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  • Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow…
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • You may try your experiment for a week and see how you like it. I think by Saturday night you will find that all play and no work is as bad as all work and no play
    (Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women")

  • Dear me! If only men and women would trust, understand and help as my children do, what a capital place `the world would be!
    (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")

  • Jo's breath gave out here, and wrapping her head in the paper, she bedewed her little story with a few natural tears, for to be independent and earn the praise of those she loved were the dearest wishes of her heart, and this seemed to be the first step toward that happy end.
    (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")

  • 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")

  • Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.
    (Louisa May Alcott)


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