Alcott, Louisa May Quotes

Many argue; not many converse.

Alcott, Louisa May

Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn

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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!

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Resolve to take fate by the throat and shake a living out of her.

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Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.

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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.

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Love is a great beautifier.

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

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Housekeeping ain't no joke.

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

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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. Beth could not reason upon or explain the faith that gave her courage and patience to give up life, and cheerfully wait for death. Like a confiding child, she asked no questions, but left everything to God and nature, Father and Mother of us all, feeling sure that they, and they only, could teach and strengthen heart and spirit for this life and the life to come. She did not rebuke Jo with saintly speeches, only loved her better for her passionate affection, and clung more closely to the dear human love, from which our Father never means us to be weaned, but through which He draws us closer to Himself. She could not say, "I'm glad to go," for life was very sweet for her. She could only sob out, "I try to be willing," while she held fast to Jo, as the first bitter wave of this great sorrow broke over them together.

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It was not a fashionable place, but even among the pleasant people there, the girls made few friends, preferring to live for one another.

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Now we are expected to be as wise as men who have had generations of all the help there is, and we scarcely anything.

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Now Im beginning to live a little and feel less like a sick oyster at low tide.

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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.

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You think your temper is the worst in the world, but mine used to be just like it. ... I've been trying to cure it for forty years, and have only succeeded in controlling it. 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've learned to check the hasty words that rise to my lips, and when I feel that they mean to break out against my will, I just go away for a minute, and give myself a little shake for being so weak and wicked.

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