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Channing, William Ellery (the Apostle of Unitarianism)

Born: 1780 AD
Died: 1842 AD, at 62 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Authors, Clergymen

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US abolitionist and Unitarian clergyman

 

brother of Walter Channing


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Page last updated: 1:03pm, 25th Jul '06

  • "To be prosperous is not to be superior, and should form no barrier between men. Wealth out not to secure the prosperous the slightest consideration. The only distinctions which should be recognized are those of the soul, of strong principle, of incorruptible integrity, of usefulness, of cultivated intellect, of fidelity in seeking the truth."
  • "Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influence to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach."
  • "Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge, and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance."
  • "To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never, in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common, this is to be my symphony."
  • "Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage."