Have faith that tomorrow will at least be equal to your best today, and that the present cannot conceive a nobility which the future will not appreciate, or lay the foundations of a cathedral so worthy that those who come after will not know how to rear the superstructure. Work on long lines.
Jenkin Lloyd Jones (Unitarian, educator, soldier, reformer, clergy) Love and Loyalty (1907) p.53
We are our past and our tradition, as it meets the future.
Carl Scovel (Unitarian Universalist, clergy) “Why Teach Tradition?” Richard S. Gilbert, In The Middle of A Journey
Human and mortal although we are, we are nevertheless not insulated beings, without relation to the past or the future. Neither the point of time, nor the spot of earth, in which we physically live, bounds our rational and intellectual enjoyments. We live in the past by a knowledge of its history; and in the future, by hope and anticipation
Daniel Webster, speech delivered 22 December 1820 (Unitarian, statesman, U.S. Senator)
How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.
Charles Darwin (Unitarian, naturalist, author Origin of Species)
Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne, —
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.
James Russell Lowell, “The Present Crisis” (Unitarian, poet, reformer, statesman)
The future wakes thy dreamings high,
And thou a note mayest claim
Aspiring, which in after times
Shall swell the trump of fate.
Caroline Howard Gilman, “The American Boy” (Unitarian, author)
Blame not the age, nor think it full
Of evil and unrest;
But say of every other age,
“This one shall be the best.”
The age to brighten every path
By sin and sorrow trod;
For loving hearts to usher in
The commonwealth of God
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, “The Present Age” Poems (1895) p. 9 (Unitarian, suffragist, abolitionist, educator, author)
Look at the facts of the world. You see a continual and progressive triumph of the right. I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice. Things refuse to be mismanaged long.
Theodore Parker (Unitarian, Transcendentalist, minister, social reformer)