Sterling W. Sill

1903 - 1994

A Quote by Sterling W. Sill on beginning, day, and life

Life begins when we begin and each day we ought to be born again.

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

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A Quote by Sterling W. Sill on business, failure, heaven, jesus, life, reason, sermons, success, time, and work

In the greatest sermon that was ever preached, the greatest man who ever lived gave the wisest counsel that has ever been given, in which He said, "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, . . ." (Matthew 6:20.) Laying up earthly treasures is such an exciting process that we spend most of our time working at it. But Jesus pointed out some advantages to treasures in heaven. The moth and the rust cannot get at treasures in heaven quite so easily. Treasures in heaven are more permanent. They are more satisfying. There are only two reasons why we are not as successful as we would like to be in laying up earthly treasures. One is that we sometimes get into the wrong business; and the second reason is that even though we may be in the right business, we do not always work at it effectively. Interestingly enough, these are the same reasons why we fail in laying up treasures in heaven.

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

Source: at BYU, October 3, 1960

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A Quote by Sterling W. Sill on god, harmony, life, love, and men

That man loves God who puts his own life in harmony with him, and who serves his fellow men as though his life depends upon it, as indeed it does.

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

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A Quote by Sterling W. Sill on bitterness, joy, justice, time, and value

Make sure that your ambitions are really lofty - not just seem to be. Sometimes instead of engaging in those so called "mountaintop employments of great value," we spend our time in digging a pit and then falling therein, so that our temporary joy may become a permanent and bitter loss.

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

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A Quote by Sterling W. Sill on ambition, attitude, enthusiasm, failure, good, laziness, and loyalty

Everything depends on attitude. We are ambitious or lazy, enthusiastic or dull, loyal or undependable, according to our attitude. We get good grades or poor grades - according to our attitudes. Discouragement is an attitude. Lack of industry is an attitude. Failure to follow instructions is an attitude. attitude

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

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A Quote by Sterling W. Sill on doubt and faith

We can cross the rivers of doubt and discouragement on the bridge of faith even before we get to them.

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

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A Quote by Sterling W. Sill on home, judgment, life, and time

You can't judge a man by watching him live. . . . I personally watched Babe Ruth at bat three times, and he struck out every time. But at the very time that I was watching him strike out, the record said that he was the greatest home-run king who ever lived.

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

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A Quote by Sterling W. Sill on argument, blindness, fighting, and ideas

Fighting is not the best way to win an argument. If carried to its ultimate conclusions, the old idea of "an eye for an eye" eventually ends in making everybody blind.

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

Source: Speech at BYU, November 9 1965

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A Quote by Sterling W. Sill on accuracy, baseball, books, day, difficulty, enthusiasm, errors, god, individuality, life, losing, motivation, people, separation, statistics, and success

In baseball we keep an accurate record of the hits, runs, and errors of each individual player. Life is also a great game, and in life the statistics are much more important than they are in a ball game. One of our human weaknesses in life is that when we are losing the game, we don't always like to keep track of the score. Certainly we are not very enthusiastic about putting the errors down on the paper, and most people don't even know what their individual batting average is. This makes our success much more difficult both to figure out and to attain . . . we cannot separate our success from our statistics. If each day we could see what God writes in his book about our works for that day, it would certainly motivate us to make better scores.

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

Source: Told by Sterling W. Sill in Majesty of Books, p. 34

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A Quote by Sterling W. Sill on confidence, difficulty, education, god, good, intelligence, life, people, responsibility, selfishness, soul, and world

Certainly the greatest values in the world are human values, and the most worthwhile ambitions in people have to do with building human beings. The most important responsibility that God has ever laid upon the shoulders of any human being is that of making the best and the most of his own life. I heard of somebody once who said he was interested in doing the greatest amount of good for the greatest number, and that the greatest number was number one. That was himself. That may sound like a little bit of selfishness, but if that is selfishness, at least it is a very intelligent selfishness. Everyone has a right to be interested in himself, and I am confident that God wants us to be interested in ourselves first; that is, the first soul that anyone should bring to God should be his own soul. We cannot do very much for anyone else until we have first done something for ourselves. That is, it is pretty difficult to give someone else an education unless we have some education ourselves. It is pretty hard to get someone else to think unless we ourselves are thinkers.

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

Source: Speech at BYU, November 9 1965

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