"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."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."William Ellery Channing on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."William Ellery Channing on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."William Ellery Channing on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."William Ellery Channing on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."William Ellery Channing on Winston Churchill
"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."
"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."
"Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost."
"Faith is love taking the form of aspiration."
"The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves."