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Whatsoever stirs the stagnant currents, setting these flowing in wholesome directions, promotes brisk spirits and productive thinking. The less of routine, the more of life. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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I find my past in my present, and from these forecast my future. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Science has grown frightfully audacious in these days
swift-footed, ponderous, careering over her iron ways with unslacking pace. This rampant dragon, on which I am mounted, see how he bends his once stiff neck to his rider, champing his checked bit and pawing the dust, impatient to leap around the globe. Genius is prescient, foresees its own might. Man is striving through these iron-ribbed, steam-sped hippogriffs, to recover his lost ubiquity and omnipotence, and threatens soon to grasp in his ample palm, and fix with flaming eye-ball, the elemental forces! — Amos Bronson Alcott

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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. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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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. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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All unrest is but the struggle of the soul to reassure herself of her inborn immortality. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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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. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Travel makes all men countrymen, makes people noblemen and kings, every man tasting of liberty and dominion. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind and finds the readiest responses. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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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? — Amos Bronson Alcott

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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. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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A check on itself, evil subserves the economies of good, as it were a condiment to give relish to good. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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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. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Wherever comes man comes tragedy and comedy also. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Sloth is the tempter that beguiles and expels from paradise. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Hold fast, therefore, O circular philosopher, to thy centre, and drive the globe along its orbit by the momentum of thy thought. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Despair snuffs the sun from the firmament. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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The finer literature, indeed, is characterized by a certain suffusion of the feminine flavor, the finer, the more ideal, thought plumed with sentiment; even science loves to spring from its feet, philosophy affect the clouds to inspire and edify. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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The less routine the more life. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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One's life should be sufficiently interesting to furnish entertainment in the record. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Every noble life becomes a revelation of the spirit which the love and joy of mankind cannot let perish from remembrance. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Life is one, religion one, creeds are many and diverse. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Of gifts, there seems none more becoming to offer a friend than a beautiful book. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure.. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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A man defines his standing at the court of chastity by his views of women. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Devotees of grammatical studies have not been distinguished for any very remarkable felicities of expression — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Where women are, the better things are implied if not spoken. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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None can teach admirably if not loving his task. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Man is a living lie
a bitter jest Upon himself
a conscious grain of sand Lost in a desert of unconsciousness. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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The history of religions, of which Christianity is a transcendent element, awaits the deepest study. It requires Bibles to free from Bibles. Comparative theology is the best of studies for liberating one's mind from geographical and traditional limitations. Like travelling, it shows the globe in its varying climates and zones, its latitude and longitude of intelligence. When the races shall have learned each other's language, the significance of things to thoughts, one faith becomes universal, one brotherhood. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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As education becomes inclusive, introspective, cosmic, promoting whole populations to power and privilege, it enthrones a vast, invisible, personal rule over the common mind. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Who knows the mind has the key to all things else. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Ideas first and last: yet it is not till these are formulated and utilized that the devotees of the common sense discern their value and advantages. The idealist is the capitalist on whose resources multitudes are maintained life long. Ideas in the head set hands about their several tasks, thus carrying forward all human endeavors to their issues. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Love is the key to felicity, nor is there a heaven to any who love not. We enter Paradise through its gates only. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Cleanse the fountain if you would purify the streams. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Friends are the leaders of the bosom, being more ourselves than we are, and we complement our affections in theirs. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Without a mythology, faith is impersonal and heartless. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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A work of real merit finds favor at last. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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No one is promiscuous in his way of dying. A man who has decided to hang himself will never jump in front of a train. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Modesty, that perennial flower planted instinctively in the human breast, blooms therein only as continence guards and virtue keeps. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Concord is a classic land. The names of Emerson and Thoreau and Channing and Hawthorne are associated with the fields and forests and lakes and rivers of this township. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Traveling is no fool's errand to him who carries his eyes and itinerary along with him. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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In the ardor of his enthusiasm, a youth set forth in quest of a man of whom he might take counsel as to his future, but after long search and many disappointments, he came near relinquishing the pursuit as hopeless, when suddenly it occurred to him that one must first be a man to find a man, and profiting by this suggestion, he set himself to the work of becoming himself the man he had been seeking so long and fruitlessly. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Ourselves are cosmic and capacious beyond conjecture, and to experience some notion of the planetary perspective is the richest income from travelling. It takes all to inform and educate all. Sallies forth from our cramped firesides into other homes, other hearts, are wonderfully wholesome and enlarging. Travel opens prospects on all sides, widens our horizon, liberates the mind from geographical and conventional limitations, from local prejudices and national, showing the globe in its differing climates, zones, and latitudes of intelligence. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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The head best leaves to the heart what the heart alone divines. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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The less of routine, the more of life. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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A birthday is a good time to begin a new; throwing away the old habits, as you would old clothes, and never putting them again. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Memory marks the horizon of our consciousness, imagination its zenith. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Friendship is a plant that loves the sun, thrives ill under clouds. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Conversation is an abandonment to ideas, a surrender to persons. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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One cannot celebrate books sufficiently. After saying his best, still something better remains to be spoken in their praise. As with friends, one finds new beauties at every interview, and would stay long in the presence of those choice companions. As with friends, he may dispense with a wide acquaintance. Few and choice. The richest minds need not large libraries. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Civilization degrades the many to exalt the few. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Our dreams drench us in senses, and senses steps us again in dreams. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Pity the mother who assumes the name without being all this implies! — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Our dreams drench us in sense, and sense steeps us again in dreams. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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A state, a community, caring first for all its children, providing amply for their spiritual as for their temporal well-being, has organized the primitive Eden. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Good discourse sinks differences and seeks agreements. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Creeds, like other goods, pass by inheritance to descendants. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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The history of books shows the humblest origin of some of the most valued, wrought as these were out of obscure materials by persons whose names thereafter became illustrious. The thumbed volumes, now so precious to thousands, were compiled from personal experiences and owe their interest to touches of inspiration of which the writer was less author than amanuensis, himself the voiced word of life for all times. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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One must espouse some pursuit, taking it kindly at heart and with enthusiasm. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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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? — Amos Bronson Alcott

