Ezra Taft Benson

1899 - 1994

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 christianity, exercise, fighting, food, meditation, needs, optimism, patriotism, and sleep

Clean hearts and healthful food, exercise, early sleep and fresh air, wholesome recreation and meditation combined with optimism that comes from fighting for the right and knowing you'll eventually win for keeps - this is the tonic every true Christian patriot needs and deserves.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: Conference Report, April 1967, Pg. 61

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on christ, devil, fatherhood, guidance, jesus, strength, temptation, and words

I counsel you, in the words of Jesus Christ, to "watch and pray I always lest ye enter into temptation; for Satan desireth to have you, that he may sift you as wheat" (3 Nephi 18:18). If you will earnestly seek guidance from your Heavenly Father, morning and evening, you will be given the strength to shun any temptation.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: “To The Rising Generation," New Era, June 1986

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on blessings, foolishness, god, goodness, imagination, nations, needs, prayer, pride, virtue, and wisdom

Many of us have a tendency to forget the Gracious Hand which has preserved our nation, enriched it, strengthened it. Many of us imagine in the foolishness of pride, that our manifold blessings are due not to God's goodness, but to our own wisdom and virtue. Too many of us have been so drunk with self-sufficiency as no longer to feel the need of prayer.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: Title of Liberty, p. 156.

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on devil, discontent, divorce, family, pride, problems, rebellion, teenage, and women

One of Satan's greatest tools is pride: to cause a man or a woman to center so much attention on self that he or she becomes insensitive to his Creator or fellow beings. It is a cause for discontent, divorce, teenage rebellion, family indebtedness, and most other problems we face.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: Conference Report, April 1979, Ensign May 1979

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on change, church, humility, improvement, life, and repentance

As we cleanse the inner vessel, there will have to be changes made in our own personal lives, in our families, and in the Church. The proud do not change to improve, but defend their position by rationalizing. Repentance means change, and it takes a humble person to change. But we can do it.

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, heaven, humility, needs, pleasure, pride, and world

Humility responds to God's will-to the fear of His judgments and to the needs of those around us. To the proud, the applause of the world rings in their ears; to the humble, the applause of heaven warms their hearts. Someone has said, "Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man."

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: Conference Report, April 1986, Ensign May 1986

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on god, humility, life, opposites, pride, relationships, and worth

In the scriptures there is no such thing as righteous pride. It is always considered as a sin. We are not speaking of a wholesome view of self-worth, which is best established by a close relationship with God. But we are speaking of pride as the universal sin, as someone has described it. . . . Essentially, pride is a "my will" rather than "thy will" approach to life. The opposite of pride is humbleness, meekness, submissiveness, or teachableness.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: Conference Report, April 1986, Ensign May 1986

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on blessings, children, god, gratitude, guilt, ingratitude, and life

God help us to be grateful for our blessings, never to be guilty of the sin of ingratitude, and to instill this same gratitude into the lives of our children. Someone has said that an ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating apples and never looking up to see where they come from.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson", p. 364

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