Images with Quotes

  • The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new. –Cato
  • May your life preach more loudly than your lips. –William Ellery Channing
  • Where there is so much to be done... there must be something for me to do. –Dorothea Dix
  • Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. –Peter Marshall
  • Life is 'trying things to see if they work.' –Ray Bradbury
  • No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. –Helen Keller
  • We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves. –May Lemberton Becker
  • It is not in the still calm of life that great characters are formed. –Abigail Adams
  • You have to live by shedding. –Robert Frost
  • A stream stays alive by moving. –Philip M. Larson, Jr.
  • We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are. –Anaïs Nin
  • Find out who you are... and do it on purpose. –Dolly Parton
  • There is a world out there that needs home, that needs community, and I want us to stretch spiritually, to stretch ourselves open. –From 'Radical Hospitality' by Marilyn J. Sewell (http://www.uua.org/worship/words/sermons/142769.shtml).
  • Each of us is indispensable if we are to minister to a broken and wounded world. Together, in our gathered diversity, we form the whole. –From 'As we gather together this morning' by Bets Wienecke (http://www.uua.org/worship/words/openings/5185.shtm
  • The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself. –Jane Addams
  • He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes. –Chinese Proverb
  • Goodness is the only investment that never fails. –Henry David Thoreau
  • To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly. –Benjamin Franklin
  • Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. –Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Life is an adventure in forgiveness. –Norman Cousins
  • ...thanks are the highest form of thought ...gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. –G. K. Chesterton
  • Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. –William Arthur Ward
  • The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. –e.e. cummings
  • Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful. –Thich Nhat Hanh
  • To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own – this is happiness. –Joseph Priestley
  • The tapestry of history has no point at which you can cut it and leave the design intelligible. –Dorothea Dix
  • The stories come–oh, pray that we may hear, and we may tell. –Excerpt from 'Here is where it all begins' by M. Maureen Killoran (http://www.uua.org/worship/words/meditations/submissions/5474.shtml)
  • Blessed are those who dream, for some of their dreams will come true. —Harry Meserve
  • Now is the moment of magic, when the whole, round earth turns again toward the sun, and here's a blessing: the days will be longer and brighter now, even before the winter settles in to chill us. —Excerpt from 'The Moment of Magic' by Victoria E. Sa
  • He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. –Thomas Jefferson
  • There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange. –Daniel Webster
  • Let us open ourselves, here, now, to the process of becoming more whole. –From 'Amid all the noise  in our lives' by Tim Haley (http://www.uua.org/worship/words/openings/5144.shtml).
  • Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. –Bertrand Russell
  • It is more difficult to organize a peace than to win a war; but the fruits of victory will be lost if the peace is not organized. –Aristotle
  • Peace is not something you wish for; it's something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away. –Robert Fulghum
  • I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. –Abraham Lincoln
  • We will hold you until you soften. We will love you until you begin to melt.  We will sing to you until you remember peace. –Jill-Beth Sweeney Schultheis
  • A poor life this, if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare. —William Henry Davies
  • In each moment expect a miracle... –From 'Expect Life!' by Elizabeth Tarbox (http://www.uua.org/worship/words/readings/5935.shtml)
  • Activism: a Quote from Cato

    The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new. –Cato
  • Activism: a Quote from William Ellery Channing

    May your life preach more loudly than your lips. –William Ellery Channing

    William Ellery Channing (1780-1842) helped Unitarians to see themselves as a distinct denomination (rather than merely the liberal wing of the congregational church). He was pastor of Federal Street (now Arlington Street) Church, and was the first to define Unitarian theology in a comprehensive way in his 1819 sermon entitled “Unitarian Christianity,” known to many Unitarian Universalists as “The Baltimore Sermon.” It was largely due to his leadership that the American Unitarian Association was formed in Boston in 1825.

