Gordon B. Hinckley

(Gordon Bitner Hinckley)

Gordon B. Hinckley
Gordon B. Hinckley
  • Born: June 23, 1910
  • Died: January 27, 2008
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Clergyman









Quote Topics Cited
Our people [Mormons] are free to live their life as they please. They have to make choices. Religion & God
That’s behind us. Let’s don’t worry about those little fits of history. History
The family is the most important unit of society…. When all is said and done, there is nothing more important than the family. Families, Children & Parenting
A nation will rise no higher than the strength of its homes.
A tattoo is graffiti on the temple of the body.
Any investigator worthy of baptism becomes a convert worthy of saving.
Anything so precious as the gospel of Jesus Christ is worthy of all the effort and sacrifice of time and means employed to teach it. Time
As we give presents at Christmas, we need to recognize that sharing our time and ourselves is such an important part of giving. Time
At the end of our lives, we step across the threshold or death and enter into a new and better world. I believe that. It's just that simple. Death
Be virtuous in thought and in deed. God has planted in you, for a purpose, a divine urge which may be easily subverted to evil and destructive ends. Religion & God
Brigham Young had a prophetic vision.
Children can be disciplined with love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Choose your friends carefully. It is they who will lead you in one direction or the other.
Conflict grows out of ignorance and suspicion.
Criticism and pessimism destroy families, undermine institutions of all kinds, defeat nearly everyone, and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations.
Determine that there will never be anything that will come between you that will disrupt your marriage. Make it work. Resolve to make it work. Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Did you ever think that your body is holy? You are a child of God. Your body is His creation. Religion & God
Dishonesty of any kind will create a blemish.
Do you feel gloomy? Lift your eyes. Stand on your feet. Say a few words of appreciation and love to the Lord. Be positive. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Eligibility for a temple recommend is not based on financial worth. That has nothing whatever to do with it. It is based on consistent personal behavior, on the goodness of one's life. It is not concerned with money matters, but rather with things of eternity. Life ;Money, Coins & Minting
Encourage your children to read more and watch television less.
Eternal vigilance is the price of eternal development.
Every convert is a son or daughter of God. Religion & God
Every good citizen adds to the strength of a nation.
Every individual in the church is free to think as he pleases.
Every righteous man or woman is entitled to revelation concerning his own affairs.
Every sacrament meeting ought to be a spiritual feast.
Fear comes not from God but from the evil one. Religion & God
God gave us our agency. He taught us a way. He showed us what to do. But he gave us our agency and left us free to act as we choose to do. Religion & God
How grateful I am for the law of tithing. It is the Lord's law of finance. Business, Commerce & Finance
I almost stand in awe when I think of Joseph Smith. The angel appeared to him in 1823 - he said to this simple little boy, 'Your name should be known for good and evil throughout the entire world.'
I am satisfied that every man or woman who goes to the temple in a spirit of sincerity and faith leaves the house of the Lord a better man or woman. Religion & God
I am suggesting that as we go through life, we 'accentuate the positive.' I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment and endorse virtue and effort. Life
I cannot understand why any young man - or young woman, for that matter - would wish to undergo the painful process of disfiguring the skin with various multicolored representations of people, animals, and various symbols.
I do not concern myself much with reading long commentary volumes designed to enlarge at length upon that which is found in the scriptures. Rather, I prefer to dwell with the source, tasting of the unadulterated waters of the fountain of truth - the word of God as he gave it and as it has been recorded in the books we accept as scripture. Truth ;Religion & God
I do not fear truth. I welcome it. But I wish all of my facts to be in their proper context. Truth
I don't think that the Internet has contributed greatly to immorality.
I feel to invite women everywhere to rise to the great potential within you. I do not ask that you reach beyond your capacity. I hope you will not nag yourselves with thoughts of failure. I hope you will not try to set goals far beyond your capacity to achieve. I hope you will simply do what you can do in the best way you know. Women ;Hope
I have many friends of other religions, and I am satisfied that they are very conscientious, good people who are trying to do good. I appreciate that.
I have two sons. Good sons. They're both businessmen.
I have yet to find a faithful tithe payer who cannot testify that in a very literal and wonderful way the windows of Heaven have been opened and blessings have been poured out upon him or her.
I hope that if you are employed full-time, you are doing it to ensure that basic needs are met and not simply to indulge a taste for an elaborate home, fancy cars, and other luxuries. Hope
I promise you that the time will come, if you have tattoos, that you will regret your actions. They cannot be washed off. They are permanent. Only by an expensive and painful process can they be removed. If you are tattooed, then probably for the remainder of your life you will carry it with you. Life ;Time
I spent one night in the hospital in my life. I was past 75 when that occurred. Life
I submit that in the few minutes that Joseph Smith was with the Father and the Son, he learned more of the nature of God the Eternal Father and the risen Lord than all the learned minds in all their discussions through all centuries of time. Time ;Nature ;Religion & God
I thank the Lord for the great principle of repentance and forgiveness.
