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Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Prudence is the footprint of Wisdom.”

Prudence is the footprint of Wisdom.

— Amos Bronson Alcott



Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.”

Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Health, longevity, beauty, are other names for personal purity; and temperance is the regimen for all.”

Health, longevity, beauty, are other names for personal purity; and temperance is the regimen for all.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.”

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Love is the key to felicity, nor is there a heaven to any who love not. We enter Paradise through its gates only.”

Love is the key to felicity, nor is there a heaven to any who love not. We enter Paradise through its gates only.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.”

Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Creeds, like other goods, pass by inheritance to descendants.”

Creeds, like other goods, pass by inheritance to descendants.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Ignorance is innocence – stupidity comes with experience.”

Ignorance is innocence – stupidity comes with experience.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Who loves a garden, still his Eden keeps, Perennial pleasures plants, and wholesome harvests reaps.”

Who loves a garden, still his Eden keeps, Perennial pleasures plants, and wholesome harvests reaps.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Debate is angular, conversation circular and radiant of the underlying unity.”

Debate is angular, conversation circular and radiant of the underlying unity.

— Amos Bronson Alcott



Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.”

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure.”

Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Conversation is an abandonment to ideas, a surrender to persons.”

Conversation is an abandonment to ideas, a surrender to persons.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.”

That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Experience converts us to ourselves when books fail us.”

Experience converts us to ourselves when books fail us.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “One’s outlook is a part of his virtue.”

One’s outlook is a part of his virtue.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “A candid spirit is mightier than the most persistent dogmatism.”

A candid spirit is mightier than the most persistent dogmatism.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Yet the deepest truths are best read between the lines, and, for the most part, refuse to be written.”

Yet the deepest truths are best read between the lines, and, for the most part, refuse to be written.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Books are the most mannerly of companions, accessible at all times, in all moods, frankly declaring the author’s mind, without offense.”

Books are the most mannerly of companions, accessible at all times, in all moods, frankly declaring the author’s mind, without offense.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Hold fast, therefore, O circular philosopher, to thy centre, and drive the globe along its orbit by the momentum of thy thought.”

Hold fast, therefore, O circular philosopher, to thy centre, and drive the globe along its orbit by the momentum of thy thought.

— Amos Bronson Alcott



Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Fullness is always quiet; agitation will answer for empty vessels only.”

Fullness is always quiet; agitation will answer for empty vessels only.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “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.”

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.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps.”

Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Time is one’s best friend, teaching best of all the wisdom of silence.”

Time is one’s best friend, teaching best of all the wisdom of silence.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Whatsoever stirs the stagnant currents, setting these flowing in wholesome directions, promotes brisk spirits and productive thinking. The less of routine, the more of life.”

Whatsoever stirs the stagnant currents, setting these flowing in wholesome directions, promotes brisk spirits and productive thinking. The less of routine, the more of life.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Without a mythology, faith is impersonal and heartless.”

Without a mythology, faith is impersonal and heartless.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Good discourse sinks differences and seeks agreements.”

Good discourse sinks differences and seeks agreements.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Equanimity is the gem in virtue’s chaplet, and St. Sweetness the loveliest in her calendar.”

Equanimity is the gem in virtue’s chaplet, and St. Sweetness the loveliest in her calendar.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “The traveled mind is the catholic mind educated from exclusiveness and egotism.”

The traveled mind is the catholic mind educated from exclusiveness and egotism.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Cleanse the fountain if you would purify the streams.”

Cleanse the fountain if you would purify the streams.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


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

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

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Nor is a day lived if the dawn is left out of it, with the prospects it opens. Who speaks charmingly of nature or of mankind, like him who comes bibulous of sunrise and the fountains of waters?”

Nor is a day lived if the dawn is left out of it, with the prospects it opens. Who speaks charmingly of nature or of mankind, like him who comes bibulous of sunrise and the fountains of waters?

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Sympathy wanting, all is wanting; its personal magnetism is the conductor of the sacred spark that lights our atoms, puts us m human communion, and gives us to company, conversation, and ourselves.”

Sympathy wanting, all is wanting; its personal magnetism is the conductor of the sacred spark that lights our atoms, puts us m human communion, and gives us to company, conversation, and ourselves.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Of books in our time the variety is so voluminous, and they follow so fast from the press, that one must be a swift reader to acquaint himself even with their titles, and wise to discern what are worth reading.”

Of books in our time the variety is so voluminous, and they follow so fast from the press, that one must be a swift reader to acquaint himself even with their titles, and wise to discern what are worth reading.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Plans made in the nursery Can change the course of history.”

Plans made in the nursery Can change the course of history.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Egotists cannot converse, they talk to themselves only.”

Egotists cannot converse, they talk to themselves only.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “A happy childhood is the pledge of a ripe manhood.”

A happy childhood is the pledge of a ripe manhood.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “The head best leaves to the heart what the heart alone divines.”

The head best leaves to the heart what the heart alone divines.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “When one becomes indifferent to women, to children, and young people., he may know that he is superannuated, and has withdrawn from whatsoever is sweetest and purest in human existence.”

When one becomes indifferent to women, to children, and young people., he may know that he is superannuated, and has withdrawn from whatsoever is sweetest and purest in human existence.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Many are those who can argue; few are those who can converse.”

Many are those who can argue; few are those who can converse.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Education may work wonders as well in warping the genius of individuals as in seconding it.”

Education may work wonders as well in warping the genius of individuals as in seconding it.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “One must be rich in thought and character to owe nothing to books.”

One must be rich in thought and character to owe nothing to books.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Of gifts, there seems none more becoming to offer a friend than a beautiful book.”

Of gifts, there seems none more becoming to offer a friend than a beautiful book.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Like 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.”

Like 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.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Children 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.”

Children 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.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.”

Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.”

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Time ripens the substance of a life as the seasons mellow and perfect its fruits. The best apples fall latest and keep longest.”

Time ripens the substance of a life as the seasons mellow and perfect its fruits. The best apples fall latest and keep longest.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “Genius 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.”

Genius 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.

— Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott Quote: “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.”

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.

— Amos Bronson Alcott

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