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“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”
Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience
“I like good strong words that mean something…”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“I ask not for any crown
But that which all may win;
Nor try to conquer any world
Except the one within.”
Louisa May Alcott
“Far away there 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
“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”
Louisa May Alcott
“A faithful friend is a strong defense;
And he that hath found him hath found a treasure.”
Louisa May Alcott
“I'd rather take coffee than compliments just now.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“Your father, Jo. He never loses patience, never doubts or complains, but always hopes, and works and waits so cheerfully that one is ashamed to do otherwise before him.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“Love Jo all your days, if you choose, but don't let it spoil you, for it's wicked to throw away so many good gifts because you can't have the one you want.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“Don't laugh at the spinsters, dear girls, for often very tender, tragic romances are hidden away in the hearts that beat so quietly under the sober gowns, and many silent sacrifices of youth, health, ambition, love itself, make the faded faces beautiful in God's sight. Even the sad, sour sisters should be kindly dealt with, because they have missed the sweetest part of life, if for no other reason.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“Human minds are more full of mysteries than any written book and more changeable than the cloud shapes in the air.”
Louisa May Alcott, The Abbot's Ghost: A Christmas Story
“I want to do something splendid…
Something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead…
I think I shall write books.”
Louisa May Alcott
“My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning, and may be many; but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your Heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one. The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom. His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong peace, happiness, and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“Love is a great beautifier.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“...for love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. I hate such things, and though I think I've a right to be hurt, I don't intend to show it. (Amy March)”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“Let us be elegant or die!”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“Don't try to make me grow up before my time…”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“I want to do something splendid...something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“You don’t need scores of suitors. You need only one… if he’s the right one.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“Be worthy love, and love will come.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“I keep turning over new leaves, and spoiling them, as I used to spoil my copybooks; and I make so many beginnings there never will be an end. (Jo March)”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow…”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“...the love, respect, and confidence of my children was the sweetest reward I could receive for my efforts to be the woman I would have them copy.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

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