I think that the churches do a better job in many respects than the government does in various kinds of things. Extending aid, the helpfulness, and so on, yes. Government
I think the world would be much poorer without religion, speaking generally. Religion & God
I would enjoy sitting in a rocker... listening to soft music and contemplating the things of the universe. But such activity offers no challenge and makes no contribution. Music, Chants & Rapps
If every man would make his prime concern the comfort and well-being of his wife and every wife make her chief concern the comfort and well-being of her husband, we would have very little divorce in the land.
If there were more temple work done in the Church, there would be less of selfishness, less of contention, less of demeaning others. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If there were no immortality there would be no need for temples. There would be no need for eternal marriage if there were no eternity. Families, Children & Parenting
If you are a good missionary, you will return home with the desire to continue to serve the Lord, to keep His commandments, and to do His will.
If you are too busy in your church activities to take care of your family, then perhaps we had better find something else for you to do. Families, Children & Parenting
If you have a temper, now is the time to learn to control it. The more you do so while you are young, the more easily it will happen. Time
In missionary work, as in all else, preparation precedes power. Encouragement to prepare while still very young can make a tremendous difference. Power ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
In the underdeveloped countries, we have young men and women, many of them of capacity but without opportunity to improve themselves. They cannot do so without help. Women
It has been my privilege on various occasions to converse with presidents of the United States and important men in other governments. At the close of each such occasion, I have reflected on the rewarding experience of standing with confidence in the presence of an acknowledged leader.
It is difficult for me to understand the tragic accounts of troubled marriages that come to me.
It is not a mark of manhood to carelessly use the name of the Almighty or of His Beloved Son in a vain and flippant way, as many are prone to do.
I've been blessed so abundantly that I can never get over it. I just feel so richly blessed that I want to extend that to others wherever I can.
I've never been a believer in the physical punishment of children. I don't think it is necessary.
I've tried to recognize my wife's individuality, her personality, her desires, her background, her ambitions.
Jesus said, 'Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.' There are no exceptions. Baptism is a necessary ordinance. Religion & God
Keep your families close together, and love and honor your children. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Knowledge, learning, is an eternal thing. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Let every mother realize that she has no greater blessing than the children who have come to her as a gift from the Almighty; that she has no greater mission than to rear them in light and truth, in understanding and love. Truth ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Let the Latter-day Saints be in their homes, teaching their families, reading the scriptures, doing things that are wholesome and beautiful and communing with the Lord on the Sabbath day.
Life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured. Life
Life is precious. Life is sacred. And it ought so to be observed. Life
Marriage, in its truest sense, is a partnership of equals, with neither exercising dominion over the other, but, rather, with each encouraging and assisting the other in whatever responsibilities and aspirations he or she might have. Families, Children & Parenting
Meekness implies a spirit of gratitude as opposed to an attitude of self-sufficiency, an acknowledgement of a greater power beyond oneself, a recognition of God, and an acceptance of his commandments. Power ;Religion & God
Missionary work has never been easy, and yet the joyful rewards cannot be equaled by any other experience. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My children are now all grown. Some are in their 60s. But when they call and I answer the phone, they say, 'How are you?' And before I can answer, they ask, 'Is Mother there?'
My heart goes out to a missionary who does not receive regular mail from home. Generally, a letter once a week is a good rule. But on the other hand, too much mail can be damaging to a missionary's morale.
My heart reaches out to you missionaries. You simply cannot do it alone and do it well. You must have the help of others. That power to help lies within each of us. Power
My wife once said that one of her great ambitions was to walk down the streets of Hong Kong with her children. So we all went to Asia on one occasion. Then she said she'd like to walk down the streets of Jerusalem with her children. So we arranged our family finances and all went to Jerusalem. Families, Children & Parenting
Nothing's too good for the Lord.
Oh, I don't think religion has failed. It's man who has failed. Christ hasn't failed. The Gospel hasn't failed. The teachings of God have not failed. Religion & God
Opportunities for sharing the gospel are everywhere.
Our bodies... are the tabernacles of our spirits.
Our lives are the only meaningful expression of what we believe and in Whom we believe. And the only real wealth, for any of us, lies in our faith. Religion & God
Parents have no greater responsibility in this world than the bringing up of their children in the right way, and they will have no greater satisfaction as the years pass than to see those children grow in integrity and honesty and make something of their lives.
People are looking for stability in a shaky world. They want something they can get hold of that's firm and sure and an anchor in the midst of all of this instability in which they're living.
People seem to be looking for discipline in a topsy-turvy world.
Pray in faith. Religion & God
Respect for self is the beginning of cultivating virtue in men and women. Women ;Respect
Seek to establish an environment conducive to study in the home.
Sister Hinckley and I are learning that the so-called golden years are laced with lead. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Small aberrations in doctrinal teaching can lead to large and evil falsehoods.
Some husbands regard it as their prerogative to compel their wives to fit their standards of what they think to be the ideal.
Some of our finest work comes through service to others. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Some of you, unfortunately, will never marry in this life. That turns out to be the case sometimes. If that happens, do not spend your life grieving over it. The world still needs your talents. It needs your contribution. Life
Study a foreign language if you have opportunity to do so. You may never be called to a land where that language is spoken, but the study will have given you a better understanding of your own tongue or of another tongue you may be asked to acquire.
