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Louisa May Alcott Quotes (125 Quotes)


  • Being a domestic man, John decidedly missed the wifely attentions he had been accustomed to receive, but as he adored his babies, he cheerfully relinquished his comfort for a time, supposing with masculine ignorance that peace would soon be restored.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • I'm afraid I couldn't like him without a spice of human naughtiness.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Wouldn't it be fun if all the castles in the air which we make could come true and we could live in them?
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • For in that sad yet happy hour, she had learned not only the bitterness of remorse and despair, but the sweetness of self-denial and self-control, and led by her mother's hand, she had drawn nearer to the Friend who always welcomes every child with a love stronger than that of any father, tenderer than that of any mother.
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Love covers a multitude of sins…
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")


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

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

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

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

  • 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.
    (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")

  • 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")

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

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

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