I am lonely, sometimes, but I dare say it's good for me…
Right Jo better be happy old maids than unhappy wives or unmaidenly girls running about to find husbands.
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.
If I didn't care about doing right and didn't feel uncomfortable doing wrong, I should get on capitally.
When we make little sacrifices we like to have them appreciated, at least…
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.
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.
I could have been a great many things.
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.
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.
If life is often so hard as this, I don't see how we ever shall get through it…
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?
Don't try to make me grow up before my time…
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.
I don't pretend to be wise, but I am observing, and I see a great deal more than you'd imagine. I'm interested in other people's experiences and inconsistencies, and, though I can't explain, I remember and use them for my own benefit.
Six weeks is a long time to wait, and a still longer time for a girl to keep a secret…
Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.
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.
Woman work a great many miracles.
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
Laurie felt just then that his heart was entirely broken and the world a howling wilderness.
I don't think secrets agree with me, I feel rumpled up in mind since you told me that…
So she enjoyed herself heartily, and found, what isn't always the case, that her granted wish was all she had hoped.
Be worthy love, and love will come.
If we are all alive ten years hence, let's meet, and see how many of us have got our wishes, or how much nearer we are then than now.
Women work a good many miracles…
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.
Let us be elegant or die! --Amy
I like good strong words that mean something…
Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow…
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