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All Packet 14 Quotes (PDFs and Docs) - Alphabetical Order

All Packet 14 Quotes (PDFs and Docs) - Numerical Order

1. "A good reputation is more valuable than money." 

Publilius Syrus, God's Little Devotional for Graduates, p. 200

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2. "A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval."

Mark Twain

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3. "A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's."

Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

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4. "A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday."                                    

Alexander Pope

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5. "All the Water in the World"

All the water in the world,
However hard it tried,  
Could never sink the smallest ship  
Unless it gets inside.

And all the evil in the world, 
The blackest kind of sin,      
Can never hurt you the least bit     
Unless you let it in.

Author unknown, "All the Water in the World," in Best-Loved Poems of the LDS People.

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6. "As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say.  I just watch what they do." 

Andrew Carnegie

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7. "Be Yourself----but your Best Self."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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8. "Beware creating fantasies that make us lonely for the things we don't have and blind us to things we do have."

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9. "Can you neglect to pray while there is one who needs the help your prayer can bring?"

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10. "Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness." 

Faith Baldwin

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11. "Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones."

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12. "Choose the reputation you want, then live up to it."

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13. "Choosing Integrity is the best insurance against shame and regret."

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14. "Compete not with another soul, but with your former self."

Boyd K. Packer

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15. "Cultivate a spirit of gladness in your homes.  Subdue and overcome all elements of anger, impatience, and unbecoming talk one to another.  Let the light of the gospel shine in your faces  wherever you go and in whatever you do."

Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Nov. 1984, p. 86)

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16. "Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus."      

Neal Maxwell, 10-92 conf.

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17. "General goodness is no excuse for failing to work on those things which we yet lack. 

Neal A. Maxwell,  April 1995 Gen. Conf.

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18. "God offers us counsel not just for our own safety, but for the safety of His other children, whom we should love.  There are few comforts so sweet as to know that we have been an instrument in the hands of God in leading someone else to safety."          

Henry B. Eyring, April 1997 Gen. Conf.

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19. "Good homes are still the best source of good humans."

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20. "Hands that work are more blessed than Lips that pray."          

Howard W. Hunter

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21. "Hard work spotlights the character of people:  some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all."

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22. "I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday."

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23. "I have learned that it is much easier for the Lord to make a good man or woman smart than to make a smart man or woman good."

Richard N. Williams, BYU Dev., Feb. 1999

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24. "In quiet moments when you think about it, you recognize what is critically important in life and what isn't.  Be wise and don't let good things crowd out those that are essential." 

Richard G. Scott, April 1997 Gen. Conf.

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25. "Ironically, brothers and sisters, the natural man who is so very selfish in so many ordinary ways is strangely unselfish in that he reaches for too few of the things that bring real joy.   He settles for a mess of pottage instead of eternal joy."

Neal Maxwell, Fireside, 3/27/94

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26. "It is not for us to judge those who might be confused or who have not the strength to change.  What they need is our understanding and support."

Hans Ringger - April 1990 Gen. Conf.

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27. "It isn't your position that makes you happy or unhappy... it's your disposition!"

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28. Joshua didn't say: "Choose ye next year whom ye will serve."

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29. "Keep your light shining.  God will put it where it can be seen."

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30. "Keeping the commandments...is at once a demonstration of our intelligence, our knowledge, our character, and our wisdom."

Stephen L. Richards, Oct. 1950 Gen. Conf.

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31. "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."

Albert Einstein

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32. "No man has ever risen to the real stature of spiritual manhood until he has found that it is finer to serve somebody else, than it is to serve himself."

Woodrow Wilson

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33. "Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced." 

James Baldwin

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34. "Self-discipline is doing what you know you should do when you don't want to do it." 

N. Eldon Tanner

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35. "Service is the rent we pay for space on this earth--the bigger the space, the higher the rent." 

Nido Quebin

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36. "There are ears that open mouths."            

Rabbinical Saying (quoted by Wayne Brickey-Inst. class) 

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