quotes tagged with 'apathy'
Author: Plato, Source: unknown
Those who refuse to participate in politics usually end up being governed by their inferiors.
Author: Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Source: http://lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-947-18,00.h...
Lift Where You Stand
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Some Want to Lead, Others Want to Hide
Although it may seem simple, lifting where we stand is a principle of power. Most of the priesthood bearers I know understand and live by this principle. They are eager to roll up their sleeves and go to work, whatever that work might be. They faithfully perform their priesthood duties. They magnify their callings. They serve the Lord by serving others. They stand close together and lift where they stand.
However, there are those who sometimes struggle with this concept. And when they do, they seem to fall into one of two camps: either they seek to lead, or they seek to hide. They covet a crown or a cave.
Oddly enough, often the root cause of both of these tendencies—seeking to lead or seeking to hide—may be the same: selfishness.
Brethren, may we cease to aspire and cease to retire!
A quality person will murmur not. He will not find fault or criticize, belittle, or nag. When I think of those who are examples of proficient murmuring on a continuing basis, I think of Laman and Lemuel in the Book of Mormon. By contrast I admire Nephi, who never murmured. Instead he was positive and had no time for contention, discouragement, or apathy.Author: Marvin J. Ashton, Source: http://lds.org/portal/site/LDSOrg/menuitem.b12f9d18fae655bb690...
Someone has wisely stated that hate is not the opposite of love. Apathy is. We will not have time for apathy in life’s journey if we speak and think positively. Seek, search, and work for worthy eternal qualities and friends.
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty—power is ever stealing from the many to the few.... The hand entrusted with power becomes ... the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continual oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot: only by unintermitted Agitation can a people be kept sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity.Author: Wendell Phillips, Source: speech in Boston, Massachusetts, January 28, 1852, before the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: The L.D.S. Church and Politics, BYU Devotional, December 1, 1952
I don't know how you feel, my brethren and sisters, but I'd rather be dead than to lose my liberty. I have no fear we'll ever lose it because of invasion from the outside. But I do have fear that it may slip away from us because of our own indifference, our own negligence, as citizens of this land. And so I plead with you this morning that you take an active interest in matters pertaining to the future of this country.
The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors; they purchased them for us with toil and danger and at the expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.Author: Samuel Adams, Source: Article in the Boston Gazette, October 14, 1771
Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind.Author: Ayn Rand, Source: Atlas Shrugged, p. 957
Author: Patrick Henry, Source: http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/henry.htm
We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not...? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.Author: Plato, Source: Unknown
While the iron curtains rise and thicken, we eat, drink, and make merry. While armies are marshalled and march and drill, and officers teach men how to kill, we continue to drink and carouse as usual. While bombs are detonated and tested, and fallout settles on the already sick world, we continue in idolatry and adultery. While corridors are threatened and concessions made, we live riotously and divorce and marry in cycles like seasons. While leaders quarrel, and editors write, and authorities analyze and prognosticate, we break the Sabbath as though no command had ever been given. While enemies filter into our nation to subvert us and intimidate us and soften us, we continue with our destructive thinking: "It can't happen here.Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: Conference Report, October 1961, p.69
Will we ever turn wholly to God? Fear envelopes the world which could be at ease and peace. In God is protection, safety, peace. He has said, "I will fight your battles." But his commitment is on condition of our faithfulness.