quotes tagged with 'substance'

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

Author: Aesop, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in substance shadow grasping aesop futile 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

From what sources, then, can we borrow strength without building weakness? Only from the sources that build the internal capacity to deal with whatever the situation calls for. For instance, a surgeon borrows strength fro his developed skill and knowledge; a mile runner from his disciplined body, strong legs, powerful lungs; a missionary from his developed capacity to love and teach and testify.

In other words, we ask the question:  What is it that the situation demands? What strength, what skill, what knowledge, what attitude? Obviously the possessions, the appearances, or the credentials of the surgeon, the athlete, or the missionary are only symbols of what is needed and are therefore worthless and deceiving without the substance.

But when we borrow strenth from divine sources and eternal principals, the very nature of the borrowing demands our living better, and we thus build strength inside.

"Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life..." (John 6:27.)

Author: Stephen R. Covey, Source: "Spiritual Roots of Human Relations", Deseret Book 1970 - 8th printing, pp. 13Saved by mlsscaress in development strength attitude skill knowledge build capacity real substance source 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Indeed, it may be our own capacity to give love that makes us most lovable. The greater our own personal substance is and the deeper our own mental, emotional, and spiritual reserves are, the greater will be our capacity to nurture and love others, especially our companion. President Marion G. Romney of the First Presidency posed a question that puts our ability to genuinely care about others in perspective: “How can we give if there is nothing there? Food for the hungry cannot come from empty shelves. Money to assist the needy cannot come from an empty purse. Support and understanding cannot come from the emotionally starved. Teaching cannot come from the unlearned. And most important of all, spiritual guidance cannot come from the spiritually weak” (Ensign, Nov. 1982, p. 93).

Author: Elder Marlin K. Jensen, Source: http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db0...Saved by mlsscaress in give love marriage nurture capacity substance 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Christmas means giving—and “the gift without the giver is bare.” Giving of self; giving of substance; giving of heart and mind and strength in assisting those in need and in spreading the cause of His eternal truth—these are of the very essence of the true spirit of Christmas.
Author: President Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: What Shall I Do Then with Jesus Which Is Called Christ?, Ensig...Saved by mlsscaress in jesuschrist strength mind heart charity christmas giving selfless substance assisting 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The more we serve our fellowmen in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls. We become more significant individuals.... Indeed, it is easier to 'find' ourselves because there is so much more of us to find!
Author: Spencer W. Kimball, Source: The Abundant Life, Ensign, July 1978Saved by cboyack in character soul service introspection personality serve substance 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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