Quotes Categories

William Ellery Channing Quotes

(1780-1842), American Unitarian Minister, Author

Natural amiableness is too often seen in company with sloth, with uselessness, with the vanity of fashionable life.

Category: Amiability

It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.

Category: Books And Reading

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.

Category: Books And Reading

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

Category: Books And Reading

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.

Category: Character

It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great.

Category: Conscience

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

Category: Difficulties

He is to be educated not because he's to make shoes, nails, and pins, but because he is a man.

Category: Education

The worst tyrants are those which establish themselves in our own breasts.

Category: Enemies

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

Category: Enthusiasm

Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost.

Category: Experience

Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.

Category: Faith

Innocent amusements are such as excite moderately, and such as produce a cheerful frame of mind, not boisterous mirth; such as refresh, instead of exhausting, the system; such as recur frequently, rather than continue long; such as send us back to our daily duties invigorated in body and spirit; such as we can partake of in the presence and society of respectable friends; such as consist with and are favorable to a grateful piety; such as are chastened by self-respect, and are accompanied with the consciousness that life has a higher end than to be amused.

Category: Fun

To give a generous hope to a man of his own nature, is to enrich him immeasurably.

Category: Hope

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

Category: Improvement