Growing up, I was lucky enough to have two big sisters, an amazing mom, grandma, and friends to help me through my childhood troubles…whatever those were. Then as I got older, I still had the strongest women I know to guide me. This is where I think of a novel like Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Us girls can be complicated creatures with emotions and feelings as big as the sky. The journey from childhood to womanhood isn’t always easy, but Alcott perfectly captured the strength every single girl, and person for that matter, has in them.
Below are ten quotes from Louisa May Alcott and her coming of age novel, Little Women. Finding out who you are can be tough, but these words let you know that the track you’re on, you’re not on alone.
1. I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
2. Love Jo all your days, if you choose, but don’t let it spoil you, for it’s wicked to throw away so many good gifts because you can’t have the one you want.
3. Don’t laugh at the spinsters, dear girls, for often very tender, tragic romances are hidden away in the hearts that beat so quietly under the sober gowns, and many silent sacrifices of youth, health, ambition, love itself, make the faded faces beautiful in God’s sight. Even the sad, sour sisters should be kindly dealt with, because they have missed the sweetest part of life, if for no other reason.
4. Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault.
5. Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. I hate such things, and though I think I’ve a right to be hurt, I don’t intend to show it.
6. Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.
7. I want to do something splendid…something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.
8. I don’t pretend to be wise, but I am observing, and I see a great deal more than you’d imagine. I’m interested in other people’s experiences and inconsistencies, and, though I can’t explain, I remember and use them for my own benefit.
9. I think she is growing up, and so begins to dream dreams, and have hopes and fears and fidgets, without knowing why or being able to explain them.
10. Jo had learned that hearts, like flowers, cannot be rudely handled, but must open naturally…
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