Louisa May Alcott

1832 - 1888

A Quote by Louisa May Alcott

It takes two flints to make a fire.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

Source: Little Women, 1868.

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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on glory

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It takes very little fire to make a great deal of smoke nowadays, and notoriety is not real glory.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

Source: Jo's Boys, 1886.

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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on evil and money

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Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on people

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People want to be amused, not preached at, you know. Morals don't sell nowadays.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

Source: Little Women, 1868

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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on despair, foolishness, hope, and vanity

Rome took all the vanity out of me; for after seeing the wonders there, I felt too insignificant to live, and gave up all my foolish hopes in despair.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

Source: Amy March, in Little Women, pt. 2, ch. 16, 1869.

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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on charm, conceit, danger, genius, gifts, good, goodness, modesty, needs, power, and talent

You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

Source: Amy March, in Little Women, pt. 2, ch. 16, 1869.

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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on age, day, life, play, regret, success, time, understanding, work, worth, and youth

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 be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success,

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on fame and struggle

Fame is a pearl many dive for and only a few bring up. Even when they do, it is not perfect, and they sigh for more, and lose better things in struggling for them.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

Source: Jo's Boys, 1886.

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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on earth, family, friendship, philosophy, and trying

My definition [of a philosopher] is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on charm, conceit, danger, genius, goodness, modesty, power, and talent

Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

Source: Mrs. March to her daughter Amy, in Little Women, pt. 1, ch. 7, 1868.

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