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AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT
American teacher, philosopher and reformer
(1799 - 1888)
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Good discourse sinks differences and seeks agreements.
      - [Conversation]

Good-humor, gay spirits, are the liberators, the sure cure for spleen and melancholy. Deeper than tears, these irradiate the tophets with their glad heavens. Go laugh, vent the pits, transmuting imps into angels by the alchemy of smiles. The satans flee at the sight of these redeemers.
      - [Good Humor]

Health, longevity, beauty, are other names for personal purity; and temperance is the regimen for all.
      - [Moderation]

Heaven trims our lamps while we sleep.
      - [Sleep]

I consider it the best part of an education to have been born and brought up in the country.
      - [Country]

Ideas in the head set hands about their several tasks.
      - [Ideas]

If the ancients left us ideas, to our credit be it spoken that we moderns are building houses for them.
      - [Ideas]

Inspiration must find answering inspiration.
      - [Inspiration]

Labor humanizes, exalts.
      - [Labor]

Life is one, religion one, creeds are many and diverse.
      - [Creed]

Madame de Stael pronounced architecture to be frozen music; so is statuary crystallized spirituality.
      - [Sculpture]

Many can argue; not many converse.
      - [Argument]

Modesty is bred of self-reverence. Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds.
      - [Modesty]

My favorite books have a personality and complexion as distinctly drawn as if the author's portrait were framed into the paragraphs and smiled upon me as I read his illustrated pages.
      - [Books]

None can teach admirably if not loving his task.
      - [Teaching]

Nor do we accept, as genuine the person not characterized by this blushing bashfulness, this youthfulness of heart, this sensibility to the sentiment of suavity and self-respect. Modesty is bred of self-reverence. Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds. None are truly great without this ornament.
      - [Bashfulness]

Nor is a day lived if the dawn is left out of it, with the prospects it opens. Who speaks charmingly of nature or of mankind, like him who comes bibulous of sunrise and the fountains of waters?
      - [Morning]

Observation more than books, experience rather than persons, are the prime educators.
      - [Education]

Of gifts, there seems none more becoming to offer a friend than a beautiful book.
      - [Gifts]

One does not see his thought distinctly till it is reflected in the image of another's.
      - [Thought]

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
      - [Quotations]

One must be rich in thought and character to owe nothing to books, though preparation is necessary to profitable reading; and the less reading is better than more;--book-struck men are of all readers least wise, however knowing or learned.
      - [Books]

One must espouse some pursuit, taking it kindly at heart and with enthusiasm.
      - [Vocations]

Opposition strengthens the manly will.
      - [Opposition]

Our bravest lessons are not learned through success, but misadventure.
      - [Misfortune]


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