It isn’t love that makes the world go round
but compassion — starting over in gentleness
when love hasn’t been enough or other factors have failed:
a gentle refusal to blame oneself or others
and just begin again.
Nancy Shaffer (Unitarian Universalist, clergy) While Still There Is Light: Writings From A Minister Facing Death
Men have never done much when the heart has been cold; and what have they not done, what have they not subdued, when the heart has been quickened to generous emotions? To rob religion of sensibility is to make it inert and unproductive.
William Ellery Channing (Unitarian, clergy, theologian) Memoir of William Ellery Channing by William Henry Channing (1874) p.379
Failure may be no disgrace, indeed failure in one sense of another is the lot of all. Failure may be honorable. Failure is oftentimes complimentary. Failure is always relative.
Jenkin Lloyd Jones (Unitarian, educator, soldier, reformer, clergy) Love and Loyalty (1907) p.261
Every crime destroys more Edens than our own.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, author)
If sorrow come — resist it not,
Nor yet bow weakly to it;
Look up to meet the Heaven-sent storm;
But see the rainbow thro’ it!
Frances Sargent Osgood (Unitarian, poet, author) “Golden Rules in Rhyme” Poems (1846) p.53
Traveling would be quite perfect, if only one could go home at night.
Clover Adams (Marian Hooper Adams) (Unitarian, society hostess, photographer) to her father, quoted by Natalie Dykstra, Clover Adams p.63
The greatest of all warriors that went to the siege of Troy had not the pre-eminence because Nature had given him strength and he carried the largest bow, but because self-discipline had taught him how to bend it.
Daniel Webster (Unitarian, statesman, U.S. Senator)
Amid all change, we desire something permanent; amid all variety, something stable; amid all progress, some central unity of life; something which deepens as we ascend; which roots itself as we advance; which grows more and more tenacious of the old, while becoming more and more open to the new.
James Freeman Clarke, The Hour Which Cometh (1868) p.89 (Unitarian, reformer, author, clergy)
That is a great hour when first the heart feels the parental love.
Thomas Treadwell Stone, A Rod and Staff (1856) p.173 (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, clergy, abolitionist)