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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  • “You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.” - Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)
  • “Only the educated are free.” - Epictetus (c. 60-120)
  • “You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.” - Hal Borland (1900-1978)
  • “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” - Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)
  • “I have lost the consolation of faith, though not the ambition to worship.” - Forrest Gander (b. 1956)
  • “Religion is something that happens to you when you open your mind to truth, your conscience to justice, and your heart to love.” - A. Powell Davies (1902-1957), Unitarian Minister
  • “To work in the world lovingly means defining what we will be for rather than reacting to what we are against.” - Christina Baldwin
  • “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.” - Stephen Grellet (1773-1855)
  • “We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” - May Sarton (1912-1995), Unitarian
  • “Earth laughs in flowers.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Unitarian Minister
  • “Too much safety is abhorrent to the nature of a human being.” - Agatha Christie (1890-1976)
  • “He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.” - Confucius (c. 551-478 BCE)
  • “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.” - William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)
  • “I believe in humanity. We are an incredible species. We’re still just a child creature, we’re still being nasty to each other. And all children go through those phases. We’re growing up, we’re moving into adolescence now. When we grow up – man, we’re going to be something!” - Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991)
  • “The religious way is the deep way, the way that sees what physical eyes alone fail to see, the intangibles of the heart of every phenomenon. The religious way is the way that touches universal relationships; that goes high, wide and deep, that expands the feelings of kinship.” - Sophia Lyon Fahs (1876-1978), Unitarian
  • “A hundred times a day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labours of others, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
  • “If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.” - Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909), Unitarian Minister
  • “Things are not to be said, they are meant to be done. And once they are done, they speak for themselves.” - Woody Allen (b. 1935)
  • “For every ten people who are clipping at the branches of evil, you’re lucky to find one who’s hacking at the roots.” - Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), Unitarian
  • “People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.” - R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), Unitarian