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The Most Important Things in Life are Not "Things"

"Money can buy the husk of many things, but not the kernal. It brings you food, but not the appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; days of joy, but not happiness."

Henrik Ibsen


"Our priorities determine what we seek in life."

Dallin H. Oaks


"Any pleasure which keeps the heart from God will be fatal to the soul."

Richard Fuller


"Many people spend most of their time working in the service of a self-image that includes sufficient money, stocks, furnishings, automobiles, and the like to guarantee carnal security throughout, it is hoped, a long and happy life. Forgotten is the fact that our assignment is to use these many resources in our families and quorums to build up the kingdom of God—to further the missionary effort and the genealogical and temple work; to raise our children up as fruitful servants unto the Lord; to bless others in every way, that they may also be fruitful. Instead, we expend these blessings on our own desires."

President Spencer W. Kimball


"The man who is ambitious for personal gain and personal advantage is never a happy man, for before him always are the receding horizons of life that will ever mock his attempts at acquisition and conquest. That man who serves unselfishly is the man who is the happy man."

Harold B. Lee


"The destructive forces of Satan are becoming increasingly more effective in their relentless pursuit of the hearts and minds of men and women everywhere. Many of the very elite in the army of the Lord quite innocently have been led into habits that are gaining a stranglehold on them. I fear that there are members who are far less effective and far less satisfied with themselves than they could be or would be if they weren't so afflicted. Many of you may be victims and not even realize it."


"The devil is a shrewd fighter, and we must be aware of his tactics. He tempts us with the transitory pleasures of the world so that we will not focus our minds and efforts on the things that bring eternal joy."

M. Russell Ballard


"The most important things in life are not 'THINGS.'"

Marion D. Hanks


"Do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy."

2 Nephi 9:51


"In all its various expresssions, SELFISHNESS is really self-destruction in slow motion!"

Neal A. Maxwell


"There are times when a man should be content with what he has, but never with what he is."

William George Jordan


"Ultimate human power is not in our possessions, but in our minds."


"We are living in a time when the best of things are on the earth...and the worst of things. Are we taking advantage of the best of things...and staying away from the worst of things?"


"Success is never final."


"We've learned to dress for success, to speak for success. Now we need to learn how to behave for success."

Marjabelle Young Stewart


"It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven't lost the things that money can't buy."

George Horace Lorimer


"Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no ambition corrupt thee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollily; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas."

Benjamin Franklin


"And now let the Saints remember that which we have ever taught them, both by precept and example, viz: to beware of an aspiring spirit, which would lift you up one above another."


"But there is danger...if we become lifted up in the pride of our hearts and think because we have gathered an abundance of the wealth of this world, that we are a little better than our poor brother who labors eight or ten hours a day at the hardest kind of labor. Any person having the name of Latter-day Saint who feels that he is better than, and distinguishes himself from, the poor and supposes that he belongs to a little higher class than they is in danger."

Orson Pratt


"I've come to see that the things which men give in the way of honor and respect and office and position are really of little worth. They are not worth what sometimes we feel we have to give in order to obtain them. I've come to know that worldly goods are of no consequence whatever, save I have enough to eat, and to drink, and reasonably to wear."

J. Reuben Clark