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Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.”

Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.

— Ezra Taft Benson



Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives.”

When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “You are free to choose, but you are not free to alter the consequences of your decisions.”

You are free to choose, but you are not free to alter the consequences of your decisions.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power.”

When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “He who kneels before God, can stand before any man.”

He who kneels before God, can stand before any man.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ.”

Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives. Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for our affection, the demands on our time, the interests we pursue, and the order of our priorities.”

When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives. Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for our affection, the demands on our time, the interests we pursue, and the order of our priorities.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “True repentance involves a change of heart and not just a change of behavior.”

True repentance involves a change of heart and not just a change of behavior.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “It is better to prepare and prevent than it is to repair and repent.”

It is better to prepare and prevent than it is to repair and repent.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “The Book of Mormon was written for us today. God is the author of the book. It is a record of a fallen people, compiled by inspired men for our blessing today. Those people never had the book. It was meant for us.”

The Book of Mormon was written for us today. God is the author of the book. It is a record of a fallen people, compiled by inspired men for our blessing today. Those people never had the book. It was meant for us.

— Ezra Taft Benson



Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “The Lord is letting the wheat and the tares mature before he fully purges the Church. He is also testing you to see if you will be misled. The devil is trying to deceive the very elect.”

The Lord is letting the wheat and the tares mature before he fully purges the Church. He is also testing you to see if you will be misled. The devil is trying to deceive the very elect.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Be cheerful in all that you do. Live joyfully. Live happily.”

Be cheerful in all that you do. Live joyfully. Live happily.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can.”

Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “An honorable man or woman is one who is truthful; free from deceit; above cheating, lying, stealing, or any form of deception. An honorable man or woman is one who learns early that one cannot do wrong and feel right. A man’s character is judged on how he keeps his word and his agreements.”

An honorable man or woman is one who is truthful; free from deceit; above cheating, lying, stealing, or any form of deception. An honorable man or woman is one who learns early that one cannot do wrong and feel right. A man’s character is judged on how he keeps his word and his agreements.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “If you really want to receive joy and happiness, then serve others with all your heart. Lift their burden, and your own burden will be lighter.”

If you really want to receive joy and happiness, then serve others with all your heart. Lift their burden, and your own burden will be lighter.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Nothing will surprise us more than when we get to heaven and see the Father and realize how well we know Him and how familiar His face is to us.”

Nothing will surprise us more than when we get to heaven and see the Father and realize how well we know Him and how familiar His face is to us.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Just as a man does not desire food until he is hungry, so does he not desire the salvation of Christ until he knows why he needs Christ.”

Just as a man does not desire food until he is hungry, so does he not desire the salvation of Christ until he knows why he needs Christ.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “To love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength is all-consuming and all-encompassin g. It is no lukewarm endeavor. It is total commitment of our very being-physicall y, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually-to a love of the Lord.”

To love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength is all-consuming and all-encompassin g. It is no lukewarm endeavor. It is total commitment of our very being-physicall y, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually-to a love of the Lord.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “To the patriots I say this: Take that long eternal look. Stand up for freedom, no matter what the cost. Stand up and be counted. It can help to save your soul-and maybe your country.”

To the patriots I say this: Take that long eternal look. Stand up for freedom, no matter what the cost. Stand up and be counted. It can help to save your soul-and maybe your country.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “The more we express our gratitude to God for our blessings, the more he will bring to our mind other blessings. The more we are aware of to be grateful for, the happier we become.”

The more we express our gratitude to God for our blessings, the more he will bring to our mind other blessings. The more we are aware of to be grateful for, the happier we become.

— Ezra Taft Benson



Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “That the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression.”

That the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Thoughts lead to acts, acts lead to habits, habits lead to character – and our character will determine our eternal destiny.”

Thoughts lead to acts, acts lead to habits, habits lead to character – and our character will determine our eternal destiny.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “The high cost of low living.”

The high cost of low living.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “To a significant degree, we are an overfed and undernourished nation digging an early grave with our teeth, and lacking the energy that could be ours because we overindulge in junk foods.”

To a significant degree, we are an overfed and undernourished nation digging an early grave with our teeth, and lacking the energy that could be ours because we overindulge in junk foods.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “The secret to missionary work is work. Work, work, work!”

The secret to missionary work is work. Work, work, work!

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “It is not on the pinnacle of success and ease where men and women grow most. It is often down in the valley of heartache and disappointment and reverses where men and women grow...”

It is not on the pinnacle of success and ease where men and women grow most. It is often down in the valley of heartache and disappointment and reverses where men and women grow...

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Those who think clean thoughts do not do dirty deeds.”

Those who think clean thoughts do not do dirty deeds.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “You cannot do wrong and feel right. It is impossible!”

You cannot do wrong and feel right. It is impossible!

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “The greatest test of life is obedience to God.”

The greatest test of life is obedience to God.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Pride is characterized by “What do I want out of life?” rather than by “What would God have me do with my life?” It is self-will as opposed to God’s will. It is the fear of man over the fear of God.”

