Amos Bronson Alcott Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old amos bronson alcott quotes, amos bronson alcott sayings, and amos bronson alcott proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Nature is the armory of genius. Cities serve it poorly, books and colleges at second hand; the eye craves the spectacle of the horizon; of mountain, ocean, river and plain, the clouds and stars; actual contact with the elements, sympathy with the seasons as they rise and roll.      

Amos Bronson Alcott

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

Amos Bronson Alcott

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

Amos Bronson Alcott

The surest sign of age is loneliness.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

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

Amos Bronson Alcott

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

Amos Bronson Alcott

Success is sweet: the sweeter if long delayed and attained through manifold struggles and defeats.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

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

Amos Bronson Alcott

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

Without a mythology, faith is impersonal and heartless.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

None can teach admirably if not loving his task.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

Cities with all their advantages have something hostile to liberal learning, the seductions are so subtle and accost the senses so openly on all sides.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

All unrest is but the struggle of the soul to reassure herself of her inborn immortality.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

I consider it the best part of an education to have been born and brought up in the country.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

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.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

Debate is angular, conversation circular and radiant of the underlying unity.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

Prudence is the footprint of Wisdom.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

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

Amos Bronson Alcott

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

Amos Bronson Alcott

The less routine the more life.      

Amos Bronson Alcott

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

Amos Bronson Alcott

Our ideals are our better selves.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

Opposition strengthens the manly will.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

Every dogma embodies some shade of truth to give it seeming currency.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

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

Amos Bronson Alcott

A happy childhood is the pledge of a ripe manhood.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

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

Amos Bronson Alcott