Louisa May Alcott Quotes


Type: Novelist

Born: November 29, 1832

Died: March 6, 1888

Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson were family friends. Alcott wrote under various pseudonyms and only started using her own name when she was ready to commit to writing. Her nove "l Little Women" gave Louisa May Alcott financial independence and a lifetime writing career.

Louisa May Alcott Quotes

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.. Louisa
The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.

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.

I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.

Every few weeks she would shut herself up in her room, put on her scribbling suit, and fall into a vortex, as she expressed it, writing away at her novel with all her heart and soul, for till that was finished she could find no peace.

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.

The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them.

Love will make you show your heart someday...

I like good strong words that mean something…

Go on with your work as usual, for work is a blessed solace.

Mother Atkinson thought that every one should have a trade, or something to make a living out of , for rich people may grow poor, you know, and poor people have to work.... so when I saw how happy and independent those young ladies were, I wanted to have a trade, and then it wouldn't matter about money, though I like to have it well enough.

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.

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

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

Nothing is impossible to a determined woman.

I ask not for any crown
But that which all may win;
Nor try to conquer any world
Except the one within.

Conceit spoils the finest genius.

But, like all happiness, it did not last long…

Dear me! how happy and good we'd be, if we had no worries!

Well, I am happy, and I won't fret, but it does seem as if the more one gets the more one wants…

It's lovely to see people so happy.

…feeling as if all the happiness and support of their lives was about to be taken from them.

...and Jo laid the rustling sheets together with a careful hand, as one might shut the covers of a lovely romance, which holds the reader fast till the end comes, and he finds himself alone in the work-a-day world again.

John Brooke is acting dreadfully, and Meg likes it!

I have nothing to give but my heart so full and these empty hands."

"They're not empty now.

I never wanted to go away, and the hard part now is the leaving you all. I'm not afraid, but it seems as if I should be homesick for you even in heaven.

In the midst of her tears came the thought, "When people are in danger, they ask God to save them;" and, slipping down upon her knees, she said her prayer as she had never said it before, for when human help seems gone we turn to Him as naturally as lost children cry to their father, and feel sure that he will hear and answer them.

…wisely mingled poetry and prose.

Education is not confined to books, and the finest characters often graduate from no college, but make experience their master, and life their book. [Some care] only for the mental culture, and [are] in danger of over-studying, under the delusion . . . that learning must be had at all costs, forgetting that health and real wisdom are better.

Marmee: Oh, Jo. Jo, you have so many extraordinary gifts; how can you expect to lead an ordinary life? You’re ready to go out and – and find a good use for your talent. Tho’ I don’t know what I shall do without my Jo. Go, and embrace your liberty. And see what wonderful things come of it.

She preferred imaginary heroes to real ones, because when tired of them, the former could be shut up in the tin kitchen till called for, and the latter were less manageable.

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.

Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.

Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can

I shall keep my book on the table here, and read a little every morning as soon as I wake, for I know it will do me good, and help me through the day.

…books are always good company if you have the right sort. Let me pick out some for you.' And Mrs. Jo made a bee-line to the well-laden shelves, which were the joy of her heart and the comfort of her life.

In her secret soul, however, she decided that politics were as bad as mathematics, and that the mission of politicians seemed to be calling each other names…

Young things like you don't need any ornaments but those you wear to-night: youth, health, intelligence, and modesty.

Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art.

I wish I had no heart, it aches so…

…marriage, they say, halves one's rights and doubles one's duties.

[Jo to her mother] I knew there was mischief brewing. I felt it and now it's worse than I imagined. I just wish I could marry Meg myself, and keep her safe in the family.

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.

I think she is growing up, and so begins to dream dreams, and have hopes and fears and fidgets, without knowing why or being able to explain them.

…what splendid dreams young people build upon a word, and how bitter is the pain when the bright bubbles burst.

I think I shall write books, and get rich and famous, that would suit me, so that is my favorite dream.

Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.

…having learned that people cannot be moulded like clay…

A faithful friend is a strong defense;
And he that hath found him hath found a treasure.

The small hopes and plans and pleasures of children should be tenderly respected by grown-up people, and never rudely thwarted or ridiculed.

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.

…she rejoiced as only mothers can in the good fortunes of their children.

I think this power of living in our children is one of the sweetest things in the world…

…no person, no matter how vivid an imagination he may have, can invent anything half so droll as the freaks and fancies that originate in the lively brains of little people.

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.

I've been so bothered with my property, that I'm tired of it, and don't mean to save up any more, but give it away as I go along, and then nobody will envy me, or want to steal it, and I shan't be suspecting folks and worrying about my old cash.

This love of money is the curse of American, and for the sake of it men will sell honor and honesty, till we don't know whom to trust, and it is only a genius like Agassiz who dares to say, 'I cannot waste my time in getting rich,'" said Mrs. Jessie sadly.

Men are always ready to die for us, but not to make our lives worth having. Cheap sentiment and bad logic.

I do like men who come out frankly and own that they are not gods.

…men never forgive like women.

I can get on with wild beasts first-rate; but men rile me awfully…

Do the things you know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know.

I sell my children, and though they feed me, they don't love me as hers do.

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