Quotes on Meekness

See also: 3rd Nephi 12:5 

And what of the meek?  In a world too preoccupied with winning through intimidation and seeking to be number one, no large crowd of folk is standing in line to buy books that call for mere meekness.  But the meek shall inherit the earth – a pretty impressive corporate takeover, and done without intimidation!  Sooner or later – and we pray sooner rather than later – everyone will acknowledge that Christ’s way is not only the right way, but ultimately the only way to hope and joy.  Every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that gentleness is better than brutality, that kindness is greater than coercion, that the soft voice turneth away wrath.  In the end, and sooner than that whenever possible, we must be more like him. — President Howard W. Hunter, “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee,” Ensign, May 1993, pp. 64-65

Meekness is a virtue that can be exercised toward both God and man.  The meek are those who are gentle, kind, patient, tolerant; not proud, mighty, or conceited. In Proverbs we read, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty.”  (Prov. 16:32)

Meekness must not, however, be confused with self-depreciation. Because it involves self-control, it is not a weak, but a heroic quality.  Our Savior at all times was willing to submit to the will of God.  Even in his moment of agony, he could say, “Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”  (Luke 22:42) — Elder O. Leslie Stone, “The Beatitudes,” Ensign, November 1974, p. 31

Meekness is vital to becoming more Christlike.  Without it one cannot develop other important virtues. . . Acquiring meekness is a process. . . More meekness does not translate to weakness, but it is the presentation of self in a posture of kindness and gentleness.  It reflects certitude, strength, serenity; it reflects a healthy self-esteem and a genuine self-control. — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Meekly Drenched in Destiny,” BYU 1982-83 Fireside and Devotional Speeches [1983], p. 2