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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  • “Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.” - R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), Unitarian
  • “A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.” - Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)
  • “Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.” - Roger Ebert (1942-2013)
  • “The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.” - Linus Pauling (1901-1994), Unitarian
  • “Many a false step is made standing still.” - Patti LaBelle (b. 1944)
  • “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
  • “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” - Jack Layton (1950-2011)
  • “Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.” - Confucius (c. 551-478 BCE)
  • “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.” - Lee Iacocca (b. 1924)
  • “To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.” - Robert Persig (b. 1928)
  • “To read is to translate, for no two persons’ experiences are the same. A bad reader is like a bad translator: he interprets literally when he ought to paraphrase and paraphrases when he ought to interpret literally.” - W.H. Auden (1907-1973)
  • “The best way to be more free is to grant more freedom to others.” - Carlo Dossi (1849-1910)
  • “Every picture has its shadows, and some source of light.” - Joni Mitchell (b.1943)
  • “The function of the church for both young and old is not to give us on Sundays certain kinds of experiences different from experiences of the every day. The function of the church is rather to teach us how to put religious and ethical qualities into all kinds of experiences.” - Sophia Lyon Fahs (1876-1978), Unitarian
  • “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” - Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)
  • “Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now.” - Mattie Stepanek (1990-2004)
  • “Our lives are like islands in the sea, or like trees in the forest. The maple and the pine may whisper to each other with their leaves... But the trees also commingle their roots in the darkness underground, and the islands also hang together through the ocean's bottom.” - William James (1842-1910)
  • “The thing that I think is interesting about both music and religion is that there’s one thing that both share: the feeling of achieving transcendence. You have to feel completely connected to the world and yourself, but at the same time be willing to be liberated from the world and from yourself.” - Yo-Yo Ma (b.1955)
  • “When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul!” - Rabbi Harold Kushner (b.1935)
  • “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” - Paul Valery (1871-1945)