One of the fondest memories of my Granddad Nelson was trading quotes regularly over email. Sadly I lost the email archive when I went on my mission, but it has continued to be an interest of mine. I hope you enjoy my collection of quotes. A bit of everything from religion to politics to leadership.

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.

Bad days come to an end

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.

You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

Be yourself, but be your better self.

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts.

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.

I know. And now, because you are his wife, Peter has a responsibility for you. If he truly cherishes you, which I know he does, then he will want to help you carry that burden, lighten it for you, take it away when he can. He will want to do things for you, worry about you, make things easier for you.

'Come, Mr. Frodo!' he cried. 'I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you and it as well. So up you get! Come on, Mr. Frodo dear! Sam will give you a ride. Just tell him where to go, and he’ll go.'

Before the grove became sacred it was Joseph’s darkest place.

Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.

Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

Do or do not, there is no try!

Some men see things as they are and say why ... I dream things that never were and say why not.

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.

Just because fate has chosen something for you instead of you choosing it for yourself doesn’t mean it has to be bad. Even if it’s something you are sure you would never have chosen in a hundred years.

Just because someone carries it well does not mean it isn’t heavy.

The Lord is anxious to lead us to the safety of higher ground, away from the path of physical and spiritual danger. His upward path will require us to climb. My mother used to say to me when I complained that things were hard, 'If you are on the right path, it will always be uphill.' And as the world becomes darker and more dangerous, we must keep climbing. It will be our choice whether or not to move up or to stay where we are.

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.

Many nameless people with gifts equal only to five loaves and two small fishes magnify their callings and serve without attention or recognition, feeding literally thousands

The measure of a man is his ability to navigate to a proper shore during the worst of the storm.

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.

If the ox is in the mire every Sunday, we strongly recommend you sell the ox or fill the mire.

Stress is like a pulse, if you have it you are alive.

Strong endures; hard shatters.

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

Success is the ability to go
from one failure to another
with no loss of enthusiasm.

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

'I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo.

‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us'

Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome.