Louisa May Alcott

Literary Birthday – 29 November – Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott was born 29 November 1832, and died 6 March 1888.


  1. 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.
  2. Many argue; not many converse.
  3. She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.
  4. That is a good book it seems to me, which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.
  5. I believe that it is as much a right and duty for women to do something with their lives as for men and we are not going to be satisfied with such frivolous parts as you give us.
  6. It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.
  7. I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.
  8. Love is a great beautifier.
  9. Life is like college; may I graduate and earn some honours.
  10. Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist best known as author of the novel, Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo’s Boys. A feminist and abolitionist, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau.

Source for image


George Kendall Warren (d. 1884); restored by Adam Cuerden, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 29th November 2013

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