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 a field beyond all notions of right and wrong. Come, meet me there.” - Rumi (1207-1273)
  • “Religion is something that happens to you when you open your mind to truth, your conscience to justice and your heart to love.” - A. Powell Davies (1902-1957), Unitarian Minister
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
  • “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
  • “It matters what you believe. Some beliefs are like walled gardens. They encourage exclusiveness and the feeling of being especially privileged. Other beliefs are expansive and lead the way into wider and deeper sympathies.” - Sophia Lyon Fahs (1876-1978), Unitarian
  • “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” - John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
  • “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Unitarian Minister
  • “The new year can be new ground for the seeds of our dreams.” - Kathleen McTigue, Unitarian Minister
  • “A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity.” - Robert Frost (1874-1963)
  • “In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.” - Albert Camus (1913-1960)
  • “Every saint has a past and every sinner a future.” - Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
  • “I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.” - Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), Unitarian
  • “In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” - William Blake (1757-1827)
  • “The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.” - Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002)
  • “The greatest thing in life is to grow.” - Fridrik Bergmann (1858-1911), Canadian Unitarian Minister
  • “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” - Maya Angelou (b. 1928)
  • “To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.” - Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
  • “Hard times require furious dancing.” - Alice Walker (b. 1944)
  • “The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.” - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
  • “If you accept the expectations of others, especially the negative ones, then you will never change the outcome.” - Michael Jordan (b. 1963)