One way I love gathering light is by dwelling on beautiful thoughts.
I have been memorizing quotes since Connie Bennion introduced the idea to me.
She didn’t say, “Lizzie Biz, I think you should memorize these great thoughts.” She put a quote rolodex on her desk that I noticed and browsed through and saw every time I went into their kitchen, mostly. And she gave Pargie a gift once of an empty prescription medicine bottle filled with strips of paper with great quotes written on them. And when I went to visit Pargie in Switzerland, I read through a booklet that Connie had prepared for the missionaries that had quotes in it. I liked it.
I copied my favorite quotes down.
I memorized a number of them. They stuck in my head.
I began loving quotes!
So I decided to gather all the quotes I love here, or at least links to them, because as I age, sometimes I forget how they “go” exactly. That’s what my blog is for. It’s a good memory.
(And because accuracy is so important to me, I have tried to verify each quote with at least one verifiable citation.)
“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” James M. Barrie (Author of Peter Pan), from a speech entitled “Courage.” President Thomas S. Monson paraphrased this quote in a beautiful message entitled “Being Our Best Selves” in October 1999. He said, “God gave us memories, that we might have June roses in the December of our lives.”