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little women

July 13, 2009

i just finished little women. i’ve never read it before and it is now one of my favorites. there’s so much wisdom and so many lessons in this book! love it. 

“Ah, Jo, instead of wishing that, thank God that ‘father and mother were particular,’ and pity from your heart those who have no such guardians to hedge them round with principles which may seem like prison walls to impatient youth, but which will prove sure foundations to build character upon in womanhood .”

“These attributes, in spite of poverty and the strict integrity which shut him out from the more worldly successes, attracted to him many admirable persons, as naturally as sweet herbs draw bees, and as naturally he gave them the honey into which fifty years of hard experience had distilled no bitter drop. Earnest young men found the gray-headed scholar as young at heart as they; thoughtful or troubled women instinctively brought their doubts and sorrows to him, sure of finding the gentlest sympathy, the wisest counsel; sinners told their sins to the purehearted old man, and were both rebuked and saved; gifted men found a companion in him; ambitious men caught glimpses of nobler ambitions than their own; and even worldlings confessed that his beliefs were beautiful and true, although ‘they wouldn’t pay.'”

“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 lifelong peace, happiness, and strength.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2009 2:22 am

    Yay for Little Women! that’s such a fitting book to read when it’s cold outside. And thanks for typing quotes. I like to know the parts you liked.

  2. Cara Maddox permalink
    July 14, 2009 1:01 pm

    Me to! I always like to know what other people liked about books. I have amazingly enough never read it either…. This week has been so great for all the posts! yah for posts!

  3. August 1, 2009 2:34 am

    you TOTALLY inspired me!!! After reading this post, I checked out the book (@ the good ol’ downtown library). I had never read it either. I was always intimidated by it as a child–it was the LONGEST book on the library shelf of my elementary school. I actually read the entire book in 1 week…which was quite an accomplishment being pregnant. I daily sacrificed the boys’ nap time (aka MY nap time!) to read! It’s soooooooooo good! I’m TOTALLY going to read Little Men AND Jo’s Boys, too. :)

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