Great Quotes: “Choose Not to be Offended”

Great Quotes”

Too many of my friends, family, church buddies, and love ones have hurt themselves, and others, spiritually, socially, and emotionally by being offended. Their reaction to insults is within their control, and the harm caused is largely self-inflicted.

Choose Not to be Offended

  • “To be offended is a choice we make; it is not a condition inflicted or imposed upon us by someone or something else.” (David A. Bednar)
  •  “He who takes offense when offense was not intended is a fool, yet he who takes offense when offense is intended is an even greater fool, for he has succumbed to the will of his adversary.” (Brigham Young)
  • “Put from you the belief that I have been wronged, and with it will go the feeling.  Reject your sense of injury, and the injury itself disappears.”  (Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, p. 65)
  • “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” (Nelson Mandela)
  • “A foolish man takes offense when it isn’t meant. A wise man learns not to take offense when it is.(Proverb)
  • “A thing, an event or an expression may be offensive, but you and I can choose not to be offended.” (David A. Bednar)
  • “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them” (Psalm 119:65)..
  •  “You find it offensive. I find it funny. That’s why I’m happier than you.”
  • The feeling of being ‘offended’ is a warning indicator that is showing you where to look within yourself for unresolved issues.” (Bryant McGill)
  • “Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.” “Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In the space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” (Victor Frankl)
  • “In the grand division of all of God’s creations, there are things to act and things to be acted upon…. Endowed with agency [free will] … we primarily are to act and not just be acted upon. To believe that someone or something can make us feel offended … diminishes our moral agency and transforms us into objects to be acted upon. [We] have the power to act and to choose how we will respond to an offensive or hurtful situation.” (David A. Bednar)
  • “We should be too big to take offense, and too noble to give it.” Abraham Lincoln
  • Being offended comes from a desire, conscious or unconscious, to be a victim.
  • Choosing not to be offended is a sign of strength and security.
  • Sticks and stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
  • “I, the Lord. will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all man.” (D&C 64:10)
  • “Ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses, standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.” (D&C 64:9)

  • (See: “Nothing Shall Offend Them, “ David A. Bednar, Gen. Conf. 2006; Claire Fox’s 2016 book I Find That Offensive!.)

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