"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."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."William Ellery Channing on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."William Ellery Channing on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."William Ellery Channing on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."William Ellery Channing on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."William Ellery Channing on Dalai Lama
"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."
"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."