William Ellery Channing

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Born Friday 7 April 1780, died Sunday 2 October 1842

Professions: Theologian, Writer

Nationality: American

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Grandeur of character lies wholly in force of soul, that is, in the force of thought, moral principle, and love, and this may be found in the humblest condition of life.

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The reveries of youth, in which so much energy is wasted, are the yearnings of a Spirit made for what it has not found but must forever seek as an Ideal.

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He who is false to the present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and you will see the effect when the weaving of a life-time is unraveled.

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God is another name for human intelligence raised above all error and imperfection, and extended to all possible truth.

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

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Life has a higher end, than to be amused.

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Error is discipline through which we advance.

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The great hope of society is in individual character.

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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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One good anecdote is worth a volume of biography.

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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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Do anything rather than give yourself to reverie.

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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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Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost.

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

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

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How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.

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The home is the chief school of human virtues.

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