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Quotes of The Day

Yesterday my wife and I attended our Church’s Stake Conference. This is meeting where we get to listen to and receive instruction from local leaders as well as Leaders from Church Headquarters.  Presiding at our meeting was Elders Daniel G Hamilton, a member of 8th Quorum of the Seventy.  The members of this quorum serve in the Asia Pacific region.  Anyway during his talk he made some statements that made an impression on me.

The first refers to getting answers from prayer and how to treat it. It is a very simple statement but has profound implications.

 

“I asked God, and He answered; That settles it.”

Elder Daniel G Hamilton

To me this has at least 3 parts to it.  First is asking God for answers, next is listening to the answer or answers given. And finally believing and accepting and following the directions and the answers given. This statement really stood out to me.  As I said at the beginning a very simple statement with profound implications.

The second statement made by Elder Hamilton that had an impact on me he introduced by saying; Someone once said –

“Jesus wants to guide your footsteps, but you have to move your feet!”

The way I look at this statement is that God is ever ready to help and guide you.  But you have to make the effort both to ask for that help, and to do something about it once you receive the answers or guidance he gives to you. he is not going to do everything for you, but he will help you to help yourself.

Well once again we come to the end of my quote post, and so I bid you adieu, till the next time.

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Quotes of The Day

Today I thought I would just pick a ouple of quotes at random. So i have been flipping throught the pages of some of my collection and i came across these two.

The first that caught my attention was one written by a french writer we know as Voltaire, but was born in Paris, France on 21 November 1694, with the name of Francois-Marie Arouet.  he was the youngest of 5 children.  Later in life he chose to be called Voltaire.  during his life he wrote over 20,000 letters over 2,000 books & phampletts.

 

“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

To me this just says that we shouldn’t let our troubles get us down; instead of feeling sorry about it we should do what we can to fix or resolve the situation or problem.  If we can’t do either of the above we should learn from our experience and move onin a positive manner.

Next is a quote from Thomas Carlyle, a notable scottish philosopher, satrical writer, essayist and historian.  He was born in Ecclefechan, Scotland on 4 Dec 1795 and died in London, England on 5 Feb 1881.

“The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder, a waif, a nothing, a no man.  Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you.”

Thomas Carlyle

I think Thomas Carlyle’s quote is self explaining so I won’t go any further with it.  But I will bid you Adiu once again till the next time

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Quotes of the Day

I thought I would continue with quotes relating to relationships.  Since the last post had a quote dealing with Ten Commandments for Husbands.  I also have a similar ten commandments for human relations.

Ten Commandments for Human Relations

  1. Speak to people, there is nothing so nice as a cheerful greeting.

2. Call people by name; the sweetest music to anyone’s ears is the sound of their own name.

3.  Have humility, there is something to be learned from every individual.

4.  Be friendly, if you would have a friend, be one.

5.  Be cordial, speak and act as though everything you did is a pleasure.

6.  Be sincerly interested in others, you can like almost everybody if you try.

7.  Be generous with praise, cautious with critism.

8.  Give your word, then keep it.

9.  Be considerate of the feelings of others.

10.  Be alert to give service, what counts most in life is what we can do for others.

Now none of these are hard to do, but doing them on a regular basis or making them a habit can make our own lives and the lives of those we meet or come in contact with a whole lot easier and simpler.

Just a few short quotes that echo the above commandments.  The first is from King GeorgeVI of England.

“The highest of distinctions is service to others.”

King George VI

Also from an english playright, William Shakespeare;

“Condem the fault and not the actor of it.”

William Shakespeare

Well that is all from me today.  So in bidding you Adiu I hope that you find value in what I have shared with you here. Till next time.

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Quotes of The Day

I have been trying to think of what quotes I could share with you for most of the week.  Then I started to think of relationships, in particular the relationship between Husbands and wives.  And i remembered that i had a couple of items which, while not strictly quotes as such, they serve to illustrate the points that I feel to make.

The first is for the wives by a leading marriage counsellor by the name of Meg Whitcombe,

“Leading marriage counsellor Meg Whithcomb has labelled the nine fatal sentences no wife should utter if she wants to preserve her marriage.”

  •  Your just like your Father
  •  Why don’t you earn as much as . . . . .
  •  You spend more time with your mates than with me
  •  You watch too much TV
  •  You’ve changed since you were younger
  •  I’ll get a divorce. (Meg comments: “Husband might take you up on it.”)
  •  I’ll only sleep with you if . . . . .  (never use sex as a weapon)
  •  Not tonight, I have a headache. (Be honest when you don’t want to make love.)
  •  Your no good in bed.

