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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  • “There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to other animals as well as humans, it is all a sham.” - Anna Sewell
  • “The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.” - Norman Cousins, Unitarian
  • “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.” - George Bernard Shaw
  • “I'm only one. But still, I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” - Edward Everett Hale
  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “We live not by things, but by the meaning of things. It is needful to transmit the passwords from generation to generation.” - Antoine de Saint Exupéry
  • “All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are.” - Pablo Neruda
  • “An idea is a curious thing. It will not work unless you do.” - Hannah Whitall Smith
  • “Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.” - Dandamis
  • “It has always seemed absurd to suppose that a god would choose for his companions, during all eternity, the dear souls whose highest and only ambition is to obey.” - Robert Green Ingersoll
  • “If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.” - Katharine Hepburn
  • “When we dream alone it is only a dream; but when many dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.” - Friedensreich Hundertwasser
  • “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” - Helen Keller
  • “The idealists and visionaries, foolish enough to throw caution to the winds and express their ardor and faith in some supreme deed, have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.” - Emma Goldman
  • “For all our conceits about being the center of the universe, we live in a routine planet of a humdrum star stuck away in an obscure corner... on an unexceptional galaxy which is one of about 100 billion galaxies. ... That is the fundamental fact of the universe we inhabit, and it is very good for us to understand that.” - Carl Sagan
  • “When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Unitarian Minister
  • “There are seven sins in the world: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice and politics without principle.” - Gandhi
  • “Who among us can claim certainty? Therefore, we need to be open to the experiences and truths of others.” - David Herndon
  • “We should seek the greatest value of our action.” - Stephen Hawking
  • “In the face of uncertainty, believe in these two things – you are stronger than you think and you are not alone.” - Maya Angelou