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William Ellery Channing
April 7, 1780 - October 2, 1842
Nationality: American
Category: Writer
Subcategory: American Writer

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.


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.


One good anecdote is worth a volume of biography.


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.


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.


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


Life has a higher end, than to be amused.


The home is the chief school of human virtues.


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.


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.


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


Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.


Error is discipline through which we advance.


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