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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  • “A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.” - Walt Whitman, Unitarian
  • “In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” - Bertrand Russell
  • “I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.” - Booker T. Washington
  • “If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.” - Norman Cousins, Unitarian
  • “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” - Susan B. Anthony, Unitarian
  • “And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” - Anais Nin
  • “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” - John Muir
  • “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” - Albert Einstein
  • “When you battle with your conscience and lose, you win.” - Henny Youngman
  • “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” - John Wooden
  • “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children... to leave the world a better place... to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Unitarian Minister
  • “May your life preach more loudly than your words.” - William Ellery Channing, Unitarian Minister
  • “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” - George Washington Carver
  • “Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts.” - Leo Rosten
  • “When we have the courage to speak out — to break our silence — we inspire the rest of the ‘moderates’ in our communities to speak up and voice their views.” - Sharon Schuster
  • “We are not here merely to make a living. We are here to enrich the world.” - Woodrow Wilson
  • “To be nobody but myself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.” - e.e. cummings, Unitarian
  • “Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand-in-hand.” - Emily Kimbrough
  • “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?” - George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)