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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  • “Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” - Henry James (1843-1916)
  • “In matters of conscience the law of majority has no place.” - Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
  • “A hungry man is not a free man.” - Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), Unitarian
  • “We’re here to put a dent in the universe.” - Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
  • “If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference.” - R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), Unitarian
  • “The three rules of work – Out of clutter, find simplicity; From discord, find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
  • “Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serene.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Unitarian Minister
  • “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.” - The Dalai Lama (b. 1935)
  • “Civilization is the process in which one gradually increases the number of people included in the terms ‘we’ or ‘us’ and at the same time decreases those labeled ‘you’ or ‘them’ until that category has no one left in it.” - Howard Winters (1923-1994)
  • “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” - Mary Pickford (1892-1979)
  • “Faith which does not doubt is dead faith.” - Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936)
  • “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.” - Danny Kaye (1913-1987)
  • “All phenomena are real in some sense, unreal in some sense, meaningless in some sense, real and meaningless in some sense, unreal and meaningless in some sense, and real and unreal and meaningless in some sense.” - Robert Anton Wilson (1932-2007)
  • “Silence can exist without speech, but speech cannot live without silence. Listen to the speech of others. Listen even more to their silence.” - Jacob Trapp (1899-1992), Unitarian Minister
  • “I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” - Walt Whitman (1819-1892), Unitarian
  • “Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there.” - Joss Whedon (b. 1964)
  • “In this world, you must be a bit too kind to be kind enough.” - Pierre de Marivaux (1688-1763)
  • “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” - Henry Ford (1863-1947)
  • “The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.” - Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002)
  • “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” - William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)