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WILLIAM ELLERY CHANNING
American writer and orator
(1780 - 1842)
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What blessedness it is to dwell amidst this transparent air, which the eye can pierce without limit, amidst these floods of pure, soft, cheering light, under this immeasureable arch of heaven, and in sight of these countless stars! An infinite universe is each moment opened to our view. And this universe is the sign and symbol of Infinite Power, Intelligence, Purity, Bliss, and Love.
      - [Universe]

Whatever expands the affections, or enlarges the sphere of our sympathies--whatever makes us feel our relation to the universe, and all that it inherits, in time and in eternity, to the great and beneficent Cause of all, must unquestionably refine our nature, and elevate us in the scale of being.
      - [Culture]

Whatever high station you may be placed in by fortune, remember this, that God will not estimate you by the office, but by the manner in which you fill it.
      - [Station]

When I compare the clamorous preaching and passionate declamation too common in the Christian world with the composed dignity, the deliberate wisdom, the freedom from all extravagance, which characterized Jesus, I can imagine no greater contrast; and I am sure that the fiery zealot is no representative of Christianity.
      - [Preaching]

When our friends die, in proportion as we loved them, we die with them--we go with them. We are not wholly of the earth.
      - [Friends]

While earthly objects are exhausted by familiarity the thought of God becomes to the devout man continually brighter, richer, vaster; derives fresh luster from all that he observes of nature and Providence, and attracts to itself all the glories of the universe.
      - [God]

Without depth of thought or earnestness of feeling or strength of purpose, living an unreal life, sacrificing substance to show, substituting the fictitious for the natural, mistaking a crowd for society, finding its chief pleasure in ridicule, and exhausting its ingenuity in expedients for killing time, fashion is among the last influences under which a human being who respects himself, or who comprehends the great end of life, would desire to be placed.
      - [Fashion]

I laugh, for hope hath happy place with me,
  If my bark sinks, 'tis to another sea.
      - A Poet's Hope (st. 13) [Hope]

Mistake, error, is the discipline through which we advance.
      - Address on The Present Age [Error]

Immortality is the glorious discovery of Christianity.
      - Immortality [Immortality]

War will never yield but to the principles of universal justice and love, and these have no sure root but in the religion of Jesus Christ.
      - Lecture on War (sec. II) [War]

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.
      - On Self-Culture [Books]

Most joyful let the Poet be;
  It is through him that all men see.
      - The Poet of the Old and New Times [Poets]

Men are never very wise and select in the exercise of a new power.
      - The Present Age--An Address [Power]

Labor is discovered to be the grand conqueror, enriching and building up nations more surely than the proudest battles.
      - War [Labor]


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