I only mean to say that I have a feeling that it never was intended I should live long. I'm not like the rest of you.
The clocks were striking midnight and the rooms were very still as a figure glided quietly from bed to bed, smoothing a coverlid here, settling a pillow there, and pausing to look long and tenderly at each unconscious face, to kiss each with lips that mutely blessed, and to pray the fervent prayers which only mothers utter.
But he did, oh, bless you, yes, hundreds of times, and so did Meg, both declaring that it was the sweetest jelly they ever made; for family peace was preserved in that little family jar.
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…
You are like a chestnut burr, prickly outside, but silky-soft within, and a sweet kernel, if one can only get at it. Love will make you show your heart some day, and then the rough burr will fall off.
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.
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.
I should have been a great many things, Mr Mayor
The dirt is picturesque, so I don't mind.
But please hug and kiss me, everyone, and don't mind my dress, I want a great many crumples of this sort put into it today.
It was forunate that tea was at hand, to produce a lull and provide refreshment...
You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone.
Go on with your work as usual, for work is a blessed solace.
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.
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.
Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault.
But, like all happiness, it did not last long…
I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.
You don't need scores of suitors. You need only one… if he's the right one.
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.
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.
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.
We each are young, we each have a heart, Oh, why should we thus stand coldly apart
Conceit spoils the finest genius.
Jo had learned that hearts, like flowers, cannot be rudely handled, but must open naturally…
You have grown abominably lazy, and you like gossip, and waste time on frivolous things, you are contented to be petted and admired by silly people, instead of being loved and respected by wise ones.
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.
Now and then, in this workaday world, things do happen in the delightful storybook fashion, and what a comfort that is.
I wish I had no heart, it aches so…
We'll all grow up Meg, no pretending we won't.
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