A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 19, 2012
“You can’t be right by doing wrong; you can’t be wrong by doing right”

"You can’t be right by doing wrong; you can’t be wrong by doing right” is an adage of Thomas S. Monson, the 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Monson included the saying in his book Favorite Quotations from the Collection of Thomas S. Monson (1985). Ulisses Soares, a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, used and popularized Monson’s saying at the 182nd Annual General Conference in March 2012.

“You can’t be right by doing wrong, and you can’t be wrong by doing right” is a saying that has been printed on many posters. Some posters credit Monson, but one poster says “quoted by Ulisses Soares.”


Wikipedia: Thomas S. Monson
Thomas Spencer Monson (born August 21, 1927) is an American religious leader and author, and the 16th and current President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). As president, Monson is considered by adherents of the religion to be a “prophet, seer, and revelator” of God’s will on earth. A printer by trade, Monson has spent most of his life engaged in various church leadership positions and in public service.

Wikipedia: Ulisses Soares
Ulisses Soares (born 2 October 1958) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since April 2005.

Google Books
Favorite Quotations from the Collection of Thomas S. Monson
By Thomas S. Monson
Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co.
1985
Pg. 156:
“You can’t be right by doing wrong, and you can’t be wrong by doing right.”

4 July 1998, The Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT), “Watchwords in war or peace are ‘duty, honor and country’”:
Speaking of “our personal pledge to duty, honor, country,” President Thomas S. Monson told some 19,000 people at a patriotic service here June 28 that those words were “our watchwords, whether in war or peace.”
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“We remember the adage:`You can’t be right by doing wrong, and you can’t be wrong by doing right.’’’

Google Books
May 2002, The Ensign (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), pg. 100:
May I provide a simple formula by which you can measure the choices which confront you. It’s easy to remember: “You can’t be right by doing wrong; you can’t be wrong by doing right.” Your personal conscience always warns you as a friend before it punishes you as a judge.

Brigham Young University—Speeches
November 06, 2005
Decisions Determine Destiny
Thomas S. Monson
(...)
May I provide a simple formula by which you can measure the choices which confront you. It’s easy to remember, sometimes difficult to apply: You can’t be right by doing wrong; you can’t be wrong by doing right. Your personal conscience always warns you as a friend before it punishes you as a judge.

Seth Adam Smith
Some Favorite Quotes — Part 1
BY SETH ADAM SMITH ON MAY 11, 2008.
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“You can’t be right by doing wrong…you can’t be wrong by doing right.” – Jeanette Whittle

Mormonopia
Posted on March 31, 2012 by Graham
182nd Annual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon General Session
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Elder Ulisses Soares
To enhance our spirit it is required that we let bitterness be put away
Do my actions place me in the Lord’s or in the enemy’s territory?
We need to keep ourselves strong against the fiery darts of the adversary
You can’t be right by doing wrong, you can’t be wrong, by doing right

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
April 2012
Abide in the Lord’s Territory!
BY ELDER ULISSES SOARES
Of the Seventy
President Thomas S. Monson once said: “May I provide a simple formula by which you can measure the choices which confront you. It’s easy to remember: ‘You can’t be right by doing wrong; you can’t be wrong by doing right’” (“Pathways to Perfection,” Liahona, July 2002, 112; Ensign, May 2002, 100). President Monson’s formula is simple and direct. It works the same way as the Liahona given to Lehi did. If we exercise faith and are diligent in obeying the Lord’s commandments, we will easily find the correct direction to follow, especially when we face our day-to-day choices.

The Gatherum Family
You can’t be wrong doing right quote
MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012
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So this quote is taken from the talk, “Abide in the Lord’s Territory”, by Ulisses Soares.

My most memorable quote was actually quoted by President Monson.  It was just too good to not use as the quote for this talk.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Permalink