William Ellery Channing

William Ellery Channing

American Unitarian minister

Lived from: 1780-1842

Category: Politics

Quotes: William Ellery Channing

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    Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
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    All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage, and grow wiser and more serene.
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    Do anything rather than give yourself to reverie.
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    Error is discipline through which we advance.
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    Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influence to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach.
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    Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do.
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    Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
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    Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.
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    Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it.
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    God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.
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    He is to be educated not because he's to make shoes, nails, and pins, but because he is a man.
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    It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.
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    It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great.
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    It is not the quantity but the quality of knowledge which determines the mind's dignity.
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    Natural amiableness is too often seen in company with sloth, with uselessness, with the vanity of fashionable life.
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