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Amos Bronson Alcott

Datum narození: 29. listopad 1799
Datum úmrtí: 4. březen 1888

Amos Bronson Alcott byl americký filozof a spisovatel.

„Neznalost neznalosti je nemocí ignoranta.“

„Posílíte-mne, budete-li obdivovat mou sílu, a ne mou slabost.“

„Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.“ Concord Days

„Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.“ Tablets

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

„The less of routine, the more of life.“

„To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.“

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

„Civilization degrades the many to exalt the few.“

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

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

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

„Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength not by my weakness.“ Table-talk

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

„Education is that process by which thought is opened out of the soul, and, associated with outward... things, is reflected back upon itself, and thus made conscious of its reality and shape. It is Self-Realization. As a means, therefore, of educating the soul out of itself, and mirroring forth its ideas, the external world offers the materials. This is the dim glass in which the senses are first called to display the soul, until, aided by the keener state of imagination... it separates those outward types of itself from their sensual connection, in its own bright mirror recognizes again itself, as a distinctive object in space and time, but out of it in existence, and painting itself upon these, as emblems of its inner and super-sensual life which no outward thing can fully portray.... A language is to be instituted between [the child’s] spirit and the surrounding scene of things in which he dwells.... He who is seeking to know himself, should be ever seeking himself in external things, and by so doing will he be best able to find, and explore his inmost light.“

„Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind and finds the readiest responses.“

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