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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  • “Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” - Nathaniel Hawthorne, Unitarian
  • “We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and bones.” - Henry David Thoreau, Unitarian
  • “Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.” - R. Buckminster Fuller, Unitarian
  • “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” - Alexander Graham Bell, Unitarian
  • “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.” - Thomas Jefferson, Unitarian
  • “There are two unforgettable days in a person’s life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.” -William Barclay
  • “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” - Albert Einstein
  • “Conscience is a man’s compass, and though the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities when directing one's course by it, one must still try to follow its direction.” - Vincent van Gogh
  • “The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.” - W.E.B. Du Bois
  • “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” - Albert Schweitzer
  • “People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.” - William Butler Yeats
  • “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Unitarian Minister
  • “Don't wait for the Last Judgement. It takes place every day.” - Albert Camus
  • “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” - Benjamin Franklin
  • “An open mind is a prerequisite to an open heart.” - Robert M. Sapolsky
  • “Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.” - Josh Billings
  • “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” - Rabindranath Tagore
  • “Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right.” - Isaac Asimov
  • “When spiders’ webs unite, they can tie up a lion.” - Ethiopian Proverb
  • “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “The spiritual path is not a solitary journey up the mountainside, but like Chaucer’s merry band of pilgrims making their way to Canterbury, telling the tales of their lives along the way.” - Richard Gilbert, Unitarian Minister
  • “A man is not old until his regrets take the place of dreams.” - Yiddish proverb
  • “Courage my friends, it’s not too late to make a better world.” - Tommy Douglas
  • “The only tyrant I accept in this world is the ‘still small voice’ within me.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  • “In the faces of men and women I see God.” - Walt Whitman, Unitarian