"Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."William Ellery Channing on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."William Ellery Channing on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."William Ellery Channing on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."William Ellery Channing on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."William Ellery Channing on Mark Twain
"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."
"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."
"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."