William Ellery Channing Quotes

To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never, in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common, this is to be my symphony.

~ William Ellery Channing

To be prosperous is not to be superior, and should form no barrier between men. Wealth out not to secure the prosperous the slightest consideration. The only distinctions which should be recognized are those of the soul, of strong principle, of incorruptible integrity, of usefulness, of cultivated intellect, of fidelity in seeking the truth.

~ William Ellery Channing

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.

~ William Ellery Channing

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

~ William Ellery Channing

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.

~ William Ellery Channing

The home is the chief school of human virtues.

~ William Ellery Channing

Error is discipline through which we advance.

~ William Ellery Channing

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

~ William Ellery Channing

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 aidthem to judge for themselves.

~ William Ellery Channing

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

~ William Ellery Channing

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