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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  • “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” - May Sarton, Unitarian (1912-1995)
  • “Throw your dream into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, or a new country.” - Anais Nin (1903-1977)
  • “We bid you welcome to this house. We do not ask what you believe, only that you live a kindly life, befitting a human being.” - Sign from the door of the Unitarian Church of Dublin
  • “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” - Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
  • “We are all of us more or less echoes, repeating involuntarily the virtues, the defects, the movements, and the characters of those among whom we live.” - Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)
  • “Every child has an enormous drive to demonstrate competence.” - Buckminster Fuller, Unitarian (1895-1983)
  • “Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.” - Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)
  • “All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by... religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need.” - Harvey Cox (b. 1929)
  • “Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” - Robert Fulghum, Unitarian (b. 1937)
  • “Come sing a song with me, that I might know your mind. And I'll bring you hope, when hope is hard to find and I'll bring a song of love and a rose in the winter time.” - Carolyn Dade, Unitarian (b. 1935)
  • “The real index of civilization is when people are kinder than they need to be.” - Louis de Berniere (b. 1954)
  • “In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.” - Dorothea Dix, Unitarian (1802-1887)
  • “If you shut your door to all errors, truth will be shut out.” - Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
  • “I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.” - Florence Nightingale, Unitarian (1820-1910)
  • “Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Unitarian Minister (1803-1882)
  • “If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Unitarian (1807-1882)
  • “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” - Frank Zappa (1940-1993)
  • “In youth we feel richer for every new illusion; in maturer years, for every one we lose.” - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857)
  • “Nobody cares how much you know unless they know how much you care.”
  • “Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much of life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.” - Henry David Thoreau, Unitarian (1817-1862)