Quotes by Amos Bronson Alcott
- A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
- A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.
- Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.
- Our dreams drench us in senses, and senses steps us again in dreams.
- Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.
- Our ideals are our better selves.
- Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament, and this paradise is not secure until children appear to animate and complete the picture.
- Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.
- Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.
- The less routine the more life.
- The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples.
- To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.
- We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.
- Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.
- While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.