A poet who shoots all his arrows at the stars may chance to hit us now and then, but it is only by good luck.
James Russell Lowell (Unitarian, poet, reformer, statesman)
Our Human Life is either comic or tragic, according to the point of view from which we regard it. The observer will be impelled to laugh or to weep over it, as he shall fix his attention on men’s follies or their sufferings
Horace Greeley (Universalist, journalist, editor, publisher, reformer)
Objects close to the eye shut out much larger objects on the horizon; and splendors born only of the earth eclipse the stars. So a man sometimes covers up the entire disc of eternity with a dollar, and quenches transcendent glories with a little shining dust
E. H. Chapin (Edwin Hubbell Chapin) (Universalist, clergy)
The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) (Unitarian, author)
With every anguish of our earthly part the spirit’s sight grows clearer…
James Russell Lowell (Unitarian, poet, statesman, playwright, critic)
What seems to us to be funeral tapers may be heaven’s distant lamps.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Unitarian, poet)
Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, Quaker, philosopher, author, editor)
The heart makes some things beautiful to us — more beautiful than the most elaborate workmanship of nature or of art. The affections never yet clung to one earthly object without investing it with a touching loveliness…
Sarah Edgerton Mayo, in a letter to a friend, Memoirs of Mrs. S.C.E. Mayo with Selections From Her Writings p. 68 (Universalist, poet, author, editor)
Those old ages are like the landscape that shows best in purple distance, all verdant and smooth, and bathed in mellow light
E. H. Chapin (Universalist, minister)
How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.
Charles Darwin (Unitarian, naturalist, author Origin of Species)