Ezra Taft Benson

1899 - 1994

A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on blessings, experience, knowledge, life, maturity, parenthood, people, and wisdom

Young people, your parents, with their maturity of years and experience you have not had, can provide wisdom, knowledge, and blessings to help you over life's pitfalls. You may find, that life's sweetest experiences come when you go to Mom and Dad for help.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: Ensign, November 1977, p.31.

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on confidence, life, ugliness, and world

Be a light unto the world, a standard to others. You can live in the world and not partake of the sins of the world. You can live life joyously, beautifully, unmarred by the ugliness of sin. This is our confidence in you.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: New Era, June 1986, p. 8.

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on confidence, eternity, leadership, lies, love, preparation, world, and youth

Beloved youth, you will have your trials and temptations through which you must pass, but there are great moments of eternity which lie ahead. You have our love and our confidence. We pray that you will be prepared for the reins of leadership. We say to you, "Arise and shine forth" and be a light unto the world, a standard to others.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: New Era, June 1986, p. 8.

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on action, behavior, control, emotion, and temper

If a man does not control his temper, it is a sad admission that he is not in control of his thoughts. He then becomes a victim of his own passions and emotions, which lead him to actions that are totally unfit for civilized behavior, let alone behavior for a priesthood holder.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: Ensign, November 1986, p. 47.

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on argument, christ, devil, force, god, life, men, pride, and spirit

Pride does not look up to God and care about what is right. It looks sideways to man and argues who is right. Pride is manifest in the spirit of contention. Was it not through pride that the devil became the devil? Christ wanted to serve. The devil wanted to rule. Christ wanted to bring men to where He was. The devil wanted to be above men. Christ removed self as the force in His perfect life. It was not my will, but thine be done (see Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42).

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: Conference Report, April 1986, Ensign May 1986

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on fear, god, life, and pride

Pride is characterized by "What do I want out of life?" rather than by "What would God have me do with my life?" It is self-will as opposed to God's will. It is the fear of man over the fear of God.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: Conference Report, April 1986, Ensign May 1986

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on brothers, confession, god, humility, life, people, pride, service, and sister

The antidote for pride is humility - meekness, submissiveness. . . . God will have a humble people. Either we can choose to be humble or we can be compelled to be humble. . . . We can choose to humble ourselves by conquering enmity toward our brothers and sisters, esteeming them as ourselves, and lifting them as high or higher than we are. . . . We can choose to humble ourselves by receiving counsel and chastisement, . . . by forgiving those who have offended us, . . . by rendering selfless service, . . . by going on missions and preaching the word that can humble others, . . . by getting to the temple more frequently, [and] by confessing and forsaking our sins and being born of God. . . . We can choose to humble ourselves by loving God, adjusting our will to His, and putting Him first in our lives.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: Ensign, May 1989, pp. 6-7.

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on blessings, eternity, friendship, god, life, men, men and women, opportunity, peace, soul, vision, and women

Men and women who turn their lives over to God will find out that he can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life to God will find he has eternal life.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: The New Era, May 1973/75, p20.

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on blessings, character, church, feeling, gratitude, needs, and spirit

We need to be more grateful. I think there is no true character without gratitude. It is one of the marks of a real strong character to have a feeling of thanksgiving and gratitude for blessings. We need more of that spirit in our homes, in our daily associations, in the church, everywhere. It doesn't cost anything, and it is so easy to cultivate.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on courage, fatherhood, government, nations, opposites, people, philosophy, simplicity, and support

That government is best which governs the least, so taught the courageous founders of this nation. This simple declaration is diametrically opposed to the all too common philosophy that the government should protect and support one from the cradle to the grave. The policy of the Founding Fathers has made our people and our nation strong. The opposite leads inevitably to moral decay.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: at BYU, February 28,1962

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