75 Louisa May Alcott Quotes from Famous American Novelist

Louisa May Alcott was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in New England.

Influenced by her parents’ involvement in social reform and women’s rights she became an active feminist and abolitionist.

Despite facing financial struggles Alcott pursued writing publishing over 300 works including the iconic “Little Women.”

Louisa May Alcott Quotes

Her characters often defied societal norms reflecting her own independent spirit.

Alcott remained unmarried and took care of her niece Lulu after her sister May’s death.

Louisa passed away in 1888 two days after her father. Posthumously previously unknown manuscripts of hers were discovered and published showcasing her versatile writing.

I have made a list of the powerful quotes by Louisa May Alcott.

Best Louisa May Alcott Quotes


A real gentleman is as polite to a little girl as to a woman. ~ Louisa May Alcott.


November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year. ~ Louisa May Alcott.


Love is a great beautifier. ~ Louisa May Alcott.


Nothing is impossible to a determined woman. ~ Louisa May Alcott.


Housekeeping ain’t no joke. ~ Louisa May Alcott.


I hate ordinary people! ~ Louisa May Alcott.


Go on with your work as usual, for work is a blessed solace. ~ Louisa May Alcott.


I could have been a great many things. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Power is a dangerous thing. Be careful that you don’t abuse it or let it make a tyrant of you. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone. ~ Louisa May Alcott.


I like adventures, and I’m going to find some. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth’s sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Famous Louisa May Alcott Quotes

Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Don’t mind me. I’m as happy as a cricket here. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Books are always good company if you have the right sort. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Preserve your memories, keep them well, what you forget you can never retell. ~ Louisa May Alcott.


The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

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. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

I don’t like favors; they oppress and make me fell like a slave. I’d rather do everything for myself, and be perfectly independent. ~ Louisa May Alcott.


There is always light behind the clouds. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

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. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Top Louisa May Alcott Quotes

Human minds are more full of mysteries than any written book and more changeable than the cloud shapes in the air. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

It takes two flints to make a fire. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Be worthy love, and love will come. ~ Louisa May Alcott.


Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

I’ve got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Young men often laugh at the sensible girls whom they secretly respect, and affect to admire the silly ones whom they secretly despise, because earnestness, intelligence, and womanly dignity are not the fashion. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Back to him she would never go, but in her lonely life still lived the sweet memory of that happy time when she believed in him and he was all in all to her. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Liberty is a better husband than love to many of us. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Popular Louisa May Alcott Quotes

Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds. ~ Louisa May Alcott.


Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

A faithful friend is a strong defense; And he that hath found him hath found a treasure. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

A holiday isn’t a holiday, without plenty of freedom and fun. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

I like good strong words that mean something… ~ Louisa May Alcott.

I will make a battering-ram of my head and make my way through this rough and tumble world. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

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. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

No woman should give her happiness into the keeping of a man without fixed principles… ~ Louisa May Alcott.

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. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Great Louisa May Alcott Quotes

Energy is more attractive than beauty in a man. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

You are like a chestnut burr, prickly outside, but silky-soft within, and a sweet kernel, if one can only get at it. Love will make you show your heart some day, and then the rough burr will fall off. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Right Jo better be happy old maids than unhappy wives or unmaidenly girls running about to find husbands. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us – and those around us – more effectively. Look for the learning. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

I’d rather see you poor men’s wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, than queen’s on thrones, without self-respect and peace. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Help one another is part of the religion of our sisterhood. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

A quick temper, sharp tongue, and restless spirit were always getting her into scrapes, and her life was a series of ups and downs, which were both comic and pathetic. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Insightful Louisa May Alcott Quotes

I am angry nearly every day of my life, but I have learned not to show it; and I still try to hope not to feel it, though it may take me another forty years to do it. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy. ~ Louisa May Alcott.


I think we are all hopelessly flawed. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Let us be elegant or die! – Amy. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

I’d rather be a free spinster and paddle my own canoe. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Powerful Louisa May Alcott Quotes

You don’t need scores of suitors. You need only one…if he’s the right one. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

But the spirit of Eve is strong in all her daughters. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

I shall keep my book on the table here, and read a little every morning as soon as I wake, for I know it will do me good, and help me through the day. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

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. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

At twenty-five, girls begin to talk about being old maids, but secretly resolve that they never will. At thirty, they say nothing about it, but quietly accept the fact. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Woman work a great many miracles. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Wise Louisa May Alcott Quotes

Don’t shut yourself up in a band box because you are a woman, but understand what is going on, and educate yourself to take part in the world’s work, for it all affects you and yours. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

When I had the youth I had no money, now I have the money I have no time, and when I get the time, if I ever do, I shall have no health to enjoy life. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Cast your bread upon the waters, and after many days it will come back buttered. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Far away there 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. ~ Louisa May Alcott.


I love my liberty too well to be in a hurry to give it up for any mortal man. ~ Louisa May Alcott.

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.

So these were the 75 top Louisa May Alcott quotes and sayings.

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