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The strait and narrow path, though clearly marked, is a path, not a freeway nor an escalator. Indeed, there are times when the only way the strait and narrow path can be followed is on one's knees! And we are to help each other along the path.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Those who turn against the Church do so to play to their own private gallery, but when, one day, the applause has died down and the cheering has stopped, they will face a smaller audience, the judgment bar of God.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
If we spent as much time lifting our children as we do criticizing them, how effectively we could help them to see themselves in a more positive light!
—  Neal A. Maxwell
If another person only had in his storehouse of deserved self-esteem what you had put there, what would he have to draw upon and to sustain him?
—  Neal A. Maxwell
If you have not chosen the kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
When at length we tire of putting people down, this self-inflicted fatigue can give way to the invigorating calisthenics of lifting people up.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
It is not the years but the changes that make us grow.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
For the faithful, our finest hours are sometimes during or just following our darkest hours.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
We should not assume; however, that just because something is unexplainable by us, it is unexplainable.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
We must endure the contempt of others without reciprocating that contempt.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
The harrowing of the soul can be like the harrowing of the soil; to increase the yield, things are turned upside down.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Letting off steam always produces more heat than light.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
I thank the Savior personally; for bearing all which I added to His hemorrhaging at every pore for all humanity in Gethsemane. I thank Him for bearing what I added to the decibels of His piercing soul cry atop Calvary.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
We can't dwell upon another's ingratitude without using up our time and talents unprofitably.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
In racing marathons, one does not see the dropouts make fun of those who continue; failed runners actually cheer on those who continue the race, wishing they were still in it. Not so with the marathon of discipleship in which some dropouts then make fun of the spiritual enterprise of which they were so recently a part!
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Of all the errors one could make, God's gospel plan is the wrong thing to be wrong about.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Some find it easier to bend their knees than their minds. Exciting exploration is preferred to plodding implementation; speculation seems more fun than consecration, and so is trying to soften the hard doctrines instead of submitting to them. Worse still, by not obeying, these ... lack real knowing. Lacking real knowing, they cannot defend their faith and may become critics instead of defenders!
—  Neal A. Maxwell
When our minds really catch hold of the significance of Jesus' atonement, the world's hold on us loosens.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
The dues of discipleship are high indeed, and how much we can take so often determines how much we can then give.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Our God does not indulge us, but He is merciful toward our weaknesses as He strives to tutor us.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
All crosses are easier to carry when we keep moving.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Looking for honest ways to lift one another would ... be more beneficial to our own self-esteem, for we would see more good in ourselves. We would cease to be so critical of our weaknesses and would find ways to allow our weaknesses to become strengths with God's help.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
It is our job to lift others up, not to size them up.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Conscience warns us not to sink our cleats too deeply in mortal turf, which is so dangerously artificial.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Sometimes we are so busy being the hammer or the anvil, that we forget who really needs the shaping.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
The Lord knows our bearing capacity, both as to coping and to comprehending, and He will not give us more to bear than we can manage at the moment, though to us it may seem otherwise. Just as no temptations will come to us from which we cannot escape or which we cannot bear, we will not be given more trials than we can sustain.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
It is one of the ironies of religious history that many mortals err in their understanding of the nature of God and end up rejecting not the real God but their own erroneous and stereotypical image of God. Frequently this is because they have thought of God solely in terms of thunderings at Sinai without pondering substance.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
The doctrine of foreordination is not a doctrine of repose; instead, it is a doctrine for second- and third-milers, and it will draw out of them the last full measure of devotion. It is a doctrine for the deep believer but it will bring only scorn from the skeptic.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
When great individuals move so marvelously along the straight and narrow path, it is unseemly of us to call attention to the fact that one of their shoelaces is untied as they make the journey.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
It is better to trust and sometimes be disappointed than to be forever mistrusting and be right occasionally.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Defectors often cause more difficulty than disinterested disbelievers.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Why is it that for many persons changing others is so exciting and so relevant, while changing oneself is so boring and irrelevant?
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Patience is, therefore, clearly not fatalistic, shoulder-shrugging resignation; it is accepting a divine rhythm to life; it is obedience prolonged.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
God's anger is kindled not because we have harmed him but because we have harmed ourselves.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
... Our God is a God of love. He waits with open arms, and the unfolding of His merciful plan of salvation is not only therefore the mark of divine power but also the mark of God's relentless, redeeming love. It is a point well worth pondering because, among other reasons, it will help us to understand better why God, through the prophets, denounces sin and corruption in such scalding terms. He loves all of us, His spirit sons and daughters, but hates our vices. His denunciation of those vices may, if we are not careful, seem to obscure the enormous and perfect love He has for us.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
A patient willingness to defer dividends is a hallmark of individual maturity.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Our little pebble of poor performance helps to start, or to sustain, an avalanche.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
We are here in mortality, and the only way to go is through; there isn't any around.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Each day I see all about me the fruits of commandment-keeping.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Those few members who desert the cause are abandoning an oasis to search for water in the desert.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
If the nearly one-and-a-half million babies aborted in America each year could, somehow, vote, chameleon candidates would find fresh reason to be concerned about abortion, whereas now they are unconcerned.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Patience stoutly resists pulling up the daisies to see how the roots are doing!
—  Neal A. Maxwell
The Gospel will ... bring comfort to the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
God does not begin by asking us about our ability, but only about our availability, and if we then prove our dependability, he will increase our capability!
—  Neal A. Maxwell
At times God's best pupils experience the most rigorous and continuous courses. Eventually those who prove to be men of Christ will thereby become distinguished alumni of life's school of affliction, graduating with honors.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
At the center of our agency is our freedom to form a healthy attitude toward whatever circumstances we are placed in!
—  Neal A. Maxwell
In contrast to the path of selfishness, there is no room for road rage on the straight and narrow way.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
The authority of example and considerations of character, unlike pudding, are not whipped up in an instant.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
You must not mistake passing local cloud cover, for general darkness.
—  Neal A. Maxwell
Patience helps us to view imperfections in others more generously to the end that we may learn to be more wise than they have been.
—  Neal A. Maxwell

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