78 Neal A. Maxwell Quotes from American Scholar

Elder Neal A. Maxwell born July 6, 1926 passed away on July 21, 2004 aged 78, following an eight-year leukemia battle.

A famous figure in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Maxwell was known for his unique speaking and writing style.

Growing up in Salt Lake City, he faced teenage challenges that shaped his compassionate nature.

Maxwell had a transformative experience during World War II, feeling divinely protected during combat.

Neal A. Maxwell

Post-war, he dedicated himself to religious education and service, holding various prominent positions within the Church.

He left behind a family and a legacy of inspiring words and witness for Christ.

Here is a list of the top quotes by Neal A. Maxwell.

Best Neal A. Maxwell Quotes


Perfect love is perfectly patient. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.


Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.


If the kingdom of God is not first, it doesn’t matter what’s second. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.


The good life is the best preparation for bad times. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.


How myopic it is to view His ministry as all crucifixion and no resurrection! ~ Neal A. Maxwell.


Crowds cannot make right what God has declared to be wrong. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.


Empathy during agony is a portion of divinity. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

It is our job to lift others up, not to size them up. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.


Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

At the center of our agency is our freedom to form a healthy attitude toward whatever circumstances we are placed in! ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

In a very real sense, all we need to know is that God knows all. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.


Blessed is he who will not be offended. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

The issue for us is trusting God enough to trust also His timing. If we can truly believe He has our welfare at heart, may we not let His plans unfold as He thinks best? ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Famous Neal A. Maxwell Quotes

We cannot repent for someone else. But we can forgive someone else, refusing to hold hostage those whom the Lord seeks to set free! ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

God’s extraordinary work is most often done by ordinary people in the seeming obscurity of a home and family. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Trials and tribulations tend to squeeze the artificiality out of us, leaving the essence of what we really are and clarifying what we really yearn for. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

If the Church were not true, our enemies would be bored rather than threatened, and acquiescent rather than anxious. Hell is moved only when things move heavenward. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.


Though we live in a failing world, we have not been sent here to fail. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

When we rejoice in beautiful scenery, great art, and great music, it is but the flexing of instincts acquired in another place and another time. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Top Neal A. Maxwell Quotes

When we don’t like to face up to hard facts, we use soft words. We do not speak about killing a baby within the womb, but about termination of potential life. ~ Neal A. Maxwell. Words are often multiplied to try to cover dark deeds. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.


Education brightens a darkened world. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

The harrowing of the soul can be like the harrowing of the soil; to increase the yield, things are turned upside down. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus! ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

We must endure the contempt of others without reciprocating that contempt. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

God’s anger is kindled not because we have harmed him but because we have harmed ourselves. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

It is extremely important for you to believe in yourselves, not only for what you are now, but for what you have the power to become. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Selfishness is much more than an ordinary problem because it activates all the cardinal sins! It is the detonator in the breaking of the Ten Commandments. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Consecration thus constitutes the only unconditional surrender which is also a total victory! ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

The soul is like a violin string: it makes music only when it is stretched. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Don’t fear, just live right. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Popular Neal A. Maxwell Quotes

Anger should never be an overnight guest. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

God is very serious about joy in the lives of His children. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.


On the straight and narrow path, there are simply no corners to be cut. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

No love is ever wasted. It’s worth does not lie in reciprocity. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

In contrast to the path of selfishness, there is no room for road rage on the straight and narrow way. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

The submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar. The many other things we ‘give’ are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Truly we work and live on a streetful of splendid people, whom we are to love and serve even if they are uninterested in us! ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

The cavity which suffering carves into our souls will one day also be the receptacle of joy. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

It’s service, not status, that counts. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Do not let the future be held hostage by the past. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Faith in God includes Faith in God’s timing. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Great Neal A. Maxwell Quotes

So often our sisters comfort others when their own needs are greater than those being comforted. That quality is like the generosity of Jesus on the cross. Empathy during agony is a portion of divinity! ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

You rock a sobbing child without wondering if today’s world is passing you by, because you know you hold tomorrow tightly in your arms. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

In Gospel grammar, death is not an exclamation point, merely a comma. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

The dues of discipleship are high indeed, and how much we can take so often determines how much we can then give. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Ultimate hope constitutes the anchor of the soul. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

The scriptures offer us so many doctrinal diamonds. And when the light of the Spirit plays upon their several facets, they sparkle with celestial sense and illuminate the path we are to follow. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

The laughter of the world is merely loneliness pathetically trying to reassure itself. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

The more seriously we work on our own imperfections, the less we are judgmental of the imperfections of others. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Insightful Neal A. Maxwell Quotes

Beware not to get caught up in the thick of thin things. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

True discipleship is for volunteers only. Only volunteers will trust the Guide sufficiently to follow Him in the dangerous ascent which only He can lead. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.


You must not mistake passing local cloud cover, for general darkness. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

We can hold to the iron rod even if others slip away and a few end up mocking us from the great and spacious building. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

If, in the end, you have not chosen Jesus Christ it will not matter what you have chosen. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

In the economy of Heaven, God does not send thunder if a still, small voice is enough, or a prophet if a priest can do the job. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Those who do too much for their children will soon find they can do nothing with their children. So many children have been so much done for they are almost done in. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Our little pebble of poor performance helps to start, or to sustain, an avalanche. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

What we insistently desire, over time, is what we become. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Wise Neal A. Maxwell Quotes

We should not assume; however, that just because something is unexplainable by us, it is unexplainable. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

God does not begin by asking us about our ability, but only about our availability, and if we then prove our dependability, he will increase our capability. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

The more quickly we loosen our grip on the things of the world the more firmly we can take hold of the things of eternity. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

The winds of tribulation, which blow out some men’s candles of commitment, only fan the fires of faith of others. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.


We cannot improve the world if we are conformed to the world. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

A society which permits anything will eventually lose everything. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

We cannot lead or draw others to Christ unless we stand closer to Him than they do. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Any assessment of where we stand in relationship to Him tells us that we do not stand at all. We kneel. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Powerful Neal A. Maxwell Quotes

Oh, how great the plan of our God! ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Coming unto the Lord is not a negotiation, but a surrender. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

Many of those engaged in a lemming-like march to the sea are proud of their individualism. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

How can we truly understand who we are unless we know who we were and what we have the power to become? ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

I know sanctification comes not with any particular calling, but with genuine acts of service, often for which there is no specific calling. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

The great challenge is to refuse to let the bad things that happen to us do bad things to us. That is the crucial difference between adversity and tragedy. ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

So these were the 78 top Neal A. Maxwell quotes and sayings.

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