Whatever men are taught highly to respect, gradually acquires the rank of virtue. Thus if men are taught to fear adverse public opinion in the struggle between truth and error, they will always side with the latter, which has ever carried it by the popular vote.
- Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, 1851, Vol. I., p. 96
Quote for the month:
Mistrust that volatile thing known as human reason which is merely a name for whatever opinion we happen to adopt for the time - it is a thing which totters on its thrown in a fit of rage or despair - there is nothing infinite about it.
When the gospel or part of the gospel is represented as so mysterious that it requires the most skilful pen to formulate propositions beyond the comprehension of plain people, it is then and thereby perverted.
The shoutings and ravings of fanaticism, while they may spring from temporary good intentions, are not enduring, and are easily discerned by those who "try the spirits whether they are of God", and who subject what men say to the test of the "law and the testimony," knowing that if they "speak not according to this word it is because there is no light in them".