15 Shakespeare Quotes Shared in General Conference

by | Sep. 08, 2015

Mormon Life

MR says: Church leaders love to quote their poets--especially William Shakespeare. So check out these great quotes that could add a little culture and class to your next church talk.

And for more profound poetry perfect for Sunday, check out "43 Poems Perfect for Your Next Talk or Lesson."

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints often quote notable poets, playwrights, and authors in General Conference[--especially William Shakespeare].

So herein lieth the quotes, and the speaker which hath uttered them.

Gordon B. Hinckley
Oct 1975 and Apr 1996
“To thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

Russell M. Nelson
Oct 1985
“What win I, if I gain the thing I seek?
A dream, a breath, a froth of fleeting joy.
Who buys a minute’s mirth to wail a week?
Or sells eternity to get a toy?
For one sweet grape who will the vine destroy?”

Thomas S. Monson
Apr 1995
“The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes: …
It is an attribute to God himself.”
Apr 1993
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: /Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”

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