Neal Maxwell

1926 -

A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on exploring, faith, and trying

Some find it easier to bend their knees than their minds. Exciting exploration is preferred to plodding implementation; speculation seems more fun than consecration, and so is trying to soften the hard doctrines instead of submitting to them. Worse still, by not obeying, these . . . lack real knowing. Lacking real knowing, they cannot defend their faith and may become critics instead of defenders!

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on darkness, faith, mistakes, and perspective

Those of little faith mistake local cloud cover for general darkness. Keeping spiritually intact results in our keeping precious perspective by seeing "things as they really are." (Jacob 4:13)

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Ensign, June 1994. © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on path

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The strait and narrow path, though clearly marked, is a path, not a freeway nor an escalator. Indeed, there are times when the only way the strait and narrow path can be followed is on one's knees! And we are to help each other along the path.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Ensign, May 1982, p. 38, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on argument, certainty, foolishness, god, justice, life, people, possibility, prudence, weakness, and world

There is also the very real possibility that, in the justice of God, one of the reasons He uses the weak and the foolish of the world is so that no argument could be made later that certain people were advantaged in some unfair way by that which was unearned-either in the premortal life or here. Hence it seems prudent for us to realize that just because one is set apart or ordained to a certain calling or assignment he or she must not expect to be set apart from the stresses of life. There appear to be no immunities.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Sermons Not Spoken, p.26, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on cities, emotion, god, impulses, proverbs, resentment, and selfishness

Submissiveness to God enables us to govern ourselves. . . . Lacking this capacity we vulnerable, like "a city which is broken down, and without walls" (Proverbs 25:28). We are vulnerable if we can be taken by a wave of emotion, invaded by an invidious impulse, roughed up by resentment, or engulfed by a surge of selfishness.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Not My Will, But Thine, page 95, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on ability, discipline, learning, morality, principles, time, and truth

Man can learn self-discipline without becoming ascetic; he can be wise without waiting to be old; he can be influential without waiting for status. Man can sharpen his ability to distinguish between matters of principle and matters of preference, but only if we have a wise interplay between time and truth, between minutes and morality.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: The Smallest Part, p. 51., © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on children, commitment, disappointment, divinity, failure, faith, fatherhood, gifts, god, ingratitude, justice, learning, life, love, men, mercy, perspective, power, reflection, and temptation

Yet, seeing this ingratitude of those who are without perspective should not cause us to make reflexive rejoinders to unbelievers. Rather, we, for our part, ought to contemplate how truly deep God's commitment to free agency must be, how truly deep (and unpossessive) his love for his children must be to allow us to err, to fail, to learn, and to grow. And how wonderful is his refusal to impose, by his power, a faith that otherwise seems to come so slowly and to so few when men are left free. Sensing, even on such a small scale, these divine commitments ought to help us to reflect them in our lives. If we are tempted to unwise responses because of our small-scale frustrations with those who are ungrateful, with those who misuse their gifts, lo, how much greater the sense of disappointment at the divine level is. And yet his commitment to free agency remains intact, and his love, justice, and mercy continue even for those who defy their Father.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: For The Power Is In Them, pg. 28-29, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on facts, good, joy, kindness, life, men, men and women, people, pessimism, reflection, and women

It is understandable how some people could give way to this kind of pervasive pessimism, but we speak of a gospel which brings good tidings of great joy and this must be reflected in our lives, if we are to be believable especially as we suggest to others that there is, in fact, not only a better way, but also the way. Scriptures that speak of man as a being who "might have joy" have more impact when falling from the lips or pens of men and women whose lives give fresh evidence of the validity of that scripture.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: A More Excellent Way, , © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on enemies, justice, mind, nobility, pride, and reason

Just as meekness is in all our virtues, so is pride in all our sins. Whatever its momentary and alluring guise, pride is the enemy, "the first of the sins." One reason to be particularly on guard against pride is that "the devilish strategy of Pride is that it attacks us, not in our weakest points, but in our strongest. It is preeminently the sin of the noble mind." Not only of the noble mind, but also of the semi-righteous.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Meek & Lowly quoting H. Fairlie’s The Seven Deadly Sins Today, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on fatigue and people

When at length we tire of putting people down, this self-inflicted fatigue can give way to the invigorating calisthenics of lifting people up.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Men and Women of Christ, p. 28. © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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