Marvin J. Ashton quotes

  • Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Wisdom #Heart #Nursing

  • Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn’t handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Hurt #Differences #Giving

  • If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Love #Relationship #Heart

  • Greatness is best measured by how well an individual responds to the happenings in life that appear to be totally unfair, unreasonable, and undeserved.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Adversity #Greatness #Unfair

  • Sometimes when family members least deserve love, they need it most. Love is not appropriately expressed in threats, accusations, expressions of disappointment, or retaliation. Real love takes time, patience, help, and continuing performances.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Disappointment #Real #Love Is

  • Victories in life come through our ability to work around and over the obstacles that cross our path. We grow stronger as we climb our own mountains.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Motivational #Victory #Mountain

  • Do not doubt your abilities. Do not delay your worthy impressions. With God's help, you cannot fail. He will give you the courage to participate in meaningful change and purposeful living.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Life #Meaningful #Giving

  • None of us need one more person bashing or pointing out where we have failed or fallen short. Most of us are already well aware of the areas in which we are weak. What each of us does need is family, friends, employers, and brothers and sisters who support us, who have the patience to teach us, who believe in us, and who believe we’re trying to do the best we can, in spite of our weaknesses. What ever happened to giving each other the benefit of the doubt? What ever happened to hoping that another person would succeed or achieve? What ever happened to rooting for each other?
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Brother #Believe #Giving

  • One of the great tragedies of life, it seems to me, is when a person classifies himself as someone who has no talents or gifts. When, in disgust or discouragement, we allow ourselves to reach depressive levels of despair because of our demeaning self-appraisal, it is a sad day for us and a sad day in the eyes of God. For us to conclude that we have no gifts when we judge ourselves by stature, intelligence, grade-point average, wealth, power, position, or external appearance is not only unfair but unreasonable.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Eye #Self #Average

  • The difference between those who are committed and those who are not is the difference between the words want and will.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Differences #Want #Committed

  • Love should be a vehicle allowed to travel without limitations.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Love #Should #Vehicle

  • True happiness is not made in getting something. True happiness is becoming something. This can be done by being committed to lofty goals. We cannot become something without commitment.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Inspirational #Commitment #Goal

  • Give no time to finding fault of criticism.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Giving #Criticism #Faults

  • Set your goals-without goals you cannot measure your progress. But don’t become frustrated because there are no obvious victories. Remind yourself that striving can be more important than arriving.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Goal #Frustrated #Victory

  • True love is a process. True love requires personal action.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Spiritual #Love Is #Action

  • The best and most clear indicator that we are progressing spiritually and coming unto Christ is the way we treat other people.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #People #Progress #Way

  • A quality person is someone with integrity. To be worthy of the highest trust is a noble attribute and compliment. You will need to maintain confidences. Certainly it is greater to be trusted than loved. Truly happy persons will always be totally honest in their dealings with their fellowman.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Integrity #Quality #Noble

  • Being on time to appointments and meetings is a phase of self-discipline and an evidence of self-respect. Punctuality is a courteous compliment the intelligent person pays to his associates.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Intelligent #Self #Discipline

  • Certainly one of our God-given privileges is the right to choose what our attitude will be in any given set of circumstances. We can let the events that surround us determine our actions-or we can personally take charge and rule our lives, using as guidelines the principles of pure religion. Pure religion is learning the gospel of Jesus Christ and then putting it into action. Nothing will ever be of real benefit to us until it is incorporated into our own lives.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Jesus #Attitude #Real

  • There is a gift available to all of us-the gift of looking to God for direction. Here is an avenue of strength, comfort, and guidance. . . . "Look to God and live." This is the wonderful promise given so often in the scriptures. . . . Our capacity to see and comprehend is increased only in proportion to our willingness to look. God becomes more approachable as we look to him.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Strength #Promise #Looks

  • The direction in which we are moving is more important than where we are at the moment. Goal setting should cause us to stretch as we make our way.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Moving #Goal #Important

  • Resentment and anger are not good for the soul. They are foul things.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Soul #Resentment #Foul

  • Good cheer is a state of mind or mood that promotes happiness or joy... With God’s help, good cheer permits us to rise above the depressing present or difficult circumstances. It is a process of positive reassurance and reinforcement. It is sunshine when clouds block the light.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Depressing #Cheer #Block

  • The practice of thrift is not outdated. We must discipline ourselves to live within our incomes even if it means going without or making do. The wise person can distinguish...between basic needs and extravagant wants. Some find budgeting extremely painful, but I promise you, it is never fatal.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Wise #Mean #Practice

