We must never take one sentence in the Teachings and isolate it from the rest.

Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 512

We cannot help noticing, however, that achievements tend to be more enduring in those regions where the friends strive to understand the totality of the vision conveyed in the messages, while difficulties often arise when phrases and sentences are taken out of context and viewed as isolated fragments.

Universal House of Justice, Letter to the Counsellors, 28 December 2010, p. 18