A Quote by ElRay L. Christiansen on brevity, disobedience, eternity, existence, facts, future, justice, mortality, past, and temptation

This mortal probation is a brief period-just a short span, linking the eternity of the past with the eternity of the future. Yet it was to be a period of tremendous importance. It is, in fact, the most vital period of our entire eternal existence. In this mortal state we come face to face with innumerable temptations and pressures. Sometimes we come in contact with advocates of wrongdoing, disobedience, and sin. Lucifer is going about tempting those who can be tempted to see if he can lead them astray.

ElRay L. Christiansen (1897 - 1975)

Source: at BYU, March 24, 1964

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A Quote by Ella Wheeler Wilcox on beginning, blindness, concern, friendship, god, justice, life, past, pregnancy, sleep, sorrow, soul, time, and wishes

With every rising of the sun, Think of your life as just begun. The past has shrived and buried deep All yesterdays; there let them sleep. Concern yourself with but today, Woo it, and teach it to obey Your will and wish. Since time began Today has been the friend of man; But in his blindness and his sorrow, He looks to yesterday and tomorrow. You, and today! a soul sublime, And the great pregnant hour of time, With God himself to bind the twain! Go forth, I say-attain, attain! With God himself to bind the twain!

Ella Wilcox (1850 - 1919)

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A Quote by Elaine Christensen on daughters, day, god, laughter, learning, love, past, religion, sons, teachers, teaching, and water

Whenever It Rains Fräulein Dr. Sauter, our religion teacher, wore hand-knit underwear. Couldn't buy any--she was as big as Noah's Ark. Whenever it rains, I think of her. She loved that story. Wanted to sail away, 'cupped in God's hands.' She'd clasp hers, rocking them back and forth like a boat in steep waves. We dropped our pencil boxes to peek up her skirt, past wide-spread knees, to view thighs encased in 'knit-one, purl-one'. We'd learned to knit socks that year. It took four needles. She must have needed eight, no, sixteen. While teaching, she sat on two chairs, one for each haunch. One day, a chair broke. Dr. Sauter hit the floor like a hippopotamus heading for water. No way could she get up. With side-gripping laughter, we had to fetch the Herr Direktor to help us hoist her to her feet. We pictured old Noah with all his sons and daughters pushing, pulling some big mammoth aboard the ark. The next day she told us why she loved that story. Noah, she said, ignored the laughter.

Elaine Christensen (1948 -)

Source: I have learned five things, 1995 winner, Nat’l Fed’n StatePoetry Societies’ manuscript comp

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A Quote by Edward Young on boredom, heaven, and past

'T is greatly wise to talk with our past hours, And ask them what report they bore to heaven.

Edward Young (1683 - 1765)

Source: Night Thoughts. Night ii. Line 376.

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A Quote by Edward Roscoe Murrow on dreams, emptiness, future, language, life, memory, past, and present

Language is the memory of man. Without it he has no past, a paltry present, and an empty future. With it he can bring his dreams to life.

Edward Roscoe Murrow (1908 - 1965)

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A Quote by Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton on future, energy, men, past, repentance, and virtue

What is past is past. There is a future left to all men who have the virtue to repent, and the energy to atone.

Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873)

Source: today’s thought, newspaper clipping, Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on future and past

You can never plan the future by the past.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Letter to a Member of the National Assembly. Vol. iv. p. 55.

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A Quote by Edgar Allan Poe on darkness, day, departure, dreams, joy, life, loneliness, past, spirit, truth, vision, and world

In visions of the dark night      I have dreamed of joy departed-- But a waking dream of life and light      Hath left me broken-hearted. Ah! what is not a dream by day      To him whose eyes are cast On things around him with a ray      Turned back upon the past? That holy dream- that holy dream,      While all the world were chiding, Hath cheered me as a lovely beam      A lonely spirit guiding. What though that light, thro' storm and night,      So trembled from afar- What could there be more purely bright      In Truth's day-star?

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

Source: a dream, 1827

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on evil, future, past, philosophy, and present

Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by Dr. Frederick R. Stamm on future, life, mind, and past

When no new thoughts fill the mind-when no horizons beckon-when life is in the past, not in the future-you are on the way to uselessness.

Dr. Frederick R. Stamm

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