 “Just like the Ten Commandments they are not earth shattering but the contain a lot of good sense.”

 

                                                                                    Meg Whithcomb

Speaking of the ten commandments I have a little quote that talks of the ten things that husbands need to do to look after their wives and families.  So I hope they help and give you all something to think about.

Ten Commandments for Husbands

 

  1. Remember that thy wife is thy partner, not thy property

 

  1. Do not expect thy wife to be wife and wage earner at the same time.

 

  1. Think not that thy business is not thy wife’s business.

 

  1. Thou shalt hold thy wife’s love by the same means that thou won it

 

  1. Thou shalt make the building of thy home thy first business.

 

  1. Thou shalt co-operate with thy wife in establishing family discipline.

 

  1. Thou shalt enter into thy home with cheerfulness

 

  1. Thou shalt not let anyone criticise thy wife to thy face and get away with it. Neither thy father, nor thy mother, nor thy brethren, nor thy sisters.

 

  1. Thou shalt not take thy wife for granted.

 

  1. Remember thy home and keep it holy.

 

 

While there are no hard or difficult things that we each can do to maintain our relationships.  It is the remembering that can be difficult at times.  Also doing the thing on a regular basis, not just occassionaly.

Well thats enough from me for now.  I bid you Adiu until next time.

 

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Quotes of The Day

Various thoughts have run through my mind this week, busy as it has been.  Like always a couple have stuck in my mind and stand forth above the others.  But both of them have to do with our attitudes and also our behaviours.

Throughout my life I have always been taught that learning and improving myself is a good thing to do. Keeping this in mind the following thought can be an encouragement for one to learn and also keep an open mind.

 

“Neglecting to broaden their views has kept some men doing the one thing all their lives.”

In other words, if you don’t increase your skills or learning then you might end up being only able to do the one type of work all your lives.

Having said that some of us can be quite stubborn and resist change. Or don’t know how to change.  This next quote sort of illustrates that.

“When one door closes another opens, but we often stare so long at the one that has closed that we don’t see the one that has opened.”

While this quote is appropriate for so many different situations, I thought it would serve in this situation as well.  Some times when our circumstances change we are so focussed on our old life or situation that we either cannot see or refuse to see the opportunities that have opened up with our change of circumstances.

 

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Quotes Of The Day

Over the years that I have been collecting quotes there are a few that have stuck in my mind. For example when I was serving as a missionary for my church, I came across this quote which came to mean a lot to me then and still does.

 

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know much you care.”

As a teacher, especially as a young teacher it can be very difficult to convince others that you can teach them something that will be of great benifit in their lives and in the lives of their families. As the quote above says; if people know that you care about them, then it is a lot easier to teach them something that is of value, such as truth & increased knowledge and understanding.

Sometimes there are thoughts that can have a great deal of meaning to you and can sit in your mind.  Like the following thought.

“You can dodge your responsibilities, but you can’t dodge the consequences of dodging your responsibilities.”

So if you are ever asked to do something and don’t want to do it.  Consider first if it worth the consequences  of not doing it.  Or for that matter anything we do in life has a consequence, the question we need to ask ourselves; is the consequence of doing or not doing a particular action or task good or bad.

Thats all from me for now; until the next time I bid you Adieu!

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Quote Of The Day

Enthusiasm is such a powerful force in our lives. and the good thing about it is we can share it with others. For example the following quote.

“If you don’t enthusiastically present your argument, don’t expect to keep the good result you probably won’t achieve.”

So if we present our discusion topic with enthusiasm, that can transfer to those we present to, and can help us get our point across.

“Enthusiasm is the contagious persuader.”

So how many of you can remember coming into contact with a person who was so enthusiastic about what they wanted to do or what they had to tell you about, that you found yourself being persuaded to either do what they wanted you to do or found yourself believing in what they were saying to you.  Even though a part of you was either reluctant to participate in what they wanted you to do.  Or the thing they wanted you to believe in.

I said earlier that enthusiasm can be a very powerful emotion.  And can often be a driving force in our lives.  And as the following quote shows, it can feel like our –

“Enthusiasm is knowledge on fire.”

Now where does this leave us, I wonder? Oh I know!, its time to say goodbye untill next time. So until then, Adieu!

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