Ever since Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” hit the screen with her old muse, Saoirse Ronan, from “Lady Bird” fame portraying the strong-willed and fiery Jo March, it has been the season for Alcott appreciation. 

Louisa May Alcott’s masterpiece manages to achieve the rare literary feat of staying relevant even 150 years after it was originally published. And as a tribute to the master, here are ten quotes from the novel that we can all use for some inspiration.

  1. “I don’t like to doze by the fire. I like adventures, and I’m going to find some.”
  1. “Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. I hate such things, and though I think I have a right to be hurt, I don’t intend to show it.”
  1. “I know I shall be homesick for you… Even in heaven”
  1. “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
  1. “There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.”
  1. “We’ll all grow up Meg, no pretending we won’t.”
  1. “Don’t cry so bitterly, but remember this day, and resolve with all your soul that you will never know another like it.”
  1. “I think we are all hopelessly flawed.”
  1. “I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.”
  1. “It is an excellent plan to have someplace where we can go to be quiet when things vex or grieve us.”

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