Quotes on Thoughts

A word is the skin of a living thought. — Oliver Wendell Holmes

No principle of life was more constantly emphasized by the Great Teacher than the necessity of right thinking.  To Him, the man was not what he appeared to be outwardly, nor what he professed to be by his words: what the man thought determined in all cases what the man was.  No teacher emphasized more strongly than He the truth that “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” [Proverbs 23:7]. . . . Contentment, complacency, peace – all that makes life worth living – have their source in the mind of the individual.  From the same source spring unrest, turbulence, misery – everything that leads to dissolution and death….It is well for [every teacher and officer in the Church] to pause frequently and take stock of himself to ascertain “what he is thinking about when he doesn’t have to think,” for “what he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”  (“As a Man Thinketh . . . ,” Instructor, Sept. 1958, 257-58.) — President David O. McKay, “Developing Character,” Ensign, October 2001, p. 22

Thoughts mold your features.  Thoughts lift your soul heavenward or drag you toward hell. . . . As nothing reveals character like the company we like and keep, so nothing foretells futurity like the thoughts over which we brood. . . . To have the approval of your conscience when you are alone with your thoughts is like being in the company of true and loving friends.  To merit your own self-respect gives strength to character.  Conscience is the link that binds your soul to the spirit of God.  (“Those Sculptors Called Thoughts and Ideals,” Improvement Era, July 1960, 495.) — President David O. McKay, “Developing Character,” Ensign, October 2001, p. 23

He [Jesus] also knows our thoughts and the intents of our hearts and sees into the innermost parts of our eternal spirits.  He taught, “I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them” (Ezek. 11:5).  Ammon stated, “He knows all the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Alma 18:32). — L. Lionel Kendrick, “Strength During Struggles,” Ensign, October 2001, p. 26

In addition to knowing our thoughts and intents, temptations and weaknesses, He knows all that we do in this life.  He said, “Behold mine eyes see and know all their works” (D&C 121:24; also 2 Ne. 27:27).  “I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works” (Rev. 2:19). — L. Lionel Kendrick, “Strength During Struggles,” Ensign, October 2001, p. 26