Quotes on Language

We note the increasing coarseness of language and understand how Lot must have felt when he was, according to Peter, “vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked.”  (2 Peter 2:7)  We wonder why those of coarse and profane conversation, even if they refuse obedience to God’s will, are so stunted mentally that they let their capacity to communicate grow more and more narrow.  Language is like music; we rejoice in beauty, range, and quality in both, and we are demeaned by the repetition of a few sour notes. — President Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, May 1978, p. 78

The stench of obscenity and vulgarity reaches and offends the heavens.  It putrifies all it touches. — President Spencer W. Kimball, “What I Hope You Will Teach My Grandchildren,” Address to Seminary and Institute Personnel, BYU, July 11, 1966

There is so much filthy talk these days – sleazy, dirty talk.  You know what it says?  It says your vocabulary is so impoverished that you cannot express yourself without reaching down into the gutter for words.  Stand above it.  You do not have to use that kind of language.  Do not do it.  If you cannot think of anything else to say, be still until you can.  Do not stoop to filthy language. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, Pittsburgh PA Regional Conference, April 28, 1996

Foul talk defiles the man who speaks it.  If you have that habit, how do you break it?  You begin by making a decision to change.  The next time you are prone to use words you know to be wrong, simply stop.  Keep quiet or say what you have to say in a different way. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Take Not the Name of God in Vain,” Ensign, November 1987

If you are in the habit of using foul language, the longer you use it the harder it is to change and stop using it.  Better now to choose a different road, one that leads to cleanliness in thought, word and action so that you can enjoy the companionship of the Holy Ghost. — Elder Ben B. Banks, “This Road We Call Life,” Ensign, May 2002

In the hospital one day I was wheeled out of the operating room by an attendant who stumbled, and there issued from his angry lips vicious cursing with a combination of the names of the Savior.  Even half-conscious, I recoiled and implored: “Please! Please! That is my Lord whose names you revile.”  There was a deathly silence; then a subdued voice whispered, “I am sorry.” . . . You don’t ever use any indecent language, do you, my young friends?  That would be a disgrace. . . . We do not use foul language.  We do not curse or defame.  We do not use the Lord’s name in vain. — “President Kimball Speaks Out on Profanity,” Ensign, February 1981