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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  • “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” - Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
  • “Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated.” - Katy Perry (b. 1984)
  • “Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can’t trade for your heart’s desire is your heart.” - Lois McMaster Bujold (b. 1949)
  • “This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Unitarian Minister
  • “Experience teaches acceptance of the imperfect as life.” - Anaïs Nin (1903-1977)
  • “Progress through trial and error depends not only on making trials, but on recognizing errors.” - Virginia Postrel (b. 1960)
  • “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” - Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
  • “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings” - William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)
  • “Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.” - Linus Pauling (1901-1994), Unitarian
  • “You can’t work on everything all the time, so start where you are.” - Pete Seeger (1919-2014), Unitarian
  • “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
  • “There is another world, but it is in this one.” - William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
  • “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” - Judy Garland (1922-1969)
  • “People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004)
  • “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007), Unitarian
  • “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” - Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
  • “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” - Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988)
  • “You’ve got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body’s sermon on how to behave.” - Billie Holiday (1915-1959)
  • “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” - Harry S. Truman (1884-1972)
  • “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” - Joseph Addison (1672-1719)