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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  • “Love is the only thing we can carry with us where we go, and it makes the end so easy.” - Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), Unitarian
  • A good listener helps us overhear ourselves.” - Yahia Lababidi (b. 1973)
  • “To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.” - Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
  • “How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.”  - R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), Unitarian
  • “Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle.” - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)
  • “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them… If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.” - Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
  • “If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” - Moshe Dayan (1915-1981)
  • “The purpose of having an open mind is the same as having an open mouth, the object being eventually to close it on something solid. But one should never close either mind or mouth until the general circumstances of the moment make it reasonable to do so.”  - Steve Allen (1921-2000), Unitarian
  • “Besides learning to see, there is another art to be learned - not to see what is not.” - Maria Mitchell (1818-1889), Unitarian
  • “Please use your freedom to promote ours.” - Aung San Suu Kyi (b. 1945)
  • “We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box.” - Robert Fulghum (b. 1937), Unitarian Minister
  • “id rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance” - e.e. cummings (1894-1962), Unitarian
  • “The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” - Socrates
  • “If you want to understand the meaning of happiness, you must see it as a reward and not as a goal.” - Antoine de Saint Exupéry (1900-1945)
  • “If only I could so live and so serve the world that after me there should never again be birds in cages.” - Karen Blixen [Isak Dinesen] (1885-1962)
  • “There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for humankind.” - Hannah Senesh (1921-1944)
  • “A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” - Tom Stoppard (b. 1937)
  •  “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” - Emily Post (1872-1960)
  • “To do good is noble. To teach others to do good is nobler still, and less work.” - Samuel Clemens [Mark Twain] (1835-1910)
  • “How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.” - Zig Ziglar (1926-2012)