"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger people. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks."
"A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat."
"Parents, however old they and we may grow to be, serve among other things to shield us from a sense of our doom. As long as they are around, we can avoid the fact of our mortality; we can still be innocent children."
"It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women."
Louisa May Alcott
"Woman's influence is powerful, especially when she wants something."
"He who is shipwrecked the second time cannot lay the blame on Neptune."
"Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains."
"Brevity may be the soul of wit, but not when someone's saying "I love you.""
"Better be quarrelling than lonesome."
"It is what you are inside that matters. You, yourself, are your only real capital."