137 Total Quotes

William Channing Quotes

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 Channing
#Men

It [the soul] is truly an image of the infinity of God, and no words can do justice to its grandeur.
William Channing
#God

Literature -- the expression of a nation's mind in writing.
William Channing
#Expression

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.
William Channing
#Adversity #Difficulty

To extinguish the free will is to strike the conscience with death, for both have but one and the same life.
William Channing
#Conscience

No calculations of interest, no schemes of policy can do the work of love, of the spirit of human brotherhood. There can be no peace without but through peace within.
William Channing
#Brotherhood

The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.
William Channing
#American Writer #Government

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 Channing
#American Writer

Let us teach that the honor of a nation consists not in the forced submission of other states, but in equal laws and free institutions, in cultivated fields and prosperous cities; in the development of intellectual and moral power, in the diffusion of knowledge, in magnanimity and justice, in the virtues and blessings of peace.
William Channing
#Honor

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
William Channing
#Duty

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.
William Channing
#American Writer #Energy

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

All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage, and grow wiser and more serene.
William Channing
#American Writer

The more a person analyzes his inner self, the more insignificant he seems to himself. This is the first lesson of wisdom. Let us be humble, and we will become wise. Let us know our weakness, and it will give us power.
William Channing
#Self

The best books for a man are not always those which the wise recommend, but often those which meet the peculiar wants, the natural thirst of his mind, and therefore awaken interest and rivet thought
William Channing
#Books And Reading

No one should part with their individuality and become that of another.
William Channing
#American Writer #Individuality

Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it.
William Channing
#American Writer #Eyes

It is chiefly through books that we enjoy the communion with superior minds... In the best books, authors talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours. God be thanked for books.
William Channing
#Books And Reading

Beauty is an all-pervading presence. It unfolds to the numberless flowers of the Spring; it waves in the branches of the trees and in the green blades of grass; it haunts the depths of the earth and the sea, and gleams out in the hues of the shell and the precious stone. And not only these minute objects, but the ocean, the mountains, the clouds, the heavens, the stars, the rising and the setting sun all overflow with beauty. The universe is its temple; and those people who are alive to it can not lift their eyes without feeling themselves encompassed with it on every side.
William Channing
#Beauty

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 listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common - this is my symphony. William Henry Channing's Symphony: some background, and its appearance in an Arthur Brisbane editorial - from the 1906 collection, "Editorials From The Hearst Newspapers"
William Channing
#Elegance

Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge, and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance.
William Channing
#American Writer #Growth

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 aid them to judge for themselves.
William Channing
#American Writer #Mind

Error is discipline through which we advance.
William Channing
#American Writer