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Ezra Taft Benson quotes

To love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength is all-consuming and all-encompassing. It is no lukewarm endeavor.

Surely no child should fear his own father - especially a priesthood father. A father's duty is to make his home a place of happiness and joy.

Encourage good music and art and literature in your homes. Homes that have a spirit of refinement and beauty will bless the lives of your children forever.

Bad experience is a school that only fools keep going to.

Build traditions of family vacations and trips and outings. These memories will never be forgotten by your children.

Praise your children more than you correct them. Praise them for even their smallest achievement.

To the proud, the applause of the world rings in their ears; to the humble, the applause of heaven warms their hearts.

I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein.

It is mother's influence during the crucial formative years that forms a child's basic character. Home is the place where a child learns faith, feels love, and thereby learns from mother's loving example to choose righteousness.

One of the joys of working with boys is that you get your pay as you go along. You can observe the results of your leadership daily... Such satisfaction cannot be purchased at any price; it must be earned.

When I think of how we show faith, I cannot help but think of the example of my own father. I recall vividly how the spirit of missionary work came into my life. I was about thirteen years of age when my father received a call to go on a mission.

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.

You cannot do wrong and feel right. It is impossible!

Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.

Communism introduced into the world a substitute for true religion. It is a counterfeit of the gospel plan.

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

Faith is the foundation upon which a godlike character is built. It is a prerequisite for all other virtues.

Inspiring music may fill the soul with heavenly thoughts, move one to righteous action, or speak peace to the soul.

One of Satan's most frequently used deceptions is the notion that the commandments of God are meant to restrict freedom and limit happiness.

Our desires, be they spiritual or temporal, should be rooted in a love of the Lord.