Quotes by William Ellery Channing


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.
– William Ellery Channing
All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage, and grow wiser and more serene.
– William Ellery Channing
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
– William Ellery Channing
Do anything rather than give yourself to reverie.
– William Ellery Channing
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.
– William Ellery Channing
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.
– William Ellery Channing
Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
– William Ellery Channing
Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge, and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance.
– William Ellery Channing
Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.
– William Ellery Channing
Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it.
– William Ellery Channing
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.
– 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
How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.
– William Ellery Channing
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.
– William Ellery Channing
It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great.
– William Ellery Channing
Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost.
– William Ellery Channing
One good anecdote is worth a volume of biography.
– William Ellery Channing
The home is the chief school of human virtues.
– William Ellery Channing
The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven.
– William Ellery Channing
The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.
– William Ellery Channing