Amos Bronson Alcott Quotes | Quotes by Amos Bronson Alcott
1Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.
2Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.
3What higher praise can we bestow on any one than to say of him that he harbors another's prejudices with a hospitality so cordial as to give him, for the time, the sympathy next best to, if indeed it be not edification in, charity itself. For what disturbs more and distracts mankind than the uncivil manners that cleave man from man?
4One's outlook is a part of his virtue.
5Plans made in the nursery Can change the course of history
6First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others.
7Ideas in the head set hands about their several tasks.
8The less routine the more life.
9Friendship is a plant that loves the sun, thrives ill under clouds.
10That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
11Good-humor, gay spirits, are the liberators, the sure cure for spleen and melancholy. Deeper than tears, these irradiate the tophets with their glad heavens. Go laugh, vent the pits, transmuting imps into angels by the alchemy of smiles. The satans flee at the sight of these redeemers.
12Genius has oftenest been the pariah of his time, the unhoused god whom none cared for, unnamed till they whom he first promoted, enriched and honored, found it honorable to own their benefactor.
13Labor humanizes, exalts.
14The traveled mind is the catholic mind educated from exclusiveness and egotism.
15Memory marks the horizon of our consciousness, imagination its zenith.
16Like birds of passage, the instincts drift the soul adventurously beyond the horizon of sensible things, as if intent on convoying it to the mother country from whence it had flown.
17A sip is the most than mortals are permitted from any goblet of delight.
18A work of real merit finds favor at last.
19Creeds, like other goods, pass by inheritance to descendants.
20The books that charmed us in youth recall the delight ever afterwards; we are hardly persuaded there are any like them, any deserving our equal affections.
21The head best leaves to the heart what the heart alone divines.
22A good style fits like a good costume.
23Easy come, easy go... "Achieve-everything-while-doing-nothing" schemes don't work, they are just not logical
24Man 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.
25All unrest is but the struggle of the soul to reassure herself of her inborn immortality.
26We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.
27A happy childhood is the pledge of a ripe manhood.
28Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly, nor need we but love them devotedly to become members of an immortal fraternity, superior to accident or change.
29Many can argue - not many converse.
30The more one endeavors to sound the depths of his ignorance the deeper the chasm appears.
31Sloth is the tempter that beguiles and expels from paradise.
32Divination seems heightened and raised to its highest power in woman.
33A man defines his standing at the court of chastity by his views of women.
34Many are those who can argue; few are those who can converse
35While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.
36Wherever comes man comes tragedy and comedy also.
37Civilization degrades the many to exalt the few.
38No one is promiscuous in his way of dying. A man who has decided to hang himself will never jump in front of a train.
39My favorite books have a personality and complexion as distinctly drawn as if the author's portrait were framed into the paragraphs and smiled upon me as I read his illustrated pages.
40An author who sets his reader on sounding the depths of his own thoughts serves him best.
41Every dogma embodies some shade of truth to give it seeming currency.
42Time ripens the substance of a life as the seasons mellow and perfect its fruits. The best apples fall latest and keep longest.
43Evil is retributive: every trespass slips fetters on the will, holds the soul in durance till contrition and repentance restore it to liberty.
44A candid spirit is mightier than the most persistent dogmatism.
45Our 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.
46One must be rich in thought and character to owe nothing to books.
47Children are illuminated text-books, breviaries of doctrine, living bodies of divinity, open always and inviting their elders to peruse the characters inscribed on the lovely leaves.
48Our favorites are few; since only what rises from the heart reaches it, being caught and carried on the tongues of men wheresoever love and letters journey.
49Experience converts us to ourselves when books fail us.
50Sleep 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.
51Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure.
52Nor do we accept, as genuine the person not characterized by this blushing bashfulness, this youthfulness of heart, this sensibility to the sentiment of suavity and self-respect. Modesty is bred of self-reverence. Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds. None are truly great without this ornament.
53Whatsoever stirs the stagnant currents, setting these flowing in wholesome directions, promotes brisk spirits and productive thinking. The less of routine, the more of life.
54Would Shakespeare and Raleigh have done their best, would that galaxy have shone so bright in the heavens had there been no Elizabeth on the throne?
55Truth is inclusive of all the virtues, is older than sects and schools, and, like charity, more ancient than mankind.
56Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.
57Science has grown frightfully audacious in these days -- swift-footed, ponderous, careering over her iron ways with unslacking pace. This rampant dragon, on which I am mounted, see how he bends his once stiff neck to his rider, champing his checked bit and pawing the dust, impatient to leap around the globe. Genius is prescient, foresees its own might. Man is striving through these iron-ribbed, steam-sped hippogriffs, to recover his lost ubiquity and omnipotence, and threatens soon to grasp in his ample palm, and fix with flaming eye-ball, the elemental forces!
58Despair snuffs the sun from the firmament.
59Cities with all their advantages have something hostile to liberal learning, the seductions are so subtle and accost the senses so openly on all sides.
60Who loves a garden, still his Eden keeps, Perennial pleasures plants, and wholesome harvests reaps.
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