Amos Bronson Alcott


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Amos Bronson Alcott (November 29, 1799 – March 4, 1888) was an American teacher, writer, philosopher, and reformer. As an educator, Alcott pioneered new ways of interacting with young students, focusing on a conversational style, and avoided traditional punishment. He hoped to perfect the human spirit and, to that end, advocated a vegan diet before the term was coined. He was also an abolitionist ... more »

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  • ''That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.''
    A. Bronson Alcott [Amos Bronson Alcott] (1799-1888), U.S. educator, social reformer. "Books," bk. 1, Table Talk (1877).
  • ''One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.''
    A. Bronson Alcott [Amos Bronson Alcott] (1799-1888), U.S. educator, social reformer. "Quotation," bk. 1, Table Talk (1877).
  • ''Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.''
    A. Bronson Alcott [Amos Bronson Alcott] (1799-1888), U.S. educator, social reformer. "Sympathy," Table Talk (1877).
  • ''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.''
    A. Bronson Alcott [Amos Bronson Alcott] (1799-1888), U.S. educator, social reformer. The Dial (July 1840). "The Teacher," Orphic Sayings (1840).
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