William Ellery Channing Quotes

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

William Ellery Channing

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

William Ellery Channing

It is not the quantity but the quality of knowledge which determines the mind's dignity.

William Ellery Channing

No evil is intolerable but a guilty conscience.

William Ellery Channing

God deliver us all from prejudice and unkindness, and fill us with the love of truth and virtue.

William Ellery Channing

He is to be educated because he is a man, and not because he is to make shoes, nails, and pins.

William Ellery Channing

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

William Ellery Channing

Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.

William Ellery Channing

Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.

William Ellery Channing

A man might pass for insane who should see things as they are.

William Ellery Channing

No one should part with their individuality and become that of another.

William Ellery Channing

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.

William Ellery Channing

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.

William Ellery Channing

Religion is faith in an infinite Creator, who delights in and enjoins that rectitude which conscience commands us to seek. This conviction gives a Divine sanction to duty.

William Ellery Channing

The greatest truths are wronged if not linked with beauty, and they win their way most surely and deeply into the soul when arrayed in this their natural and fit attire.

William Ellery Channing

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

William Ellery Channing
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