  • Activism: a Quote from Dorothea Dix

    Where there is so much to be done... there must be something for me to do. –Dorothea Dix

    Dorothea Dix lived in the 1800s. At a time when women had fewer choices than men did, Dorothea made extraordinary choices for herself. She did not grow up a Unitarian, but she chose to become one as an adult. Another choice she made was to work hard on behalf of other people. Read the rest of this story about Dorothea Dix from the Tapestry of Faith curricula "Windows and Mirrors."

  • Activism: a Quote from Peter Marshall

    Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. –Peter Marshall
  • Adventure: a Quote from Ray Bradubury

    Life is 'trying things to see if they work.' –Ray Bradbury

    The Rev. Dan Harper writes a brief appreciation of Ray Bradbury.

    Even at eleven or twelve years old, I figured out that this story was about religion, about a Jesus-like figure. Later, I figured out that this story was criticizing literalism in religion; it is futile to try to find the “real” Jesus, the “real” prophet, because you will never catch up with him (or her). (Yet Another Unitarian Universalist, June 6).

  • Adventure: a Quote from Helen Keller

    No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. –Helen Keller
  • Aging: a Quote from May Lemberton Becker

    We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves. –May Lemberton Becker
  • Change: a Quote from Abigail Adams

    It is not in the still calm of life that great characters are formed. –Abigail Adams

    Abigail Adams (1744-1818) advocated and modeled an expanded role for women in public affairs during the formative days of the United States.

  • Change: a Quote from Robert Frost

    You have to live by shedding. –Robert Frost
  • Change: a Quote from Philip M. Larson, Jr.

    A stream stays alive by moving. –Philip M. Larson, Jr.
  • Character: a Quote from Anaïs Nin

    We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are. –Anaïs Nin
  • Character: a Quote from Dolly Parton

    Find out who you are... and do it on purpose. –Dolly Parton
  • Community: a Sermon Excerpt from Marilyn J. Sewell

    There is a world out there that needs home, that needs community, and I want us to stretch spiritually, to stretch ourselves open. –From 'Radical Hospitality' by Marilyn J. Sewell (http://www.uua.org/worship/words/sermons/142769.shtml).

    Read “Radical Hospitality” by Marilyn J. Sewell in WorshipWeb.

  • Community: an Ingathering Excerpt from Bets Wienecke

    Each of us is indispensable if we are to minister to a broken and wounded world. Together, in our gathered diversity, we form the whole. –From 'As we gather together this morning' by Bets Wienecke (http://www.uua.org/worship/words/openings/5185.shtm

    Read “As we gather together this morning” by Bets Wienecke in WorshipWeb.

  • Conscience: a Quote from Jane Addams

    The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself. –Jane Addams

    In January 1889, Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr searched for a location for a settlement house in Chicago that would serve as a place for young women of means to live cooperatively with recent immigrants and migrants whose living and working conditions were horrible. Read the rest of this story about Jane Addams from the Tapestry of Faith curricula "What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalists."

  • Conscience: a Chinese Proverb

    He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes. –Chinese Proverb
  • Conviction: a Quote from Henry David Thoreau

    Goodness is the only investment that never fails. –Henry David Thoreau

    In July of 1846, Henry David Thoreau was jailed for refusal to pay his taxes. Although he spent only one night in prison, this experience was the motivation for Thoreau to write one of his most influential works, "Civil Disobedience." Read the rest of this handout on Henry David Thoreau from the Tapestry of Faith curricula "Resistance and Transformation: Unitarian Universalist Social Justice History."

  • Faith: a Quote from Benjamin Franklin

    To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly. –Benjamin Franklin
  • Faith: a Quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil rights leader who led marches and boycotts for equal rights in the Southern United States. His inspiring words and actions remind Americans everywhere to work for racial, economic, and international justice. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national holiday enacted by Congress in 1983. In 1994, Congress named it as a day of service to the community in recognition of Dr. King’s service to the world community.

