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Louisa May Alcott Quotes


An American novelist, best known for the novel Little Women (1868).
(1832 - 1888)

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A faithful friend is a strong defense; And he that hath found him hath found a treasure.
 

A little kingdom I possess, where thoughts and feelings dwell; And very hard the task I find of governing it well.
[Self Control]
 

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.
[Conceit]
 

Do the things you know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know.
 

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.
[Simplicity]
 

Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I many not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.
[Goals]
 

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
 

Father asked us what was God's noblest work. Anna said men, but I said babies. Men are often bad, but babies never are.
 

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 for the fun of it.
 

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.
 

Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged.
 

Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.
[One Day]
 

He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.
 

Housekeeping ain't no joke.
 

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
[Peace]
 

I consider it the best part of an education to have been born and brought up in the country;
 

I like to help women help themselves, as that is, in my opinion, the best way to settle the woman question. Whatever we can do and do well we have a right to, and I don't think any one will deny us.
 

I resolved to take Fate by the throat and shake the living out of her.
[Luck]
 

I want to be great, or nothing. I won't be a commonplace dauber, so I don't intend to try any more.
[Goals]
 

It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.
 


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