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 person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
  • “To move freely you must be deeply rooted.” - Bella Lewitsky (1916-2004)
  • “Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” - Earl Nightingale (1921-1989)
  • “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” - Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929)
  • “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is… because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” - Frederick Buechner (b.1926)
  • “Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best.” - Henry van Dyke, poet (1852-1933)
  • “All of life is a foreign country.” - Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)
  • “I’ve never had a humble opinion in my life. If you are going to have one, why bother to be humble about it.” - Joan Baez (b. 1941)
  • “The only thing better than singing is more singing.” - Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996)
  • “Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?” - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007), Unitarian
  • “I feel fairly certain that my hatred harms me more than the people whom I hate.” - Max Frisch (1911-1991)
  • “There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.” - Ogden Nash (1902-1971)
  • “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” - Alan W. Watts (1915-1963)
  • “I believe the greatest gift I can conceive of having from anyone is to be seen, heard, understood, and touched by them. The greatest gift I can give is to see, hear, understand, and touch another person.” - Virginia Satir (1916-1988)
  • “Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” - Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964)
  • “A body of clay, a mind full of play, a moment’s life – that’s me.” - Harivansh Rai Bachchan (1907-2003)
  • “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” - Antoine de Saint Exupéry (1900-1945)
  • “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” - Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
  • “For every gardener knows that after the digging, after the planting, after the long season of tending and growth, the harvest comes.” - Olympia Brown (1835-1926), Universalist
  • “Do not complain that the rosebush bears thorns. Give praise that the thornbush bears roses.” - Anonymous
  • “How simple life becomes when things like mirrors are forgotten.” - Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989)
  • “It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.” - Epicurus (c. 341-270 BCE)
  • “There is one inevitable criterion touching matters of religious faith: can you reduce it to practice? If not, have none of it.” - Hosea Ballou (1771-1826), Universalist
  • “If everybody contemplates the infinite instead of fixing the drains, many of us will die of cholera.” - John Rich (b. 1974)
  • “Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” - Michael Jordan (b. 1963)