  • Forgiveness: a Quote from Norman Cousins

    Life is an adventure in forgiveness. –Norman Cousins
  • Gratitude: a Quote from G. K. Chesterton

    ...thanks are the highest form of thought ...gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. –G. K. Chesterton
  • Gratitude: a Quote from William Arthur Ward

    Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. –William Arthur Ward
  • Happiness: a Quote from e.e. cummings

    The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. –e.e. cummings
  • Happiness: a Quote from Thich Nhat Hanh

    Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful. –Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Happiness: a Quote from Joseph Priestley

    To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own – this is happiness. –Joseph Priestley

    Read "Seeing Joseph Priestley whole," by Scott Gerard Prinster, in UU World.

  • History: a Quote from Dorothea Dix

    The tapestry of history has no point at which you can cut it and leave the design intelligible. –Dorothea Dix

    Dorothea Dix lived in the 1800s. At a time when women had fewer choices than men did, Dorothea made extraordinary choices for herself. She did not grow up a Unitarian, but she chose to become one as an adult. Another choice she made was to work hard on behalf of other people. Read the rest of this story about Dorothea Dix from the Tapestry of Faith curricula "Windows and Mirrors."

  • History: a Meditation Excerpt from M. Maureen Killoran

    The stories come–oh, pray that we may hear, and we may tell. –Excerpt from 'Here is where it all begins' by M. Maureen Killoran (http://www.uua.org/worship/words/meditations/submissions/5474.shtml)

    Read “Here is where it all begins” by M. Maureen Killoran in WorshipWeb.

  • Hope: a Quote from Harry Meserve

    Blessed are those who dream, for some of their dreams will come true. —Harry Meserve
  • Hope: a Meditation Excerpt from Victoria E. Safford

    Now is the moment of magic, when the whole, round earth turns again toward the sun, and here's a blessing: the days will be longer and brighter now, even before the winter settles in to chill us. —Excerpt from 'The Moment of Magic' by Victoria E. Sa

    Read “The Moment of Magic” by Victoria E. Safford in WorshipWeb.

  • Knowledge: a Quote from Thomas Jefferson

    He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. –Thomas Jefferson
  • Knowledge: a Quote from Daniel Webster

    There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange. –Daniel Webster
  • Life: a Meditation Excerpt from Tim Haley

    Let us open ourselves, here, now, to the process of becoming more whole. –From 'Amid all the noise  in our lives' by Tim Haley (http://www.uua.org/worship/words/openings/5144.shtml).

    Read “Amid all the noise in our lives” by Tim Haley in WorshipWeb.

  • Love: a Quote from Bertrand Russell

    Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. –Bertrand Russell
  • Peace: a Quote from Aristotle

    It is more difficult to organize a peace than to win a war; but the fruits of victory will be lost if the peace is not organized. –Aristotle
  • Peace: a Quote from Robert Fulghum

    Peace is not something you wish for; it's something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away. –Robert Fulghum

    The Rev. Robert Fulghum has been a Unitarian Universalist minister since 1961. He is the best-selling author of Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and other books, including What on Earth Have I Done?.

  • Peace: a Quote from Abraham Lincoln

    I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. –Abraham Lincoln

    Read a sermon by Roger Bertschausen: "Why Lincoln Still Matters."

  • Peace: a Quote from Jill-Beth Sweeney Schultheis

    We will hold you until you soften. We will love you until you begin to melt.  We will sing to you until you remember peace. –Jill-Beth Sweeney Schultheis
  • Wonder: a Quote from William Henry Davies

    A poor life this, if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare. —William Henry Davies
  • Wonder: a Meditation Excerpt from Elizabeth Tarbox

    In each moment expect a miracle... –From 'Expect Life!' by Elizabeth Tarbox (http://www.uua.org/worship/words/readings/5935.shtml)

    Read “Expect Life!” by Elizabeth Tarbox in WorshipWeb.

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