LOUISA MAY ALCOTT QUOTES

American novelist (1832-1888)

Louisa May Alcott quote

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Little Women

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It's amazing how lovely common things become, if one only knows how to look at them.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Marjorie's Three Gifts

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Be worthy love, and love will come.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Little Women

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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, Little Women

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If people really want to go, and really try all their lives, I think they will get in; for I don't believe there are any locks on that door, or any guards at the gate. I always imagine it is as it is in the picture, where the shining ones stretch out their hands to welcome poor Christian as he comes up from the river.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Little Women

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Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Little Women

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If you dear little girls would only learn what real beauty is, and not pinch and starve and bleach yourselves out so, you'd save an immense deal of time and money and pain. A happy soul in a healthy body makes the best sort of beauty for man or woman.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Eight Cousins

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A principle that can't bear being laughed at, frowned on, and cold-shouldered, isn't worthy of the name.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, An Old-Fashioned Girl

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When women are the advisers, the lords of creation don't take the advice till they have persuaded themselves that it is just what they intended to do. Then they act upon it, and, if it succeeds, they give the weaker vessel half the credit of it. If it fails, they generously give her the whole.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Little Women

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Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Little Women

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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

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It takes so little to make a child happy, that it is a pity in a world full of sunshine and pleasant things, that there should be any wistful faces, empty hands, or lonely little hearts.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Little Men

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The spirit of Eve is strong in all her daughters.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Rose in Bloom

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Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon. It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Little Women

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You don't need scores of suitors. You need only one ... if he's the right one.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Little Women

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Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, journal, Mar. 1859

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I like good strong words that mean something.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Little Women

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Good, old-fashioned ways keep hearts sweet, heads sane, hands busy.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, An Old-Fashioned Girl

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

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, An Old-Fashioned Girl

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If life is often so hard as this, I don't see how we ever shall get through it.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Little Women

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Tags: life