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I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. I seek opportunity to develop whatever talents God gave me-not security. I do not wish to be kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any earthly master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say- 'This, with God's help, I have done.' All this is what it means to be an American.
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: General Conference, April 1969Saved by cboyack in liberty government freedom america socialism success life character work talent activism citizen dream risk personality patriot common peculiar dole utopia heritage 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. I seek opportunity to develop whatever talents God gave me-not security. I do not wish to be kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any earthly master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say- 'This, with God's help, I have done.' All this is what it means to be an American.
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: General Conference, April 1969Saved by rpage in liberty freedom america success character work activism dream personality patriot common peculiar dole heritage 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. I seek opportunity to develop whatever talents God gave me-not security. I do not wish to be kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any earthly master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say- 'This, with God's help, I have done.' All this is what it means to be an American.
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: General Conference, April 1969Saved by ritchieheber in opportunity activism dream risk perspective personality childofgod heritage 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.

Author: Samuel Adams, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in war election revolution change majority discussion activism minority debate campaign 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The kingdom of God must be a continuing revolution against the norms of the society that fall below the standards that are set for us in the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the field of public life, it must be a continuing revolution against proposals that contradict the fundamental principles as laid down in the Constitution of the United States, which was written by men whom God raised up for this very purpose. If we remember that, we will be in the forefront of every battle against the things that are tearing down our society.

Author: Harold B. Lee, Source: October 1970 General Conference, http://search.ldslibrary.com/...Saved by cboyack in politics constitution government principle revolution activism kingdomofgod religionandpolitics 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]


Can we turn such trends around? There is still a wealth of wisdom in the people of this good land, even though such wisdom is often mute and in search of leadership. People can often feel in their bones the wrongness of things, long before pollsters pick up such attitudes or before such attitudes are expressed in the ballot box. But it will take leadership and articulate assertion of basic values in all places and in personal behavior to back up such assertions.



Even then, time and the tides are against us, so that courage will be a key ingredient. It will take the same kind of spunk the Spartans displayed at Thermopylae when they tenaciously held a small mountain pass against overwhelming numbers of Persians. The Persians could not dislodge the Spartans and sent emissaries forward to threaten what would happen if the Spartans did not surrender. The Spartans were told that if they did not give up, the Persians had so many archers in their army that they would darken the skies with their arrows. The Spartans said simply: “So much the better, we will fight in the shade!”

Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?hideNav=1&locale=0&sourc...Saved by cboyack in leadership courage future direction activism poll 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Today you cannot effectively fight for freedom and not be attacked, and those who think they can are deceiving themselves. While I do not believe in stepping out of the path of duty to pick up a cross I do not need, a man is a coward who refuses to pick up a cross that clearly lies within his path.


A man must not only stand for the right principles, but he must also fight for them. Those who fight for principle can be proud of the friends they've gained and the enemies they've earned.

Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: The Christ and the Constitution, God, Family, Country: Our Three Great Loyalties, Deseret Book, 1974, p. 332Saved by cboyack in liberty freedom principle battle activism protest warinheaven 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Today you cannot effectively fight for freedom and not be attacked, and those who think they can are deceiving themselves. While I do not believe in stepping out of the path of duty to pick up a cross I do not need, a man is a coward who refuses to pick up a cross that clearly lies within his path.


A man must not only stand for the right principles, but he must also fight for them. Those who fight for principle can be proud of the friends they've gained and the enemies they've earned.

Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: The Christ and the Constitution, God, Family, Country: Our Three Great Loyalties, Deseret Book, 1974, p. 332Saved by cford36 in liberty freedom principle battle activism protest 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Today you cannot effectively fight for freedom and not be attacked, and those who think they can are deceiving themselves. While I do not believe in stepping out of the path of duty to pick up a cross I do not need, a man is a coward who refuses to pick up a cross that clearly lies within his path.


A man must not only stand for the right principles, but he must also fight for them. Those who fight for principle can be proud of the friends they've gained and the enemies they've earned.

Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: The Christ and the Constitution, God, Family, Country: Our Three Great Loyalties, Deseret Book, 1974, p. 332Saved by cboyack in liberty freedom principle battle activism protest warinheaven 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Today you cannot effectively fight for freedom and not be attacked, and those who think they can are deceiving themselves. While I do not believe in stepping out of the path of duty to pick up a cross I do not need, a man is a coward who refuses to pick up a cross that clearly lies within his path.


A man must not only stand for the right principles, but he must also fight for them. Those who fight for principle can be proud of the friends they've gained and the enemies they've earned.

Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: The Christ and the Constitution, God, Family, Country: Our Three Great Loyalties, Deseret Book, 1974, p. 332Saved by cford36 in liberty freedom principle battle activism protest 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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