Words of Wisdom from "Little Women"


Little Women is a classic, well-loved, American novel. The themes and issues addressed are timeless. I’ve read this book three times (don’t judge me, I like to read – if you had a favorite movie would you only watch it once?). Call me old fashioned, but I love it. I get caught up in the lives of the characters every time.
There is plenty of wisdom and enjoyment to be gleaned from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Here are some of my favorite tidbits.

  • “I like good strong words that mean something.” – Jo March
  • “My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning and may be many, but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your Heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one. The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom. His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong peace, happiness, and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother.” – Mrs. March
  • “. . . she had drawn nearer to the Friend who always welcomes every child with a love stronger than that of any father, tenderer than that of any mother.” – Narrator
  • Watch yourself, be the first to ask pardon if you both err, and guard against the little piques, misunderstandings, and hasty words that often pave the way for bitter sorrow and regret.” – Mrs. March
  • “A kiss for a blow is always best, though it’s not very easy to give it sometimes,” – Mrs. March
  • “God was not a blind force, and immortality was not a pretty fable, but a blessed fact.” – Jo’s realization
  • “Don’t neglect husband for children, don’t shut him out of the nursery, but teach him how to help in it. His place is there as well as yours, and the children need him.” – Mrs. March
  • “. . .I seldom give advice unless I’ve proved its practicability.” – Mrs. March
  • “You men tell us we are angels, and say we can make you what we will, but the instant we honestly try to do you good, you laugh at us and won’t listen, which proves how much your flattery is worth.” – Amy March
  • “Let the boys be boys, the longer the better, and let the young men sow their wild oats if they must. But mothers, sisters, and friends may help to make the crop a small one, and keep many tares from spoiling the harvest, by believing, and showing that they believe, in the possibility of loyalty to the virtues which make men manliest in good women’s eyes.” – Narrator
  • “His first wooing had been of the tempestuous order, and he looked back upon it as if through a long vista of years with a feeling of compassion blended with regret. He was not ashamed of it, but put it away as one of the bitter-sweet experiences of his life, for which he could be grateful when the pain was over.” – Narrator
  • “It’s highly virtuous to say we’ll be good, but we can’t do it all at once. . .” – Narrator
  • “It’s very curious, but the more I try to satisfy myself with all sorts of natural affections, the more I seem to want. I’d no idea hearts could take in so many.” – Jo March
  • “. . .girls in their bloom should remember that they too may miss the blossom time. That rosy cheeks don’t last forever . . . and that, by and by, kindness and respect will be as sweet as love and admiration now.” – Narrator
  • “Gentlemen . . . be courteous to the old maids, no matter how poor and plain and prim, for the only chivalry worth having is that which is the readiest to pay deference to the old, protect the feeble, and serve womankind, regardless of rank, age, or color.” – Narrator
  • “It’s not half so sensible to leave legacies when one dies as it is to use the money wisely while alive, and enjoy making one’s fellow creatures happy with it.” – Laurie 
  • “I do think that families are the most beautiful things in all the world!” – Jo March

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