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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  • “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” - Muhammad Ali, athlete (1942-2016)
  • “A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.” - Thomas Carruthers, educator
  • “When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” - Abraham Joshua Heschel, rabbi (1907-1972)
  • “Think for yourself and question authority.” - Timothy Leary, psychologist (1920-1996)
  • “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” - C.S. Lewis, novelist (1898-1963)
  • “I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., writer (1922-2007), Unitarian
  • “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” - Anatole France, poet (1844-1924)
  • “When I feed the hungry, they call me a saint. When I ask why people are hungry, they call me a communist.” - Helder Camara, priest (1909-1999)
  • “Kind words are every bit as real as pigsties.” - Lucy Maude Montgomery, novelist (1874-1942)
  • “The most violent element in society is ignorance.” - Emma Goldman, activist (1869-1940)
  • “If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.” - Carl Sagan, astronomer (1934-1996)
  • “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” - Lao-Tzu (6th century BCE)
  • “People forget years and remember moments.” - Ann Beattie, novelist (b. 1947)
  • “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.” - Jalal Ud-Din Rumi, poet (1207-1273)
  • “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae West, actress (1893-1980)
  • “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” - Arthur Conan Doyle, writer (1859-1930)
  • “Everything is important. Either that, or nothing is. I prefer the former.” - Jim Henson, puppeteer (1936-1990)
  • “Will we ever reach a point when it is no longer necessary to say Them and Us? I believe we must reach that point, or perish.” - Margaret Laurence, novelist (1926-1987), Unitarian
  • “There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced or the preferably unheard.” - Arundhati Roy, author (b. 1961)
  • “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix, musician (1942-1970)
  • “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Mohandas K. Gandhi, activist (1869-1948)
  • “The world is changed not by the self-regarding, but by men and women prepared to make fools of themselves.” - P.D. James, novelist (1920-2014)
  • “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” - Pablo Picasso, artist (1881-1973)
  • “There’s no grays, only white that’s got grubby. I’m surprised you don’t know that. And sin is when you treat people as things. Including yourself. That’s what sin is.” - Terry Pratchett, novelist (1948-2015)
  • “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”  - R. Buckminster Fuller, architect (1895-1983), Unitarian