Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 76: June 25, 1914
Fair-minded men do not indulge in unfriendly comments or nu favorable quotations of their fellow men. To do so would arouse suspicion that they were prompted by unworthy motives against those they insidiously censure and cowardly hold up to ridicule.
Those who listen to hearsay statements and form their judgment upon them are to be pitied as much as blamed.
N 0 person with a well balanced mind will form his judgment upon mere rumor or hearsay evidence. It is well to suspend judgment until we know the truth; and, until we can know it, silence is golden. There are too many thoughtless, and what is worse, care less expressions of opinion about men and women who are mis quoted or misrepresented. Hastily formed opinions or judgment are seldom, if ever, sound; neither is it necessary for us to express our opinions, or form judgments upon every thing. There are hundreds of things and hundreds of people unworthy of, and about whom it is entirely unnecessary to have Opinions, much less to form opinions and express them. It is sometimes difficult to sup press the feeling of prejudice when we yield to listen to unfavor able comments and quotations attributed to others, and in so listening we are prone to form sentiments of dislike, or contempt toward them.
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