Amos Bronson Alcott

Nationality : American
Birth : 29th November, 1799
Death : 4th March, 1888
About : A native New Englander, Amos Bronson Alcott was born in Wolcott, Connecticut. At age six, young Bronson began his formal education in a one-room schoolhouse in the center of town but learned how to read at home with the help of his mother. The school taught only reading, writing, and spelling and he left this school at the age of 10. At age 13, his uncle, Reverend Tillotson Bronson, invited Alcott into his home in Cheshire, Connecticut to be educated and prepared for college. Bronson gave it up after only a month and was self-educated from then on. At age 17, Alcott passed the exam for a teaching certificate but had trouble finding work as a teacher . Instead, he left home and became a traveling salesman in the American South, peddling books and merchandise. On November 6, 1827, Alcott started teaching in Bristol, Connecticut, still using the same methods he used in Cheshire, but opposition from the community surfaced quickly; he was unemployed by March 1828. He moved to Boston on April 24, 1828, and was immediately impressed, referring to the city as a place "where the light of the sun of righteousness has risen." He opened the Salem Street Infant School two months later on June 23. On September 22, 1834, Alcott opened a school of about 30 students, mostly from wealthy families. It was named the Temple School because classes were held at the Masonic Temple on Tremont Street in Boston. Alcott's daughter Louisa May came to visit him at Louisburg on March 1, 1888. He died three days later on March 4; Louisa May died only two days after her father.

Amos Bronson Alcott Quotes

A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
Tags : Government
A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.
Tags : Learning Topics : Uncategorized
Action and blood now get the game. Disdain treads on the peaceful name.
Tags : War Topics : Uncategorized
Books are the most mannerly of companions, accessible at all times, in all moods, frankly declaring the author’s mind, without offense.
Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.
Tags : Conversation , Feminine Topics : Uncategorized
First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others.
Tags : Inspire , Men Topics : Uncategorized
Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.
Tags : Book Topics : Uncategorized
One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
Tags : Quotations Topics : Uncategorized
Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure.
Topics : Inspirational
Our dreams drench us in senses, and senses steps us again in dreams.
Topics : Dream
Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.
Topics : Friendship
Our ideals are our better selves.
Tags : Idealism Topics : Ideals
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.
Tags : Paradise Topics : Family , Society
Prudence is the footprint of Wisdom.
Topics : Wisdom
Sleep on your writing; take a walk over it; scrutinize it of a morning; review it of an afternoon; digest it after a meal; let it sleep in your drawer a twelvemonth; never venture a whisper about it to your friend, if he be an author especially. You may read selections to sensible women, — if young the better.
Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.
Tags : Strength , Weakness Topics : Sympathy
Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.
Tags : Struggle Topics : Success
Success is sweet the sweeter if long delayed and attained through manifold struggles and defeats.
Tags : Delayed , Long , Sweet Topics : Success
That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
Tags : Delight , Profit Topics : Expectations
The less routine the more life.
Topics : Life
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.
Topics : Education
Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.
Tags : Thinking , Thought Topics : Life
To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.
Tags : Ignorance Topics : Uncategorized
We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.
Topics : Success
Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.
Tags : Mom Topics : Mother
While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.
Tags : Age And Aging Topics : Age
Who knows, the mind has the key to all things besides.
Tags : Key , Psychology
Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps, Perennial pleasures plants, and wholesome harvest reaps.
Tags : Garden , Heaven Topics : Uncategorized
Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response.

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