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“Stalwart and Brave We Stand” - Marvin J. Ashton
“For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the Second Coming. Every previous gospel dispensation has drifted into apostasy, but ours will not. … God has saved for the final inning some of his strongest children, who will help bear off the kingdom triumphantly. And that is where you come in, for you are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God. … Make no mistake about it—you are a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short period of time as there is of us. … Each day we personally make many decisions that show where our support will go. The final outcome is certain—the forces of righteousness will finally win. What remains to be seen is where each of us personally, now and in the future, will stand in this fight—and how tall we will stand. Will we be true to our last-days, foreordained mission?”
quotes  EzraTaftBenson 
4 hours ago by jasonfrancis
Winston Churchill quote
It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
quotes  WinstonChurchill 
4 hours ago by jasonfrancis
“Stalwart and Brave We Stand” - Marvin J. Ashton
The whole talk is great (wonderful stories)

"Enduring, or carrying on, is not just a matter of tolerating circumstances and hanging in there, but of pressing forward. I know that’s what most of us find difficult—to endure joyfully."
quotes  MarvinJAshton 
4 hours ago by jasonfrancis
A gawk script to convert smart quotes | Opensource.com
“You can use different methods to convert quotes. Greg Pittman wrote a Python script for fixing smart quotes in text. I wrote mine in GNU awk (gawk).

“To start, I wrote a simple gawk function to evaluate a single character. If that character is a quote, the function determines if it should output a plain quote or a smart quote. The function looks at the previous character; if the previous character is a space, the function outputs a left smart quote. Otherwise, the function outputs a right smart quote. The script does the same for single quotes.”
smartquotes  quotes  awk  gawk  2018 
23 hours ago by handcoding
Duties, Rewards, and Risks - M. Russell Ballard
The battle to bring souls unto Christ began in the premortal world with the war in heaven. (See Rev. 12:7.) That same battle continues today in the conflict between right and wrong and between the gospel and false principles. The members of the Church hold a frontline position in the contest for the souls of men. The missionaries are on the battlefield fighting with the sword of truth to carry the glorious message of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the peoples of the earth. No war has ever been free of risk. The prophecies of the last days lead me to believe that the intensity of the battle for the souls of men will increase and the risks will become greater as we draw closer to the second coming of the Lord.

Preparing ourselves and our families for the challenges of the coming years will require us to replace fear with faith. We must be able to overcome the fear of enemies who oppose and threaten us. The Lord has said, “Fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail.” (D&C 6:34.)
quotes  MRussellBallard 
yesterday by jasonfrancis
Tragically Funny Quotes on Democracy - WhoWhatWhy
President Franklin D. Roosevelt said something in 1938 that — in 2018 — may no longer be true, or so it seems on bad days:
Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a president and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
No “alien power over us?” Because Russia has influenced US elections, some Americans feel that indeed an alien power is over them. Others consider the US president himself to be an alien. A more realistic fear is that voters are not the “ultimate rulers” of the country because of the virulent spread of voter suppression, and something related that is just as dangerous: Apathy.
Below are some observations that are both horrible and wonderful — and they may cure your apathy, at least for a while.
gov2.0  politics  democracy  quotes 
yesterday by rgl7194
Lee Gutkind: What is Creative Nonfiction? | Creative Nonfiction
Scenes and stories are the building blocks of creative nonfiction, the foundation and anchoring elements of what we do. This is what I tell people who want to write but have no experience writing. And I tell the same thing to the graduate students in my writing classes—and PhD students. Writing in scenes is one of the most important lessons for you to take from this book—and to learn.

The idea of scenes as building blocks is an easy concept to understand, but it’s not easy to put into practice. The stories or scenes not only have to be factual and true (You can’t make them up!), they have to make a point or communicate information, as I have said, and they have to fit into the overall structure of the essay or chapter or book. It is often a daunting task. But it’s essential.

Writing in scenes represents the difference between showing and telling. The lazy, uninspired writer will tell the reader about a subject, place, or personality, but the creative nonfiction writer will show that subject, place, or personality, vividly, memorably—and in action. In scenes.
writing  quotes 
yesterday by bradleyrturner
Learning to Recognize Answers to Prayer - Richard G. Scott
We are here on earth to gain experience we can obtain in no other way. We are given the opportunity to grow, to develop, and to gain spiritual maturity. To do that, we must learn to apply truth. How we face challenges and resolve difficult problems is crucially important to our happiness.

