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Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” Quotes (74 Quotes)


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  • Don't laugh at the spinsters, dear girls, for often very tender, tragic romances are hidden away in the hearts that beat so quietly under the sober gowns, and many silent sacrifices of youth, health, ambition, love itself, make the faded faces beautiful in God's sight. Even the sad, sour sisters should be kindly dealt with, because they have missed the sweetest part of life, if for no other reason.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • I should have been a great many things, Mr Mayor
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Jo's eyes sparkled, for it's always pleasant to be believed in; and a friend's praise is always sweeter than a dozen newspaper puffs.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • The dirt is picturesque, so I don't mind.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Don't try to make me grow up before my time…
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")


  • 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.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Jo's face was a study next day, for the secret rather weighed upon her, and she found it hard not to look mysterious and important. Meg observed it, but did not troubled herself to make inquiries, for she had learned that the best way to manage Jo was by the law of contraries, so she felt sure of being told everything if she did not ask.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • During the fifteen minutes that followed, the proud and sensitive girl suffered a shame and pain which she never forgot. To others it might seem a ludicrous or trivial affair, but to her it was a hard experience, for during the twelve years of her life she had been governed by love alone
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • I want to do something splendid...something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Laurie felt just then that his heart was entirely broken and the world a howling wilderness.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • We each are young, we each have a heart, Oh, why should we thus stand coldly apart
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • 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 way at her novel with all her heart and soul, for till that was finished she could find no peace.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • I wish I had no heart, it aches so…
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Let us be elegant or die! --Amy
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")


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