31 Top-Notch Amos Bronson Alcott Quotes

Amos Bronson Alcott was an American teacher and philosopher that pioneered new ways of interacting with young students. He was able to avoid traditional punishment and focus on engaging with others in a conversational style. Here is a look at some of the best Amos Bronson Alcott quotes ever recorded.

“A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.”

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

“Children are illuminated text-books, breviaries of doctrine, living bodies of divinity, open always and inviting their elders to peruse the characters inscribed on the lovely leaves.”

“Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.”

“Every noble life becomes a revelation of the spirit which the love and joy of mankind cannot let perish from remembrance.”

“First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others.”


“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.”

“Hold fast, therefore, O circular philosopher, to thy centre, and drive the globe along its orbit by the momentum of thy thought.”

“I find my past in my present, and from these forecast my future.”

“Ignorance is innocence – stupidity comes with experience”

“Love is the key to felicity, nor is there a heaven to any who love not. We enter Paradise through its gates only.”

“None can teach admirably if not loving his task.”

“Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.”

“One does not see his thought distinctly till it is reflected in the image of another’s.”

“One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.”

“Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure.”

“Our dreams drench us in senses, and senses steps us again in dreams.”

“Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.”

“Our ideals are our better selves.”

“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.”

“Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.”

“That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.”

“The less routine the more life.”

“Time is the best critic.”

“To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.”

“Truth is the cry of all, but the game of few.”

“Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.”

“Who knows the mind has the key to all things else.”

“Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response.”

“Without a mythology, faith is impersonal and heartless.”

“Would Shakespeare and Raleigh have done their best, would that galaxy have shone so bright in the heavens had there been no Elizabeth on the throne?”

There has been a constant search for Utopia. With many idealists during the day of Alcott, here is a look at the constant search for this sort of establishment to be found.

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