QUOTES BY JOSEPH SMITH

“I teach them correct principles and they govern themselves.”

“I will go to a higher and purer state of existence.”

“By proving contraries, truth is made manifest.”

“Happiness is the object and design of our existence.”

“The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer.”

“I know what I do and where I stand.”

“I combat the errors of the ages; I meet the violence of mobs; I cope with illegal proceedings from executive authority; I cut the Gordian knot of powers; and I solve mathematical problems of universities, with truth, diamond truth; and God is my ‘right hand man.’”

“A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has the power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation.”

“There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—and when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”

“We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object.”

“Happiness is the object of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it.”

“I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”

“A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.”

“The nearer a person approaches the likeness of God, the greater power they have over the elements around them.”

“I never told you I was perfect; but there is no error in the revelations which I have taught.”

“I don’t blame anyone for not believing my history. If I had not experienced what I have, I would not have believed it myself.”

“I am not learned, but I have as good feelings as any man.”

“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.”

“A man is saved no faster than he gets knowledge.”

“Faith is the principle of action and of power.”

“Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God.”

“That which is wrong under one circumstance, may be, and often is, right under another.”

“Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things, never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation.”

“I know no other way for men to be saved in the kingdom of God.”

“Integrity will create harmony of character within and consistency in our dealings with others.”

“While one portion of the human race is judging and condemning the other without mercy, the Great Parent of the universe looks upon the whole of the human family with a fatherly care and paternal regard.”

“Our heavenly Father is more liberal in His views, and boundless in His mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive.”

“The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask it from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching.”

“Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it.”

“Let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.”