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Anger itself does more harm than the condition which aroused anger.
—  David Oman McKay
Thankfulness is measured by the number of words; gratitude is measured by the nature of our actions.
—  David Oman McKay
Prayer is the pulsation of a yearning, loving heart in tune with the Infinite, It is a message of the soul sent directly to a loving Father. The language is not mere words but spirit vibration.
—  David Oman McKay
Spirituality is the consciousness of victory over self and of communion with the Infinite. Spirituality impels one to conquer difficulties and acquire more and more strength. To feel one's faculties expanding the soul is one of life's most sublime experiences.
—  David Oman McKay
I will know what you are if you tell me what you think about when you don't have to think.
—  David Oman McKay
To Him this earthly career is but a day, and its closing but the setting of life's sun; death, but a sleep, is followed by a glorious awakening in the morning of an eternal realm.
—  David Oman McKay
Our most precious possession is the youth of the land, and to instruct them to walk uprightly and to become worthy citizens in the kingdom of God is our greatest obligation.
—  David Oman McKay
Free agency is the impelling source of the soul's progress. It is the purpose of the Lord that man become like him. In order for man to achieve this it was necessary for the Creator first to make him free.
—  David Oman McKay
The most important of life's battles is the one we fight daily in the silent chambers of the soul.
—  David Oman McKay
Man has subdued nature, conquered seas, conquered distance, and is now penetrating space, but he has not yet learned to conquer himself, nor is he even now putting forth comparable effort to subdue and master lingering animal tendencies and passions which, when dominant, may destroy him.
—  David Oman McKay
The greatest battles of your life are fought within the private chambers of your own soul.
—  David Oman McKay
The best gift you can give to your father or mother is to let them know that you are emulating their ideals and that you are going to carry their name in respect and honor.
—  David Oman McKay
In our worship there are two elements; one is spiritual communion arising from our own meditation; the other, instruction from others, particularly from those who have authority to guide and instruct us. Of the two, the more profitable introspectively is meditation.
—  David Oman McKay
The dearest possession a man has is his family. In the divine assurance that family ties may transcend the boundaries of death, and may continue throughout endless ages of eternity, I find supreme consolation and inspiration.
—  David Oman McKay
There should be no yelling in the home unless there is a fire.
—  David Oman McKay
Prayer is the yearning of the spirit. It is the message of the soul sent directly to a loving father. The language is not mere words, but a loving heart in tune with the infinite. Sincere praying implies that when we ask for any blessing or virtue we should work for the blessing and cultivate the virtue.
—  David Oman McKay
Meditation is one of the most secret, most sacred doors through which we pass into the presence of the Lord.
—  David Oman McKay
A man's reaction to his appetites and impulses when they are roused gives the measure of that man's character. In these reactions are revealed the man's power to govern or his forced servility to yield.
—  David Oman McKay
The power of choice is a God-given gift, and the purpose of life is happiness. Things which pertain to the physical nature are so easily obtained and the pleasure so immediate that many spend most of their time seeking them and neglecting the permanent joys of the spirit.
—  David Oman McKay
Please do not think me a pessimist. I love life. I think it is a joy to live in this age. Every morning, as I greet the sun as he ushers in these unexcelled autumn days, I feel the joy of living. I realize the accomplishments, to a certain degree, of this wonderful mechanistic age. Today time and distance are practically annihilated.
—  David Oman McKay
To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved. Love is the sweetest thing in the world, but to be trusted throws upon him who receives that trust an obligation that he must not fail to discharge.
—  David Oman McKay
Each one of us is the architect of his own fate; and he is unfortunate indeed who will try to build himself without the inspiration of God, without realizing that he grows from within, not from without.
—  David Oman McKay
A man who cannot control his temper is not very likely to control his passion, and no matter what his pretensions in religion, he moves in daily life very close to the animal plane.
—  David Oman McKay
To heal the soul is a greater miracle than to heal the body.
—  David Oman McKay
I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather have one walk beside me than merely point the way.
—  David Oman McKay
Obedience to the commandments of God is the key to spirituality.
—  David Oman McKay
Next to being one in worshipping God, there is nothing in this world upon which this Church should be united than in upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States.
—  David Oman McKay
The secret of success is doing well the job close at hand.
—  David Oman McKay
Sometimes the things that hold you down are the things that hold you up.
—  David Oman McKay
One time or another we all face adversity's chilling wind. One man flees from it, and like an unresisting kite falls to the ground. Another yields no retreating inch, and the wind that would destroy him lifts him as readily to the heights. We are not measured by the trials we meet, only by those we overcome.
—  David Oman McKay
A man in such a mental state that the anger itself does him more harm than the condition which aroused his anger ... suffers more from the vexation than he does from the acts that aroused that vexation. I wonder how long it will take us to realize that in matters of temper nothing can bring us damage but ourselves.
—  David Oman McKay
Spirituality is not constant meditation and an indifference to surrounding conditions and responsibilities; rather, it is doing those things which are in accordance with the mind and will of God. It concerns itself with temporal life as well as with things of the spirit.
—  David Oman McKay
The noblest calling in the world is that of mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after painting shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give.
—  David Oman McKay

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