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In "Tablets" by Amos Bronson Alcott, readers are introduced to a collection of essays that delve into various topics of deep human concern. Alcott, an influential social thinker and educator, touches upon a wide range of subjects, embodying his belief that self-reflection and personal development are vital for human growth.

One of the notable aspects of this book is Alcott's ability to present complex ideas in a succinct and accessible manner. He skillfully combines philosophy, spirituality, and pedagogy, making his arguments thought-provoking yet comprehensible to readers from different walks of life. Alcott's writing style is eloquent, engaging, and almost conversational, allowing readers to feel a genuine connection to his ideas.

The themes explored in "Tablets" are both timeless and universal. Alcott emphasizes the importance of moral development, self-examination, and active engagement with the world around us. He implores individuals to seek truth, cultivate virtue, and embrace a lifelong commitment to self-improvement. Although written over a century ago, the book's message remains as relevant today as it was back then.

Moreover, Alcott's views on education are particularly enlightening. He advocates for a holistic approach, emphasizing the education of the heart and spirit rather than just the mind. Alcott challenges traditional educational systems, encouraging readers to think critically about the purpose of education and its role in shaping individuals and society. His ideas may inspire educators and parents to adopt a more compassionate, progressive, and transformative approach to teaching and nurturing young minds.

While Alcott's essays are filled with profound insights, some readers may find his writing style dense or challenging to follow at times. The book requires one's full attention and concentration to fully absorb the richness of Alcott's ideas. However, for those who persevere, the book promises an intellectually and spiritually rewarding experience.

In conclusion, "Tablets" by Amos Bronson Alcott is a timeless collection of essays that invites readers to reflect, question, and engage with the deeper truths and purpose of life. Alcott's wisdom, expressed through his eloquent prose, offers valuable insights and guidance for personal and societal growth. Anyone interested in philosophy, education, and personal development will find this book a worthwhile and inspiring read.

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"For curious method expect none, essays for the most part not being placed as at a feast, but placing themselves as at an ordinary." Thomas Fuller.

Boston Roberts Brothers 1868.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1868, by A. Bronson Alcott, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

Electrotyped and Printed by Alfred Mudge & Son, No. 34 School St., Boston.




1 Antiquity 5

2 Ornaments 11

3 Pleasures 14

4 Orchard 20

5 Sweet Herbs 25

6 Table Plants 28

7 Rations 36

8 Economies 41

9 Rural Culture 48


1 The Fountains 59

2 The Cheap Physician 65


1 Hospitality 69

2 Conversation 75

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