I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
All of us necessarily hold many casual opinions that are ludicrously wrong simply because life is far too short for us to think through even a small fraction of the topics that we come across.
The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos.† Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable Ö
We become what we admire, and admire what we contemplate.
Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
"The constant exercise of our faith by lofty thinking, prayer, devotion, and acts of righteousness is just as essential to spiritual health as physical exercise is to the health of the body. Like all priceless things, faith, if lost, is hard to regain. Eternal vigilance is the price of our faith. In order to retain our faith we must keep ourselves in tune with our Heavenly Father by living in accordance with the principles and ordinances of the gospel."†
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.
How can we love days that are filled with sorrow? We canítóat least not in the moment. I donít think my mother was suggesting that we suppress discouragement or deny the reality of pain. I donít think she was suggesting that we smother unpleasant truths beneath a cloak of pretended happiness. But I do believe that the way we react to adversity can be a major factor in how happy and successful we can be in life.
If we approach adversities wisely, our hardest times can be times of greatest growth, which in turn can lead toward times of greatest happiness.
Writing is the most exact form of thinking.