David McKay

1873 - 1970

A Quote by David Oman McKay on abstinence, brothers, christ, faults, gifts, idealism, peace, and power

If we would have peace as individuals, we must supplant enmity with forbearance, which means to refrain or abstain from finding fault or from condemning others. . . . We shall have power to do this if we really cherish in our hearts the ideals of Christ, who said: "Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." (Matt. 5:23-24) Note the Savior did not say if you have ought against him, but if you find that another has ought against you.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Conference Report, October 1938, p. 133

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A Quote by David Oman McKay

Sometimes the things that hold you down are the things that hold you up.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Ensign, May 1961

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on adversity, destruction, time, and yielding

One time or another we all face adversity's chilling wind. One man flees from it, and like an unresisting kite falls to the ground. Another yields no retreating inch, and the wind that would destroy him lifts him as readily to the heights. We are not measured by the trials we meet, only by those we overcome.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Ensign, May 1961

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on assumptions, honor, sacred, and sons

Every partaker of the sacrament gives evidence of his willingness to assume three very great obligations, to which he becomes bound in sacred honor: • To take upon himself the name of the Son, • That he will always remember him, • To keep his commandments.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Home Memories of Pres. D. O. McKay, p. 234.

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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 exercise, justice, language, meditation, prayer, privacy, reflection, religion, soul, spirituality, and words

Meditation is the language of the soul. It is defined as a form of private devotion or spiritual exercise, consisting in deep, continued reflection on some religious theme. Meditation is a form of prayer [that is not and cannot be just words.]

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Man May Know for Himself, p. 23.

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on meditation, sacred, and secrets

Meditation is one of the most secret, most sacred doors through which we pass into the presence of the Lord.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Man May Know for Himself, p. 23.

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on admiration, books, daughters, destruction, family, health, honor, immortality, influence, mankind, motherhood, painting, sons, soul, and world

The noblest calling in the world is that of mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after painting shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on birth, blessings, christ, darkness, death, eternity, fear, jesus, life, men, and soul

There is no cause to fear death; it is but an incident in life. It is as natural as birth. Why should we fear it? Some fear it because they think it is the end of life, and life often is the dearest thing we have. Eternal life is man's greatest blessing. If only men would "do his will" instead of looking hopelessly at the dark and gloomy tomb, they would turn their eyes heavenward and know that "Christ is risen!" With all my soul I know that death is conquered by Jesus Christ.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

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