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thorns of life

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
-Voltaire

the courage to decide

One of the marks of the executive is the ability to decide. One of the obligations of free men is the willingness to decide. One of the qualities of effective people is the courage to decide.
                                                                                     Elder Richard L. Evans

perseverance

I hold a doctrine, to which I owe not much, indeed, but all the little I ever had, namely, that with ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
-Thomas Fowell Buxton

a great difference

After reading the doctrines of Plato, Socrates, or Aristotle we feel that the specific difference between their words and Christ’s is the difference between an inquiry and a revelation.
-Joseph Parker

the arm of flesh

We cannot safely trust "in the arm of flesh."  Even when it is pumped full of steroids, it lacks the strength to maintain its grasp on the Iron Rod.  Not only does the arm of flesh finally prove anemic, but it always reaches for the wrong things (see 2 Chr. 32:8, Jer. 17:5)


Elder Neal A. Maxwell, "Lord, Increase Our Faith," p. 87