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The Houghton Family Quotes

I love being a member of the Houghton family! Growing up, my parents encouraged us to be the best versions of ourselves in everything we did. As a reminder of that, every morning on the way to school, my brothers and I would recite these Houghton Family Quotes with my dad!


Houghton Law

"A Houghton is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent."

Mosiah 2:41

"And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of neverending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it."

David O. McKay said,

"Tell me what you think about when you don't have to think and I will tell you what you are, and largely what you will become."

Ether 12:27

"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."

Ralph Waldo Emerson said,

"That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our ability to do has increased."

Denis Waitley said,

"It's not what you are that holds you back, but what you think you are not."

Henry Ford said,

"Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't - you're right!"

"Stick to your task until it sticks to you. Beginners are many but enders are few. Honor, power, place & praise will come in time to the one who stays.

Stick to your task until it sticks to you.

Bend at it, sweat at it, and smile at it too. For out of the bend, and the sweat, and the smile, will come life's victories after awhile."

"Happiness is something we create in our mind,

It's not something we search for and seldom find.

It's just waking up and beginning the day,

By counting our blessings and kneeling to pray.

It's giving up thoughts that breed discontent,

And accepting what comes as a gift heaven sent.

It's giving up wishing for things we have not,

And making the best of whatever we've got.

For it's by completing what God asks us to do,

That we find real contentment and happiness too!"

Doctrine & Covenants 64:33

"Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great."

Ben Bigelow said,

"I do what I ought to do,

When I ought to do it,

Whether I want to or not,


Tanner Houghton said,

"Its not your brain that controls you, its you that controls your brain."

"You are the one who has to decide, whether you'll do it or toss it aside.

You are the one who makes up your mind, whether you'll lead or linger behind.

Whether you'll strive for the goal that's afar, or just be contented to stay where you are.

So whatever it is you are wanting to be, remember to fashion the soul you are free.

Kindly or selfish, gentle or strong, keeping the right or taking the wrong.

Careless of honor or guarding your pride --all these are things YOU must decide.

Yours the selection, whatever you do, but remember the thing men call character and testimony

-- it's all up to YOU!"

Wilford A. Peterson wrote,

"Life is constantly pounding you from the outside with millions of hammer blows, but you have the last word as to how those blows will change you.

Man alone, of all the creatures of earth, can change his own pattern. Man alone is the architect of his destiny.

William James declared that the greatest revolution in his generation was the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

History and literature are full of examples of the miracle of inner change -- Paul on the Road to Damascus... Ernest and the Great Stone Face ... the hunchback prince, of the Persian story, who became straight and tall by standing each day before a statue of himself made straight ...

You cannot climb uphill by thinking downhill thoughts. If your world is gloomy and hopeless, it is because YOU are gloomy and hopeless. You must change your mind to change your world.

Change demands self-discipline. Command yourself and make yourself do what needs to be done.

Change requires the substituting of new habits for old. You mold your character and your future by your thoughts and acts.

Change can be advanced by associating with men and women with whom you can walk among the stars. Meet, mingle, and make friends with those who have the upward urge.

Change can be inspired by selecting your own spiritual ancestors from among the great of all the ages. You can practice the kindliness of Lincoln, the devotion of Schweitzer, the vision of Franklin ...

Change can be achieved by changing your environment. Let go of lower things and reach for the higher. Surround yourself with the best in books, music and art. Listen to the greatest speakers. Hang on the walls of your home portraits of the men you most admire.

Change can be realized through conscious evolution. Moment by moment, day by day, concentrate on becoming the man you want to be.

Change can be accomplished most of all through the power of prayer, because with God all things are possible."

Arisotle said,

"We are what we repeatedly do. EXCELLENCE then, is not an act but a habit."

John 3:16,

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Og Mandino wrote,

"The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning. And it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not to difficult. I will persist until I succeed."

Steven Houghton said,

"True happiness in life comes not from surpassing other's gifts but rather fully manifesting our own."

Anna Bigelow said,

"You can choose to throw stones, to stumble on them, to climb over them, or to build with them."


Please Mr. Lawyer give me advice

On how to be naughty and yet be nice

I want the men and I want the wine

I want the lights that brightly shine

I want the fun without the price

I want to be naughty and yet be nice

I want the thrill of the first long kiss

I want the things that good girls miss

I want the arms and the heart of a man

And yet be single if I can

I don't like sin but I do like spice

I want to be naughty and yet be nice

I want to do what some girls do

Tease and cuddle and bill and coo

Pencil my eyebrows and powder my nose

Bob my hair and roll my hose

Rouge my cheeks and also my lips

And carry a silver flask on my hips

Tango a little and shimmy a lot

Park my clothes when the weather is hot

Ride and swim, golf and skate

Go out early and come home late.

Break all records -- oh all but one

And be good and true when the game is done

So as a lawyer give me advice

On how to be naughty and yet be nice.

The Lawyer's Reply

The advice I give is good and true

You can't have your cake and eat it too

If you want the men and you want the wine

You must pay the price as you love and dine

If the first one yields a moments bliss

Why the next must be a longer kiss

If you want the arms and the heart of a man

Beware they'll trap you if they can

If you want the things that good girls miss

You've got to be wiser than most girls is

So watch your step is my advice

If you want to be naughty and yet be nice

Go to it kid with grease and paint

That makes you look like what you ain't

Shimmy and drink to your hearts content

Be hugged and squeezed till your ribs are bent

Park your clothes on a hickory limb

But don't you dare go in and swim

Bathe if you will where you can't be seen

But you can't use mud and come out clean

The game you play is man's long suit

Since Eve first nibbled the forbidden fruit

Whatever you get -- you'll pay the price

For you can't be naughty and yet be nice

"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome." Booker T Washington.

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

When we don't know what we are talking about we substitute emotions for thoughts

-TS Elliott


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