quotes tagged with 'confusion'

In all the important decisions in our lives, what is most important is to do the right thing. Second, and only slightly behind the first, is to do the right thing at the right time. People who do the right thing at the wrong time can be frustrated and ineffective. They can even be confused about whether they made the right choice when what was wrong was not their choice but their timing.

Author: DALLIN H. OAKS, Source: http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=684Saved by mlsscaress in timing effective decisions confusion choosing 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

You can’t be a life saver if you look like all the other swimmers on the beach.

Author: Ardeth Greene Kapp, Source: I Walk by Faith (1987), 97. Saved by mlsscaress in behavior appearance appearance conformity confusion trendy 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Satan's masterpiece of counterfeiting is the doctrine that there are only two choices, and he will show us what they are.  It is true that there are only two ways, but by pointing us the way he wants us to take and then showing us a fork in that road, he convinces us that we are making the vital choice, when actually we are choosing between branches in his road.  Which one we take makes little difference to him, for both lead to destruction. This is the polarization we find in our world today. Thus we have the choice between Shiz and Coriantumr -- which all Jaredites were obliged to make. We have the choice between the wicked Lamanites (and they were that) and the equally wicked (Mormon says "more wicked") Nephites. Or between the fleshpots of Egypt and the stews of Babylon, or between the land pirates and the sea pirates of World War I, of between white supremacy and black supremacy, or between Vietnam and Cambodia, or between Bushwhackers and Jayhawkers, or between China and Russia, or between Catholic and Protestant, or between fundamentalist and atheist, or between right and left -- all of which are true rivals, who hate each other.  A very clever move by Satan! -- a subtlety that escapes most us most of the time.

Author: Hugh Nibley, Source: Approaching Zion, p. 112-3Saved by cboyack in politics devil satan choice error confusion dialectic opposite polarity 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I feel a strong desire to tell you–and I expect you feel a strong desire to tell me–which of these two errors is the worse. That is the devil getting at us. He always sends errors into the world in pairs–pairs of opposites. And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking which is the worse. You see why, of course? He relies on your extra dislike of the one error to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight between both errors. We have no other concern than that with either of them.

Author: C.S. Lewis, Source: Mere Christianity, Book 4, Chapter 6Saved by cboyack in politics devil satan choice error confusion dialectic opposite polarity 11 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]
Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.
Author: Sir Isaac Newton, Source: unknownSaved by bluesfreak in confusion truths 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.
Author: Daniel Boone, Source: unknownSaved by bluesfreak in confusion lost admission 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
One man has his eye on a gold mine, . . . another for selling his cattle, . . . another to get a farm, or building here and there, and trading and trafficking with each other, just like Babylon. . . . Babylon is here, and we are following in the footsteps of the inhabitants of the earth, who are in a perfect sea of confusion. Do you know this? You ought to, for there are none of you but what see it daily
Author: Brigham Young, Source: Journal of Discourses 8:125Saved by Doc in materialism property confusion stewardship babylon conservationism 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I have trouble understanding why people drift away from the Church. I'm sure the reasons are different and varied. I can understand if a person wants to misbehave and has to rationalize to himself. He has to think he's all right. But I also understand that people who think they have to be as smart as the Lord, understand everything, and have no contradictions in their minds may have trouble. There are all kinds of contradictions that I don't understand, but I find the same kinds of contradictions in science, and I haven't decided to apostatize from science.

In the long run, the truth is its own most powerful advocate. The Lord uses imperfect people. He often allows their errors to stand uncorrected. He may have a purpose in doing so, such as to teach us that religious truth comes forth "line upon line, precept upon precept" in a process of sifting and winnowing similar to the one I know so well in science.
Author: Henry B Eyring, Source: Reflections of a Scientist (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1983), 47.Saved by Doc in religion truth science confusion paradox 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
In any struggle, it is essential to know what you are fighting for and what you are fighting against. If knowledge of the former is lacking, the will to win will be absent. If knowledge of the latter is absent, confusion and uncertainty will result.
Author: J. Edgar Hoover, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in liberty fight information ignorance war media news propaganda will knowledge confusion 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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