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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Inspiring Thoughts

"I challenge the homes of Israel to display on their walls great quotations and pictures from the Book of Mormon."

President Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference, October 1988

"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."

President Gordon B. Hinckley

"It is our privilege to store our memories with good and great thoughts and bring them out...of our minds at will."

President Ezra Taft Benson

"(We) need to grow constantly, to stretch the mind, to enlarge understanding, to be nurtured by the thoughts of great men and women of all ages."

President Gordon B. Hinckley

"Identify heroes and heroines: Bring into the home pictures and words of famous people of character. Think great thoughts. Consider having a hero of the week to feature. Also remember heroic people that the children have contact with on a regular basis that they can look up to."

Ethna R. Reid, director of the Examplary Center for Reading Instruction and of the Reid School

"The short sayings of wise and good men are of great value, like the dust of gold and the sparks of diamonds."


"Start every day with an inspiring thought."


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


"Great thoughts left unread are like fruitful seeds left unplanted."

"It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts."

Robert H. Schuller

"Let your children be exposed to great minds, great ideas, everlasting truth, and those things which will build and motivate for good."

—President Gordon B. Hinckley - First Presidency Message - Ensign, June 1985

Over the years I have enjoyed collecting gems of wisdom from movies and musicals. I always have with me a pen and a piece of paper so that I can write down any quotes I might find worthwhile. I have quite a collection.

On one occasion some years ago I was watching the animated movie The Lion King with a few of my grandchildren. I took many notes, for I found lessons there. That which I desire to share with you is an exchange which takes place between a grown-up Simba and the spirit of his departed father, Mufasa, as Simba is doubting himself and his destiny. Says Mufasa's spirit, "Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. . . . Remember who you are. . . . Remember."

Thomas S. Monson - "Be a Light to the World" - BYU Devotional

"So, as someone else has counseled, I would urge you students not to let a day pass without contact with the best literature of the world.

"Worm yourselves into the minds of the great thinkers, walk in the footsteps of the intellectual giants who have gone before, and mark well the behavior of those who have invented, discovered, and mined the streams of knowledge."  

Carlos E. Asay “It Might Have Been” – BYU Devotional, Nov. 14, 1995