A Bookmark of Quotations

Copyright © 1988-2003 by Ralph Sheffield, ralphsheffield@earthlink.net

For background see:
The Miracle of the Bookmark

Happiness is the object and design of our existence and will be the end thereof if we pursue the path which leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God.

—Joseph Smith

Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness.

—Alma 41:10

If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

—Matthew 19:17

Subtle is the Lord God, but malicious He is not.

—Albert Einstein

Was it careful creation or magical moss that brought this great world to be?

—Ralph Sheffield

If a clock proves the existence of a clock-maker, and the world does not prove the existence of a Supreme Architect, then I consent to be called a fool.


To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.

—George Orwell

We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.

—G. K. Chesterton

Lay hold on eternal life…avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.

—I Timothy 6:19-20

Faith is the one thing needful; how, with it, Martyrs can endure shame and the cross; and without it, Worldlings puke-up their sick existence by suicide in the midst of luxury.

—Thomas Carlyle

Faith cometh by [receiving] the word of God.

—Romans 10:17

The relations which exist between man and his Maker, and the duties resulting from those relations, are the most interesting and important to every human being, and the most incumbent on his study and investigation.

—Thomas Jefferson

Weave into the tapestry of your life the golden threads of prayer, study, reflection, and heeding the voice of God.

—Ralph Sheffield

Put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good—yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit.

—Doctrine & Covenants 50:23

All mankind are divided into three classes: Those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.

—Arabian Proverb

The way to be nothing is to do nothing.

—Nathaniel Hawthorne

There is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. Remember, he cometh not to redeem them in their sins, but to redeem them from their sins.

—Helaman 5:8-9

Be not deceived—neither fornicators nor…adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind [homosexuals], nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards…shall inherit the kingdom of God.

—I Corinthians 6:9-10

The guilty taketh the truth to be hard for it cutteth them to the very center.

—I Nephi 16:2

Those who corrupt themselves with vices and drugs, and the human parasites who traffic them shall reap sufferings more severe than they anticipate for this affront to their Creator.

—Ralph Sheffield

Wo unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness.

—Isaiah 5:20

Men owe no allegiance to religion forced on their progenitors by the sword, for this is the the very work of evil—positing tyranny as truth, loathing as living, preferring death over discernment, murder over mind.

—Ralph Sheffield

Next to the human spirit, the human body is the most marvelous of God’s creations.

—Sterling W. Sill

If we live by subhuman means we might as well never have had the good fortune to be born human.

—Ihara Saikaku

Your body becomes an instrument of your mind and the foundation of your character.

—Boyd K. Packer

The wise learn by precept—fools by punishment, if at all.

—Ralph Sheffield

Behold, at that day Satan shall rage in the hearts of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good. And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security. Others, he flattereth away, and telleth them: I am no devil for there is none—and thus he whispereth, until he grasps them.

—2 Nephi 28:20-22

Therefore, I command you to repent—repent, lest I smite you by my wrath, and by my anger, and your sufferings be sore—how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not.

—Doctrine & Covenants 19:15

By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them.

—Doctrine & Covenants 58:43

Whether you think you can, or can’t—you’re right.

—Henry Ford

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.

—African Proverb

If you can control your thoughts, you can overcome habits.

—Boyd K. Packer

When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something.

—Robert Browning

I can do all things through Christ [who] strengtheneth me.

—Philippians 4:13

The Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.

—I Nephi 3:7

“As a man thinketh, so is he.”—Sow a thought, reap an act. Sow an act, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny!

—Samuel Smiles (after Heraclitus)

Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

—John 3:5

Those who honor a truth not because it is true but because it is powerful [in vogue] will fall out by the way, because the soil [of their character] has not depth to nourish the seeds of truth.

—Brigham Young

By so many roots as the marsh grass sends in the sod I will lay me a hold on the greatness of God.

—Sidney Lanier

Because [their] iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

—Matthew 24:12-13

Wherefore, ye must press forward in Christ.

—2 Nephi 31:20

God hasn’t called me to be successful. He’s called me to be faithful.

—Teresa of Calcutta

This day of life is given us to prepare for eternity.

—Alma 34:33

Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings and he will direct thee for good.

—Alma 37:37

No one ever fell off a precipice who never went near one.

—Richard L. Evans

He who doeth the works of [God’s] righteousness shall have his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.

—Doctrine & Covenants 59:23

The only sure and permanent foundation of virtue is religion.

—Abigail Adams

The difference between Christianity and Churchianity is heaven or hell.

—Ralph Sheffield

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