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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  • “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” - Albert Einstein
  • “In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.” - John Kenneth Galbraith
  • “Of course you will insist on modesty in the children, and respect to their teachers, but if the boy stops you in your speech, cries out that you are wrong and sets you right, hug him!” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Unitarian Minister
  • “The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” - Emily Dickinson
  • “Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.” - Henry David Thoreau, Unitarian
  • “There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.” - Marshall McLuhan
  • “Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” - Walt Whitman, Unitarian
  • “What a father says to his children is not heard by the world, but it will be heard by posterity.” - Johann Paul Richter
  • “My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.” - Norman Cousins, Unitarian
  • “Go to where the silence is and say something.” - Amy Goodman
  • “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” - Albert Schweitzer
  • “God is conscience. He is even the atheism of the atheist.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” - Robert Frost
  • “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an enchanted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” - Helen Keller
  • “God, to me, it seems, is a verb, not a noun, proper or improper.” - Buckminster Fuller, Unitarian
  • “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” - Marcus Aurelius
  • “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.” - Sydney Smith
  • “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.” - Rabindranath Tagore
  • “You might be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” - Beverly Sills