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I have made a plan for my life, as I am in my teens, and no more a child. I am old for my age and don't care much for girls' things. People think I'm wild and queer; but mother understands and helps me. I have not told anyone about my plans but I am going to be good. . . . Now I'm going to work really, for I feel a desire to improve and be a help and comfort, not a care and sorrow to my dear mother.


Louisa May Alcott

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Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents
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If Mr. Clemens cannot think of something better to tell our pure-minded lads and lasses, he had bett...
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
Take some books and read; that’s an immense help; and books are always good company if you have th...
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As to the other three, if they had been perfection they would not have been real girls, and you coul...
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Father asked us what was God's noblest work. Anna said men, but I said babies. Men are often bad; ba...
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Rome took all the vanity out of me; for after seeing the wonders there, I felt too insignificant t...
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
A faithful friend is a strong defense;
And he that hath found him hath found a treasure.
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
What do girls do who haven't any mothers to help them through their troubles?
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People don't have fortunes left them in that style nowadays; men have to work and women to marry for...
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It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious ...
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We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power t...
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Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.
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I've been so bothered with my property, that I'm tired of it, and don't mean to save up any more, bu...
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I like good strong words that mean something…
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Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up an...
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up an...
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
Oh, that is the surprise. It's so lovely, I pity you because you don't know it…
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I wish I had no heart, it aches so…
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
I’m not like the rest of you; I never made any plans about what I’d do when I grew up; I never t...
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She preferred imaginary heroes to real ones, because when tired of them, the former could be shut up...
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Conceit spoils the finest genius.
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...the love, respect, and confidence of my children was the sweetest reward I could receive for my e...
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Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow…
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Be worthy love, and love will come.
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Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fa...
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My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning, and may be many; but you can over...
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Mothers can forgive anything! Tell me all, and be sure that I will never let you go, though the whol...
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I'm afraid I couldn't like him without a spice of human naughtiness.
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Jo's ambition was to do something very splendid; what it was she had no idea, as yet, but left it fo...
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When we make little sacrifices we like to have them appreciated, at least…
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Right Jo better be happy old maids than unhappy wives or unmaidenly girls running about to find husb...
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I never wanted to go away, and the hard part now is the leaving you all. I'm not afraid, but it seem...
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…the day had been both unprofitable and unsatisfactory, and he was wishing he could live it over a...
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Jo's face was a study next day, for the secret rather weighed upon her, and she found it hard not to...
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…we're twins, and so we love each other more than other people…
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He looked like an Italian, was dressed like an Englishman, and had the independent air of an America...
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It takes very little fire to make a great deal of smoke nowadays, and notoriety is not real glory.
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
Father asked us what was God's noblest work. Anna said men, but I said babies. Men are often bad, bu...
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She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.
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Housekeeping ain't no joke.
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…because talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so. I want to be great, or nothi...
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Don't laugh at the spinsters, dear girls, for often very tender, tragic romances are hidden away in ...
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Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you und...
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.
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Gentlemen, be courteous to the old maids, no matter how poor and plain and prim, for the only chival...
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
Queen of my tub, I merrily sing,
While the white foam rises high,
And sturdily wash, and r...
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
Good, old-fashioned ways keep hearts sweet, heads sane, hands busy.
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My definition [of a philosopher] is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding th...
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Rivalry adds so much to the charms of one's conquests
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People don't have fortunes left them in that style nowadays; men have to work and women to marry for...
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Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!
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I never wanted to go away, and the hard part now is the leaving you all. I'm not afraid, but it seem...
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Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction tha...
LOUISA ALCOTT
He looked like an Italian, was dressed like an Englishman, and had the independent air of an America...
LOUISA ALCOTT
If Mr. Clemens cannot think of something better to tell our pure-minded lads and lasses, he had bett...
LOUISA ALCOTT
I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
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