Quotes by Amos Bronson Alcott

Educator and philosopher, born friday november 29, 1799 in Wolcott, Connecticut (United States), died sunday march 4, 1888 in Boston, Massachusetts (United States)

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.
Amos Bronson Alcott
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    Of books in our time the variety is so voluminous, and they follow so fast from the press, that one must be a swift reader to acquaint himself even with their titles, and wise to discern what are worth reading.
    Amos Bronson Alcott
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