Amos Bronson Alcott Quotes.
Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples.
A birthday is a good time to begin a new; throwing away the old habits, as you would old clothes, and never putting them again.
Our dreams drench us in sense, and sense steeps us again in dreams.
Time ripens the substance of a life as the seasons mellow and perfect its fruits. The best apples fall latest and keep longest.
Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.
One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
Enthusiasm imparts itself magnetically and fuses all into one happy and harmonious unity of feeling and sentiment.
There are truths that shield themselves behind veils, and are best spoken by implication. Even the sun veils himself in his own rays to blind the gaze of the too curious starer.
Egotists cannot converse, they talk to themselves only.
Ignorance is innocence – stupidity comes with experience
To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.
Who knows, the mind has the key to all things besides.
Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure.
A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.
Yet the deepest truths are best read between the lines, and, for the most part, refuse to be written.
The less routine the more life.
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.
Our ideals are our better selves.
Your real influence is measured by your treatment of yourself.
Many are those who can argue; few are those who can converse
Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response.
Every dogma embodies some shade of truth to give it seeming currency.
Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.
A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
Good discourse sinks differences and seeks agreements.
Nature is the armory of genius. Cities serve it poorly, books and colleges at second hand; the eye craves the spectacle of the horizon; of mountain, ocean, river and plain, the clouds and stars; actual contact with the elements, sympathy with the seasons as they rise and roll.
Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.
Civilization degrades the many to exalt the few.
Man must have some recognized stake in society and affairs to knit him lovingly to his kind, or he is wont to revenge himself for wrongs real or imagined.