The human soul finds its saddest imprisonment when it is helpless in the presence of cruelty, when it cannot right a wrong. It finds its highest freedom when it can secure justice to others.
Jenkin Lloyd Jones (Unitarian, educator, soldier, reformer, clergy) Love and Loyalty (1907) p.170
Women are people
Lucy Stone (Unitarian, abolitionist, suffragist, author, lecturer, reformer)
I would hardly change the sorrowful words of the poets for their glad ones. Tears dampen the strings of the lyre, but they grow the tenser for it, and ring even the clearer and more ravishing.
James Russell Lowell (Unitarian, poet, reformer, statesman)
If the poor forsake a church, be sure that the church forsook God long before.
Theodore Parker (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, abolitionist, reformer, clergy) Speeches, Addresses & Occasional Sermons Vol.1 p.37
Every fool becomes a philosopher after ten days of rain, so I spare you the inside view of my heart.
Clover Adams (Unitarian, society hostess, photographer) in a letter to her father, quoted by Natalie Dykstra, Clover Adams p.123
Loving hearts shall go on side by side forever
James Freeman Clarke (Unitarian, reformer, clergy) The Hour Which Cometh (1868) p.75
No man should part with his own individuality and become that of another.
William Ellery Channing (Unitarian, clergy)
There are always men who, if anyone claims that two and two make six, will find it absolutely necessary to go half way, and admit that two and two make five.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson (Unitarian, abolitionist, reformer, editor, soldier) quoted by Brenda Wineapple, White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Oh, did we but know when we are happy! Could the restless, feverish, ambitious heart be still, but for a moment still, and yield itself, without one father-aspiring throb, to its enjoyment.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Unitarian, poet)
Childhood, infolding the germ of a wonderful growth and fruit, opens into the flower of a youth whose leaves only drop for the fruit to ripen; age giving to manhood the short interval wherein the vital power droops and leaves the loosening body, that the secret being may go forth into larger forms and broader courses with another spring. Thus amidst orderly change there is unchanging unity.
Thomas Treadwell Stone (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, clergy, abolitionist) A Rod and Staff (1856) p.100