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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  • “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Unitarian Minister
  • “All great truths begin as blasphemies.” - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
  • “Never cut what you can untie.” - Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)
  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain (1835-1910)
  • “If any of you happens to see an injustice, you are no longer a spectator, you are a participant. And you have an obligation to do something.” - June Callwood (1924-2007)
  • “The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.” - Alden Nowlan (1933-1983)
  • “Each night a child is born is a holy night.” - Sophia Lyon Fahs (1876-1978), Unitarian
  • “What is the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on.” - Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
  • “The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” - Anaïs Nin (1903-1977)
  • “The people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.” - Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
  • “There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children. One of these is roots and the other is wings.” - Hodding Carter (1907-1972)
  • “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” - Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), Unitarian
  • “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” - Iroquois Nation Maxim
  • “My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those who are sad.” - Olive Schreiner, author (1855-1920)
  • “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” - Confucius (c. 551-478 BCE)
  • “Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” - Susan Ertz (1894-1985)
  • “He who never sacrificed a present to a future good or a personal to a general one can speak of happiness only as the blind do of colours.” - Olympia Brown (1835-1926), Universalist
  • “If, every day, I dare to remember that I am here on loan, that this house, this hillside, these minutes are all leased to me, not given, I will never despair. Despair is for those who expect to live forever. I no longer do.” - Erica Jong (b. 1942)
  • “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” - Vivian Greene
  • “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” - James Baldwin (1924-1987)