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Amos Bronson Alcott Quotes

An American teacher and writer.
(1799 - 1888)

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A friendship formed in childhood, in youth,--by happy accident at any stage of rising manhood,--becomes the genius that rules the rest of life.

A good book is fruitful of other books; it perpetuates its fame from age to age, and makes eras in the lives of its readers.

A good style fits like a good costume.

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.

A man defines his standing at the court of chastity, by his views of women. - He cannot be any man's friend, nor his own, if not hers.

A sip is the most than mortals are permitted from any goblet of delight.

A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.

A work of real merit finds favor at last.

Agriculture, for an honorable and high-minded man, says Xenophon, "is the best of all occupations and arts by which men procure the means of living."

Blood is a destiny. One's genius descends in the stream from long lines of ancestry.

Books are the most mannerly of companions, accessible at all times, in all moods, frankly declaring the author's mind, without offense.

Civilization degrades the many to exalt the few.

Cleanse the fountain if you would purify the streams.

Conversation is an abandonment to ideas, a surrender to persons.

Debate is angular, conversation circular and radiant of the underlying unity.

Debate is masculine; conversation feminine.

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

Dignity of manner always conveys a sense of reserved force.

Divination seems heightened and raised to its highest power in woman.

Education may work wonders as well in warping the genius of individuals as in seconding it.

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