Gordon B. Hinckley quotes

  • Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us but cares for us. He is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Prayer #Father #Real

  • 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....
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Leadership #World #Enough

  • Life is to be enjoyed, not endured
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Life #Positivity #Bad Ass

  • Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Success

  • You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Enough #Be Good

  • Respect for self is the beginning of cultivating virtue in men and women.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Respect #Men #Self

  • If Life Gets Too Hard To Stand, Kneel.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

  • 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.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Inspiring #Tired #Worry

  • You have not failed until you quit trying.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Inspirational #Spiritual #Trying

  • 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.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Moving #Men #Years

  • Get on your knees and pray, then get on your feet and work.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Feet #Knees #Praying

  • Being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Humble #Mean #Differences

  • I urge our people everywhere, with all of the persuasiveness of which I am capable, to live worthy to hold a temple recommend, to secure one and regard it as a precious asset, and to make a greater effort to go to the House of the Lord and partake of the spirit and the blessings to be had therein.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Blessing #People #House

  • Fear not; only believe. This is a time to make resolutions that will be binding upon you. This is a season to set standards that will hold you to the right course and make you happy now and in the years that follow.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Believe #Years #Resolution

  • 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.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Home #Acceptance #Community

  • You must ask for God's help. After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Trying #Helping #Asking For Forgiveness

  • Love is like the North Star. In a changing world, it's always constant.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Stars #Love Is #World

  • 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.... The goodness of the world in which we live is the accumulated goodness of many small and seemingly inconsequential acts.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Use #World #May

  • You can't plow a field simply by turning it over in your mind.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Mind #Fields #Planning

  • There are few things more pathetic than those who have lost their curiosity and sense of adventure, and who no longer care to learn.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Adventure #Curiosity #Care

  • Knowledge without labor is profitless. Knowledge with labor is genius.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Genius #Labor

  • The cause of most of man's unhappiness is sacrificing what he wants most for what he wants now.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Sacrifice #Men #Want

  • I spent one night in the hospital in my life. I was past 75 when that occurred.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Past #Night

  • I think the world would be much poorer without religion, speaking generally.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Thinking #Would Be #World

  • That which comes easily departs easily. That which comes of struggle remains.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Struggle #Remains

  • 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.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Love #Marriage #Romance

  • You are doing the best you can, and that best results in good to yourself and to others. Do not nag yourself with a sense of failure. Get on your knees and ask for the blessings of the Lord;then stand on your feet and do what you are asked to do.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Blessing #Feet #Knees

  • My plea...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 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.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Pain #Kindness #Children

  • The true gospel of Jesus Christ never led to bigotry. It never led to self-righteousn ess. It never led to arrogance. The true gospel of Jesus Christ leads to brotherhood, to friendship, to appreciation of others, to respect and kindness and love
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Appreciation #Jesus #Kindness

  • Pray for the strength to walk the high road, which at times may be lonely but which will lead to peace and happiness and joy supernal.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Lonely #Joy #May

  • No other practice will make one more attractive in conversation than to be well-read in a variety of subjects.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Practice #Attractive #Conversation

  • There are four pillars to a happy marriage: respect one another as individuals; (give) soft answers; (practice)financial honesty; (conduct) family prayer.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Prayer #Honesty #Practice

  • We are creatures of our thinking. We can talk ourselves into defeat or we can talk ourselves into victory.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Thinking #Victory #Defeat

  • 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 all works out in the end. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Hope #Morning #Prayer

  • There is no obstacle too great, no challenge too difficult, if we have faith.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Challenges #Have Faith #Obstacles

  • We are sometimes told that we are not a biblical church. We are a biblical church. This wonderful testament of the Old World, this great and good Holy Bible is one of our standard works. We teach from it. We bear testimony of it. We read from it. It strengthens our testimony. And we add to that this great second witness, the Book of Mormon, the testament of the New World, for as the Bible says, "In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall [all things] be established" (2 Cor. 13:1)
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Book #Biblical #Two

  • Christmas means giving. The Father gave his Son, and the Son gave his life. Without giving there is no true Christmas, and without sacrifice there is no true worship.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Father #Mean #Sacrifice

  • Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to just be people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey…delays…sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling burst of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Life #Beautiful #Running

  • Live today as if you were going to live forever, for you surely shall.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Forever #Live For Today #Today

  • How much more beautiful would be the world and the society in which we live if...every mother regarded her children as the jewels of her life, as gifts from the God of heaven, who is their Eternal Father, and brought them up in true affection in the wisdom and admonition of the Lord.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Beautiful #Mother #Children

