The March sisters have a way with words.

 

Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel Little Women is full of treasured quotations. Over the years, fans of the classic book have copied them down, memorized them, and shared these notable, well-hewn thoughts with friends and family. They’re sentiments—heartfelt, funny, and long-loved—that readers enjoy revisiting again and again, even now, 150 years after the book’s original publication. We love these quotes, and for good reason: Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and their mother, Marmee, have an undeniable way with words. There’s always something to learn in the pages of this wonderful novel, a story about the strength of family, sisterhood, and imagination.

To celebrate the new television adaptation of Little Women (and the recently released trailer, which has sparked our excited for the upcoming show), we’re revisiting some of these wonderful quotations from Louisa May Alcott and her best-loved novel, which comes alive with the unforgettable adventures of our favorite Massachusetts sisters.

“I do think that families are the most beautiful things in all the world!” — Jo March

“Now and then, in this workaday world, things do happen in the delightful storybook fashion, and what a comfort it is.” — Little Women

“I don't like to doze by the fire. I like adventures, and I'm going to find some.” — Jo March

“So she enjoyed herself heartily, and found, what isn't always the case, that her granted wish was all she had hoped.” — Little Women

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” — Amy March

“Jo's eyes sparkled, for it's always pleasant to be believed in, and a friend's praise is always sweeter than a dozen newspaper puffs.” — Little Women

“Jo had learned that hearts, like flowers, cannot be rudely handled, but must open naturally.” — Little Women

“The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them.” — Little Women

“Be worthy, love, and love will come.” — Little Women

“If I didn't care about doing right and didn't feel uncomfortable doing wrong, I should get on capitally.” — Jo March

“Let us be elegant or die!” — Little Women

“Don't mind me. I'm as happy as a cricket here.” — Jo March

“When you feel discontented, think over your blessings, and be grateful.” — Mrs. March

 “I like good strong words that mean something.” — Jo March

“I'd rather take coffee than compliments just now.” — Amy March

“You don’t need scores of suitors. You need only one, if he’s the right one.” — Amy March

“Love is a great beautifier.” — Little Women

“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.” — Little Women

“I am lonely, sometimes, but I dare say it's good for me.” — Jo March

“Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault.” — Mrs. March

“Love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride.” — Little Women

“Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. I hate such things, and though I think I've a right to be hurt, I don't intend to show it.” — Amy March

“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.” — Little Women

“I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle, something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it, and mean to astonish you all some day.” — Jo March

“Go on with your work as usual, for work is a blessed solace.” — Mrs. March

“I keep turning over new leaves, and spoiling them, as I used to spoil my copybooks; and I make so many beginnings there never will be an end.” — Theodore “Laurie” Laurence

“Don't cry so bitterly, but remember this day, and resolve with all your soul that you will never know another like it.” — Mrs. March

“When we make little sacrifices we like to have them appreciated, at least.” — Little Women

“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.” — Mrs. March

“Conceit spoils the finest genius.” — Mrs. March

“She preferred imaginary heroes to real ones, because when tired of them, the former could be shut up in the tin kitchen till called for, and the latter were less manageable.” — Little Women

“You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone. Meg is the turtle-dove, and Amy is like the lark she write about, trying to get up among the clouds, but always dropping down into its nest again. Dear little girl! She's so ambitious, but her heart is good and tender, and no matter how high she flies, she never will forget home. I hope I shall see her again…” — Beth March

“Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.” — Little Women

What are your favorite quotations from Little Women? Will you tune in when the new television adaptation is released?