We are not the first to suffer and fail, and we will not be the last. We are not the first to also embody a measure of justice, and we will not be the last.
Sharon D. Welch (Unitarian Universalist, educator, theologian, ethicist) “Audacity, Virtuosity, and Wonder ” A People So Bold, ed. John Gibb Millspaugh
Everyone suffers, but not everyone despairs. Despair is a consequence of suffering only when affliction cuts us off from others.
Forrest Church (Unitarian Universalist, clergy, author) Love & Death: My Journey Through The Valley of The Shadow
Compassion for myself
is a slow growing crop,
however carefully tended
it yields an unreliable harvest.
Barbara Pescan (Unitarian Universalist, clergy, poet) Morning Watch: Meditations
Grief is only the memory of widowed affection. The more intense the delight in the presence of the object, the more poignant must be the impression of the absence.
James Martineau (Unitarian, clergy)
Duty is a better guide than stars or statutes.
Jenkin Lloyd Jones (Unitarian, soldier, reformer, educator, clergy) Love and Loyalty (1907) p.28
Failures are sure to come to most men, somewhere, somehow. When they come, let the man consult his watch and see what time it is…and let him rally his forces for another charge in the hope of final victory.
George L. Perin (Universalist, clergy, missionary), The Sunny Side of Life (1900) p.319
All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable.
Henry David Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience” (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, surveyor, pencil-maker, philosopher, naturalist)
A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page.
Hosea Ballou (Universalist, clergy)
Life is laden with opportunities for miracle or beauty, moments of choice that bless us if we seize them, even in a cold season.
Elizabeth Lerner (Unitarian Universalist, clergy) With or Without Candlelight: A Meditation Anthology
The offense of persecution is every day incurred by all those who treat differences in religious opinion as moral derelictions, and punish them by any of those thousand rods which society leaves in the hand of every man wherewith to vex his brother.
Frances Power Cobbe (Unitarian, philosopher, social reformer, founder British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) Religious Duty (1865) p.53