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 bankers, behavior, friendship, learning, reason, struggle, time, water, and wisdom

A young man came to Socrates one time and said, "Mr. Socrates, I have come 1,600 miles to talk to you about wisdom and learning." He said, "You are a man of wisdom and learning, and I would like to be a man of wisdom and learning." Socrates said, "Come follow me," and he led the way down to the seashore. They waded out into the water up to their waists, and then Socrates turned on his friend and held his head under the water. His friend struggled and kicked and bucked and tried to get away, but Socrates held him down. Now if you hold someone's head under the water long enough, he will eventually become fairly peaceable. And after this man had stopped struggling, Socrates laid him out on the bank to dry, and he went back to the market place. After the young man had dried out a little bit, he came back to Socrates to find the reason for this rather unusual behavior. Socrates said to him, "When your head was under the water, what was the one thing you wanted more than anything else?" And the man said, "More than anything else, I wanted air." Socrates said, "All right, when you want wisdom and learning like you wanted air, you won't have to ask anybody to give it to you."

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

Source: February 9, 1965, at BYU

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A Quote by Sterling W. Sill on joy, life, and promises

Those who wallow around in the sickness of their immorality and degeneracy get very little joy out of life here and certainly not much promise is held out for them hereafter.

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Sterling W. Sill on eternity, glory, happiness, immortality, life, love, machines, perception, personality, personality, reason, senses, soul, and understanding

The greatest of all our human concepts is the immortality of the personality and the eternal glory of the human soul. Throughout eternity you will be yourself and I will be myself, with quickened senses amplified powers of perception, and vastly increased capacity for reason, understanding, love, and happiness, all of which are qualities we may develop now. Our machines wear out, our barns fall down, and our substance goes back to the dust, but our finest collection of personal qualities will have eternal life.

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

Source: Sterling W. Sill from Best of Sterling W. Sill, p. 186-87

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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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