Neal Maxwell

1926 -

A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on good, mercy, order, reward, soul, and truth

Mercy can purge the soul of sin, making room for a fresh start. Truth is vital in order that we have an unvarying standard by which to determine what we are to be and to do and what we are to rid ourselves of. All the cardinal virtues, therefore, carry their own intrinsic as well as outward reward. A merciful man does do good to his own soul.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on conscience and mortality

Conscience warns us not to sink our cleats too deeply in mortal turf, which is so dangerously artificial.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Ensign, Nov. 1987, p. 32, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on mortality

We are here in mortality, and the only way to go is through; there isn't any around.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Ensign, May 1988, p.7., © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on art, learning, life, and music

When we rejoice in great music and art, it is but the flexing of instincts learned in the previous life.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on facts, journeys, and path

When great individuals move so marvelously along the straight and narrow path, it is unseemly of us to call attention to the fact that one of their shoelaces is untied as they make the journey.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Things As They Really Are, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on christianity, earth, god, imagination, jobs, life, soul, thought, and understanding

C. S. Lewis put it well when he gave us the analogy of remodeling the human soul and a living house: "Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently, He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace." (Mere Christianity [New York: Macmillan, 1960], p. 174.)

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience, p.29, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on absence, advice, attitude, church, circumstances, correction, facts, family, fear, force, friendship, giving, heart, leadership, listening, losing, love, past, pride, resentment, solution, and truth

In moments of truth, when meekness matters, other forces, including pride, flow into the chemistry of that moment. Take, for instance, the matter of receiving correct counsel, whether given by a spouse, a family member, a friend, or a Church leader. Often the counsel, even when spoken in love, is resisted by the recipient who - chained by pride - focuses instead upon the imperfections of the person giving the counsel. In another situation, the recipient may have much pride in the position he or she has already taken and refuse to deny himself or herself the continuation of that conduct, lifestyle, or attitude, which denial is at the heart of the solution. However, those who fear losing face cannot have His image in their countenances. In yet another circumstance, the recipient may, instead of listening to the counsel given, be nursing some past grievance upon which he or she would prefer to focus rather than the real issue at hand. Neither advice-giver nor circumstances can be perfect. Absent mutual meekness, the counsel given may not only go unheeded, but, in fact, may even be resented. Italics added.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Meek and Lowly, p. 57., © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on jobs

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It is our job to lift others up, not to size them up.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell

Letting off steam always produces more heat than light.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Ensign, November 1989, p. 84. © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on college, experience, life, and mortality

The mortal experience . . . is not like a college course which we can passively audit. Instead, we are taking life's course for credit and there are no summers off - not even semester breaks.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Commencement, Ricks College, April 2000, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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