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  • A quick temper, sharp tongue, and restless spirit were always getting her into scrapes, and her life was a series of ups and downs, which were both comic and pathetic.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Gentlemen, be courteous to the old maids, no matter how poor and plain and prim, for the only chivalry worth having is that which is the readiest to to pay deference to the old, protect the feeble, and serve womankind, regardless of rank, age, or color.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • If I didn't care about doing right and didn't feel uncomfortable doing wrong, I should get on capitally.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

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

  • When we make little sacrifices we like to have them appreciated, at least…
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")


  • A year seems very long to wait before I see them, but remind them that while we wait we may all work, so these hard days need not be wasted. I know they will remember all I said to them, that they will be loving children to you, will do their duty faithfully, fight their bosom enemies bravely, and conquer themselves so beautifully that when I come back to them I may be fonder and prouder than ever of my little women.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Go on with your work as usual, for work is a blessed solace.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • If life is often so hard as this, I don't see how we ever shall get through it…
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Many wise and true sermons are preached us everyday by unconscious ministers in street, school, office, or home; even a fair table may become a pulpit, if it can offer the good and helpful words which are never out of season.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Where's the use of looking nice, when no one sees me but those cross midgets, and no one cares whether I'm pretty or not?
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Go out more, keep cheerful as well as busy, for you are the sunshine-maker of the family, and if you get dismal there is no fair weather.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • If she had seen his face when, safe in his own room, he looked at the picture of a severe and rigid young lady, with a good deal of hair, who appeared to be gazing darkly into futurity, it might have thrown some light upon the subject, especially when he turned off the gas, and kissed the picture in the dark.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Meg's high-heeled slippers were dreadfully tight, and hurt her, though she would not own it; and Jo's nineteen hair-pins all seemed stuck straight into her head, which was not exactly comfortable; but, dear me, let us be elegant or die.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Woman work a great many miracles.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")


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