A candid spirit is mightier than the most persistent dogmatism.— Amos Bronson Alcott
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Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.
The less routine the more life.
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.
I consider it the best part of an education to have been born and brought up in the country.
Books are the most mannerly of companions, accessible at all times, in all moods, frankly declaring the author's mind, without offense.
A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
Our ideals are our better selves.
Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.
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.
Ignorance is innocence - stupidity comes with experience
Yet the deepest truths are best read between the lines, and, for the most part, refuse to be written.
To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.
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.
Heaven trims our lamps while we sleep.
Who loves a garden, still his Eden keeps, Perennial pleasures plants, and wholesome harvests reaps.
Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.
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.
Fullness is always quiet; agitation will answer for empty vessels only.
Prudence is the footprint of Wisdom.
One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response.
The surest sign of age is loneliness.
Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.
Our dreams drench us in senses, and senses steps us again in dreams.
Memory marks the horizon of our consciousness, imagination its zenith.
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.
We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.
Wherever comes man comes tragedy and comedy also.
Equanimity is the gem in virtue's chaplet, and St. Sweetness the loveliest in her calendar.
A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.
While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.
Cleanse the fountain if you would purify the streams.
One's outlook is a part of his virtue.
Hold fast, therefore, O circular philosopher, to thy centre, and drive the globe along its orbit by the momentum of thy thought.
Who knows, the mind has the key to all things besides.
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.
Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
As education becomes inclusive, introspective, cosmic, promoting whole populations to power and privilege, it enthrones a vast, invisible, personal rule over the common mind.
Truth is sensitive and jealous of the least encroachment upon its sacredness.
Divination seems heightened and raised to its highest power in woman.
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?
Friends are the leaders of the bosom, being more ourselves than we are, and we complement our affections in theirs.
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.
Every sin provokes its punishment.
A good style fits like a good costume.
A sip is the most than mortals are permitted from any goblet of delight.
Enthusiasm is essential to the successful attainment of any high endeavor.
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.