Literary Birthday – 29 November – Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott was born 29 November 1799 and died 4 March 1888.

Seven Quotes

  1. Stay is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.
  2. Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.
  3. That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with delight and profit.
  4. A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.
  5. To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.
  6. Children are illuminated text-books, breviaries of doctrine, living bodies of divinity, open always and inviting their elders to peruse the characters inscribed on the lovely leaves.
  7. While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.

Amos Bronson Alcott was an American teacher, writer, philosopher, and reformer. He pioneered innovative, controversial ways of teaching, where he avoided traditional punishment. His experience produced two books: Records of a School and Conversations with Children on the Gospels. He is also the father of Louisa May Alcott who wrote Little Women.

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 by Amanda Patterson