Life is richly worth living, with its continual revelations of mighty woe, yet infinite hope; and I take it to my breast.
Margaret Fuller Ossoli (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, author, editor, reformer) quoted by Barry Andrews, The Spirit Leads: Margaret Fuller In Her Own Words
Theories are very thin and unsubstantial; experience only is tangible
Hosea Ballou (Universalist, clergy)
There is truly no peace without justice, and those who shout “Peace! Peace!” without pointing a viable way to justice are collaborators with the oppressors just as surely as if they had supplied them with arms or turned the keys of their jail cells.
William F. Schulz (Unitarian Universalist, human rights activist, clergy, UUA President 1985-1993, Executive Director Amnesty International USA 1994-2006) What Torture Taught Me (2013)
Hope is a small coal of fire that lives in old ashes.
It is the glowing seed of warmth and light to come.
Kenneth Patton (Unitarian Universalist, poet, clergy)
It is…the people’s Constitution, the people’s government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people…We are all agents of the same supreme power, the people.
Daniel Webster (Unitarian, statesman, U.S. Senator) Speech Delivered 26th & 27th January 1830 on Foot’s Resolution
There can be no higher motive for any individual or any church than this — *the world needs help and I can give it*.
Marion D. Shutter (Universalist, clergy, theologian) Justice and Mercy (1894) p.131
When error is so often repeated it becomes very important to repeat the truth; especially as good men are apt to be quiet, and selfish men are prone to be active.
Lydia Maria Child (Unitarian, author, reformer) An Appeal In Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans (1836) p.209
Home does not consist in house and land but in friends, our partner and children, and our mind.
Abigail Alcott (Unitarian, reformer, abolitionist) in Eve LaPlante, My Heart Is Boundless p.61