It is…the people’s Constitution, the people’s government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people…We are all agents of the same supreme power, the people.
Daniel Webster (Unitarian, statesman, U.S. Senator) Speech Delivered 26th & 27th January 1830 on Foot’s Resolution
When error is so often repeated it becomes very important to repeat the truth; especially as good men are apt to be quiet, and selfish men are prone to be active.
Lydia Maria Child (Unitarian, author, reformer) An Appeal In Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans (1836) p.209
Home does not consist in house and land but in friends, our partner and children, and our mind.
Abigail Alcott (Unitarian, reformer, abolitionist) in Eve LaPlante, My Heart Is Boundless p.61
There is no beautifier of complexion or form or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, Quaker, editor, author, philosopher)
What instruction the baby brings to the mother!
Thomas Wentworth Higginson (Unitarian, soldier, statesman, merchant, clergy)
The pleasures of books, music, and pictures ought to touch every life at some point. Some aesthetic pleasures, it is true, are won only after long study and preparation, but the best art is universal in its appeal
Mary Ellen Richmond (Unitarian, social worker, author, a developer of social work and research) Friendly Visiting Among The Poor (1906) p.132-133
Life is like a game of whist. I don’t enjoy the game much, but I like to play my cards well, and see what will be the end of it
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) (Unitarian, author)
The gift never comes without the power to direct it. It is our wants, our short-comings which ruin us.
Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (Unitarian, educator, author) Theory of Teaching (1830) p.6
The earnestness of life is the only passport to the satisfaction of life
Theodore Parker (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, abolitionist, reformer, clergy)
Universal philanthropy is the outer circle of kind regard, which is only to be formed by the successive expansion of those of family, kindred, friendship, neighborhood, and country, which are comprehended within it. Domestic society is the nursery of the affections, whence, having acquired sufficient maturity, they extend themselves into a wider, and a still wider sphere, and, the further they spread, the greater vigor do they afford evidence of having acquired.
John Gorham Palfrey (Unitarian, educator, U.S. Representative, clergy) Sermons on the Duties Belonging to Some of the Conditions and Relations of Private Life (1858) p.146