Amos Bronson Alcott
Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.
A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.
Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.
While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.
We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.
Our dreams drench us in sense, and sense steeps us again in dreams.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.
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.
One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
Who knows, the mind has the key to all things besides.
Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response.
Our ideals are our better selves.
A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.