quotes tagged with 'discouragement'

"At times many of us let that enemy of achievement--even the culprit 'self-defeat'--dwarf our aspirations, smother our dreams, cloud our vision, and impair our lives. The enemy's voice whispers in our ears, 'You can't do it.' 'You're too young.' 'You're too old.' 'You're nobody.' This is when we remember that we are created in the image of God. Reflection on this truth provides a profound sense of strength and power."
Author: President Thomas S. Monson, Source: "Choose You This Day," Ensign, Nov. 2004, 68Saved by dyejo in satan power strength discouragement confidence overcome despair 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
"If you sometimes get discouraged, consider this fellow. He dropped out of grade school. Ran a country store. Went broke. Took 15 years to pay off his bills. Took a wife. Unhappy marriage. Ran for House. Lost twice. Ran for Senate. Lost twice. Delivered speech that became a classic. Audience indifferent. Attacked daily by the press and despised by half the country. Despite all this, imagine how many people all over the world have been inspired by this awkward, rumpled, brooding man who signed his name simply, A. Lincoln." (Wall Street Journal.) 'It is important to know, when you feel down, that many others do also and that their circumstances are generally much worse than yours. And it's important to know that when one of us is down, it becomes the obligation of his friends to give him a lift. I hope that each of us will cultivate a sensitivity toward the feelings of others, and when encouragement is needed, make an effort to extend it. Be a friend, and you will have a friend. God be thanked for wonderful friends.'

Author: Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: "Strengthening Each Other," Ensign, Feb. 1985, 3Saved by dyejo in discouragement lincoln 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
We are a covenant people. If there is a distinguishing feature about members of the Church, it is that we make covenants. We need to be known as a covenant-keeping people as well. Making promises is easy, but to follow through and do what we have promised is another matter. That involves staying the course, being constant and steadfast. It means keeping the faith and being faithful to the end despite success or failure, doubt or discouragement. It is drawing near to the Lord with all our hearts. It is doing whatever we promise to do with all our might—even when we might not feel like it.
Author: F. Burton Howard, Source: Commitment, Ensign, May 1996, 27. http://library.lds.org/nxt/g...Saved by mlsscaress in faith doubt discouragement covenants overcome steadfast constant promises 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Here is one more characteristic: the great learner expects resistance and overcomes it. You remember from your early school days reading about the number of materials Thomas Edison tried in his search for a filament for an electric light bulb. The persistence he needed to work through failure after failure was an application of the rule of learning, not an exception to it.

...You and I will face difficulty in our studies and in our lives, and we expect it because of what we know about who God is and that we are his children, what his hopes are for us, and how much he loves us. He will give us no test without preparing the way for us to pass it. Because of what we know about adversity in learning, in this community of Saints we pay special honor to determined learners because we know the price that they gladly pay. And we know from whence their power to persist through difficulty comes.

In this community we know that we are the brothers and sisters of Job, of Joseph in Egypt, of Joseph in Carthage Jail, and of Jesus in Gethsemane and on Golgotha's hill. So we are not surprised when sorrows come. We respect their place and know their potential.
Author: Henry B Eyring, Source: A Child of God, Devotional 21 Oct 1997, http://speeches.byu.ed...Saved by mlsscaress in resistance failure discouragement difficulty price sorrow test overcome greatlearners persist 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
Author: Helen Keller, Source: unknownSaved by Doc in action discouragement determination service powerofone 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Discouragement can become contagious. You must rise above it and lift those about you.
Author: Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: LDS Church News, July 4, 1998Saved by cboyack in leadership discouragement inspire 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
We must not be cast down or discouraged in this work. There is no basis for discouragement. We are not alone. We will not, we cannot fail if we will do our duty. The Lord will magnify us even beyond our present talents and abilities.
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 381Saved by cboyack in ability faith duty doubt discouragement magnify talent 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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