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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  • “May your life be as a song. Resounding with the dawn to sing awake the light. And softly serenade the stars. Ever dancing circles in the night.” - Jim Scott (b. 1946), Unitarian
  • “The new year can be new ground for the seeds of our dreams.” - Kathleen McTigue, Unitarian
  • “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.” – T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)
  • “Intelligence is a symbiotic relationship between emotion and thought.” - Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991)
  • “I believe we’re all one family and need each other in times of grief and gladness. And I believe in the power of human ingenuity and people of goodwill to make a difference in the world. This is my credo as a Unitarian Universalist. It’s what Superman and I have in common.” - Christopher Reeve (1952-2004), Unitarian
  • “The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” - Anatole France (1844-1924)
  • “If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.” - Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)
  • “The future has many names. For the weak it is ‘unattainable’. To the fearful, it is ‘unknown’. For the brave it is ‘opportunity.’ ” - Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
  • “At the center of the universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person. Anything we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service.” - Fred Rogers (1928-2003)
  • “He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Unitarian Minister
  • “I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.” - Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
  • “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
  • “The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self respect springs.” - Joan Didion (b. 1934)
  • “It matters what we believe. Some beliefs are like walled gardens. They encourage exclusiveness and the feeling of being especially privileged. Other beliefs are expansive and lead the way into wider and deeper sympathies.” - Sophia Lyon Fahs (1876-1978), Unitarian
  • “Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.” - Christopher Morley (1890-1957)
  • “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” - Mark Twain (1835-1910)
  • “If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” - Juan Ramon Jimenez (1881-1958)
  • “Many go fishing all their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.” - Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), Unitarian
  • “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.” - Walt Disney (1901-1966)
  • “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.” - Mary Oliver (b. 1935)