Gordon B Hinckley Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 Except the Lord Build the House … , Ensign, June 1971
1. True love is not so much a matter of romance as it is a matter of anxious concern for the well being of one’s companion.
#2 Forgiveness, Liahona, Nov 2005, 81–84
2. Somehow forgiveness, with love and tolerance, accomplishes miracles that can happen in no other way.
#3 To the Women of the Church, October 2003
3. Aim high, but do not aim so high that you totally miss the target. What really matters is that he will love you, that he will respect you, that he will honor you, that he will be absolutely true to you, that he will give you freedom of expression and let you fly in the development of your own talents. He is not going to be perfect, but if he is kind and thoughtful, if he knows how to work and earn a living, if he is honest and full of faith, the chances are that you will not go wrong, that you will be immensely happy.
#4 If Thou Art Faithful, Ensign, Nov. 1984, 92
4. 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.
5. The remedy for most marital stress is not in divorce. It is in repentance and forgiveness, in sincere expressions of charity and service. It is not in separation. It is in simple integrity that leads a man and a woman to square up their shoulders and meet their obligations. It is found in the Golden Rule, a time-honored principle that should first and foremost find expression in marriage.
6. There is nothing as energizing, as confidence-building, as sustaining as the power of love. How substantial is its influence on the human mind and heart! How great and magnificent is its power in overcoming fear and doubt, worry and discouragement!
#7 Each a Better Person, October 2002
7. … we must work at our responsibility as parents as if everything in life counted on it, because in fact everything in life does count on it.
#8 And the Greatest of These Is Love, Tambuli, Aug 1984, 1
8. Love is of the very essence of life. It is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is more than the end of the rainbow. Love is at the beginning also, and from it springs the beauty that arches across the sky on a stormy day. Love is the security for which children weep, the desire of youth, the cement that binds marriage, and the smoothing oil that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through death. How rich are those who enjoy it in their associations with family, friends, church, and neighbors.
#9 Save the Children, October 1994
9. My plea—and I wish I were more eloquent in voicing it—is a plea to save the children. Too many of them walk with pain and fear, in loneliness and despair. Children need sunlight. They need happiness. They need love and nurture. They need kindness and refreshment and affection. Every home, regardless of the cost of the house, can provide an environment of love which will be an environment of salvation.
#10 The Marriage That Endures, April 1974
10. How sweet is the assurance, how comforting is the peace that come from the knowledge that if we marry right and live right, our relationship will continue, notwithstanding the certainty of death and the passage of time. Men may write love songs and sing them. They may yearn and hope and dream. But all of this will be only a romantic longing unless there is an exercise of authority that transcends the powers of time and death.
#11 I Believe, Ensign, August 1992, 6
11. Marriage, in its truest sense, is a partnership of equals, with neither exercising dominion over the other, but, rather, with each encouraging and assisting the other in whatever responsibilities and aspirations he or she might have.
#12 Let Love Be the Lodestar of Your Life, April 1989
12. Love is like the Polar Star. In a changing world, it is a constant. It is of the very essence of the gospel. It is the security of the home. It is the safeguard of community life. It is a beacon of hope in a world of distress.
#13 And the Greatest of These Is Love, March 1984
13. Love is the only force that can erase the differences between people, that can bridge chasms of bitterness.
#14 The Women in Our Lives, October 2004
14. In our old age my beloved companion said to me quietly one evening, “You have always given me wings to fly, and I have loved you for it.”
#15 Life’s Obligations, February 1999
15. Choose a companion of your own faith. You are much more likely to be happy. Choose a companion you can always honor, you can always respect, one who will complement you in your own life, one to whom you can give your entire heart, your entire love, your entire allegiance, your entire loyalty.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Gordon Bitner Hinckley (June 23, 1910 – January 27, 2008) was a religious leader and author who served as the 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from March 12, 1995 until his death. Considered a prophet, seer, and revelator by church members, Hinckley was the oldest person to preside over the church in its history.
Sayings by Gordon B. Hinckley
#1 Grab Life by the Horns, June 2003
1. I would like to suggest to you that you ‘grab life by the horns’ and do not let life grab you by the horns. You take control of your lives. … Do not let life control you. … Take charge. Rise to the divinity that is within you.
