Louisa May Alcott Quotes

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Sympathy is a sweet thing.


Love is a great beautifier.


A house needs a grandma in it.


It takes two flints to make a fire.


I like good, strong words, that mean something.


Fame is a pearl many dive for and only a few bring up.


Life is my college.  May I graduate well, and earn some honors!


I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.

learning self-reliance

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
— Louisa May Alcott
Work is and always has been my salvation and I thank the Lord for it.


I...resolved to take Fate by the throat and shake a living out of her.
— Louisa May Alcott


There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long.

talent Goodness

I am so full of my work, I can't stop to eat or sleep, or for anything but a daily run.
— Louisa May Alcott


Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.
— Louisa May Alcott
It takes very little fire to make a great deal of smoke nowadays, and notoriety is not real glory.


I never knew how much like heaven this world could be, when two people love and live for one another!

heaven love

We don't choose our talents; but we needn't hide them in a napkin because they are not just what we want.


A little kingdom I possess,
Where thoughts and feelings dwell;
And very hard the task I find
Of governing it well.


Father asked us what was God's noblest work.  Anna said men, but I said babies.  Men are often bad; 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.

saying no

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.


My definition of a philosopher is of a man in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down.
— Louisa May Alcott
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 follow where they lead.


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.
— Louisa May Alcott
Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon.  It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us.


Work is wholesome. And there is plenty for every one; it keeps us from ennui and mischief, is good for health and spirits, and gives us a sense of power and independence better than money or fashion.


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, in spite of poverty.

work & play

You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for 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.