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William Ellery Channing Quotes

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William Ellery Channing quotes

God is another name for human intelligence raised above all error and imperfection, and extended to all possible truth.

The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.

It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.

Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it.

We smile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fruit; but the same blunder is made by every person who is over eager and impatient in the pursuit of pleasure.

All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage, and grow wiser and more serene.

Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge, and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance.

How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.

Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost.

Undoubtedly a man is to labor to better his condition, but first to better himself.

Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.

Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aid them to judge for themselves.

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.

No power in society, no hardship in your condition can depress you, keep you down, in knowledge, power, virtue, influence, but by your own consent.

Each of us is meant to have a character all our own, to be what no other can exactly be, and do what no other can exactly do.

Influence is to be measured, not by the extent of surface it covers, but by its kind.

The world is governed by opinion.

Life has a higher end, than to be amused.

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.

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.