William Ellery Channing

1780 - 1842

A Quote by William Ellery Channing on mind, slavery, and society

I call that mind free which protects itself against the usurpations of society, which does not cower to human opinion, which feels itself accountable to a higher tribunal than man's, which respects itself too much to be the slave of the many or the few.

William Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842)

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A Quote by William Ellery Channing on character

Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no other is, and to do what no other can do.

William Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842)

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A Quote by William Ellery Channing on country, freedom, peace, sentimentality, speech, and war

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.

William Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842)

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A Quote by William Ellery Channing on conscience, conviction, depression, duty, force, future, god, goodness, happiness, heart, ideas, energy, mercy, obedience, patience, peace, perfection, preparation, providence, purpose, soul, suffering, temptation, w

Soul Gathers Force It is possible, when the future is dim, when our depressed faculties can form no bright ideas of the perfection and happiness of a better world,-it is possible still to cling to the conviction of God's merciful purpose towards His creatures, of His parental goodness even in suffering, still to feel that the path of duty, though trodden with a heavy heart, leads to peace; still to be true to conscience; still to do our work, to resist temptation, to be useful, though with diminished energy, to give up our wills when we cannot rejoice under God's mysterious providence. In this patient, though uncheered obedience, we become prepared for light. The soul gathers force.

William Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842)

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A Quote by William Ellery Channing on earth, ideas, influence, and thought

Ideas are the mightiest influence on earth. One great thought breathed into a man may regenerate him.

William Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842)

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A Quote by William Ellery Channing on fidelity and judgment

We are judged not by the degree of our light but by fidelity to the light we have.

William Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842)

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A Quote by William Ellery Channing on government, happiness, men, opportunity, and work

The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.

William Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842)

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A Quote by William Ellery Channing on perfection

We can fix our eyes on perfection, and make almost everything speed towards it.

William Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842)

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A Quote by William Ellery Channing on duty and present

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 lifetime is unraveled.

William Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842)

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A Quote by William Ellery Channing on learning

The hills are reared, the seas are scooped in vain If learning's altar vanish from the plain.

William Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842)

Source: Inscription for the Alcott house.

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