Quotes

In no particular order, enjoy a collection of our favorite quotes discovered in our faith journey.

“I do not expect my religion to be verifiably true. I do, however, require that it not be verifiably false.”

“Each of us has to face the matter—either the Church is true, or it is a fraud. There is no middle ground. It is the Church and kingdom of God, or it is nothing.” – Gordon Hinckley, April 2003

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

“It aint what you don’t know that gets you into trouble, it’s what you know for sure that just aint so.” – Mark Twain

“It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care how you got your money as long as you have got it.” – Edmund Way Teale

“When an honest man discovers he is mistaken, he will either cease to be mistaken or cease to be honest.”

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler

“In this information age, ignorance remains a personal decision.”

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they’ve been fooled.” – Mark Twain

“The church loves investigators… but only until they’re baptized.”

“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out he hates all the same people you do.” – A. Lamott

“How thoughtful of God to arrange things such that wherever you happen to be born, the local religion always turns out to be the true one.”

“When two things that you believe to be true contradict each other, it isn’t because you don’t understand the two things well enough, and it isn’t because one day you will have the wisdom to reconcile them, it is because one of the things you believe in is false.”

“O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!” – Walter Scott

“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Apologists have the unfortunate job of using lots of words to explain why words don’t mean what they actually mean.”

“Morality is doing what is right regardless of what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told regardless of what is right.”

“When a claim is falsified in science, everyone agrees it is bogus. It is discarded, put into the trash bin of bad ideas. When a claim is falsified in religion, it becomes a metaphor.” – Jerry Coyne

“The Book of Mormon states that Lehi and his colony found horses upon this continent when they arrived; and therefore horses were here at the time.” -Apostle Talmage, journal entry after B.H. Roberts presentation

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”  – Thomas Paine

“The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life’s meaning. We long for a Parent to care for us, to forgive us our errors, to save us from our childish mistakes. But knowledge is preferable to ignorance. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable. If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.” – Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” – Albert Einstein

“Truth is often best evidenced in the detail.” – Van Wagoner, Natural Born Seer

Asking ‘If there is no God, what is the purpose of life?’ is like asking ‘If there is no master, whose slave shall I be?’ – Dan Barker

“If you are willing to exclude and hurt others if God commands it, you will be comfortable in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today. You will be obedient and do what you are told…. It is obedience or apostasy. This is the mindset that celebrates Abraham’s faith in being willing to slice his own son’s throat or Nephi’s obedience in murdering a passed-out Laban and stealing the brass plates. It was the mindset of the Mormons who slaughtered the unarmed men, women and children in the Fancher wagon company at Mountain Meadows and led non-racist Mormons to sustain the racist policies….”

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.” – Charles Bukowski

Mormons believe families CAN be together forever; everyone else believes families WILL be together forever.