Amos Bronson Alcott

United States
29 Nov 1799 // 4 Mar 1888
Teacher / Writer / Philosopher


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The head best leaves to the heart what the heart alone divines
The eyes have a property in things and territories not named in any title-deeds, and are the owners of our choicest possessions
Right is the royal ruler alone; and he who rules with least restraint comes nearest to empire
Our bravest lessons are not learned through success, but misadventure
One must espouse some pursuit, taking it kindly at heart and with enthusiasm
One does not see his thought distinctly till it is reflected in the image of another's
Of gifts, there seems none more becoming to offer a friend than a beautiful book
None can teach admirably if not loving his task
Many can argue; not many converse
Life is one, religion one, creeds are many and diverse
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."