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Faith is love taking the form of aspiration. ...
by William Ellery Channing

Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.
- William Ellery Channing

Related topics: Inspirational

The home is the chief school of human virtues.
- William Ellery Channing

The world is governed by opinion.
- William Ellery Channing

God is another name for human intelligence raised above
all error and imperfection,
and extended to all possible truth.
- William Ellery Channing

 

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.
The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
- William Ellery Channing

How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.
- William Ellery Channing

Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
- William Ellery Channing

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Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it.
- William Ellery Channing

Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost.
- William Ellery Channing

One good anecdote is worth a volume of biography.
- William Ellery Channing

No power in society, no hardship in your condition can depress you,
keep you down, in knowledge, power, virtue,
influence, but by your own consent.
- William Ellery Channing

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.
- William Ellery Channing

No one should part with their individuality and become that of another.
- William Ellery Channing

The office of government is not to confer happiness,
but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.
- William Ellery Channing

The great hope of society is in individual character.
- William Ellery Channing

Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge,
and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance.
- William Ellery Channing

It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished
conscience than to compass any object however great.
- William Ellery Channing

Grandeur of character lies wholly in force of soul,
that is, in the force of thought, moral principle,
and love, and this may be found in the humblest condition of life.
- William Ellery Channing

Life has a higher end, than to be amused.
- William Ellery Channing

The reveries of youth, in which so much energy is wasted,
are the yearnings of a Spirit made for what it has
not found but must forever seek as an Ideal.
- William Ellery Channing

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.
- William Ellery Channing

Each of us is meant to have a character all our own,
to be what no other can exactly be, and do what no other can exactly do.
- William Ellery Channing

Influence is to be measured, not by the extent of surface it covers,
but by its kind.
- William Ellery Channing

It is not the quantity but the quality of knowledge
which determines the mind's dignity.
- William Ellery Channing

Error is discipline through which we advance.
- William Ellery Channing

He who is false to the present duty breaks a thread in the loom,
and you will see the effect when the weaving of a life-time is unraveled.
- William Ellery Channing

Every human being is intended to have a character of his own;
to be what no others are,
and to do what no other can do.
- William Ellery Channing

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

All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage,
and grow wiser and more serene.
- William Ellery Channing

God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead,
and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.
- William Ellery Channing

Do anything rather than give yourself to reverie.
- William Ellery Channing

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.
- William Ellery Channing

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

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.
- William Ellery Channing

It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds.
In the best books, great men talk to us,
give us their most precious thoughts,
and pour their souls into ours.
- William Ellery Channing

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The jump is so frightening
between where I am,
and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Faith is the bird that feels the light
and sings when the dawn is still dark.
- Rabindranath Tagore

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You must not lose faith in humanity.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Every tomorrow has two handles.
We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety
or the handle of faith.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

Today is the bridge between acceptance and faith.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You just have to have a simple faith.
- Jimmy Carter

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal,
and then leap in the dark to our success.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is wonderful to have Faith,
but don't confuse trust with being gullible.
Balance trust with conscious thought.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let's have faith that right makes might;
and in that faith let us, to the end,
dare to do our duty as we understand it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities.
Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers
you cannot be successful or happy.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Keep the Faith.
- Anonymous

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

You must not lose faith in humanity.
Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,
the ocean does not become dirty.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
- Helen Keller

If patience is worth anything,
it must endure to the end of time.
And a living faith will last
in the midst of the blackest storm.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Love is an act of faith.
- Erich Fromm

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want.
It is the belief that God will do what is right.
- Max Lucado

Love is an act of faith,
and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.
- Erich Fromm

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I will gather myself around my faith,
for light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
- Michel de Montaigne

Non-violence requires a double faith,
faith in God and also faith in man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Maintain a balance between skepticism and faith.
Maintain a beginner mind. Be open to possibility.
Don't give in to skepticism,
but don't give in to fantasy either.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Can you imagine a life with no fear?
What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats?
- Max Lucado

Non-violence is the article of faith.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.
- Norman Cousins

To me faith means not worrying.
- John Dewey

A faith is a necessity to a man.
Woe to him who believes in nothing.
- Victor Hugo

Faith consists in believing when it is
beyond the power of reason to believe.
- Voltaire

Love, hope, fear, faith - these make humanity;
These are its sign and note and character.
- Robert Browning Hamilton


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