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 :: 1780-1842, American Unitarian Minister, Author

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Poetry reveals to us the loveliness of nature, brings back the freshness of youthful feelings, reviews the relish of simple pleasures, keeps unquenched the enthusiasm which warmed the springtime of our being, refines youthful love, strengthens our interest in human mature, by vivid delineations of its tenderest and softest feelings, and through the brightness of its prophetic visions, helps faith to lay hold on the future life.
~ William Ellery Channing - [Poetry and Poets]

 

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The world is governed by opinion.
~ William Ellery Channing - [World]

 

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The worst tyrants are those which establish themselves in our own breasts.
~ William Ellery Channing - [Enemies]

 

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To give a generous hope to a man of his own nature, is to enrich him immeasurably.
~ William Ellery Channing - [Hope]

 

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True love is the parent of humility.
~ William Ellery Channing - [Love]

 

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Undoubtedly a man is to labor to better his condition, but first to better himself.
~ William Ellery Channing - [Improvement]

 

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We smile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fruit; but the same blunder is made by every person who is over eager and impatient in the pursuit of pleasure.
~ William Ellery Channing - [Smile]

 

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