Quotes on Self-Improvement

I do not believe that any man lives up to his ideals, but if we are striving, if we are working, if we are trying, to the best of our ability, to improve day by day, then we are in the line of our duty.  If we are seeking to remedy our own defects, if we are so living that we can ask God for light, for knowledge, for intelligence, and above all for His Spirit, that we may overcome our weaknesses, then, I can tell you, we are in the straight and narrow path that leads to life eternal; then we need have no fear.  I am not afraid of any individual ever injuring me, but I am afraid that perchance I may fail to do my duty, that I may fail to be as faithful and diligent as I ought to be; I am afraid I may fail to use all the talents God has given me, in the way I ought to use them. — President Heber J. Grant, Conference Report, April 1909 p. 111; see Gospel Standards, pp. 184-5

The righteous man strives for self-improvement knowing that he has daily need of repentance for his misdeeds or his neglect.  He is not so much concerned about what he can get but more about how much he can give to others, knowing that along that course only can he find true happiness.  He endeavors to make each day his masterpiece so that at night’s close he can witness in his soul and to his God that whatever has come to his hand that day, he had done to the best of his ability. . . . He is clear of vision, keen of intellect, and strong of body.  The breastplate of righteousness has given him “the strength of ten – because his heart is pure.” The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, pp. 169-70