David McKay

1873 - 1970

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 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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A Quote by David Oman McKay on age, certainty, joy, life, love, pessimism, and time

Please do not think me a pessimist. I love life. I think it is a joy to live in this age. Every morning, as I greet the sun as he ushers in these unexcelled autumn days, I feel the joy of living. I realize the accomplishments, to a certain degree, of this wonderful mechanistic age. Today time and distance are practically annihilated.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Gospel Ideals, p. 326

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on fatherhood, gifts, honor, idealism, motherhood, and respect

The best gift you can give to your father or mother is to let them know that you are emulating their ideals and that you are going to carry their name in respect and honor.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on fatherhood, heart, language, prayer, soul, spirit, and words

Prayer is the pulsation of a yearning, loving heart in tune with the Infinite, It is a message of the soul sent directly to a loving Father. The language is not mere words but spirit vibration.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Treasures of Life, p. 308.

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