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 unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error.” - Linus Pauling (1901-1994), Unitarian
  • “Too much trust is a foolishness, too much distrust a tragedy.” - Johann Paul Richter (1763-1825)
  • “There is no joy equal to that of being able to work for all humanity and doing what you’re doing well.” - Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), Unitarian
  • “Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.” - Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)
  • “Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it.” - Albert Richard Smith (1816-1860)
  • “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” - Anatole France (1844-1924)
  • “We are here to abet creation and to witness to it, to notice each other’s beautiful face and complex nature so that creation need not play to an empty house.” - Annie Dillard (b. 1945)
  • “A free society is a place where it’s safe to be unpopular.” - Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), Unitarian
  • “Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.” - Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), Unitarian
  • “Look up and not down, look forward and not back, look out and not in, and lend a hand!” - Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909), Unitarian Minister
  • “All I ask is this: Do something. Try something. Speaking out, showing up, writing a letter, a check, a strongly worded e-mail. Pick a cause – there are few unworthy ones. And nudge yourself past the brink of tacit support to action. Once a month, once a year, or just once.” - Joss Whedon (b. 1964)
  • “Life is a gift for which we are grateful. We gather in community to celebrate the glories and the mysteries of this great gift.” - Marjorie Montgomery, Unitarian Minister
  • “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” - Gandhi (1869-1948)
  • “We need not think alike to love alike.” - Francis David (Ferenc Dávid) (1510-1579), Unitarian Theologian and Martyr
  • “We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Unitarian Minister
  • “What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.” - Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
  • “We turn not older with years, but newer every day.” - Emily Dickenson (1830-1886)
  • “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
  • “If your morals make you dreary, depend on it they are wrong.” - Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
  • “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” - Thomas Edison (1847-1931)