Sunday, November 29, 2009

Transcendental meandering . . .

Today is the birthday of Amos Bronson Alcott and his daughter Louisa May Alcott.

Amos Bronson Alcott (November 29, 1799 – March 4, 1888), teacher, writer and philosopher. He is best remembered as the founder of the utopian community known as Fruitlands.

"Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man." - Amos Bronson Alcott

"To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age." - Amos Bronson Alcott

"We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes." - Amos Bronson Alcott

"Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response." - Amos Bronson Alcott

"Our ideals are our better selves." - Amos Bronson Alcott

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Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888), novelist. She is best known for the novel Little Women.

"We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing." - Louisa May Alcott

"Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." - Louisa May Alcott

"You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty." - Louisa May Alcott

"Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable." - Louisa May Alcott

"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship." - Louisa May Alcott

"Love is a great beautifier." - Louisa May Alcott

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