Pride is characterized by “What do I want out of life?” rather than by “What would God have me do with my life?” It is self-will as opposed to God’s will. It is the fear of man over the fear of God.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Youth is the spirit of adventure and awakening. It is a time of physical emerging when the body attains the vigor and good health that may ignore the caution of temperance. Youth is a period of timelessness when the horizons of age seem too distant to be noticed.”

Youth is the spirit of adventure and awakening. It is a time of physical emerging when the body attains the vigor and good health that may ignore the caution of temperance. Youth is a period of timelessness when the horizons of age seem too distant to be noticed.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “No true Latter-day Saint and no true American can be a socialist or a communist or support programs leading in that direction. These evil philosophies are incompatible with Mormonism, the true gospel of Jesus Christ.”

No true Latter-day Saint and no true American can be a socialist or a communist or support programs leading in that direction. These evil philosophies are incompatible with Mormonism, the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “The secret of a happy marriage is to serve God and each other. The goal of marriage is unity and oneness, as well as self-development. Paradoxically, the more we serve one another, the greater is our spiritual and emotional growth.”

The secret of a happy marriage is to serve God and each other. The goal of marriage is unity and oneness, as well as self-development. Paradoxically, the more we serve one another, the greater is our spiritual and emotional growth.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “From the Book of Mormon we learn how disciples of Christ live in times of war.”

From the Book of Mormon we learn how disciples of Christ live in times of war.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Only Jesus Christ is uniquely qualified to provide that hope, that confidence, and that strength we need to overcome the world and rise above our human failings. To do so, we must place our faith in Him and live by His laws and teachings.”

Only Jesus Christ is uniquely qualified to provide that hope, that confidence, and that strength we need to overcome the world and rise above our human failings. To do so, we must place our faith in Him and live by His laws and teachings.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing in its evil influence and control over America and the entire world.”

A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing in its evil influence and control over America and the entire world.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Young people, you need the wisdom of age, just as some of us older ones need your enthusiasm for life.”

Young people, you need the wisdom of age, just as some of us older ones need your enthusiasm for life.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “If we love God, do His will, and fear His judgment more than men’s, we will have self-esteem.”

If we love God, do His will, and fear His judgment more than men’s, we will have self-esteem.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Freedom must be continually guarded as something more priceless than life itself.”

Freedom must be continually guarded as something more priceless than life itself.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “It is a truism that children need more of Mother than of money.”

It is a truism that children need more of Mother than of money.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Let us have no further blind devotion to the communist dominated United Nations!”

Let us have no further blind devotion to the communist dominated United Nations!

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Be cheerful in all that you do. Live joyfully. Live happily. Live enthusiastically, knowing that God does not dwell in gloom and melancholy, but in light and love.”

Be cheerful in all that you do. Live joyfully. Live happily. Live enthusiastically, knowing that God does not dwell in gloom and melancholy, but in light and love.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Be a light unto the world, a standard to others. You can live in the world and not partake of the sins of the world. You can live life joyously, beautifully, unmarred by the ugliness of sin. This is our confidence in you.”

Be a light unto the world, a standard to others. You can live in the world and not partake of the sins of the world. You can live life joyously, beautifully, unmarred by the ugliness of sin. This is our confidence in you.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “God loves us. He’s watching us, he wants us to succeed, and we’ll know someday that he has not left one thing undone for the eternal welfare of each of us. If we only knew it, there are heavenly hosts pulling for us – friends in heaven that we can’t rememer now, who yearn for our victory.”

God loves us. He’s watching us, he wants us to succeed, and we’ll know someday that he has not left one thing undone for the eternal welfare of each of us. If we only knew it, there are heavenly hosts pulling for us – friends in heaven that we can’t rememer now, who yearn for our victory.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Families must spend more time together in work and recreation.”

Families must spend more time together in work and recreation.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Humility does not mean weakness. It does not mean timidity. It does not mean fear. A man can be humble and fearless. A man can be humble and courageous.”

Humility does not mean weakness. It does not mean timidity. It does not mean fear. A man can be humble and fearless. A man can be humble and courageous.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Without Christ there would be no Christmas and without Christ there can be no fulness of JOY.”

Without Christ there would be no Christmas and without Christ there can be no fulness of JOY.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “A good name is still to be preferred over great riches. Especially it is to be preferred to the appearance of riches, aquired with nothing down and nothing to pay for 2 months.”

A good name is still to be preferred over great riches. Especially it is to be preferred to the appearance of riches, aquired with nothing down and nothing to pay for 2 months.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “The temple will be an ever-present reminder that God intended the family to be eternal.”

The temple will be an ever-present reminder that God intended the family to be eternal.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “One good yardstick as to whether a person might be the right one for you is this: in her presence, do you think your noblest thoughts, do you aspire to your finest deeds, do you wish you were better than you are?”

One good yardstick as to whether a person might be the right one for you is this: in her presence, do you think your noblest thoughts, do you aspire to your finest deeds, do you wish you were better than you are?

— Ezra Taft Benson

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