"Our progress may be slow, our task immeasurably beyond our limited strength, the setbacks we may suffer in His service numerous and painful, and the neglect and indifference of the peoples around us deep and widespread; yet what the vigilant spirit of our departed Master requires us in this day is to follow in His footsteps, to remain firm and unafraid amid the vicissitudes of the world, and carry on with radiant hope, to the very last moment of our life, the glorious task we, and they that follow us, are destined to achieve.
His promise is sure, and His power none can resist. We need but follow, day by day, His divine exhortations and instructions, and do all in our power to exemplify every one of them in our daily life, and putting our trust wholly in Him wait with confidence for the unfolding of His plan to all the world."
- Letter by Shoghi Effendi to the Baha'is of California, December 21 1923
"The legislation enacted by the Universal House of Justice is different from interpretation. Authoritative interpretation, as uttered by 'Abdu'l-Baha and the Guardian, is a divinely guided statement of what the Word of God means. The divinely inspired legislation of the Universal House of Justice does not attempt to say what the revealed Word means -- it states what must be done in cases where the revealed Text or its authoritative interpretation is not explicit. It is, therefore, on quite a different level from the Sacred Text, and the Universal House of Justice is empowered to abrogate or amend its own legislation whenever it judges the conditions make this desirable."
- Letter from the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer titled "Teaching versus Proselytizing", January 03 1982
"The provenance, the authority, the duties, the sphere of action of the Universal House of Justice all derive from the revealed Word of Bahá’u'lláh, which, together with the interpretations and expositions of the Centre of the Covenant and of the Guardian of the Cause–who, after `Abdu’l-Bahá, is the sole authority in the interpretation of Bahá’í Scripture–constitute the binding terms of reference of the Universal House of Justice and are its bedrock foundation. The authority of these Texts is absolute and immutable until such time as Almighty God shall reveal His new Manifestation to Whom will belong all authority and power."
"The substance is, that prior to the completion of a thousand years, no individual may presume to breathe a word. All must consider themselves to be of the order of subjects, submissive and obedient to the commandments of God and the laws of the House of Justice. Should any deviate by so much as a needle’s point from the decrees of the Universal House of Justice, or falter in his compliance therewith, then is he of the outcast and rejected."
"Whensoever holy souls, drawing on the powers of heaven, shall arise with such qualities of the spirit, and march in unison, rank on rank, every one of those souls will be even as one thousand, and the surging waves of that mighty ocean will be even as the battalions of the Concourse on high. What a blessing that will be—when all shall come together, even as once separate torrents, rivers and streams, running brooks and single drops, when collected together in one place will form a mighty sea. And to such a degree will the inherent unity of all prevail, that the traditions, rules, customs and distinctions in the fanciful life of these populations will be effaced and vanish away like isolated drops, once the great sea of oneness doth leap and surge and roll.
I swear by the Ancient Beauty, that at such a time overwhelming grace will so encircle all, and the sea of grandeur will so overflow its shores, that the narrowest strip of water will grow wide as an endless sea, and every merest drop will be even as the shoreless deep.
O ye loved ones of God! Struggle and strive to reach that high station, and to make a splendour so to shine across these realms of earth that the rays of it will be reflected back from a dawning-point on the horizon of eternity. This is the very foundation of the Cause of God. This is the very pith of the Law of God. This is the mighty structure raised up by the Manifestations of God. This is why the orb of God’s world dawneth. This is why the Lord establisheth Himself on the throne of His human body."