15 ‘Little Women’ Quotes to Celebrate Family This Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, and happy early birthday to Louisa May Alcott! Born November 29th of 1832,  Louisa May Alcott is the author of the famous nineteenth century novel, Little Women. This well-known classic is revered for its emphasis on family values and relationships, particularly that of the unique bond that exists between sisters. To celebrate this Thanksgiving – one which may be a little different this year- we thought we’d share some grounding quotes from Alcott’s most popular novel that highlight what Thanksgiving should be about: the importance of family and love.



“I do think that families are the most beautiful things in all the world!”


“Love is a great beautifier.”


“… for love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride.”


“Be worthy of love, and love will come.”



“Go out more, keep cheerful as well as busy, for you are the sunshine-maker of the family, and if you get dismal there is no fair weather.”


“…the love, respect, and confidence of my children was the sweetest reward I could receive for my efforts to be the woman I would have them copy.”


“Jo had learned that hearts, like flowers, cannot be rudely handled, but must open naturally…”


“I have nothing to give but my heart so full and these empty hands.”



“life and love are very precious when both are in full bloom.”


“I never wanted to go away, and the hard part now is the leaving you all. I’m not afraid, but it seems as if I should be homesick for you even in heaven.”


“For with eyes made clear by many tears, and a heart softened by the tenderest sorrow, she recognized the beauty of her sister’s life—uneventful, unambitious, yet full of the genuine virtues which ‘smell sweet, and blossom in the dust’, the self-forgetfulness that makes the humblest on earth remembered soonest in heaven, the true success which is possible to all.”



“I want my daughters to be beautiful, accomplished, and good. To be admired, loved, and respected. To have a happy youth, to be well and wisely married, and to lead useful, pleasant lives, with as little care and sorrow to try them as God sees fit to send.”


“Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I never can wish you a greater happiness than this!”


“There should always be one old maid in a family.”


“I could never love anyone as I love my sisters.”



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