David McKay

1873 - 1970

A Quote by David Oman McKay on action, character, destruction, efficiency, evil, force, impulses, jealousy, opportunity, power, psychology, and yielding

He taught, and modern physiology and psychology confirm, that hate and jealousy and other evil passions destroy a man's physical vigor and efficiency. What a man continually thinks about determines his actions in times of opportunity and stress. A man's reaction to his appetites and impulses when they are roused gives the measure of that man's character. In these reactions are revealed the man's power to govern or his forced servility to yield.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Conference Report, April 1967.

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on architecture and destiny

Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on idleness, mind, soul, and thought

The thought in your mind at this moment is contributing, however, infinitesimally, almost imperceptibly to the shaping of your soul, . . . even passing and idle thoughts leave their impression.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: quoted in The Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 105.

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on architecture, fate, god, and inspiration

Each one of us is the architect of his own fate; and he is unfortunate indeed who will try to build himself without the inspiration of God, without realizing that he grows from within, not from without.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: True End of Life, The Instructor, Jan., 1964, p. 1.

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on feeling, good, idleness, men, passion, sacrifice, secrets, self-denial, shame, victory, and worth

"The first and best victory is to conquer self; to be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile." [Plato] One secret act of self-denial, one sacrifice of inclination to do is worth all of the good thoughts, warm feelings, and passionate prayers in which idle men indulge themselves.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: quoting Plato, Greek philosopher

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on difficulty, life, soul, spirituality, strength, and victory

Spirituality is the consciousness of victory over self and of communion with the Infinite. Spirituality impels one to conquer difficulties and acquire more and more strength. To feel one's faculties expanding the soul is one of life's most sublime experiences.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Jay Jensen, notes, Instructor, Jan 1964, p.2

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on god, indifference, life, meditation, mind, spirit, and spirituality

Spirituality is not constant meditation and an indifference to surrounding conditions and responsibilities; rather, it is doing those things which are in accordance with the mind and will of God. It concerns itself with temporal life as well as with things of the spirit.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on god, obedience, and spirituality

Obedience to the commandments of God is the key to spirituality.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on god, learning, and study

We must continually study and learn the commandments of God. We can't do what we don't know. Then we must do what we have learned.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by David Oman McKay

There is no more important chapter in the Bible than John 17.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Conference Report, Oct. 1967, p. 5.

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