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the true joy in life

This is the true joy in life--being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature, instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.    I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.   I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It’s a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. -George Bernard Shaw

the nature of God

I am perfectly satisfied that my Father and my God is a cheerful, pleasant, lively and good-natured Being.  Why?  Because I am cheerful, pleasant, lively and good-natured when I have His spirit.  That is one reason why I know: and another is that the Lord said, through Joseph Smith, "I delight in a glad heart and cheerful countenance."  That arises from the perfection of His attributes; He is a jovial, lively person..." Heber C. Kimball, February 8, 1857, Journal of Discourses 4:222


If men decide firmly what they will not do; then they will be free vigorously to do what they ought to do. -Mencius Whenever you see a job to do, ask yourself these two questions: If not by me--by whom?  If not now--when?                                                                         -Arthur Lagueux If we are ever in doubt what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done. -Sir John Lubbock

the fruit of labor and thought

Men give me some credit for genius. All the genius I have lies in this: When I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. I explore it in all its bearings. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort which I make the people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought. -Alexander Hamilton