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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  • “The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work that is real.” - Marge Piercy (b. 1936)
  • “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” - Christopher Reeve (1952-2004), Unitarian
  • “A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.” - John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), Unitarian
  • “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Unitarian Minister
  • “Let us enrich ourselves with our mutual differences.” - Paul Valery (1871-1945)
  • “I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge — That myth is more potent than history. I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts — That hope always triumphs over experience — That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” - Robert Fulghum (b. 1937), Unitarian Minister
  • “It’s spring when the world is puddle-wonderful.” - e. e. cummings (1894-1962), Unitarian
  • “Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.” - Pete Seeger (b. 1919), Unitarian
  • “Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” - William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
  • “Iron rusts from disuse, water that does not flow becomes stagnant, thus it is with the human mind.” - Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
  • “The greatest thing in life is to grow.” - Fridrik Bergmann (1858-1918), Unitarian Minister
  • “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” - Anaïs Nin (1903-1977)
  • “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” - Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
  • “In the absence of touching and being touched, people of all ages can sicken and grow touch-starved.” - Diane Ackerman (b. 1948)
  • “No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.” - Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)
  • “If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” - Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
  • “The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.” - Jack London (1876-1916)
  • “There is nothing beautiful or sweet or great in life that is not mysterious.” - François-René de Chateaubriand (1768-1848)
  • “The nearest each of us can come to God is by loving the truth.” - R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), Unitarian
  • “Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door.” - Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893)