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David O. McKay

Let us realize that: the privilege to work is a gift, the power to work is a blessing, the love of work is success!

The kind of life you live, your disposition, your very nature, will be determined by your thoughts, of which your acts are but the outward expression. Thought is the seed of action... Thoughts make us what we are.


Anger itself does more harm than the condition which aroused anger.

As precious as life itself is our heritage of individual freedom, for man's free agency is a God-given gift.

Do your duty, that is best; leave unto the Lord the rest.

Everyone has this most precious of all life's endowments-the gift of free agency-man's inherited and inalienable right.

Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give.

Happiness and peace will come to earth only as the light of love and human compassion enter the souls of men.

In sensing our responsibility to preserve it for ourselves and our posterity, let patriotic people ever keep in mind the warning voice of James Russell Lowell proclaiming: 'Our American republic will endure only as long as the ideas of the men who founded it continue dominant.'

Into the soul of every student I would have instilled the patriotic fervor of Patrick Henry.

Let us realize that: the privilege to work is a gift, the power to work is a blessing, the love of work is success!

Men may yearn for peace, cry for peace, and work for peace, but there will be no peace until they follow the path pointed out by the Living Christ. He is the true light of men's lives.

Only to the extent that men desire peace and brotherhood can the world be made better. No peace even though temporarily obtained, will be permanent, whether to individuals or nations, unless it is built upon the solid foundation of eternal principles.

The kind of life you live, your disposition, your very nature, will be determined by your thoughts, of which your acts are but the outward expression. Thought is the seed of action... Thoughts make us what we are.

The most important of life's battles is the one we fight daily in the silent chambers of the soul.

The rising sun can dispel the darkness of night, but it cannot banish the blackness of malice, hatred, bigotry, and selfishness from the hearts of humanity.

The ways and habits of the world depend upon the thoughts and soul-convictions of men and women. If, therefore, we would change the world, we must first change people's thoughts.

There is a crying need today to have this truth heralded throughout the land that youth especially may appreciate and hold the freedom of the individual as sacred as did our revolutionary fathers.

What you think about when you don't have to think, shows what you really are.


Ten Rules of Happiness by President David O. McKay

1. Develop yourself by self-discipline.

2. Joy comes through creation - sorrow through destruction. Every living thing can grow: Use the world wisely to realize soul growth.

3. Do things which are hard to do.

4. Entertain upbuilding thoughts. What you think about when you do not have to think shows what you really are.

5. Do your best this hour, and you will do better the next.

6. Be true to those who trust you.

7. Pray for wisdom, courage, and a kind heart.

8. Give heed to God's messages through inspiration. If self-indulgence, jealousy, avarice, or worry have deadened your response, pray to the Lord to wipe out these impediments.

9. True friends enrich life. If you would have friends, be one.

10. Faith is the foundation of all things - including happiness.

David O. McKay

David O. McKay

David O. McKay

1873 to 1970

9th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint

 
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