Grief is only the memory of widowed affection. The more intense the delight in the presence of the object, the more poignant must be the impression of the absence.
James Martineau (Unitarian, clergy)
Duty is a better guide than stars or statutes.
Jenkin Lloyd Jones (Unitarian, soldier, reformer, educator, clergy) Love and Loyalty (1907) p.28
The offense of persecution is every day incurred by all those who treat differences in religious opinion as moral derelictions, and punish them by any of those thousand rods which society leaves in the hand of every man wherewith to vex his brother.
Frances Power Cobbe (Unitarian, philosopher, social reformer, founder British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) Religious Duty (1865) p.53
The letter of morality kills: the spirit of morality, which is the love of right, the love of truth, an inward truthfulness of soul, a fidelity to one’s own highest nature, an aspiration after whatever things are pure, and lovely, and noble, — this it is which fills the soul through and through, at once with magnanimity and humility, at once with courage and modesty; makes us faithful without pedantry, and holy without cant and pretense.
James Freeman Clarke, The Hour Which Cometh (1868) p.20 (Unitarian, clergy, author, reformer)
Goodness is an art to be studied in our lives.
Durant Drake (Unitarian, professor of philosophy), American Unitarian Association Religious Education #14, quoted by Richard S. Gilbert, In the Middle of A Journey
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Unitarian, poet)
Poetry is not made out of the understanding. The question of common sense is always, “What is it good for?” — a question which would abolish the rose and be triumphantly answered by the cabbage.
James Russell Lowell (Unitarian, reformer, poet, statesman)
The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as those of the sword need swiftness.
Julia Ward Howe (Unitarian, author, reformer)
Mere thought convinces; feeling always persuades. If imagination furnishes the fact with wings, feeling is the great, stout muscle which plies them, and lifts him from the ground. Thought sees beauty, emotion feels it.
Theodore Parker (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, abolitionist, reformer, clergy)
Great wit without love is a corner; but great wit with great tenderness is all Nature.
James Vila Blake, More Than Kin (1896) p.241 (Unitarian, hymnist, clergy)