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.
As quoted in Elbert Hubbard's Scrap Book (1923) by Elbert Hubbard, p. 62
"Suppose I broke away and left you, or made it impossible for you to stay. That I was base and false; in every way unworthy of your love, and it was clearly right for you to go, what would you do then?""Go away and–"He interrupted with a triumphant laugh, "Die as heroines always do, tender slaves as they are.""No, live and forget you", was the unexpected reply.Louisa May AlcottPhillip and Rosamund, p. 46.
Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents.Louisa May Alcott1868 Little Women, pt.1, ch.1.
Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling.Louisa May AlcottAn Old-Fashioned Girl (1870), Ch. 13 : The Sunny Side
The child has talent, loves music, and needs help. I can't give her money, but I can teach her; so I do, and she is the most promising pupil I have. Help one another, is part of the religion of our sisterhood, Fan.Louisa May AlcottAn Old-Fashioned Girl (1870), Ch. 13 : The Sunny Side; this has often been quoted as "Helping one another, is part of the religion of our sisterhood."
If I can do no more, let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.Louisa May AlcottFrom a letter ("Louisa M. Alcott to the American Woman Suffrage Association", October 1885) in support of women's voting rights, quoted in Elizabeth Cady Stanton et al., History of Woman Suffrage, 1883-1900 (1902), p. 412.
If people really want to go, and really try all their lives, I think they will get in; for I don’t believe there are any locks on that door, or any guards at the gate. I always imagine it is as it is in the picture, where the shining ones stretch out their hands to welcome poor Christian as he comes up from the river.Louisa May AlcottBeth's views on the Celestial City, in Ch. 13 : Castles In The Air
Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.Louisa May AlcottCh. 40 : The Valley Of The Shadow
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.Louisa May AlcottCh. 41 : Learning To Forget
Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott, Little Women (1868), chapter 40: The Valley Of The Shadow
Help one another is part of the religion of our sisterhood.Louisa May Alcott"An Old-Fashioned Girl" (1870, pg. 270), said by Polly to Fanny
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