"The world is governed by opinion."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."William Ellery Channing on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."William Ellery Channing on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."William Ellery Channing on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."William Ellery Channing on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."William Ellery Channing on Joseph Stalin
"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."