A perfect character in either man or woman is compound of the virtues of each.
Samuel J. May (Unitarian, clergy, reformer, abolitionist, civil rights activist), speech at Women’s Rights Convention, Worcester, MA (1850)
A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times. It has come to you over a new route, by a new and express train of association.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (Unitarian, poet, editor, author, critic)
Music is the sound of the circulation in nature’s veins.
Henry David Thoreau (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, surveyor, pencil-maker, philosopher, naturalist)
A rich component of covenant is the gift of forgiveness. To make promises calls forth the best in us, but we are human and we make mistakes. Promises get broken. So we try again. Covenantal faith does not ask us to be perfect. It asks us to look at our mistakes and shortcomings, and to earnestly try to correct them.
Jeanne Harrison Niewejaar (Unitarian Universalist, educator, author, clergy) Fluent in Faith: A Unitarian Universalist Embrace of Religious Language
Hands become what they have held; our hands shape themselves around what they hold most dear, or what has made an impression, or what we press on others.
Brenda J. Miller (Unitarian Universalist, Buddhist, poet, editor, educator) Listening Against the Stone: Selected Essays
The human soul finds its saddest imprisonment when it is helpless in the presence of cruelty, when it cannot right a wrong. It finds its highest freedom when it can secure justice to others.
Jenkin Lloyd Jones (Unitarian, educator, soldier, reformer, clergy) Love and Loyalty (1907) p.170
Women are people
Lucy Stone (Unitarian, abolitionist, suffragist, author, lecturer, reformer)
We fear disturbance, change, fear to bring to light and talk about what is painful. Suffering often feels like failure, but it is actually the door into growth.
May Sarton (Unitarian Universalist, novelist, poet, essayist, diarist) Journal of a Solitude (1973)
I would hardly change the sorrowful words of the poets for their glad ones. Tears dampen the strings of the lyre, but they grow the tenser for it, and ring even the clearer and more ravishing.
James Russell Lowell (Unitarian, poet, reformer, statesman)