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

— William Ellery Channing

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

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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.

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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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May your life preach more loudly than your lips.

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

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I am a living member of the great family of all souls;

and I cannot improve or suffer myself, without diffusing good or evil around me through an ever-enlarging sphere. I belong to this family. I am bound to it by vital bonds.

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All virtue lies in individual action, in inward energy, in self determination.

There is no moral worth in being swept away by a crowd even toward the best objective.

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Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.

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

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Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.

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The home is the chief school of human virtues.

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One of the tremendous evils of the world, is the monstrous accumulation of power in a few hands.

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About William Ellery Channing

Quotes 120 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

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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I laugh, for hope hath a happy place with me; If my boat sinks, 'tis to another sea.

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Reading is the royal road to intellectual eminence.

..Truly good books are more than mines to those who can understand them. They are the breathings of the great souls of past times. Genius is not embalmed in them, but lives in them perpetually.

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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.

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The best books for a man are not always those which the wise recommend, but often those which meet the peculiar wants, the natural thirst of his mind, and therefore awaken interest and rivet thought.

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The chief evil of war is more evil. War is the concentration of all human crimes. Here is its distinguishing, accursed brand. Under its standard gather violence, malignity, rage, fraud, perfidy, rapacity, and lust. If it only slew man, it would do little. It turns man into a beast of prey.

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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.

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

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True love is the parent of humility.

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The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should be hushed.

A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated.

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

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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.

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In the long run, truth is aided by nothing so much as by opposition.

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Do anything rather than give yourself to reverie.

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Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost.

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

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One good anecdote is worth a volume of biography.

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The world is governed by opinion.

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Error is discipline through which we advance.

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Love is the life of the soul. It is the harmony of the universe.

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Health is the working man's fortune, and he ought to watch over it more than the capitalist over his largest investments. Health lightens the efforts of body and mind. It enables a man to crowd much work into a narrow compass. Without it, little can be earned, and that little by slow, exhausting toil.

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Mistakes and errors are the discipline through which we advance.

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Whatever you may suffer, speak the truth.

Be worthy of the entire confidence of your associates. Consider what is right as to what must be done. It is not necessary that you should keep your property, or even your life, but it is necessary that you should hold fast your integrity.

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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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To be prosperous is not to be superior, and should form no barrier between men.

Wealth out not to secure the prosperous the slightest consideration. The only distinctions which should be recognized are those of the soul, of strong principle, of incorruptible integrity, of usefulness, of cultivated intellect, of fidelity in seeking the truth.

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We honor revelation too highly to make it the antagonist of reason, or to believe that it calls us to renounce our highest powers.

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Every human being is a volume, worthy to be studied.

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

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Most joyful let the Poet be, it is through him that all men see.

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I call that mind free which protects itself against the usurpations of society, and which does not cower to human opinion: Which refuses to be the slave or tool of the many or of the few, and guards its empire over itself as nobler than the empire of the world.

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It is chiefly through books that we enjoy the intercourse with superior minds.

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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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Life has a higher end, than to be amused

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A man in earnest finds means or, if he cannot find, creates them.

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Great effort from great motives is the best definition of a happy life

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Let us aspire towards this living confidence, that it is the will of God to unfold and exalt without end the spirit that entrusts itself to Him in well-doing as to a faithful Creator.

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The only freedom worth possessing is that which gives enlargement to a people's energy, intellect, and virtues.

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