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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  • “Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” - Norman Cousins (1915-1990), Unitarian
  • “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” - Jane Goodall (b. 1934)
  • “Once you label me you negate me.” - Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
  • “Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.” - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
  • “The power to define the situation is the ultimate power.” - Jerry Rubin (1938-1994)
  • “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” - Bob Marley (1945-1981)
  • “Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf and take an insect view of its plain.” - Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), Unitarian
  • “Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence.” - Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
  • “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” - John Lennon (1940-1980)
  • “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” - Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)
  • “Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized.” - Margaret Atwood (b. 1939)
  • “Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value.” - R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), Unitarian
  • “We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without generating it." - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
  • “All actual life is encounter.” - Martin Buber (1878-1965)
  • “The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.” - William Sloane Coffin (1924-2006)
  • “We did not weave the web of life. We are merely a strand in it.” - Chief Seattle (1780-1866)
  • “Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” - Claude Monet (1840-1926)
  • “Be humble for you are made of Earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.” - Serbian proverb
  • “How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives.” - Annie Dillard (b. 1945)
  • “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)