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  • "Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
    (Louisa May Alcott)

  • Talent isn't genius and no amount of energy can make it so. I want to be great, or nothing. I won't be a commonplace dauber, so I don't intend to try any more.
    (Louisa May Alcott)

  • Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes.
    (Louisa May Alcott)

  • What do girls do who haven't any mothers to help them through their troubles?
    (Louisa May Alcott)

  • If Mr. Clemens cannot think of something better to tell our pure-minded lads and lasses, he had better stop writing for them.
    (Louisa May Alcott)


  • People don't have fortunes left them in that style nowadays; men have to work and women to marry for money. It's a dreadfully unjust world.
    (Louisa May Alcott)

  • People want to be amused, not preached at, you know. Morals don't sell nowadays.
    (Louisa May Alcott)

  • I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
    (Louisa May Alcott)

  • Rome took all the vanity out of me for after seeing the wonders there, I felt too insignificant to live, and gave up all my foolish hopes in despair.
    (Louisa May Alcott)

  • Work is and always has been my salvation and I thank the Lord for it.
    (Louisa May Alcott)

  • Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us - and those around us - more effectively. Look for the learning.
    (Louisa May Alcott)

  • Father asked us what was God's noblest work. Anna said men, but I said babies. Men are often bad, but babies never are.
    (Louisa May Alcott)

  • There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.
    (Louisa May Alcott)

  • ...the words 'we are sisters' went straight to her heart and nestled there.
    (Louisa May Alcott)

  • Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive.
    (Louisa May Alcott)


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