William Ellery Channing

(April 7, 1780 – October 2, 1842) the foremost Unitarian preacher in the United States in the early nineteenth century and, along with Andrews Norton (1786–1853), one of Unitarianism's leading theologians.

The basic foundation of the understanding of God is inside of us.
Do not believe that in religion you cannot trust your intellect. The force of our intellect must support the foundations of every real faith.
Powerful forces are at work in this world. No one can stop them. We see their signs in a new understanding of religion, a new respect for people, a new feeling of brotherhood.
Don’t be afraid of a person in any position, in low or high standing, whether he is a scholar or an ignorant person. If you respect all people, you should love all people, and fear no one.
When the intellect becomes the slave of vices and passions, the supporter of lies, it becomes not only a perversion, but an illness, and we cannot see the difference between truth and falsehood, good and evil, virtue and vice.'
In our soul is the sign of eternity.
I praise Christianity because it develops, strengthens, and elevates my intellectual nature.
Real love of God is a moral feeling based on a clear understanding of His high, superior being; love of God coincides with love of virtue, truth, and kindness.
The longer I live, the more things I must complete.
The more a person analyzes his inner self, the more insignificant he seems to himself. This is the first lesson of wisdom. Let us be humble, and we will become wise. Let us know our weakness, and it will give us power.
I think that the major obligation of parents and educators is to give children an understanding of the divine beginning that exists within them.