Teach your daughters to walk in virtue.
The Almighty, if necessary, may have to shake the nations to humble them and cause them to listen to the servants of the living God. Whatever is needed will come to pass. Religion & God
The biggest challenge facing a missionary today is to forget himself and lose himself in the work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The gospel is not a philosophy of repression, as so many regard it. It is a plan of freedom that gives discipline to appetite and direction to behavior. Freedom & Liberty
The Lord is forgiving, but sometimes life is not forgiving. Life
The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The most persuasive gospel tract is the exemplary life of a faithful Latter-day Saint. Life
The problem is, I think, that so many of us pray as if we are ordering groceries. We pick up the telephone and say, 'Is this the right place to place my order?' and we proceed right to dictating our order. When we have then ended that list, we hang up.
The Savior of all mankind left the ninety and nine to find the one lost. That one who was lost need not have become lost.
The smallest gesture can mean to much to those who may need a little lift in their lives.
The whole essence of the Christian religion is based on the atonement of Christ, his death and his resurrection. Religion & God ;Death
The work of the Lord is done by ordinary people who work in an extraordinary way. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The world is starved for spiritual food. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
There are widows who long for friendly voices and that spirit of anxious concern which speaks of love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
There is a tendency in all of us to ask for better statistical performance. There is a tendency to impose quotas behind which usually lies imposition of pressure to achieve improved statistics.
There is dissatisfaction among a great many Christian people. They are not happy with what they have and, therefore, respond readily to the message of the restored gospel.
There is far too much of divorce, wherein hearts are broken, and sometimes lives are destroyed.
There is need occasionally to leave the noise and the tumult of the world and step within the walls of a sacred house of God, there to feel His Spirit in an environment of holiness and peace. Religion & God ;War & Peace
There is no substitute for marrying in the temple.
There is no substitute under the heavens for productive labor. It is the process by which dreams become realities. It is the process by which idle visions become dynamic achievements.
There is nothing we could do of greater importance than to have fortified in our individual lives an unshakable conviction that Jesus is the Christ, the living Son of the living God. Religion & God
There would be no Christmas if there was no Easter.
Through reading the scriptures, we can gain the assurance of the Spirit that that which we read has come of God for the enlightenment, blessing, and joy of his children. Religion & God
To you wives who are constantly complaining and see only the dark side of life, and feel that you are unloved and unwanted, look into your own hearts and minds. If there is something wrong, turn about. Put a smile on your faces. Make yourselves more attractive. Brighten your outlook. Life
Today is a part of eternity.
Truth will prevail. Truth
Unfortunately, some women want to remake their husbands after their own design. Women
Until I got older, I never dreamed of what a demanding responsibility it is to keep food in the pantry, to keep clothing neat and presentable, to buy all that is needed to keep a home running. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
We all exercise agency in the choices we make.
We all know that education unlocks the door of opportunity for the young. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
We are all prone to be a little selfish, a little lazy.
We cannot be unclean and expect the help of the Almighty.
We do not wonder that there is conflict in the world. There is now, and has been from the time that Cain slew Abel, so much of hatred. Time
We have come to Earth in this great season in the long history of mankind. It is a marvelous age - the best of all. History
We live in a world of shifting values. The family is falling apart. Parents failing in what they ought to do. Families, Children & Parenting
We live in a world that is filled with filth and sleaze, a world that reeks of evil. You cannot afford that filthy poison to touch you. Stay away from it. Avoid it.
We magnify our priesthood and enlarge our calling when we serve with diligence and enthusiasm in those responsibilities to which we are called by proper authority.
We're all sons and daughters of God, and therefore in a very literal sense, brothers and sisters. And we ought to treat each other that way. Religion & God
When all is said and done, the greatest satisfaction you'll have in this life as you grow old will be seeing your children grow in righteousness and faith and goodness as citizens of the society of which they are a part. Society ;Life ;Religion & God
When the 'Book of Mormon' was first published, some of those who believed in it taught it to others and testified of it.
When you are young, do not get involved in steady dating. When you reach an age where you think of marriage, then is the time to become so involved. Time ;Families, Children & Parenting
When you touch the life of a man of this generation, that influence is felt through generations yet to come. Life
Where ever the spirit of Christ is known, there is much of good will, of mutual respect, of love and appreciation and kindness. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Respect
With all my heart, I plead with the Latter-day Saints to live honestly with the Lord in the payment of tithes and offerings. I plead with youth to establish this habit while you are still young and to resolve to continue with it all the days of your lives.
With small means the Lord accomplishes His marvelous work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. Motivation ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You can't build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you're going to have a strong superstructure.
You dear women, I say thanks to you. Thank you for being the kind of people you are and doing the things you do. Women
You don't need coffee. Nobody needs coffee. You can get along without it.
You have to establish in your life some sense of prioritizing things, of giving emphasis to the important things and of laying aside the unimportant things that will lead to nothing. Life
You will find peace and happiness if you will live the gospel. Happiness & Unhappiness ;War & Peace