Harold B. Lee

1899 - 1973

A Quote by Harold B. Lee on struggle and thought

I thank the Lord that I may have passed some of the tests, but maybe there will have to be more before I shall have been polished to do all that the Lord would have me do. Sometimes when the veil has been very thin, I have thought that if the struggle had been still greater that maybe then there would have been no veil.

Harold B. Lee (1899 - 1973)

Source: Conference Report, October 1973, p. 170.

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A Quote by Harold B. Lee on failure

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It isn't the Lord who withholds himself from us. It is we who withhold ourselves from him because of our failure to keep his commandments.

Harold B. Lee (1899 - 1973)

Source: Conference Report, October 1966, p. 117.

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A Quote by Harold B. Lee on soul

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You cannot light a fire in another soul unless it is burning in your own soul.

Harold B. Lee (1899 - 1973)

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A Quote by Harold B. Lee on birth, body, composers, earth, god, heaven, individuality, mortality, parenthood, preparation, spirit, spirituality, words, and world

The spirit, if it could be seen with mortal eyes, would appear in bodily shape like a full-grown person with individual endowments that make it a counter-part of the body in which it [resides,] "that which is temporal in the likeness of that which is spiritual." (D&C 77:2.) It was that which came from God and entered at birth into the infant body prepared by its mortal parents. The spirit was of the "Lord from heaven." The physical body was "of the earth, earthy," (2 Cor. 15:47) or in other words, composed of the elements of which the things in the physical world are composed.

Harold B. Lee (1899 - 1973)

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A Quote by Harold B. Lee on christ, conflict, jesus, justice, and sorrow

Just as a flood-lighted temple is more beautiful in a severe storm or in a heavy fog, so the gospel of Jesus Christ is more glorious in times of inward storm and of personal sorrow and tormenting conflict.

Harold B. Lee (1899 - 1973)

Source: Conference Report, April 1965, p.16.

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A Quote by Harold B. Lee on acceptance, america, business, character, day, determination, faith, life, motivation, nature, optimism, pride, purpose, sacrifice, spirituality, study, success, virtue, and work

One of the greatest business leaders in America today, James F. Oates of the Equitable Life, said this about factors which he said were necessary to develop us into real eminence in any field. He said: Whatever may be the nature of our work, or the character of our own vocational activity, eminence always involves the following: [And then he named four factors, and I want you to mark them.] 1. You must have the determination to excel. 2. You must have the willingness [And I want you to mark this.] to pay the price, to study, to live through disappointments with optimism, and to accept the sacrifices necessary to succeed. [Now, do you get the significance of that?] 3. You must have the steadfast pursuit of purpose, doing the work day after day, week after week, yes, year after year, whether you feel like doing it or not. 4. You must have pride and faith in the virtue of your calling. [That is to say, spiritual motivation.] (James F. Oates, Address before the YMCA at Los Angeles, California, April 15, 1960.)

Harold B. Lee (1899 - 1973)

Source: at BYU, February 7, 1962

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A Quote by Harold B. Lee on life, potential, and world

The greatest waste in all the world is living below our potential.

Harold B. Lee (1899 - 1973)

Source: Conference Report, April 1965, p.16.

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A Quote by Harold B. Lee on courage, faith, god, government, questions, religion, present, and universe

It is not the function of religion to answer all the questions about God's moral government of the universe, but to give us courage through faith to go on in the face of questions to which we find no answer in our present status.

Harold B. Lee (1899 - 1973)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Harold B. Lee on angels, eternity, happiness, joy, possessions, purity, and youth

How glorious and near to the angels is youth that is clean. This youth has joy unspeakable here and eternal happiness hereafter. Sexual purity is youth's most precious possession. It is the foundation of all righteousness.

Harold B. Lee (1899 - 1973)

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A Quote by Harold B. Lee on children, crime, destruction, lies, and life

. . . the sin of abortion, or the destruction of unborn children - lies somewhere a close kin to the crime of destroying human life and certainly to be condemned.

Harold B. Lee (1899 - 1973)

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