Frases de Amos Bronson Alcott

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Amos Bronson Alcott

Fecha de nacimiento: 29. Noviembre 1799
Fecha de muerte: 4. Marzo 1888

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Amos Bronson Alcott . Pedagogo y escritor estadounidense. Hijo de Joseph Chatfield Alcox, un agricultor y mecánico, sus antepasados se habían asentado en Massachusetts occidental en los días en que todavía era colonia llevando el apellido Alcocke.

Autodidacta, tuvo que ponerse a trabajar en 1814 en una fábrica de relojes en Plymouth y después de 1815 viajó al sur de los Estados Unidos como vendedor de libros y mercancías. Comienza a enseñar en Bristol en 1823, dirige escuelas en Chesire, en Bristol, Boston, Germantown y en Filadelfia.

En 1830 se casa con Abby May, hermana del reformador y abolicionista Samuel J. May. En 1834 abre la Temple School en Boston, que se hizo famosa por sus originales métodos, basados en el autoanálisis y en el deseo de estimular la personalidad del niño mediante la conversación, más que mediante la lectura. La escuela fue denunciada en la prensa y en 1839 cerró, pero Alcott se ganó el cariño de sus alumnos. En 1840 marchó a Concord. De su visita a Inglaterra trae la intención de establecer una comunidad utópica socialista. Este proyecto fracasa y en 1842 vuelve a Concord.

En sus últimos años de vida fue cuidado por su hija Louisa May Alcott.

Frases Amos Bronson Alcott

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„Ever present, potent, vigilant, in the breast of man, there is that which never became a party in his guilt“

— Amos Bronson Alcott
Context: Ever present, potent, vigilant, in the breast of man, there is that which never became a party in his guilt, never consented to a wrong deed, nor performed one, but holds itself above all sin, impeccable, immaculate, immutable, the deity of the heart, the conscience of the soul, the oracle and interpreter, the judge and executor of the divine law. XVI. CONSCIENCE

„Believe, youth, despite all temptations, the oracle of deity in your own bosom.“

— Amos Bronson Alcott
Context: Believe, youth, despite all temptations, the oracle of deity in your own bosom. ’T is the breath of God’s revelations,—the respiration of the Holy Ghost in your breast. Be faithful, not infidel, to its intuitions,—quench never its spirit,—dwell ever in its omniscience. So shall your soul be filled with light, and God be an indwelling fact,—a presence in the depths of your being. I. SPIRIT, 6. Oracle

„The seraphs descend from heaven, in the solitudes of meditation, in the stillness of prayer.“

— Amos Bronson Alcott
Context: Solitude is Wisdom’s school. Attend then the lessons of your own soul; become a pupil of the wise God within you, for by his tuitions alone shall you grow into the knowledge and stature of the deities. The seraphs descend from heaven, in the solitudes of meditation, in the stillness of prayer. I. SPIRIT, 10. Solitude

„It is refreshing, amidst the inane common-places bandied in pulpits and parlors, to hear a hopeful word from an earnest, upright soul.“

— Amos Bronson Alcott
Context: There is a magic in free speaking, especially on sacred themes, most potent and resistless. It is refreshing, amidst the inane common-places bandied in pulpits and parlors, to hear a hopeful word from an earnest, upright soul. Men rally around it as to the lattice in summer heats, to inhale the breeze that flows cool and refreshing from the mountains, and invigorates their languid frames. Once heard, they feel a buoyant sense of health and hopefulness, and wonder that they should have lain sick, supine so long, when a word has power to raise them from their couch, and restore them to soundness. And once spoken, it shall never be forgotten; it charms, exalts; it visits them in dreams, and haunts them during all their wakeful hours. Great, indeed, is the delight of speech; sweet the sound of one’s bosom thought, as it returns laden with the fragrance of a brother’s approval. XVIII. SPEECH

„Enduring fame is ever posthumous. The orbs of virtue and genius seldom culminate during their terrestrial periods.“

— Amos Bronson Alcott
Context: Enduring fame is ever posthumous. The orbs of virtue and genius seldom culminate during their terrestrial periods. Slow is the growth of great names, slow the procession of excellence into arts, institutions, life. Ages alone reflect their fulness of lustre. The great not only unseal, but create the organs by which they are to be seen. Neither Socrates nor Jesus is yet visible to the world. LX. FAME

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

— Amos Bronson Alcott
Context: The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples. A noble artist, he has visions of excellence and revelations of beauty, which he has neither impersonated in character, nor embodied in words. His life and teachings are but studies for yet nobler ideals. LXXX. TEACHER

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