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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  • “If you want to walk quickly, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together.” - African proverb
  • “Nature never said to me: Do not be poor. Still less did she say: Be rich. Her cry to me was always: Be independent.” - Nicolas de Chamfort (1741-1794)
  • “True wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” - Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), Unitarian
  • “What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” - Crowfoot (1821-1890)
  • “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” - Salman Rushdie (b. 1947)
  • “There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.” - Jim Lovell (b. 1928)
  • “The three rules of work – Out of clutter, find Simplicity; From discord, find Harmony; In the middle of difficulty, lies Opportunity.” - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
  • “Look up and not down, look forward and not back, look out and not in, and lend a hand!” - Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909), Unitarian Minister
  • “To withhold from living is to die... the more you give of yourself to life the more life nourishes you.” - Anaïs Nin (1903-1977)
  • “Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live.” - Pete Seeger (1919-2014), Unitarian
  • “Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent.” - Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
  • “People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” - H. Jackson Browne, Jr. (b. 1940)
  • “When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.” - Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
  • “When old words die out on the tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart; and where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.” - Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
  • “I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.” - Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
  • “There are three ingredients to the good life; learning, earning, and yearning.” - Christopher Morley (1890-1957)
  • “The bad news: There is no key to happiness. The good news: It isn’t locked!”
  • “Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some, and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” - Robert Fulghum (b. 1937) , Unitarian Minister
  • “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” - Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007)
  • “There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.” - Harry Crews (1935-2012)