Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Quotes from Little Women

On a I-don't-know-how-many-times re-read of Little Women, I'm again being delighted by the story and inspired by the wealth of wisdom a fictional story can contain. Marmee is such a wonderful character, and a role model of what I'd like to someday be as a mother. I thought I'd share 3 of her admonitions to her girls, for they really stood out and encouraged me.

"If I don't seem to need help, it is because I have a better friend, even than Father, to comfort and sustain me. my child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning and may be many, but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your Heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one. The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom. His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of life-long peace, happiness, and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrow, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother.

"Learn to know and value the praise which is worth having, and to excite the admiration of excellent people by being modest as well as pretty, Meg."

"Holding a hand of each and watching the two young faces wistfully, Mrs. March said, in her serious yet cheery way - 'I want my daughters to be beautiful, accomplished, and good; to be admired, loved, and respected; to have a happy youth, to be well and wisely married, and to lead useful, pleasant lives, with as little care and sorrow to try them as God sees fit to send. To be loved and chosen by a good man is the best and sweetest thing which can happen to a woman, and I sincerely hope my girls may know this beautiful experience. It is natural to think of it, Meg, right to hope and wait for is, and wise to prepare for it, so that when the happy time comes, you may feel ready for the duties and worthy of the joy. My dear girls, I am ambitious for you, but not to have you make a dash in the world - marry rich men merely because they are rich, or have splendid houses, which are not homes because love is wanting. Money is a needful and precious thing - and, when well used, a noble thing - but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for. I'd rather see you poor man's wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, then queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace."


Victoria said...

Amen !

Love you, Mom Lofgren

Maria Pauline said...

Thank you for sharing those words of advice! It has been a while since I read Little Women, and will probably be a while before I have time.

Aren't there so many houses today that aren't homes?

Maria Pauline

Ella said...

Little Women is an amazing book. MOm has copied many quotes from there. Have you ever read, An Old Fashioned Girl? It is the same way!

Anonymous said...

This is one of my favorite all-time books! We have the dramatized version of it from Focus on the Family. I love listening to it while I fold laundry, wash dishes, etc.

Mardi said...

I enjoyed reading "Little Women." It has been years since I read it, but I liked the book. I also liked the movies I have seen. Two different versions of the book.

Nice blog! Thank you for sharing!

Sammybunny said...

that is such a beautiful book that I (shamefully) have yet to finish! College keeps me so busy! It is such a wonderful book, though. So full of tradition and romance...*sigh*

Robert said...

Those were good quotes! I haven't read the book but I have the 1994 movie version. I liked Marmee's view of marriage.

Was wondering if you have seen the new book Before Green Gables? It's a presequel to Anne of Green Gables.It was recently released up here to celebrate 100 years of Anne.

Anna Naomi said...

Maria Pauline: Yes, it is a sad truth. I pray that we all may have true homes!

Ella: Yes, An Old-Fashioned Girl is my favorite Louisa May Alcott book of all time! I've read it quite a few times1 =)

Bryant: I've never heard the dramatized version, but I'm sure it's great. I've enjoyed the other Focus on the Family dramas I've heard.

Mardi: We just watched Little Women this afternoon! Sickness has struck our house, alas, so it was a nice way to relax. I do wish they'd not taken out the good quotes and changed the story in some ways!

Sammybunny: I have 2 siblings in college, and know how busy their life can be! One day you'll be able to finish it!

Robert: You should read the book if you find time! My dad enjoyed the movie, but said he could never understand the book...

No, I hadn't even heard of "Before Green Gables". Have you read it? And if so, is it good?

Robert said...

I'd like to read the book as you only get part of the story when you only watch the movie.

I haven't read the book;it was just released about a week ago.The book is about Anne's early years before she came to Green Gables.If you google the title you can read some excerpts that are being published in our newspapers.

There is also going to be a 3 hour tv movie called Anne of Green Gables:A New Beginning that will be shown later this year.It will follow her life before she arrives at Green Gables.

Mariposa said...

Beautiful & Inspiring blog:)