Wo unto you rich men, that will not give to the poor,
for your riches will canker your souls; and
this shall be your lamentation in the day of judgment: The harvest is
past, the summer is ended,
and my soul is not saved!
—Doctrine & Covenants
If others’ blessings are not your blessings, others’
curses are not your curses.
I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my
work, and my God.
We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad
morals; we know now that it is bad
—Franklin D. Roosevelt
A Christian loves people and uses things.
A charlatan loves things and uses people.
The great purpose of the Church is to translate truth
into a better social order.
—David O. McKay
Being a living part of the earth, we cannot harm any
part of her without hurting ourselves.
—Lame Deer (Mohawk)
Man is demolishing nature…We are killing things that
keep us alive.
Is it the end of living and the beginning of survival?
Continue to contaminate your bed and you
will one night suffocate in your own waste.
[Good] ideas come from God.
America is more than just a country. It’s an idea. It
could have happened anywhere, but it
—A Puerto Rican visiting New
The United States themselves are essentially the
The American Constitution is the most wonderful word
ever struck off at a given time by the
brain and purpose of man.
—[Pr. Minister] William E.
Those who won our independence believed that the final
end of the State was to make men
free…They valued liberty both as an end and a means, they believed
liberty to be the secret of
happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
—Louis D. Brandeis
I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it
will cost us to maintain this
Declaration…Yet through all the gloom I see rays of ravishing light and
glory. The end is worth
more than all the means.
My views…are the result of a life of inquiry and
reflection, and very different from the
anti-Christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my
opinions. To the
corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine
precepts of Jesus himself.
I am a Christian in the only sense in which he wished anyone to be:
sincerely attached to his
doctrines in preference to all others.
The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from
the teachings we get from Exodus and
Saint Matthew, from Isaiah and Saint Paul. I don’t think we emphasize
that enough these days.
—Harry S. Truman
When the reverence of this nation for its great men
dies, the glory of the nation will die with it.
Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must
raise themselves to liberty.
—Charles Caleb Colton
Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that
national morality can prevail in exclusion of
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious
people. It is wholly [beyond] the
government of any other.
Something we were withholding made us weak until we
found out that it was ourselves.
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my
O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, who
more than self their country
loved…America! God mend thine every flaw. Confirm thy soul in
self-control, thy liberty in law.
—Katherine Lee Bates
Democracy cannot be saved by supermen, but only by the
unswerving devotion and goodness of
—Adlai E. Stevenson
Justice, humanity, and benevolence are the duties you
owe to society in general. To your Country
the same duties are incumbent …with the additional obligation of
sacrificing ease, pleasure,
wealth and life itself for its defense and security.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated to the
great task remaining before us; that from these
honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they
gave the last full measure
There is an inseparable connection between the keeping
of the commandments and the
well-being of society.
—Neal A. Maxwell
Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in
a wretched situation. No theoretical
checks—no form of government can render us secure. To suppose that any
form of government
will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a
For as their laws and governments were established by
the voice of the people, and they who
chose evil [became] more numerous than they who chose good, therefore
they were ripening for
destruction, for their laws had become corrupted. [Pre-Amerind
prophet-historians (Ether, Nephi, Alma, Helaman, et al.) recorded the
Book of Mormon annals]. —Helaman 5:2
And he hath sworn in his wrath that whoso should possess
this land should serve him, the true
and only God, or they should be swept off when they are ripened in
iniquity. And this [warning]
cometh unto you that ye may not bring down the wrath of God upon you as
the inhabitants of the
land [Nephites, Jaredites, etc.] have hitherto done. Behold, this is a
choice land, and whatsoever
nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from all other
nations under heaven, if
they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath
been manifested by the
things which we have written.
[Those] who sin against the greater light shall receive
the greater condemnation.
—Doctrine & Covenants
It takes a lot of sophistication to remain innocent.
There is one God, and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus.
—I Timothy 2:5
I asked Jesus, “How much do you love me?” “This much,”
he answered. Then he stretched out
his arms and died.
Law and religion—the dual beacons of our Republic, each
with its distinct vantage, as our two
eyes—must neither cross nor splay, but focus in concert at crucial
points, availing goodness and
progress beyond reach of monolithic societies.
There are more instances of the abridgment of the
freedom of the people by gradual and silent
encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation.
[A] true danger is when liberty is nibbled away for
Every step we take toward making the State the caretaker
of our lives, by that much we move
toward making the State our master.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower