On this day 134 years ago the world lost groundbreaking American novelist Louisa May Alcott. Not only was she a writer, but Alcott was an abolitionist and feminist, advocating for women’s rights and temperance. She and her family were also station masters on the Underground Railroad and had discussions with Frederick Douglass.
Though it’s been over a century since she passed, Alcott’s works like Little Women and Little Men are still celebrated around the world for candidly addressing women’s issues and presenting daily life in a natural and believable manner.
To celebrate Alcott’s legacy, we’ve pulled together seven of our favorite quotes from the author and her works about life, love, and of course, books.
Helping one another, is part of the religion of our sisterhood.An Old-Fashioned Girl
Take some books and read; that’s an immense help; and books are always good company if you have the right sort.Little Women
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.Elbert Hubbard’s Scrap Book
I don’t intend to die until I’ve enjoyed my life. Everyone has a right to happiness and sooner or later I will have it. Youth, health, and freedom were meant to be enjoyed and I want to try every pleasure before I am too old to enjoy them.A Long Fatal Love Chase
Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove you understand the worth of time by employing it well. The youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.Little Women
It’s amazing how lovely common things become, if one only knows how to look at them.Marjorie’s Three Gifts
The emerging woman… will be strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled, and strong-bodied… strength and beauty must go together.An Old-Fashioned Girl