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Amos Bronson Alcott, American Educator ( November 29, 1799 - March 4, 1888 )

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Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Friendship Friends World

Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Mother Home Matters

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Age Heart Old Age

Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Success Sweet Long

Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Education Experience More

To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Ignorance Ignorant Malady

Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Conversation Debate

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.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Family Children Society

A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Business Government Own

Our ideals are our better selves.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Inspirational Better

A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Teacher True Students

The less routine the more life.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Life Routine More

Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Communication Deepest

Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Life Man Thinking

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.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Teacher Eyes Influence

Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Strength Me Weakness

That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Good Book Expectation

First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Man Men Inspire

We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Failure Finding Climb

While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Age May Company

Our dreams drench us in sense, and sense steeps us again in dreams.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Dreams Sense Again

Who knows, the mind has the key to all things besides.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Mind Key All Things

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.~Amos Bronson Alcott


Wise Well Wisely