  • Of all the creations of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth. God will hold us accountable if we neglect His daughters. He has given us a great and compelling trust. May we be faithful to that trust.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Beautiful #Daughter #Faithful

  • What I am suggesting is that each of us turn from the negativism that permeates our society and look for the remarkable good among those with whom we associate, that we speak of one another’s virtues more than we speak of one another’s faults, that optimism replace pessimism, that our faith exceed our fears. When I was a young man and was prone to speak critically, my father would say: “Cynics do not contribute, skeptics do not create, doubters do not achieve.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Happiness #Father #Positive Thinking

  • Our kindness may be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Inspirational #Life #Inspiring

  • Never assume that you can make it alone. You need the help of the Lord. Never hesitate to get on your knees in some private place and speak with Him.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Inspiration #Needs #Knees

  • Faith in something greater than ourselves enables us to do what we have said we'll do, to press forward when we are tired or hurt or afraid, to keep going when the challenge seems overwhelming and the course is entirely uncertain.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Hurt #Tired #Challenges

  • You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Perseverance #Sacrifice #Today

  • Look for the Sunlight through the Clouds.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Clouds #Looks #Sunlight

  • Just as our Redeemer gave His life as a vicarious sacrifice for all men, and in so doing became our Savior, even so we, in a small measure, when we engage in proxy work in the temple, become as saviors to those on the other side.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Sacrifice #Men #Sides

  • We’ve got to have a little humor in our lives. You had better take seriously that which should be taken seriously but, at the same time, we can bring in a touch of humor now and again. If the time ever comes when we can’t smile at ourselves, it will be a sad time.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Taken #Littles #Should

  • Love is 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 the security for which children weep, the yearning of youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and the lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shinning through death.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Children #Home #Love Is

  • As you walk the road of life, be careful of your friends. They can make you or break you.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Life Is #Break #Be Careful

  • Those who move forward "with a" happy spirit will find that things alwas work out.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Monday #Morning #Moving

  • This cause will roll on in majesty and power to fill the earth. Doors now closed to the preaching of the gospel will be opened. The Almighty, if necessary, may have to shake the nations to humble them and cause them to listen to the servants of the living God. Whatever is needed will come to pass.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Humble #Doors #Majesty

  • All of us have far too much to do to waste our time and energies in criticism, faultfinding, or the abuse of others.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Abuse #Criticism #Energy

  • Happy is the man who can brush aside the offending remarks of another and go on his way.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Men #Offending #Goes On

  • The greatest job that any mother will ever do will be in nurturing, teaching, lifting, encouraging and rearing her children in righteousness and truth. None other can adequately take her place.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Mother #Jobs #Children

  • There would be no Christmas if there had not been Easter. The babe Jesus of Bethlehem would be but another baby without the redeeming Christ of Gethsemane and Calvary, and the triumphant fact of the Resurrection.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Christmas #Baby #Jesus

  • Forget yourself and go to work.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Forget You #Forget

  • The time has come for us to stand a little taller, to lift our eyes and stretch our minds to a greater comprehension and understanding of the grand millennial mission of this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Jesus #Eye #Understanding

  • God has brought us together as families to bring to pass His eternal purposes. We are part of this plan in this marriage relationship. let us love and respect and honor one another. We can do it, and we will be the better for it.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Honor #Together #Purpose

  • Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Perfection #Excellence #Mediocrity

  • Let your first interest be in your home. The baby you hold in your arms will grow quickly as the sunrise and the sunset of the rushing days.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Baby #Home #Sunset

  • We seldom get into trouble when we speak softly. It is only when we raise our voices that the sparks fly and tiny molehills become great mountains of contention.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Voice #Mountain #Sparks

  • Try a little harder to be a little better.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Inspirational #Insperational #Trying

  • Good books are as friends, willing to give to us if we are willing to make a little effort.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Book #Giving #Effort

  • 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.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Attitude #Heart #Lds

  • What I fear from these reports is that the prevalent use of foul language has become an acceptable pattern in the schools, probably due in large part to the influence of TV and the general permissiveness in our society.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #School #Foul Language #Tvs

  • Criticism and pessimism destroy families, undermine institutions of all kinds, defeat nearly everyone, and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Criticism #Kind #Defeat

  • Our lives are the only meaningful expression of what we believe and in Whom we believe. And the only real wealth, for any of us, lies in our faith.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Meaningful #Real #Lying

  • If every man would make his prime concern the comfort and well-being of his wife and every wife make her chief concern the comfort and well-being of her husband, we would have very little divorce in the land.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Husband #Divorce #Men

  • You can't build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you're going to have a strong superstructure.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Strong #Foundation #Building

