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All Packet 7 Quotes (PDFs and Docs) - Alphabetical Order

All Packet 7 Quotes (PDFs and Docs) - Numerical Order

l. "A friend is a present you give yourself."

-Robert Louis Stevenson

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2. "A Mission will be the best two years FOR your life!"

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3. "Anger is just a letter short of DANGER."

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4. "Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter."

-English Clergyman Edwin Paxton Hood, The New Dictionary of Thoughts-

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5. "Be content with your lot--one cannot be first in everything."


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6. "Blessed is he who forgives without remembering and who receives forgiveness without forgetting."

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7. "Conversion requires consecrating our lives to caring and serving others who need our help and to sharing our gifts and talents..."

-Elder Robert D. Hales, Gen. Conf., April, 1997

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8. "Discipline what you allow your eyes to see, your ears to hear, your mouth to speak, and your hands to touch."

-Elder Rulon G. Craven, CR April, 1996, p. l06

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9. "Don't be a carbon copy of someone else--Make your own impression."

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10. "Education in virtue is the only education which deserves the name."

-Plato, Laws, p. 643-44

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11. "For now, consecration may not require giving up worldly possessions so much as being less possessed by them."

-Elder Neal Maxwell, Gen. Conf., Oct. 1992

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12. "For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: 'It might have been!'"

-John Greenleaf Whittier, Maude Muller, 1856, st. 53-

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13. "Giving is the secret of a healthy life...not necessarily money, but whatever a man has of encouragement and sympathy and understanding."

-John D. Rockefeller-

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14. "God does not begin by asking us about our ability, but only about our availability, and if we then prove our dependability, he will increase our capability!"

-Neal A. Maxwell, "It's Service, not Status, That Counts," Ensign, July 1975

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15. "Hang on the walls of your mind the memory of your successes. Take counsel of your strength, not your weakness. Think of the good jobs you have done. For whenever excellence is recounted, it is increased."

-Sterling W. Sill-

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16. "...he alone is great and happy who requires neither to command nor to obey in order to secure being of some importance in the world."

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) Gotz Von Berlichingen (1773)

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17. "If a man does not control his temper, it is a sad admission that he is not in control of his thoughts. He then becomes a victim of his own passions and emotions, which lead him to actions that are totally unfit for civilized behavior, let alone behavior for a priesthood holder."

-President Ezra Taft Benson, CR, Oct. 1986-

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18. "If people spent as much time praying as they do grumbling, they would soon have nothing to grumble about."

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19. "If you want your neighbor to see what the Christ spirit will do for him, let him see what it has done for you."

-Henry Ward Beecher-

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20. "In so far as you approach temptation to a man, you do him an injury; and if he is overcome, you share his guilt."

-Samuel Johnson-

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21. "It is the DOING, not just the KNOWING that counts."

-Elder Henry B. Eyring-

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22. "Let us look for the good rather than try to discover any hidden evil. We can easily find fault in others if that is what we are looking for."

-President N. Eldon Tanner-

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23. "Live Simply--so others may Simply Live."

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24. "Go gladden the lonely, the dreary; Go comfort the weeping, the weary; Go scatter kind deeds on your way. Oh, make the world brighter today!"

-Mrs. Frank A. Breck-

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25. Malcom Muggeridge speaks of his changing perspective: "Now, the prospect of death overshadows all others. I am like a man on a sea voyage nearing his destination. When I embarked I worried about having a cabin with a porthole, (and) whether I should be asked to sit at the captain's table, who were the more attractive and important passengers. All such considerations become pointless (because now) I shall soon be disembarking."

-Book: Things Past, 1979, p. 166-

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26. "Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace."

-Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 361-

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27. "Much of the sorrow and distress that is afflicting...mankind is traceable to the fact that they have ignored (God's) admonition to keep the Sabbath day holy."

-Pres. George Albert Smith, CR Oct. 1935, p. 120; quoted by Elder Ear. C. Tingey, CR April, 1996, p. 13.

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28. "Obedience to counsel will keep you on the safe side of life."

-Boyd K. Packer, CR Apr. 1996, p.22

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29. "People are like stained glass windows. They glow and sparkle when it is sunny and bright; but when the sun goes down their true beauty is revealed--only if there is a light from within."

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30. "Pray as if everything depended on the Lord, then Work as if everything depended on YOU."

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31. "Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, One for helping yourself, the other for helping others."

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32. Senator Robert Byrd has said: "If we in this nation continue to sow the images of murder, violence, drug abuse,...perversion, (and) pornography... before the eyes of millions..., year after year and day after day, we should not be surprised if the foundations of our society rot away as if from leprosy."

-BYU Speeches, 1993-94, p. 57-

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33. "Some have suffered death to make it possible for us to have the scriptures today. At times laws even prohibited the public or private reading of them. What a marvelous blessing we have to not only possess the most complete collection of scripture in history, but also to have the freedom to search and to use them!"

-Elder L. Lionel Kendrick-

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34. "Someone has said that it's good to have money and the things that money can buy--but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure we haven't lost the things that money can't buy."

-Mary Ellen Edmunds, BYU Speeches 1995-96, p. 88-

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35. "The Book of Mormon lists the attitudes that God 'despiseth': 'The wise, and the learned, and they that are rich, who are puffed up because of their learning, and their wisdom, and their riches' (2 Nephi 9:42). What God despiseth is not wisdom, learning, or riches, but the attitude of him who is 'puffed up because of them.' The evil is in the attitude, which is the pride of self-satisfaction."

-Dallin H. Oaks-

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36. "The greatest help you will ever have in this life is the Holy Ghost! Cultivate him as a friend and constant companion."

-Sis. Barbara W. Winder, BYU Speeches 1989-90, p. 106-

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37. "The greatest reward is not what we receive for our labor, but what we become by it."

-John Ruskin-

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38. "The greatness of a man can nearly always be measured by his willingness to be kind."

-George W. Young-

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39. "Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace."

-Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Essay of Man, Epistle II, line 217

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40. "We are poor in character when we think getting by is a substitute for doing our best."

-Marvin J. Ashton, BYU Devotional-

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