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

  • The great end in religious instruction, is not to stamp our minds upon the young, but to stir up their own not to make them see with our eyes, but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own not to give them a definite amount of knowledge, but to inspire a fervent love of truth not to form an outward regularity, but to touch inward springs not to bind them by ineradicable prejudices to our particular sect or peculiar notions, but to prepare them for impartial, conscientious judging of whatever subjects may be offered to their decision not to burden memory, but to quicken and strengthen the power of thought.
    (William Channing)

  • It is a greater work to educate a child, in the true and larger sense of the word, than to rule a state.
    (William Channing)

  • Courage considered in itself or without reference to its causes, is no virtue, and deserves no esteem
    (William Channing)

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


  • 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)

  • 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)

  • There are periods when to dare, is the highest wisdom.
    (William Channing)

  • What is mysterious, secret, unknown, cannot at the same time be known as an object of faith.
    (William Channing)

  • Through the vulgar error of undervaluing what is common, we are apt indeed to pass these by as of little worth. But as in the outward creation, so in the soul, the common is the most precious.
    (William Channing)

  • But the ground of a man's sic culture lies in his nature, not in his calling. His powers are to be unfolded on account of their inherent dignity, not their outward direction. He is to be educated, because he is a man, not because he is to make shoes, nail, or pins.
    (William Channing)

  • The chief evil of war is more evil. War is the concentration of all human crimes. Here is its distinguishing, accursed brand. Under its standard gather violence, malignity, rage, fraud, perfidy, rapacity, and lust. If it only slew man, it would do little. It turns man into a beast of prey.
    (William Channing)

  • True love is the parent of humility.
    (William Channing)

  • Perhaps in our presence, the most heroic deed on earth is done in some silent spirit, the loftiest purpose cherished, the most generous sacrifice made, and we do not suspect it. I believe this greatness to be most common among the multitude, whose names are never heard.
    (William Channing)

  • Christianity is not only confirmed by miracles, but is in itself, in its very essence, a miraculous religion.
    (William Channing)


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