To better understand prayer, I have listened to the counsel of others, pondered the scriptures, and studied the lives of prophets and others. Yet what seems most helpful is seeing in my mind a child approaching trustingly a loving, kind, wise, understanding Father, who wants us to succeed.

Don’t worry about your clumsily expressed feelings. Just talk to your Father. He hears every prayer and answers it in His way.

When we explain a problem and a proposed solution, sometimes He answers yes, sometimes no. Often He withholds an answer, not for lack of concern, but because He loves us—perfectly. He wants us to apply truths He has given us. For us to grow, we need to trust our ability to make correct decisions. We need to do what we feel is right. In time, He will answer. He will not fail us.

I have described the absolute reality of our relationship with our Father. There is nothing about us He does not know. He is conscious of our every need and could provide all of the answers. Yet, because His purpose is our eternal happiness, He encourages us to make the correct choices.

Sometimes, like a child, we misbehave, act unwisely, and feel we cannot approach our Father with a problem. When communication is strained, how wonderful it is to have a Mediator who works things out when we obey His counsel and repent. Such is our Elder Brother, the Savior.
quotes  RichardGScott  sentToJohn 
2 days ago by jasonfrancis
If you can do the impossible than you are there to succeed.....
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2 days ago by Vince
Overcoming Adversity - Carlos H. Amado
Those who suffer great adversity and sorrow and go on to serve their fellowmen develop a great capacity to understand others. Like the prophets, they have acquired a higher understanding of the mind and will of Christ.
quotes  CarlosHAmado 
3 days ago by jasonfrancis
T-800 (The Terminator) | Terminator Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia
Den berømte replik fra Terminator - "It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity or remorse or fear and it absolutely will not stop EVER until you are dead!"
er faktisk meget god at have in mente, når det kommer til de rigtige kunstige intelligenser. For man kan virkelig ikke forhandle med dem, argumentere med dem, og de føler ingenting. De er maskiner - de har ikke nogen som helst af disse egenskaber. Og de stopper rent taktisk aldrig. Heller ikke når du er død.
aibog  quotes  artificialintelligence 
3 days ago by classy.dk
W+K Names New Co-presidents And Chair Roles | Wieden+Kennedy
"We’re just going to continue to follow Dan’s best advice: 'Loosen up, don’t let the brand get too polished and predictable. It ain’t mathematics, it’s jazz.'"
agencybusiness  wiedenkennedy  quotes 
3 days ago by JohnDrake
“An Eye Single to the Glory of God” - Marlin K. Jensen
Latter-day Saints whose eyes are single to God’s glory see life from a vastly different perspective than those whose attention is directed elsewhere. Such members, for instance, care little about receiving credit or recognition for their good deeds. They are more interested in feeding the Lord’s sheep than in counting them. In fact, they frequently find their greatest happiness in serving anonymously, thereby leaving the beneficiaries of their kindness with no one to thank or praise except the Lord. In this regard, we can perhaps learn a lesson from our Christian brothers and sisters in the Amish communities of Pennsylvania. It is reported that their writers frequently compose and publish poetry and religious literature anonymously, so as to deflect attention from themselves and ensure that only God receives the glory.

There is something particularly noble about the good works of those who act without restraint or compulsion and with no expectation of reward or recognition. Their goodness has its source in the “desires of their hearts” (Alma 41:3) and is the result of pure motives.
quotes  MarlinKJensen 
3 days ago by jasonfrancis
“He Loved Them unto the End” - Jeffrey R. Holland
As with all else in our experience, the Lord Jesus Christ is our exemplar and ideal in this very important matter of providing sustenance. His is the ultimate arm of strength and his the endurance which endures all things. At no time did he demonstrate that unfailing devotion more clearly than during the final moments of his earthly life, hours when he might well have wished that others could have been sustaining him.
quotes  JeffreyRHolland 
4 days ago by jasonfrancis
Weltschmerz: There's a German word people use in times of despair, and it's as apt today as it was in the 19th century — Quartz
east of eden quote about this term.
By the second half of the 19th century, the concept evolved from being a more personal feeling to one that reflected a broader zeitgeist, explains Syracuse University philosophy professor Frederick C. Beiser in Weltschmerz: Pessimism in German Philosophy, 1860-1900. By the 1870s and until the First World War, Beiser writes, pessimism had become a more accepted worldview in Germany, with philosophers disputing the value and meaning of life.
5 days ago by sgreene24

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