William Ellery Channing
Undoubtedly a man is to labor to better his condition, but first to better himself.
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.
It is not the quantity but the quality of knowledge which determines the mind’s dignity.
Influence is to be measured, not by the extent of surface it covers, but by its kind.
The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.
Do anything rather than give yourself to reverie.
The world is governed by opinion.
All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage, and grow wiser and more serene.
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.
Grandeur of character lies wholly in force of soul, that is, in the force of thought, moral principle, and love, and this may be found in the humblest condition of life.
How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.
The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven.
The great hope of society is in individual character.
One good anecdote is worth a volume of biography.
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.