#2 We Have a Work to Do, April 1995
2. May we go with determination to try a little harder to be a little better.
#3 Words of the Prophet: Forget Yourself and Serve, New Era, Jul 2006, 2–5
3. By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.
#4 Priesthood Session of Jordan Utah South Regional Conference, March 1, 1997
4. It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. If you do your best, it will all work out.
#5 Live Up to Your Inheritance, October 1983
5. You have not failed until you have quit trying, and please remember that your example in your home will be a more persuasive sermon than will any other kind of preachment.
6. I do not wish to convey the idea that as children we read extensively in our father’s books. But they provided an environment. We saw our father and mother read, and they read to us. It did something of an indefinable nature. It gave us a familiarity with good books. We felt at home and at ease with them. They were not strangers to us. They were as friends, willing to give to us if we were willing to make a little effort.
#7 Be Not Afraid, Only Believe, CES Fireside for Young Adults, September 9, 2001
7. I come to you tonight with a plea that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I am suggesting that as we go through life we try to “accentuate the positive.” I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment virtue and effort.
#8-9 How Can I Become the Woman of Whom I Dream? Ensign, May 2001, 93
8. You can be excellent in every way. You can be first class. There is no need for you to be a scrub. Respect yourself. Do not feel sorry for yourself. Do not dwell on unkind things others may say about you.
9. Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great and strong purpose in your heart.
#10 A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth, January 2001
10. … be grateful, be smart, be clean, be true, be humble, be prayerful.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. No matter how old we become, we can acquire knowledge and use it. We can gather wisdom and profit from it. We can grow and progress and improve-and, in the process, strengthen the lives of those within our circle of influence.
#14 News of the Church, March 2007
14. Don’t make the kinds of mistakes that will bring regret. You can be wise and happy or stupid and miserable. The choice is yours.
#15 Four Simple Things to Help Our Families and Our Nations, September 1996
15. If we could follow a slogan that says, “Turn off the TV and open a good book,” we would do something of substance in strengthening another generation.
#16 Farewell to a Prophet, Ensign, July 1994
16. … without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. There must be labor, incessant and constant, if there is to be a harvest.
#17 These Noble Pioneers, 2 February 1997
17. You never plow a field by turning it over in your mind. You have to put your hands to the handles of the plow and walk forward. It is easier now, but the principle is the same. There must be work, and what a great and wonderful blessing that is.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. Being humble does not mean being weak. It means being teachable. It does not require us to be trampled upon. It means acknowledging where our strengths and abilities come from. It also means recognizing that we are not here on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.
21. None of us will become perfect in a day or a month or a year. We will not accomplish it in a lifetime, but we can begin now, starting with our more obvious weaknesses and gradually converting them to strengths as we go forward with our lives. This quest may be a long one; in fact, it will be lifelong.
22. Imagine how our own families, let alone the world, would change if we vowed to keep faith with one another, strengthen one another, look for and accentuate the virtues in one another, and speak graciously concerning one another. Imagine the cumulative effect if we treated each other with respect and acceptance, if we willingly provided support. Such interactions practiced on a small scale would surely have a rippling effect throughout our homes and communities and, eventually, society at large.
23. I commend to all the virtues of industry and thrift, which I believe go hand in hand. The labor and thrift of the people make a nation, a community, or a family strong. Work and thrift make the family independent.
24. It is possible to be honest every day. It is possible to live so that others can trust us – can trust our words, our motives, and our actions. Our examples are vital to those who sit at our feet as well as those who watch from a distance. Our own constant self-improvement will become as a polar star to those within our individual spheres of influence. They will remember longer what they saw in us than what they heard from us. Our attitude, our point of view, can make a tremendous difference.
#25 Motherhood: A Heritage of Faith, 1995, 9
25. I feel to invite women everywhere to rise to the great potential within you. I do not ask that you reach beyond your capacity. I hope you will not nag yourselves with thoughts of failure. I hope you will not try to set goals far beyond your capacity to achieve. I hope you will simply do what you can do in the best way you know. If you do so, you will witness miracles come to pass.
