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William Ellery

William Ellery

United States Founding Father
(1727 - 1820)

William Ellery (December 22, 1727 February 15, 1820), was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Rhode Island. In 1764, Ellery joined Stephen Hopkins, Samuel Ward and several others as an original fellow or trustee for the chartering of the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (the original name for Brown University).


Religion: Congregationalist

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Quotes by William Ellery


We look forward to the time when the power to love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace

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The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should therefore be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated. If the doctrine be admitted, rulers have only to declare war and they are screened at once from scrutiny.

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I call the mind free which jealously guards its intellectual rights and powers, which calls no man master, which does not content itself with a passive or hereditary faith...

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The worst tyrants are those which establish themselves in our own breasts.

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The home is the chief school of human virtues.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Error is discipline through which we advance.

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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.

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Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.

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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 aidthem to judge for themselves.

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

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