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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  • “Among the things you can give and still keep are: your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.” - Zig Ziglar (b. 1926)
  • “We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong.” - Karl Popper (1902-1994)
  • “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” - Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
  • “Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.” - May Sarton (1912-1995), Unitarian
  • “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” - Neil Postman (1931-2003)
  • “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Unitarian Minister
  • “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” - William Arthur Ward (1921–1994)
  • “Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.” - Bradley Miller (b. 1956) 
  • “We all have two religions: the religion we talk about and the religion we live. It is our task to make the difference between the two as small as possible.” - William E. Gardner (1913-2000), Unitarian Ministe
  • “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.” - Lin Yutang (1895-1976) 
  • “It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” - Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) 
  • “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” - Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
  • “There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important than the other. Without art science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous.” - Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) 
  • “I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!” - Louise Bogan (1897-1970)
  • “Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.” - Neil Gaiman (b. 1960) in The Sandman 
  • “Sometimes I think we’re alone. Sometimes I think we’re not. In either case, the thought is staggering.” - R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), Unitarian
  • “Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.” - Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) 
  • “Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation.” - Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), Unitarian
  • “The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.” - Yasutani Roshi (1885-1973)
  • “A friend is a gift you give yourself.” - Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)