#26 Caesar, Circus, or Christ? Brigham Young University Speeches of the Year, 26 October 1965
26. It is not so much the major events as the small day-to-day decisions that map the course of our living. … Our lives are, in reality, the sum total of our seemingly unimportant decisions and of our capacity to live by those decisions.
#27 Twitter, 5 October 2016
27. The cause of most of man’s unhappiness is sacrificing what he wants most for what he wants now.
#28 Remarks at the Inauguration of President Cecil O. Samuelson, September 09, 2003
28. Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better.
#29-30 I Believe, August 1992
29. 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.
30. I believe in the principle that I can make a difference in this world. It may be ever so small. But it will count for the greater good. The goodness of the world in which we live is the accumulated goodness of many small and seemingly inconsequential acts.
#31 Standing Strong and Immovable, Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting, 10 January 2004
31. I have been quoted as saying, ‘Do the best you can.’ But I want to emphasize that it be the very best. We are too prone to be satisfied with mediocre performance. We are capable of doing so much better.
#32 Our Responsibility to Our Young Women, September 1988
32. When we save a girl, we save generations. No one can foretell the consequences of faithfulness in the life of a young woman.
#33 Stalwart and Brave He Stands, June 1995
33. Be believing. Be happy. Don’t get discouraged. Things will work out.
#34-35 We Bear Witness of Him, April 1998
34. Our kindness may be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe.
35. We can respect other religions, and must do so. We must recognize the great good they accomplish. We must teach our children to be tolerant and friendly toward those not of our faith.
#36-38 The Quest for Excellence, September 1999
36. Let us all try to stand a little taller, rise a little higher, be a little better. Make the extra effort. You will be happier. You will know a new satisfaction, a new gladness in your heart.
37. I plead with you: don’t be a scrub! Rise to the high ground of spiritual, mental, and physical excellence. You can do it. You may not be a genius. You may be lacking in some skills. But so many of us can do better than we are now doing.
38. Your marriage will not be excellent if it is marred with argument, if it is filled with disrespect one for another, if there is any lack of loyalty or devotion to one another. Cherish your spouse as the greatest possession of your life and treat him or her accordingly. Make it your constant goal to add to the happiness and comfort of your companion. Never permit yourself to let down in your affection, or your respect, or your faith in one another. Be excellent in every way.
#39 Ensign, Apr. 1986, 4–5
39. There are occasionally hard days for each of us. Do not despair. Do not give up. Look for the sunlight through the clouds. Opportunities will eventually open to you.
#40 Slow to Anger, October 2007
40. So many of us make a great fuss of matters of small consequence. We are so easily offended. Happy is the man who can brush aside the offending remarks of another and go on his way.
#41 Whosoever Will Save His Life, Tambuli, Feb 1983, 1
41. There is nothing that dulls a personality so much as a negative outlook.
#42 Stand True and Faithful, Ensign, May 1996, 91
42. In all of living have much of fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.
#43 Each a Better Person, October 2002
43. There is room for improvement in every life. Regardless of our occupations, regardless of our circumstances, we can improve ourselves and while so doing have an effect on the lives of those about us.
#44 First talk as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April 3, 1995
44. There is so great a need for civility and mutual respect among those of differing beliefs and philosophies. We must not be partisans of any doctrine of ethnic superiority. We live in a world of diversity. We can and must be respectful toward those with whose teachings we may not agree. We must be willing to defend the rights of others who may become the victims of bigotry.
45. Civility carries with it the essence of courtesy, politeness, and consideration of others. All of the education and accomplishments in the world will not count for much unless they are accompanied by marks of gentility, of respect for others, of going the extra mile.
46. The learning process is endless. We must read, we must observe, we must assimilate, and we must ponder that to which we expose our minds. I believe in the evolution of the mind, the heart, and the soul of humanity. I believe in improvement. I believe in growth. There is nothing quite as invigorating as being able to evaluate and then solve a difficult problem, to grapple with something that seems unsolvable and then find a resolution.
47. The virtues of forgiveness and mercy must frequently be exercised together. Because we live in a world where there is much harshness, hostility, and meanness, there is also much need for all of us to be more merciful.