Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May
Alcott
1832
1888

American Author and Novelist best known for Little Women

Author Quotes

Our actions are in our own hands, but the consequences of them are not. Remember that, my dear, and think twice before you do anything.

Replied Mrs. March, who took peculiar pleasure in granting Beth's requests because she so seldom asked anything for herself.

She was kept there in the sort of embrace a man gives to the dearest creature the world holds for him.

Strong convictions precede great actions.

The dirt is picturesque, so I don't mind.

The thought that, insignificant as she was, she yet might do some good, made her very careful of her acts and words, and so anxious to keep head contented and face happy, that she forgot her clothes, and made others do the same. She did not know it, but that good old fashion of simplicity made the plain gowns pretty, and the grace of unconsciousness beautified their little wearer with the charm that makes girlhood sweetest to those who truly love and reverence it.

To me, love isn't all. I must look up, not down, trust and honor with my whole heart, and find strength and integrity to lean on.

Well, if I can't be happy, I can be useful, perhaps.

Woman work a great many miracles.

You think then, that it is better to have a few duties and live a little for others, do you?

People don't have fortunes left them in that style nowadays; men have to work and women to marry for money. It's a dreadfully unjust world.

Resolve to take fate by the throat and shake a living out of her.

She was one of those happily created beings who please without effort, make friends everywhere, and take life so gracefully and easily that less fortunate souls are tempted to believe that such are born under a lucky star.

Such hours are beautiful to live, but hard to describe, so I will leave it to the imagination of my readers, merely saying that the house was full of genuine happiness.

The emerging woman... will be strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled, and strong-bodied... strength and beauty must go together.

The violin ? that most human of all instruments.

To the inspiration of necessity, we owe half the wise, beautiful, and useful blessings of the world.

Well, now there is a very excellent, necessary, and womanly accomplishment that my girl should not be without, for it is a help to rich and poor, and the comfort of families depends upon it. This fine talent is neglected nowadays and considered old-fashioned, which is a sad mistake and one that I don't mean to make in bringing up my girl. It should be part of every girl's education, and I know of a most accomplished lady who will teach you in the best and pleasantest manner.

Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling.

You think your temper is the worst in the world, but mine used to be just like it. ... I've been trying to cure it for forty years, and have only succeeded in controlling it. I am angry nearly every day of my life, but I have learned not to show it; and I still try to hope not to feel it, though it may take me another forty years to do it. ... I've learned to check the hasty words that rise to my lips, and when I feel that they mean to break out against my will, I just go away for a minute, and give myself a little shake for being so weak and wicked.

People want to be amused, not preached at, you know. Morals don't sell nowadays.

Ridicule is often harder to bear than self-denial.

She was the first of her kind, ... She was a woman living in a man's world and succeeding in a man's world.

Such hours are beautiful to live, but very hard to describe.

The girls flew about, trying to make things comfortable, each in her own way. Meg arranged the tea table, Jo brought wood and set chairs, dropping, over-turning, and clattering everything she touched. Beth trotted to and fro between parlor kitchen, quiet and busy, while Amy gave directions to everyone, as she sat with her hands folded.

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First Name
Louisa May
Last Name
Alcott
Birth Date
1832
Death Date
1888
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American Author and Novelist best known for Little Women