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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  • “Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.” - Annie Dillard (b. 1945)
  • “Love and you shall be loved. All love is mathematically just, as much as the two sides of an algebraic equation.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Unitarian Minister
  • “Whenever people are certain they understand our peculiar situation here on this planet, it is because they have accepted a religious Faith or a secular Ideology (Ideologies are the modern form of Faiths) and just stopped thinking.” - Robert Anton Wilson (1932-2007)
  • “I’m an atheist, and that’s it. I believe there’s nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for each other.” - Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003)
  • “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” - The Buddha
  • “The tragedy in the lives of most of us is that we go through life walking down a high-walled land with people of our own kind, the same economic situation, the same national background and education and religious outlook. And beyond those walls, all humanity lies, unknown and unseen, and untouched by our restricted and impoverished lives.” - Florence Luscomb (1887-1985)
  • “Let nothing living slip between the fingers of the mind, for all of these are holy things we will not, cannot, find again.” - Max A. Coots, Unitarian
  • “I’m afraid of dying. I don’t think we go on to some rapture. I’ve got to live in the fullness of life.” - William Shatner (b.1931)
  • “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.” - General David Morrison
  • “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
  • “If there is something we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could be better changed in ourselves.” - Carl Jung (1875-1961)
  • “When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong.” - Richard Dawkins (b.1941)
  • “And the fox said to the little prince: men have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1945)
  • “Compared to what you give your child, what you teach them is worth much more.” - Kelley Keehn
  • “Life – I don’t suppose I’m the first to make this comparison – is a disease: sexually transmitted, and invariably fatal.” - Neil Gaiman (b.1960)
  • “We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy – sun, wind and tide… I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” - Thomas Edison (1847-1931)
  • “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” - Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
  • “Our perception that we have ‘no time’ is one of the distinctive marks of modern Western culture.” - Margaret Visser (b. 1940)
  • “Happiness, not in another place but this place... not for another hour, but this hour.” - Walt Whitman (1819-1892), Unitarian
  • “Life is a do-it-for-others do-it-yourself project.” - Denis Waitley (b. 1933)