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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  • “Church is a place where you get to practice what it means to be human.” - James Luther Adams
  • “Never lose a holy curiosity.” - Albert Einstein
  • “The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mysterious.” -  Albert Einstein
  • “Creation is too grand, complex, and mysterious to be captured in a narrow creed. That is why we cherish individual freedom of belief.” - William Schultz, Unitarian Minister
  • “We look forward to the time when the power to love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.” - William Ellery Channing, Unitarian Minister
  • “The central task of the religious community is to unveil the bonds that bind each to all.” - Mark Morrison-Reed, Unitarian Minister
  • “A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.” - Arthur C Clarke
  • “As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.” - Albert Schweitzer
  • “It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than ‘try to be a little kinder’.” - Aldous Huxley
  • “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” - Andy Warhol
  • “The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one’s sympathy the gloom of somebody else.” - Arnold Bennett
  • “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” - Carl Jung
  • “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” - Dalai Lama
  • “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” - Frank Lloyd Wright, Unitarian
  • “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” - Galileo Galilei
  • “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” - George Bernard Shaw
  • “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” - H.G. Wells
  • “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” - Harper Lee
  • “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” - Henry David Thoreau, Unitarian
  • “If you don’t find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  • “A life well lived is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” - Mother Theresa
  • “A mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Unitarian
  • “I look for what needs to be done... After all, that’s how the universe designs itself.” - R. Buckminster Fuller, Unitarian