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Our search for knowledge should be ceaseless, which means that it is open-ended, never resting on laurels, degrees, or past achievements. "If we get puffed up by thinking that we have much knowledge, we are apt to get a contentious spirit," and what is the cure? "Correct knowledge is necessary to cast out that spirit." The cure for inadequate knowledge is "ever more light and knowledge." But who is going to listen patiently to correct knowledge if he thinks he has the answers already? "There are a great many wise men and women too in our midst who are too wise to be taught; therefore, they must die in their ignorance." "I have tried for a number of years to get the minds of the Saints prepared to receive the things of God; but we frequently see some of them...[that] will fly to pieces like glass as soon as anything comes that is contrary to their traditions: they cannot stand the fire at all."...True knowledge never shuts the door on more knowledge, but zeal often does.
- Hugh Nibley from the essay "Zeal Without Knowledge" in Approaching Zion, pp 70-71
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