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AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT
American teacher, philosopher and reformer
(1799 - 1888)
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Our dreams drench us in sense, and sense steeps us again in dreams.
      - [Dreams]

Our favorites are few; since only what rises from the heart reaches it, being caught and carried on the tongues of men wheresoever love and letters journey.
      - [Authorship : Books]

Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.
      - [Friends]

Our ideals are our better selves.
      - [Ideality]

Our notion of the perfect society embrace's the family as its center and ornament. Nor is there a paradise planted until the children appear in the foreground, to animate and complete the picture.
      - [Domesticity]

Right is the royal ruler alone; and he who rules with least restraint comes nearest to empire.
      - [Government]

Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
      - [Welcome]

Sympathy wanting, all is wanting; its personal magnetism is the conductor of the sacred spark that lights our atoms, puts us m human communion, and gives us to company, conversation, and ourselves.
      - [Sympathy]

The eyes have a property in things and territories not named in any title-deeds, and are the owners of our choicest possessions.
      - [Eyes]

The head best leaves to the heart what the heart alone divines.
      - [Feeling]

The less of routine, the more of life.
      - [Life]

The more one endeavors to sound the depths of his ignorance the deeper the chasm appears.
      - [Ignorance]

The surest sign of age is loneliness. While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot be old, whatever his years may be.
      - [Age]

The wisest and best are repulsive, if they are characterized by repulsive manners. Politeness is an easy virtue, costs little, and has great purchasing power.
      - [Politeness]

There are truths that shield themselves behind veils, and are best spoken by implication. Even the sun veils himself in his own rays to blind the gaze of the too curious starer.
      - [Truth]

There is virtue in country houses, in gardens and orchards, in fields, streams, and groves, in rustic recreations and plain manners, that neither cities nor universities enjoy.
      - [Country]

Thought means life, since those who do not think do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.
      - [Thought]

To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.
      - [Ignorance]

Travel makes all men countrymen, makes people noblemen and kings, every man tasting of liberty and dominion.
      - [Travel]

Truth is inclusive of all the virtues, is older than sects and schools, and, like charity, more ancient than mankind.
      - [Truth]

Truth is sensitive and jealous of the least encroachment upon its sacredness.
      - [Truth]

We mount to heaven mostly on the ruins of our cherished schemes, finding our failures were successes.
      - [Disappointment]

What higher praise can we bestow on any one than to say of him that he harbors another's prejudices with a hospitality so cordial as to give him, for the time, the sympathy next best to, if indeed it be not edification in, charity itself. For what disturbs more and distracts mankind than the uncivil manners that cleave man from man?
      - [Toleration]

When one becomes indifferent to women, to children, and young people., he may know that he is superannuated, and has withdrawn from whatsoever is sweetest and purest in human existence.
      - [Indifference]

Where there is a mother in the house, matters speed well.
      - [Mothers]


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