A Moment’s Pause

These are the quotes selected for the “A Moment’s Pause” panel on the left side of most of our pages. Not all of the quotes are from Unitarians, but they all reflect Unitarian values. Learn more about notable Unitarians.

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  • “All of life’s important answers must be in the form of a question.” - Alex Trebec (b. 1940)
  • “It’s like, at the end, there’s this surprise quiz: Am I proud of me? I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth what I paid?” - Richard Bach (b. 1936)
  • “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” - Mary Ann Evans [George Eliot] (1819-1880)
  • “Every time I’m in the woods, I feel like I’m in church.” - Pete Seeger (1919-2014), Unitarian
  • “Life is not what happened to you but what you remember and how you remember it to retell it.” - Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1927)
  • “We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable.” - Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)
  • “Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.” - Chinese Proverb
  • “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” - Dalai Lama (b. 1950)
  • “Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.” - Ellen DeGeneres (b. 1958)
  • “Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” - Hans Selye (1907-1982)
  • “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” - Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
  • “Reformers who are always compromising, have not yet grasped the idea that truth is the only safe ground to stand on.” - Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)
  • “I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the one who sold it.” - Will Rogers (1879-1935)
  • “Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they show us that dragons can be beaten.” - G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
  • “The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” - Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
  • “No amount of belief makes something a fact.” - James Randi (b. 1928)
  • “Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet.” - Alice Walker (b. 1944)
  • “The Supreme Ethical Rule: Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself.” - Felix Adler (1851-1933)
  • “In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.” - Ivan Illich (1926-2002)
  • “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” - Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933)
  • “You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.” - Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
  • “Every student needs someone who says, simply: You mean something. You count.” - Tony Kushner (b. 1956)
  • “The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” - Flora Whittemore (1890-1993)
  • “I’m a big believer in the human race, in my family, in my friends, in other people. They’re my higher power.” - Harlan Coben (b.1962)
  • “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.” - Jesse Owens (1913-1980)