  • Everything is given by God. All talent, creativity, ability, insight, and strength comes from him. In our own strength we can do nothing.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Strength #Creativity #Talent

  • A man must rise by his own efforts and walk by faith.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Men #Effort #Missionary

  • We often equate charity with visiting the sick, taking in casseroles to those in need, or sharing our excess with those who are less fortunate. But really, true charity is much, much more. Real charity is not something you give away; it is something that you acquire and make a part of yourself. And when the virtue of charity becomes implanted in your heart, you are never the same again.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Real #Heart #Giving

  • Once upon hearing a friend's bashing comment I said, "Did you reach that conclusion on your own, or did it come through prayer?"
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Friendship #Prayer #Hearing

  • Sometimes when family members least deserve love, they need it the most.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Needs #Sometimes #Members

  • How comfortable some of us become as we nestle in the web of procrastination. It is a false haven of rest for those who are content to live without purpose, commitment, or self-discipline.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Procrastination #Commitment #Self

  • I am acquainted with a wife and mother who is chained securely at the present time to a life-style of murmuring and criticism. She is the first to point out faults in her husband or to repeat neighborhood gossip. How damaging is a habit that permits fault-finding, character assassination, and the sharing of malicious rumors! Gossip and caustic comments often create chains of contention. These chains may appear to be very small, but what misery and woe they can cause!
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Mother #Husband #Character

  • ...Many of us are perpetual reactors. We let other people determine our actions and attitudes. We let other people determine whether we will be rude or gracious, depressed or elated, critical or loyal, passive or dedicated.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Attitude #People #Rude

  • Punctuality or the lack thereof oftentimes is the only introduction one will ever have to new groups and friends. Serenity and poise are not the companions of those who lack the courtesy and judgment to be on time.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Serenity #Groups #Judgment

  • Shaking off restrictive chains requires action. They cannot be wished away. A declaration will never break chains. It requires commitment, self-discipline, and work.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Commitment #Self #Discipline

  • Progression and achievement belong to those who have learned to use the opportunity of now. Our strides of today will determine our locations tomorrow.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Opportunity #Achievement #Use

  • Procrastination is a deadly weapon of human progress.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Procrastination #Progress #Weapons

  • As adults, if our top priorities are constantly directed toward the acquisition of more and better worldly goods, it will not take long to increase our love in those directions. The purchase of a larger house or a nicer car or a more expensive boat may cause us to sacrifice our resources and develop an unwise love for these symbols of success and pleasure. We learn to love that which we serve, and we serve that which we love.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Sacrifice #Long #Car

  • A willingness to vocalize feelings. How important it is to be willing to voice one's thoughts and feelings. Yes, how important it is to be able to converse on the level of each family member. Too often we are inclined to let family members assume how we feel toward them. Often wrong conclusions are reached. Very often we could have performed better had we known how family members felt about us and what they expected.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Love #Voice #Feelings

  • Listening is more than being quiet. Listening is much more than silence. Listening requires undivided attention. The time to listen is when someone needs to be heard. The time to deal with a person with a problem is when he has the problem. The time to listen is the time when our interest and love are vital to the one who seeks our ear, our heart, our help, and our empathy.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Heart #Silence #Empathy

  • A willingness to practice patience. Patience in communication is that certain ingredient of conduct we hope others will exhibit toward us when we fail to measure up. Our own patience is developed when we are patient with others.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Communication #Practice #Listening

  • Often parents communicate most effectively with their children by the way they listen to and address each other. Their conversations showing gentleness and love are heard by our ever-alert, impressionable children.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Children #Parent #Listening

  • Proper communication will always be a main ingredient for building family solidarity and permanence.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Communication #Listening #Ingredients

  • Wise is the man who says what needs to be said, but not all that could be said.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Wise #Men #Needs

  • The discerning realize that it is not realistic to expect perfection in others when none of us is perfect...Meaningful progress can be made only when all of us can cast the motes out of our own eyes, leave judgment to our Father in Heaven, and lose ourselves in righteous living.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Meaningful #Father #Eye

  • There is a great need today for all mankind to heed the plea to cease to find fault one with another. Some of us are so accustomed to wearing faultfinding spectacles that we cannot see past them. We need to open our eyes and ears and look for the good and the blessings around us.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Eye #Past #Blessing

  • Lying damages others. Lying subtly permits us to destroy ourselves as we are caught in the snare and shatter our own self-image and credibility. Freedom from deceit and lying improves self and gives all of us peace of mind.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Honesty #Lying #Self

  • Striving can be more important than arriving.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Important #Arriving #Strive

  • Blessed is he or she who avoids being offended.
    -- Marvin J. Ashton

    #Blessed #Offended