quotes tagged with 'selfless'

We're here today to pay tribute to two great soldiers; to two great Americans. I am 100 percent convinced we will win this war because we have soldiers like Sgt. Shields and Spc. Velez, and the enemy does not. The enemy has no response for sergeants that risk everything to rescue their injured comrades only to immediately return to the fight. The enemy has no answer to soldiers standing over their injured buddies, even when it means their own lives, so that others will live. Because of that, we will win.

Author: Lt. Col. James Rainey, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in war duty selfless military soldiers ultimatesacrifice jamesrainey aboveandbeyond 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

What is a hero? My heroes are the young men who faced the issues of war and possible death, and then weighed those concerns against obligations to their country. Citizen-soldiers, who interrupted their personal and professional lives at their most formative stage, in the timeless phrase of the Confederate Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, 'not for fame of reward, not for place of for rank, but in simple obedience to duty, as they understood it.'

Author: James Webb, Source: former Secretary of the NavySaved by ImaWriterIII in hero duty selfless soldiers heroes arlington confederate jameswebb EDS 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Heroes are people who overcome evil by doing good at great personal risk….

Unfortunately our modern definition of “hero” has been stretched to include all manner of people who do not warrant the title.  The athlete who just set a new sports record isn’t a hero.  Nor is the “daring” movie star or even the adventurer out to be the first solo climber to scale Mt. Everest.  They may be brave – but they don’t meet the definition of a hero for whatever they achieve benefits only “self”.

Real heroes are selfless.

Author: Oliver L. North, Source: from the foreword written for "Out of the Depths," by David HarrellSaved by ImaWriterIII in sacrifice evil selfish hero selfless brave olivernorth athlete moviestar 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

(Wives should treat their husbands) with mildness and affection. When a man is borne down with trouble, when he is perplexed with care and difficulty, if he can meet a smile instead of an argument or a murmur—if he can meet with mildness, it will calm down his soul and soothe his feelings.

Author: Prophet Joseph Smith , Source: Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 228Saved by mlsscaress in control optimism calm relationships tender selfless affection team sweetness mildness soothe tone 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Our mission in life, as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, must be a mission of saving. . . .


If we are to build that Zion of which the prophets have spoken and of which the Lord has given mighty promise, we must set aside our consuming selfishness. We must rise above our love for comfort and ease, and in the very process of effort and struggle, even in our extremity, we shall become better acquainted with our God.

Author: President Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db0...Saved by mlsscaress in jesuschrist mission zion selfless personalministry 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I have many memories of my boyhood. Anticipating Sunday dinner was one of them. Just as we children … sat anxiously at the table, with the aroma of roast beef filling the room, Mother would say to me, ‘Tommy, before we eat, take this plate I’ve prepared down the street to Old Bob and hurry back.’ “I could never understand why we couldn’t first eat and later deliver his plate of food. I never questioned aloud but would run down to his house and then wait anxiously as Bob’s aged feet brought him eventually to the door. Then I would hand him the plate of food. He would present to me the clean plate from the previous Sunday and offer me a dime as pay for my services. My answer was always the same: ‘I can’t accept the money. My mother would tan my hide.’ He would then run his wrinkled hand through my blond hair and say, ‘My boy, you have a wonderful mother. Tell her thank you.’ … Sunday dinner always seemed to taste a bit better after I had returned from my errand.

Author: Thomas S. Monson, Source: “The Long Line of the Lonely,” Ensign, Feb. 1992, 4Saved by mlsscaress in sacrifice love time resources selfless show 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

How much larger your life would be if [you] could become smaller in it. . . . You would begin to be interested in [others]. You would break out of this tiny . . . theatre in which your own little plot is always being played, and you would find yourself under a freer sky, in a street full of splendid strangers.

Author: G.K. Chesterton, Source: Orthodoxy (Garden City, New York: Image Books, 1959), pp. 2021Saved by mlsscaress in perspective selfless others 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Real charity is not something you give away; it is something that you acquire and make a part of yourself. And when the virtue of charity becomes implanted in your heart, you are never the same again. It makes the thought of being a basher [critical or verbally abusive] repulsive.


Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn’t handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other.

Author: Elder Marvin J. Ashton, Source: http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1992.h...Saved by mlsscaress in virtue judge forgive heart quiet patience kindness charity new differences expectations selfless resist accepting acquire implanted categorize shortcomings 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Stated simply, charity means subordinating our interests and needs to those of others, as the Savior has done for all of us. The Apostle Paul wrote that of faith, hope, and charity, “the greatest of these is charity” (1 Cor. 13:13), and Moroni wrote that “except ye have charity ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God” (Moro. 10:21). I believe that selfless service is a distinctive part of the gospel. As President Spencer W. Kimball said, welfare service “is not a program, but the essence of the gospel. It is the gospel in action.

Author: Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, Source: http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1991.h...Saved by mlsscaress in action gospel charity needs selfless interests 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Another word of counsel as you plan the course of your life. To do the special things given to this generation, you will need to guard against selfishness. One of the tendencies most individuals have which simply must be overcome is the tendency to be selfish. All that you can do now while you are young and are more pliant to become less selfish and more selfless will be an important and lasting contribution to the quality of your life in the years, and in the eternity, to come. You will be a much better wife or a much better husband, a better mother or a better father, if you can change the tendency to be selfish. Your children whom you will not know for a few years yet have an interest in your conquest of selfishness.

As in all things, we have the example of the Savior on the cross at Calvary. He did something that he was not forced to do—something which would benefit others with the gift of immortality which Jesus already had. His was the supreme act of selflessness.

You may recall reading in 3 Nephi about the visit of the resurrected Jesus to this continent and how after blessing the children he wept twice and he also said, “And now behold, my joy is full” (3 Ne. 17:20).

True joy can only come from giving ourselves to correct causes such as the building up of the kingdom, causes that are in a sense larger than we are. Pleasure tends to be self-centered. True joy always includes others.

Now is the time to set your life’s goals. Now is the time to set your standards firmly and then hold to them throughout your life.
Author: President Spencer W. Kimball, Source: President Kimball Speaks Out on Planning Your Life, Tambuli, J...Saved by mlsscaress in jesuschrist goals pleasure joy mother husband wife charity contribution standards father selfless firm 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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