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A little mind often sees the unbelief without seeing the belief of large ones.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.) (Unitarian, poet, physician, editor)
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) (Unitarian, author)
If we count the days in which we are absolutely miserable, we shall be surprised to find how few they are compared with our complaints. And if we faithfully register every day in the year which brings us some sweetness, some enjoyment or some comfort, we shall feel rebuked for our many unjust accusations against our Heavenly Father, when we find how near the register comes to three hundred and sixty-five
Thomas Baldwin Thayer (Universalist, theologian, Universalist Quarterly editor, clergy) Over the River (1864) p.50-51
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)