Louisa May Alcott
Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty.
Energy is more attractive than beauty in a man.
Far away 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.
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.
Housekeeping ain't no joke.
I am angry nearly every day of my life, but I have learned not to show it; and I still try to hope not to feel it, though it may take me another forty years to do it.
I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
I asked for bread, and I got a stone in the shape of a pedestal.
I love my gallant captain with all my heart and soul and might, and never will desert him, while God lets us be together. Oh, Mother, I never knew how much like heaven this world could be, when two people love and live for one another!
I believe that it is as much a right and duty for women to do something with their lives as for men and we are not going to be satisfied with such frivolous parts as you give us.
I put in my list all the busy, useful independent spinsters I know, for liberty is a better husband than love to many of us.
Many argue; not many converse.
Now I'm beginning to live a little and feel less like a sick oyster at low tide.
Now we are expected to be as wise as men who have had generations of all the help there is, and we scarcely anything.
People don't have fortunes left them—nowadays; men have to work, and women to marry for money. It's a dreadfully unjust world....
Resolve to take fate by the throat and shake a living out of her.
It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.
It takes two flints to make a fire.
Love is a great beautifier.
Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.
Rivalry adds so much to the charms of one's conquests.
She had a womanly instinct that clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character or the magic of manners.
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.
The invigorating air did them both good, and much exercise worked wholesome changes in minds as well as bodies. They seemed to get clearer views of life and duty up there among the everlasting hills. The fresh winds blew away desponding doubts, delusive fancies, and moody mists. The warm spring sunshine brought out all sorts of aspiring ideas, tender hopes, and happy thoughts. The lake seemed to wash away the troubles of the past, and the grand old mountains to look benignly down upon them saying, "Little children, love one another."
When women are the advisers, the lords of creation don't take the advice till they have persuaded themselves that it is just what they intended to do. Then they act upon it, and, if it succeeds, they give the weaker vessel half the credit of it. If it fails, they generously give her the whole.
Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling.
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