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Marjorie Pay Hinckley quotes

Nov. 23, 1911 - April 07, 2004; author of Small and Simple Things

The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh
or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well-preserved
body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly
proclaiming, "Wow, what a ride!"
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored
clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout
camp.
I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a
sick neighbors children.
I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's
garden.
I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my
shoulder.
I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is
important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the
maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we
are.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

There are some years in our lives that we would not want to live again. But even these years
will pass away, and the lessons learned will be a future blessing.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

The family is eternal. Love must be nurtured. It must be spoken. We must put away our pride,
our haughtiness, our shyness, our misunderstandings, and with humility say, "I love you. Is
there something I can do to help you?" You can never be completely happy under any other
circumstances.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

With intellectual curiosity the world will always be full of magic and wonder.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

We are all in this together. We need each other. Oh, how we need each other. Those of us
who are old need you who are young, and hopefully, you who are young need some of us
who are old... We need deep and satisfying and loyal friendships with each other. These
friendships are a necessary source of sustenance. We need to renew our faith every day. We
need to lock arms and help build the kingdom so that it will roll forth and fill the whole earth.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

I know it is hard for you young mothers to believe that almost before you can turn around
the children will be gone and you will be alone with your husband. You had better be sure you
are developing the kind of love and friendship that will be delightful and enduring. Let the
children learn from your attitude that he is important. Encourage him. Be kind. It is a rough
world, and he, like everyone else, is fighting to survive. Be cheerful. Don't be a whiner.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Try a little harder to be a little better.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Be a Mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the
enviroment surrounding them. Mothers are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love
on the face of the earth.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

People are wonderful. Each one has a story, each something to give, each knows something
interesting, something that can make your life richer.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

True spirituality makes you loving and grateful, and forgiving, and patient, and gentle, and
long-suffering.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

True spirituality breathes reverence into every act and deed.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Thank you is a wonderful phrase. Use it. It will add stature to your soul.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

The thing about growing old is that when you wake up with a new pain, you can just about
count on it becoming a permanent part of your life!
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

As we got closer to marriage, I felt completely confident that Gordon loved me. But I also
knew somehow that I would never come first with him. I knew I was going to be second in his
life and that the Lord was going to be first. And that was okay. It seemed to me that if you
understood the gospel and the purpose of our being here, you would want a husband who put
the Lord first.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

If you're happy, you live longer than if you're unhappy.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Oftentimes the thing that makes the difference between a good student and a poor one, a
good learner or a bored human being, is just a little curiosity. If you have it, cultivate it, feed
it. Never let it go. If you do not have it - get it. Wonder, watch, ask questions, be alive. It's
just that simple.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Everything you are learning is preparing you for something else.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

The trouble with the world and the trouble with you and me is that we don't love each other
enough. And if we do, we don't bother to show it, or we don't bother to say it. If the world is
to know love, it has to be in your heart and in mine.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

As you create a home, don't get distracted with a lot of things that have no meaning for you
or your family. Don't dwell on your failures, but think of your successes. Have joy in your
home. Have joy in your children. Have joy in your husband. Be grateful for the journey.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley