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Amos Bronson Alcott Quotes and sayings on books, character, childhood, parenting, punishment, education, children, ignorance, inspiration, truth, life, reading, teaching, teacher etc.

24 Amos Bronson Alcott Quotes Thar Are Still So Relevant

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Amos Bronson Alcott was an American writer and educator, famous for his works Conversations with Children on the Gospels, Observations on the Principles and Methods of Infant Instruction, Records of a School and Concord Days. Alcott was instrumental in the innovating new methods of teaching which focused on communication with students and sparing the rod. Instead of using corporal punishment as a medium of disciplining his students, he injected shame and fear among his pupils which he believed was more effective. Apart from being an active abolitionist, he was a fierce supportter of women rights and veganism. He became a prominent figure in the transcendentalism movement after his involvement with fellow lecturer Ralph Waldo Emerson. Despite of all his accomplishments, his methods in teaching have been criticized as abrupt, non-lucid and erratic. Here are some of the most inspiring and enlightening quotes from this American philosopher, educationist and reformer.

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

- Concord Days, Amos Bronson Alcott

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

- Tablets, Amos Bronson Alcott

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

- Amos Bronson Alcott

The less of routine, the more of life.

- Amos Bronson Alcott

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

- Amos Bronson Alcott

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

- Amos Bronson Alcott

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

- Amos Bronson Alcott

Civilization degrades the many to exalt the few.

- Amos Bronson Alcott

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

- Amos Bronson Alcott

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

- Amos Bronson Alcott

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

- Amos Bronson Alcott

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

- Table-talk, Amos Bronson Alcott

Action and blood now get the game. Disdain treads on the peaceful name.

- Amos Bronson Alcott

Prudence is the footprint of Wisdom.

- Amos Bronson Alcott

Devotees of grammatical studies have not been distinguished for any very remarkable felicities of expression

- Amos Bronson Alcott

Who knows the mind has the key to all things else.

- Amos Bronson Alcott

An author who sets his reader on sounding the depths of his own thoughts serves him best.

- Table-talk, Amos Bronson Alcott

All unrest is but the struggle of the soul to reassure herself of her inborn immortality.

- Amos Bronson Alcott

Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps.

- Amos Bronson Alcott

The less routine the more life.

- Amos Bronson Alcott

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

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

Success is sweet: the sweeter if long delayed and attained through manifold struggles and defeats.

- Amos Bronson Alcott

The passions refuse to be organized on a basis of their own; hostile to personal freedom and one another, they rush precipitately into anarchy and mob rule.

- Amos Bronson Alcott