Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May

American Author and Novelist best known for Little Women

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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.

The young people were playing that still more absorbing game in which hearts are always trumps.

Tomorrow was her birthday, and she was thinking how fast the years went by, how old she was getting, and how little she seemed to have accomplished. Almost twenty-five and nothing to show for it.

We're twins, and so we love each other more than other people.

Women who dare are few , the women who stand and wait are many.

You?ve got me, anyhow. I?m not good for much, I know, but I'll stand by you, Jo, all the days of my life. Upon my word I will! and Laurie meant what he said.

Perhaps it would have been better if he had killed me; my life is spoilt.

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American Author and Novelist best known for Little Women