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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  • “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” - Nelson Mandela (1918-2014)
  • “A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” - Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
  • “Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half of the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.” - Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
  • “Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” - George Sand [Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin] (1804-1876)
  • “Walking is also an ambulation of mind.” - Gretel Ehrlich (b. 1946)
  • “Be ours a religion which like sunshine, goes everywhere; its Temple all space; its Shrine the good heart, its Creed all truth; its Ritual works of love; its Profession of Faith divine living.” - Theodore Parker (1810-1860), Unitarian
  • “Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.” - Ovid (43 BC-17 AD)
  • “Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.” - Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
  • “From honest doubt we shall not flee, nor fetter the inquiring mind, for where the hearts of all are free, a truer faith we there shall find.” - John Andrew Story, Unitarian
  • “I am only one, / But still I am one. / I cannot do everything, / But still I can do something; / And because I cannot do everything, / I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” - Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909)
  • “Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.” - Charles Schulz (1922-2000)
  • “There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.” - Henry van Dyke (1852-1933)
  • “Choose being kind over being right, and you will be right every time.” - Richard Carlson (1961-2006)
  • “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” - George Orwell (1903-1950)
  • “Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.” - Anaïs Nin (1903-1977)
  • “To be capable of embarrassment is the beginning of moral consciousness. Honor grows from qualms.” - John Leonard (1939-2008)
  • “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” - Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
  • “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” - Chinese proverb
  • “The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” - Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)