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Amos Bronson Alcott quotes

American philosopher, teacher and reformer, 1799-1888

Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response.


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


To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.


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


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.


Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.


Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.


Our ideals are our better selves.


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


Our dreams drench us in senses, and senses steps us again in dreams.


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