Quotes by Amos Bronson Alcott

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Amos Bronson Alcott (November 29, 1799March 4, 1888) was an American teacher and writer. He is remembered for founding a short-lived and unconventional school as well as a utopian community known as "Fruitlands", and for his association with Transcendentalism. more

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The less routine the more life.

Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.
Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.
Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.
A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.
The surest sign of age is loneliness. While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot be old, whatever his years may number.
One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.
While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.
A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
Our dreams drench us in senses, and senses steps us again in dreams.
Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.
Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.
Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response.
Who knows, the mind has the key to all things besides.
Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.
Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.
Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament, and this paradise is not secure until children appear to animate and complete the picture.
A house, like a person, invites by amiable reserves, as if it loved to be introduced in perspective and reached by courteous approaches. Let it show bashfully behind shrubberies, screen its proportions decorously in plain tints, not thrust itself rudely, like an inn, upon the street at cross-roads. A wide lawn in front, sloping to the road gracefully, gives it the stately air and courtly approach.
Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its centre and ornament. Nor is there a paradise planted till the children appear in the foreground to animate and complete the picture. Without these, the world were a solitude, houses desolate, hearts nameless; there are neither perspectives, nor prospects; ourselves are not ourselves, nor were there a future for us.
Sleep on your writing; take a walk over it; scrutinize it of a morning; review it of an afternoon; digest it after a meal; let it sleep in your drawer a twelvemonth; never venture a whisper about it to your friend, if he be an author especially. You may read selections to sensible women,--if young the better.
To what end the house, if not for conversation, kindly manners, the entertainment of friendships, and cordialities that render the house large, and the ready receptacle of hosts and guests?

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