Talk:William Ellery Channing

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  • Do anything rather than give yourself to reverie.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
  • Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge, and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance.
  • Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.
  • Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it.
  • How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.
  • It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great.
  • Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost.
  • One good anecdote is worth a volume of biography.
  • The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should therefore be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated. If the doctrine be admitted, rulers have only to declare war and they are screened at once from scrutiny ... In war, then, as in peace, assert the freedom of speech and of the press. Cling to this as the bulwark of all our rights and privileges.
  • The home is the chief school of human virtues.
  • The world is governed by opinion.