Louisa May Alcott Love Quotes and Sayings
#1-2 Rose in Bloom, A Long Fatal Love Chase [S]
1. Suppose I broke away and left you, or made it impossible for you to stay. That I was base and false; in every way unworthy of your love, and it was clearly right for you to go, what would you do then?
2. Everything is possible to a strong will. If it was right to cease loving you, I’d do it if I spent my whole life in the task.
#3 Rose in Bloom, A Long Fatal Love Chase [S]
3. I was thinking what a curious thing love is; only a sentiment, and yet it has power to make fools of men and slaves of women.
#4 The Chase Begins, A Long Fatal Love Chase [S]
4. Back to him she would never go, but in her lonely life still lived the sweet memory of that happy time when she believed in him and he was all in all to her.
#5 Behind the Grating, A Long Fatal Love Chase [S]
5. He was the first, the only love of her life, and in a nature like hers such passions take deep root and die hard.
#6 Gossip, Little Women [S]
6. …for love is a great beautifier.
#7 The Valley of the Shadow, Little Women [S]
7. …love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.
#8 Tender Troubles, Little Women [S]
8. …hearts, like flowers, cannot be rudely handled, but must open naturally…
#9 All Alone, Little Women [S]
9. …I never knew how much like heaven this world could be, when two people love and live for one another!
#10 Thanksgiving, Little Men [S]
10. For 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.
#11 Which was it?, Rose in Bloom [S]
11. I don’t know how others feel, but, to me, love isn’t all. I must look up, not down, trust and honor with my whole heart, and find strength and integrity to lean on.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886). Raised in New England by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott, she grew up among many well-known intellectuals of the day, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Sayings by Louisa May Alcott
#1 Castles in the Air, Little Women [S]
1. If people really want to go, and really try all their lives, I think they will get In; for I don’t believe there are any locks on that door, or any guards at the gate.
#2 Artistic Attempts, Little Women [S]
2. It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.
#3 Heartache, Little Women [S]
3. …girls are so queer you never know what they mean. They say No when they mean Yes, and drive a man out of his wits just for the fun of it.
#4 Beth’s Secret, Little Women [S]
4. Simple, sincere people seldom speak much of their piety; it shows itself in acts, rather than in words, and has more influence than homilies or protestations.
#5 My Lord and Lady, Little Women [S]
5. Lovely weather so far; I don’t know how long it will last, but I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.
#6 A Telegram, Little Women [S]
6. Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.
#7 Daisy and Demi, Little Women [S]
7. …honesty is the best policy in love as in law…
#8 Jo Meets Apollyon, Little Women [S]
8. Don’t cry so bitterly, but remember this day, and resolve, with all your soul, that you will never know another like it.
#9 On the Shelf, Little Women [S]
9. 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.
#10 All Alone, Little Women [S]
10. …I can’t help seeing that you are very lonely, and sometimes there is a hungry look in your eyes that goes to my heart…
#11 Chapter II: Two Penitents, Jack and Jill [S]
11. One of the sweet things about pain and sorrow is that they show us how well we are loved, how much kindness there is in the world, and how easily we can make others happy in the same way when they need help and sympathy.
#12 Chapter XI: Needles and Tongues, An Old-Fashioned Girl [S]
12. We can’t any of us do all we would like, but we can do our best for every case that comes to us, and that helps amazingly.
#13 Chapter 8: Josie Plays Mermaid, Jo’s Boys [S]
13. Fame is a pearl many dive for and only a few bring up. Even when they do, it is not perfect, and they sigh for more, and lose better things in struggling for them.
#14 Chapter 17: Among the Maids, Jo’s Boys [S]
14. Cultivate cheerfulness and content, if nothing else.
#15 Chapter 17: Among the Maids, Jo’s Boys [S]
15. Have your fun, my dear; but if you must earn Your bread, try to make it sweet with cheerfulness, not bitter with the daily regret that it isn’t cake.
#16 Chapter 20: Life for Life, Jo’s Boys [S]
16. Mothers can forgive anything! Tell me all, and be sure that I will never let you go, though the whole world should turn from you.
#17 Both Sides, Rose in Bloom [S]
17. Do my best all round: keep good company, read good books, love good things, and cultivate soul and body as faithfully and wisely as I can.
#18 Chapter II Byplay, The Abbot’s Ghost or Maurice Treherne’s Temptation (Written under her pseudonym, A. M. Barnard) [S]
18. Human minds are more full of mysteries than any written book and more changeable than the cloud shapes in the air.
#19 Poetry: My Kingdom
19. I do not ask for any crown
But that which all may win;
Nor seek to conquer any world
Except the one within.
#20 Louisa May Alcott Her Life, Letters, and Journals [S]
20. Busy life teaching, writing, sewing, getting all I can from lectures, books, and good people. Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!
#21 Marjorie’s Three Gifts [S]
21. …it is amazing how lovely common things become, if one only knows how to look at them.
#22 Chapter XII: Christie’s Gala, Work: A Story of Experience [S]
22. Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I cannot reach them: but I can look up, and see their beauty; believe in them, and try to follow where they lead; remember that frost comes latest to those that bloom the highest; and keep my beautiful white flowers as long as I can.