  • Somehow forgiveness, with love and tolerance, accomplishes miracles that can happen in no other way.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Miracle #Tolerance #Way

  • Whatever you do, do well. Be good at it. Stand a little taller. Be a little stronger. Be a little better.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Stronger #Littles #Be Good

  • All of us have problems. We face them every day. How grateful I am that we have difficult things to wrestle with. They keep us young, they keep us alive, they keep us going, they keep us humble. Be grateful for your problems, and know that somehow there will come a solution. Just do the best you can, but be sure it is the very best.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Grateful #Humble #Alive

  • I love the youth of the Church. I have said again and again that I think we have never had a better generation than this. How grateful I am for your integrity, for your ambition to train your minds and your hands to do good work, for your love of the word of the Lord, and for your desire to walk in paths of virtue and truth and goodness.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Integrity #Grateful #Ambition

  • I believe that I am a child of God, endowed with a divine birthright. I believe that there is something of divinity within me and within each of you. I believe that we have a godly inheritance and that it is our responsibility, our obligation, and our opportunity to cultivate and nurture the very best of these qualities within us.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Children #Believe #Responsibility

  • 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.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Dream #Song #Sweet

  • 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 the 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 you will not go wrong, that you will be immensely happy.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Inspirational #Marriage #Love You

  • Do your best, and be a little better than you are.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Persistence #Excellence #Self Improvement

  • There is no more compelling motivation to worthwhile endeavor than the knowledge that we are children of God, that God expects us to do something with our lives, and that He will give us help when help is sought.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Motivational #Children #Giving

  • The greatness of the world in which we live is the accumulated goodness of many small and seemingly inconsequential acts.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Greatness #World #Goodness

  • Children don’t need beating. They need love and encouragement. They need fathers to whom they can look with respect rather than fear. Above all, they need example.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Encouragement #Children #Father

  • 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.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Stress #Integrity #Divorce

  • If we are worried about the future, then we must look today at the upbringing of children.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Children #Future #Responsibility

  • When I say do your best, I mean your very best. You are capable of so much more.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Mean #Capable

  • Be grateful, be smart, be clean, be true, be humble, be prayerful.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Smart #Grateful #Humble

  • It is both relaxing and invigorating to occasionally set aside the worries of life, seek the company of a friendly book...from the reading of 'good books' there comes a richness of life that can be obtained in no other way.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Reading #Book #Worry

  • Remember that whatever you do or wherever you are, you are never alone.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Remember

  • The way of the gospel is a simple way. Some of the requirements may appear to you as elementary and unnecessary. Do not spurn them. Humble yourselves and walk in obedience. I promise that the results that follow will be marvelous to behold and satisfying to experience.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Humble #Humility #Simple

  • We all know that education unlocks the door of opportunity for the young.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Opportunity #Doors #Young

  • The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Work #People #Balance

  • There is no substitute under the heavens for productive labor. It is the process by which dreams become realities. It is the process by which idle visions become dynamic achievements.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Dream #Reality #Achievement

  • The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Tired #Challenges #Helping

  • You have nothing in this world more precious than your children. When you grow old, when your hair turns white and your body grows weary, when you are prone to sit in a rocker and meditate on the things of your life, nothing will be so important as the question of how your children have turned out... Do not trade your birthright as a mother for some bauble of passing value... The baby you hold in your arms will grow as quickly as the sunrise and the sunset of the rushing days.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Mother #Baby #Children

  • Tremendous happiness and peace of mind are the results of loving service to others. Nobody can live fully and happily who lives only unto himself or herself.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Mind #Peace Of Mind #Service To Others

  • Gratitude creates the most wonderful feeling. It can resolve disputes. It can strengthen friendships. And it makes us better men and women.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Thank You #Gratitude #Men

  • I know of no other practise which will make one more attractive in conversation than to be well-read in a variety of subjects. There is a great potential within each of us to go on learning. Regardless of our age, unless there be serious illness, we can read, study, drink in the writings of wonderful men and women. It is never too late to learn.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Writing #Men #Age

  • 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. Polish and refine whatever talents the Lord has given you. 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. Love life and look for its opportunities.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Strong #Sorry #Eye

  • There is no end to the good we can do, to the influence we can have with others. Let us not dwell on the critical or the negative. Let us pray for strength; let us pray for capacity and desire to assist others. Let us radiate the light of the gospel at all times and all places, that the Spirit of the Redeemer may radiate from us.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Light #Desire #Negative

  • Work without vision is drudgery. Vision without work is dreaming. Work plus vision-this is destiny.
    -- Gordon B. Hinckley

    #Dream #Destiny #Vision