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A chaste generation would restore Paradise. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Dignity of manner always conveys a sense of reserved force. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Like birds of passage, the instincts drift the soul adventurously beyond the horizon of sensible things, as if intent on convoying it to the mother country from whence it had flown. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Truth is inclusive of all the virtues, is older than sects and schools, and, like charity, more ancient than mankind. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Anger is the resentment of the animal, and gentle blood alone makes the gentleman. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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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. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Modesty is bred of self-reverence. Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Opposition strengthens the manly will. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Easy come, easy go ... "Achieve-everything-while-doing-nothing" schemes don't work, they are just not logical — Amos Bronson Alcott

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A sip is the most than mortals are permitted from any goblet of delight. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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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. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Genius has oftenest been the pariah of his time, the unhoused god whom none cared for, unnamed till they whom he first promoted, enriched and honored, found it honorable to own their benefactor. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Man must have some recognized stake in society and affairs to knit him lovingly to his kind, or he is wont to revenge himself for wrongs real or imagined. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Success is sweeter and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Of books in our time the variety is so voluminous, and they follow so fast from the press, that one must be a swift reader to acquaint himself even with their titles, and wise to discern what are worth reading. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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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. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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The passions refuse to be organized on a basis of their own; hostile to personal freedom and one another, they rush precipitately into anarchy and mob rule. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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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. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Ignorance is innocence - stupidity comes with experience — Amos Bronson Alcott

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I perceive that I am neither a planter of the backwoods, pioneer, nor settler there, but an inhabitant of the Mind, and given to friendship and ideas. The ancient society, the Old England of New England, Massachusetts for me. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Our ideals are our better selves. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Health, longevity, beauty, are other names for personal purity; and temperance is the regimen for all. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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An age deficient in idealism has ever been one of immorality and superficial attainment, since without the sense of ideas, nobility of character becomes of rare attainment, if possible. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Time ripens the substance of a life as the seasons mellow and perfect its fruits. The best apples fall latest and keep longest. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Equanimity is the gem in virtue's chaplet, and St. Sweetness the loveliest in her calendar. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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Divination seems heightened and raised to its highest power in woman. — Amos Bronson Alcott

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One does not see his thought distinctly till it is reflected in the image of another's. — Amos Bronson Alcott