AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT QUOTES

American writer & Philosopher (1799-1888)

Amos Bronson Alcott quote

Truth is the cry of all, but the game of few.

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

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

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In the ardor of his enthusiasm, a youth set forth in quest of a man of whom he might take counsel as to his future, but after long search and many disappointments, he came near relinquishing the pursuit as hopeless, when suddenly it occurred to him that one must first be a man to find a man, and profiting by this suggestion, he set himself to the work of becoming himself the man he had been seeking so long and fruitlessly.

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

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Time is the best critic.

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

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

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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.

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A state, a community, caring first for all its children, providing amply for their spiritual as for their temporal well-being, has organized the primitive Eden.

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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.

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A government for protecting the coarser interests of the body, business and bread only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption to decay.

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Science has grown frightfully audacious in these days -- swift-footed, ponderous, careering over her iron ways with unslacking pace. This rampant dragon, on which I am mounted, see how he bends his once stiff neck to his rider, champing his checked bit and pawing the dust, impatient to leap around the globe. Genius is prescient, foresees its own might. Man is striving through these iron-ribbed, steam-sped hippogriffs, to recover his lost ubiquity and omnipotence, and threatens soon to grasp in his ample palm, and fix with flaming eye-ball, the elemental forces!

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The mind is fast emancipating itself from the dominion of man and of matter. It has let loose fearful forces on the world.

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None can teach admirably if not loving his task.

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Without a mythology, faith is impersonal and heartless.

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Every noble life becomes a revelation of the spirit which the love and joy of mankind cannot let perish from remembrance.

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A chaste generation would restore Paradise.

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The history of religions, of which Christianity is a transcendent element, awaits the deepest study. It requires Bibles to free from Bibles. Comparative theology is the best of studies for liberating one's mind from geographical and traditional limitations. Like travelling, it shows the globe in its varying climates and zones, its latitude and longitude of intelligence. When the races shall have learned each other's language, the significance of things to thoughts, one faith becomes universal, one brotherhood.

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Pity the mother who assumes the name without being all this implies!

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