quotes tagged with 'activism'

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 10 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 10 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 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Patriotism, to the patriot hero, does not consist in aiding the government of his country in every base or stupid act it may perform, but rather in paralyzing its power when it violates vested rights, affronts instituted justice, and assumes undelegated authority.

Author: Edwin P. Whipple, Source: Character and Characteristic Men, p. 114Saved by cboyack in liberty government freedom patriotism authority activism justice patriot 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The growing world-wide responsibilities of the Church make it inadvisable for the Church to seek to respond to all of the various and complex issues involved in the mounting problems of the many cities and communities in which members live. But this complexity does not absolve members as individuals from filling their responsibilities as citizens in their own communities.

We urge our members to do their civic duty and to assume their responsibilities as individual citizens in seeking solutions to the problems which beset our cities and communities.

With our wide ranging mission, so far as mankind is concerned, Church members cannot ignore the many practical problems that require solution if our families are to live in an environment conducive to spirituality.

Where solutions to these practical problems require cooperative action with those not of our faith, members should not be reticent in doing their part in joining and leading in those efforts where they can make an individual contribution to those causes which are consistent with the standards of the Church.

Individual Church members cannot, of course, represent or commit the Church, but should, nevertheless, be 'anxiously engaged' in good causes, using the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as their constant guide.
Author: First Presidency, Source: Statement, 1 September 1976Saved by cboyack in politics education duty responsibility leadership service activism community anxiouslyengaged 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The tide of evil flows. Today it has become a veritable flood. Most of us, living somewhat sheltered lives, have little idea of the vast dimensions of it. Billions of dollars are involved for those who pour out pornography, for those who peddle lasciviousness, for those who deal in perversion, in sex and violence. God give us the strength, the wisdom, the faith, the courage as citizens to stand in opposition to these and to let our voices be heard in defense of those virtues which, when practiced in the past, made men and nations strong, and which, when neglected, brought them to decay.

God lives. He is our strength and our helper. As we strive, we shall discover that legions of good men and women will join with us. Let us begin now.
Author: Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: http://www.lds.org/library/display/0,4945,2043-1-2789-1,00.htm...Saved by cboyack in satan society evil opposition morality violence activism pornography 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
We should help those who have been deceived or who are misinformed to find the truth. Unless each person who knows the truth will stand up and speak up, it is difficult for the deceived or confused citizen to find his way back.
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: Conference Report, Oct. 1961Saved by cboyack in politics truth information knowledge activism error deceit confusion 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
Author: John F. Kennedy, Source: White House speech, 1962Saved by cboyack in war revolution change activism democracy peacae 12 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 cboyack in liberty government freedom america socialism success life character work talent activism citizen dream risk personality patriot common peculiar dole utopia heritage 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Author: Mahatma Gandhi, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in politics fight revolution opposition change leadership activism 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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