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WILLIAM ELLERY CHANNING
American writer and orator
(1780 - 1842)
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Every thing here, but the soul of man, is a passing shadow. The only enduring substance is within. When shall we awake to the sublime greatness, the perils, the accountableness, and the glorious destinies of the immortal soul?
      - [Soul]

Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.
      - [Faith]

Fiction is no longer a mere amusement; but transcendent genius, accommodating itself to the character of the age, has seized upon this province of literature, and turned fiction from a toy into a mighty engine.
      - [Fiction]

Friends are to incite one another to God's works.
      - [Friends]

Friends should not be chosen to flatter. The quality we should prize is that rectitude which will shrink from no truth. Intimacies which increase vanity destroy friendship.
      - [Friends]

Friendship heightens all our affections. We receive all the ardor of our friend in addition to our own. The communication of minds gives to each the fervor of each.
      - [Friendship]

From the loss of our friends teach us how to enjoy and improve those who remain.
      - [Friends]

God be thanked for books. They are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.
      - [Books]

He is to be educated because be is a man, and not because he is to make shoes, nails, and pins.
      - [Education]

Home is the chief school of human virtue.
      - [Domesticity]

Home--the nursery of the Infinite.
      - [Home]

I see nothing worth living for but the divine virtue which endures and surrenders all things for truth, duty, and mankind.
      - [Duty]

In general, we do well to let an opponent's motives alone. We are seldom just to them. Our own motives on such occasions are often worse than those we assail.
      - [Motive]

In the best books great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.
      - [Books]

Is mutual service the bond of friendship?
      - [Friendship]

It is men of faith, not sceptics, who have made the world aware that they were in it.
      - [Skepticism]

Knowledge is essential to freedom.
      - [Freedom]

Let every man, if possible, gather some good books under his roof.
      - [Books]

Let our prayers, like the ancient sacrifices, ascend morning and evening; let our days begin and end with God.
      - [Prayer]

Let us aspire towards this living confidence, that it is the will of God to unfold and exalt without end the spirit that entrusts itself to Him in well-doing as to a faithful Creator.
      - [Faith in God]

Let us rise into blest assurance that everywhere and forever we are enfolded, penetrated, guarded, guided, kept by the power of the Father, and Friend, who can never forsake us; and that all spirits who have begun to seek, know, love, and serve the All-Perfect One on earth shall be reunited in a celestial home, and be welcomed together into the freedom of the universe, and the perpetual light of His presence.
      - [Assurance]

Love is the life of the soul. It is the harmony of the universe.
      - [Love]

Many shiver from want of defence against the cold; but there is vastly more suffering among the rich from absurd and criminal modes of dress, which fashion has sanctioned, than among the poor from deficiency of raiment.
      - [Dress]

No amusement seems more to have a foundation in our nature. The animation of youth overflows spontaneously in harmonious movements. The true idea of dancing entitles it to favor. Its end is to realize perfect grace in motion; and who does not know that a sense of the graceful is one of the higher faculties of our nature?
      - [Dancing]

No evil is intolerable but a guilty conscience.
      - [Conscience]


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