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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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “God help us to be grateful for our blessings, never to be guilty of the sin of ingratitude, and to instill this same gratitude into the lives of our children.”

God help us to be grateful for our blessings, never to be guilty of the sin of ingratitude, and to instill this same gratitude into the lives of our children.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “What would God have me do with my life?”

What would God have me do with my life?

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Every man eventually is backed up to the wall of faith, and there he must make his stand.”

Every man eventually is backed up to the wall of faith, and there he must make his stand.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “We do not have to prove the Book of Mormon is true. The book is its own proof.”

We do not have to prove the Book of Mormon is true. The book is its own proof.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “Today the devil as a wolf in supposedly a new suit of sheep’s clothing is enticing some men to parrot his line by advocating planned government guaranteed security at the expense of our liberties.”

Today the devil as a wolf in supposedly a new suit of sheep’s clothing is enticing some men to parrot his line by advocating planned government guaranteed security at the expense of our liberties.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “I hope we can be happy where we are, be grateful for our blessings-now-here, accept the challenge that is ours and make the most of it, and don’t be envious of others. God help us to be grateful.”

I hope we can be happy where we are, be grateful for our blessings-now-here, accept the challenge that is ours and make the most of it, and don’t be envious of others. God help us to be grateful.

— Ezra Taft Benson


Ezra Taft Benson Quote: “If men come unto me, I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”

If men come unto me, I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

— 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: “Mothers, take time to be a real friend to your children. Listen to your children, really listen. Talk with them, laugh and joke with them, sing with them, cry with them, hug them, honestly praise them. Yes, regularly spend unused one-on-one time with each child. Be a real friend to your children.”

Mothers, take time to be a real friend to your children. Listen to your children, really listen. Talk with them, laugh and joke with them, sing with them, cry with them, hug them, honestly praise them. Yes, regularly spend unused one-on-one time with each child. Be a real friend to your children.

— Ezra Taft Benson

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