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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  • “To help the young soul, add energy, inspire hope, and blow the coals into a useful flame.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Unitarian Minister
  • “It’s the optimists that get things done.” - George Takei (b. 1937)
  • “People of accomplishment rarely sit back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” - Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)
  • “Science explains the world, but only Art can reconcile us to it.” - Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006)
  • “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” - Anaïs Nin (1903-1977)
  • “One kind word can warm three winter months.” - Japanese proverb
  • “My convictions have validity for me because I have experimented with the compounds of ideas of others in the laboratory of my mind. And I’ve tested the results in the living out of my life.” - Robert Fulghum (b. 1937), Unitarian Minister
  • “My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects.” - Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899-1977)
  • “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman (1899-1981)
  • “You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” - Mark Twain (1835-1910)
  • “The future is still so much bigger than the past.” - Tim Berners-Lee (b. 1955), Unitarian
  • “In the depths of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” - Albert Camus (1913-1960)
  • “Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking.” - R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), Unitarian
  • “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” - Robert Frost (1874-1963)
  • “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you have imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” - Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), Unitarian
  • “Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all your fellow humans everywhere in the world.”  - Margaret Laurence (1926-1987), Unitarian
  • “Not far from the invention of fire must rank the invention of doubt.” - Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)
  • “So many gods, so many creeds, So many paths that wind and wind, While just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.” - Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)
  • “What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do.” - John Ruskin (1819-1900)
  • “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” - Seneca (5 BC-65 AD)