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Packet 3


All Packet 3 Quotes (PDFs and Docs) - Alphabetical Order

All Packet 3 Quotes (PDFs and Docs) - Numerical Order

1. "A drop of ink may make a million think."


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2. "A winner paces himself; a loser has only two speeds: hysterical and lethargic."

-Sydney J. Harris-

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3. "All through the ages prophets have looked down through the corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on us. Make no mistake about it...this is a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short time than there is of us."

-President Ezra Taft Benson-

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4. "An important key to being loyal to your mate after marriage is to be faithful to your future mate before marriage."

-Zig Ziglar-

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5. Arnold Bennett described concentration as: "the power to dictate to the brain its task and insure its obedience."

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6. "By taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing over it, he is superior."

-Francis Bacon-

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7. Challenge For the Week: Each day this week, choose one person in your family to pray for. Think about that person's needs, problems, hopes, fears. Pray for his/her growth, happiness, and righteous desires. Express your gratitude and love to and for that person.

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8. "Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed."

-Cavett Robert-

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9. "CONFIDENCE is a subtle thing. It is built slowly and can be easily and quickly shaken."

-George Humphreys-

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l0. "Do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy."

-2 Nephi 9:51-

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11. "DOING beats stewing!"

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12. "Failure is an event, not a person."

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13. "Failure itself can be a success if 3 questions are answered: 1. What happened? 2. What caused it? 3. What can I learn from this experience?

-H. Stephen Glenn, speaker and Youth Advocate-

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14. "For every worry under the sun, There is a remedy or there is none. If there be one, hurry and find it. If there be none, then never mind it."

-LeGrand Richards-

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15. "For of him unto whom much is given, much is required; and he who sins against the greater light shall receive the greater condemnation."

-D C 82:3-

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16. I Didn't Speak Up: "In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me."

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17. "I do not intend to read (or watch or listen to) anything I do not wish to remember through eternity."

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18. "I do not know where all of you are going, and I certainly do not know what you will do with your lives, but let me tell you simply this: unless you set aside some portion of your lives to help and serve others less fortunate than yourself, then your lives will not really be happy."

-Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Commencement Address-

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19. "I have a great and compelling sense of gratitude and optimism about the youth of the Church. In saying this, I do not wish to imply that all is well with all of them. There are many who have troubles, and many who live far beneath the high expectations we have concerning them. But even considering these, I have great confidence in our young people as a whole. I regard you as the finest generation in the history of the Church. I compliment you, and I have in my heart a great feeling of love and respect and appreciation for you. 'Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood...'"

-Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley-

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20. "If there is any one thing that will bring peace and contentment into the human heart and into the family, it is to live within our means; and if there is any one thing that is grinding and disheartening, it is to have debts and obligations that one cannot meet."

-Heber J. Grant-

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21. "If you are faced with temptation and choose the temptation, your desire and willingness to do evil will increase. We have to start by doing something good when we don't want to do it. Then our desire and ability to do good will increase. Obedience breeds desire."

-Harold C. Brown, while President of Cottonwood Stake-

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22. "If you think you are beaten-you are. If you think that you dare not-you don't. If you'd like to win, but fear you can't It's fifty to one you won't."

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23. "In all its various expressions, SELFISHNESS is really self- destruction in slow motion!"

-Neal A. Maxwell-

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24. "In an effort to insure my children's tomorrows, I have lost their todays."

-Danny Thomas-

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25. "Instead of dismissing temptations as Jesus did, it is giving heed to them which gets so many in trouble."

-Neal A. Maxwell-

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26. "It should be part of our daily prayers to ask the Lord for constant strength to resist temptation, especially temptations that involve the law of chastity."

-President Ezra Taft Benson-

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27. "Let prayer, night and morning, as a family and as individuals, become a practice in which children grow while yet young. It will bless their lives forever. No parent in this Church can afford to neglect it."

-Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley-

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28. "Life is like an ice cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time."

-Charlie Brown-

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29. "Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working."

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30. "No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakens takes time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest."


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31. "People as well as nations perish without scriptures. The scriptures are spiritual food for our spirit, which is just as important as physical food for our body."

-Elder L. Lionel Kendrick-

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32. "Perhaps any of us could get along with perfect people. But our task is to get along with imperfect people."

-Richard L. Evans-

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33. "Provisional morality always emerges once people desert a basic truth. Such individuals are forever falling back, trying to develop substitute rationales, drawing new lines beyond which they vow they will not be driven, only to abandon these also under the pressure of growing evils."

-Neal A. Maxwell-

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34. "Sin is the real self-sacrifice."

-Lord Avebury-

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35. "Spirituality is not acquired suddenly. It is the succession of right choices. It is the harvest of a righteous life."

-Dallin H. Oaks-

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36. "The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none."


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37. "The key to success in any situation in life is exceeding another's expectations."

-Paul Timm, Book: 51 Ways to Save Your Job-

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38. "The life of self-control is not grievous but joyous when we become accustomed to it. It clears the mind; it strengthens the judgement; it elevates the character. It is the true freedom."

-Benjamin Jowett-

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39. "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."

-Mark Twain-

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40. "The older I grow, the more I enjoy the words of thoughtful writers, ancient and modern, and the savoring of that which they have written."

-Gordon B. Hinckley-

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41. "The world is long on judgement and short on understanding. Judging is easy and self-satisfying. Understanding requires perspective, experience, and empathy."

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42. "There are times when a man should be content with what he has, but never with what he is."

-William George Jordan-

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43. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

-George Santayana-

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44. "Time is much like manna: We can't hoard it. We can't save it. The Lord allots each day its own supply."

-Richard L. Evans-

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45. "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."

-Mark Twain-

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46. "Ultimate human power is not in our possessions, but in our minds."

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47. "We are living in a time when the best of things are on the earth... and the worst of things. Are we taking advantage of the best of things...and staying away from the worst of things?"

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48. "When the time to perform has arrived, the time to prepare has passed."

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49. "You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge one for yourself."

-James Froud-

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