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.