
(give) soft answers; (practice)financial honesty; (conduct) family prayer.
I forewarn you, this will be a rather long talk.
I am an old man. I do not know how much longer I will live, and so I want to say what I have to say, while I have the strength to say it. ...Having been warned, some of you will wish to get comfortable. Pleasant dreams.
The best thing you can do is just keep busy, keep working hard, so you're not dwelling on it all the time. Work is the best antidote for sorrow.