Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May
Alcott
1832
1888

American Author and Novelist best known for Little Women

Author Quotes

Right Jo better be happy old maids than unhappy wives or unmaidenly girls running about to find husbands.

She would make a man of me. She puts strength and courage into me as no one else can. She is unlike any girl I ever saw; there?s no sentimentality about her; she is wise, and kind, and sweet. She says what she means, looks you straight in the eye, and is as true as steel.

Swept into the giddy vortex which keeps so many young people revolving aimlessly, till they go down or are cast upon the shore, wrecks of what they might have been

The house was still as death, and nothing but the wailing of the wind broke the deep hush.

The youngest, aged twelve, could not conceal her disappointment, and turned away, feeling as so many of us have felt when we discover that our idols are very extraordinary men and women.

Trying to extinguish the brilliant hopes that blazed up a word of encouragement.

We've got Father and Mother, and each other, said Beth contentedly from her corner.

Women work a good many miracles.

Young men often laugh at the sensible girls whom they secretly respect, and affect to admire the silly ones whom they secretly despise, because earnestness, intelligence, and womanly dignity are not the fashion.

A real gentleman is as polite to a little girl as to a woman.

As Hester Prynne seemed to see some trace of her own sin in every bosom, by the glare of the Scarlet Letter burning on her own; so Sylvia, living in the shadow of a household grief, found herself detecting various phases of her own experience in others. She had joined that sad sisterhood called disappointed women; a larger class than many deem it to be, though there are few of us who have not seen members of it. Unhappy wives; mistaken or forsaken lovers; meek souls, who make life a long penance for the sins of others; gifted creatures kindled into fitful brilliancy by some inward fire that consumes but cannot warm. These are the women who fly to convents, write bitter books, sing songs full of heartbreak, act splendidly the passion they have lost or never won. Who smile, and try to lead brave uncomplaining lives, but whose tragic eyes betray them, whose voices, however sweet or gay, contain an undertone of hopelessness, whose faces sometimes startle one with an expression which haunts the observer long after it is gone.

Boys don't gush, so I can stand it. The last time I let in a party of girls, one fell into my arms and said, Darling, love me! I wanted to shake her,' answered Mrs. Jo, wiping her pen with energy.

Clung more closely to the dear human love, from which our Father never means us to be weaned, but through which He draws us closer to Himself.

Don't you wish you could give it to me, Laurie?

For with eyes made clear by many tears, and a heart softened by the tenderest sorrow, she recognized the beauty of her sister's life?uneventful, unambitious, yet full of the genuine virtues which 'smell sweet, and blossom in the dust', the self-forgetfulness that makes the humblest on earth remembered soonest in heaven, the true success which is possible to all.

He was poor, yet always appeared to be giving something away; a stranger, yet everyone was his friend; no longer young, but as happy-hearted as a boy; plain and peculiar, yet his face looked beautiful to many.

I asked for bread, and I got a stone in the shape of a pedestal.

I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all, added little Amy, with an injured sniff.

I love my liberty too well to be in a hurry to give it up for any mortal man.

I think it was so splendid in Father to go as a chaplain when he was too old to be drafted, and not strong enough for a soldier, said Meg warmly.

I wonder if you know just what it means to pious? Goin' to church, and readin' the Bible, and sayin' prayers and hymns, ain't it? Those things are a part of it; but being kind and cheerful, doing one's duty, helping others, and loving God, is the best way to show that are pious in the true sense of the word.

'If something very pleasant should happen now, we should think it a delightful month,' said Beth, who took a hopeful view of everything, even November.

Is it not meningitis? [last words]

It?s bad enough to love someone who don?t love you, but to have them told of it is perfectly awful. It makes me wild just to think of it. Ah, Fan, I?m getting so ill-tempered and envious and wicked, I don?t know what will happen to me. - Polly

Jo valued the letter more than the money, because it was encouraging, and after years of effort it was so pleasant to find that she had learned to do something.

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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