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Louisa May Alcott

Geburtstag: 29. November 1832
Todesdatum: 6. März 1888
Andere Namen: Լուիզա Մեյ Օլքոթ

Louisa May Alcott war eine US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin. Weltweit berühmt wurde sie als Autorin der Jugendbuch-Tetralogie Little Women, die auf Kindheitserlebnissen mit ihren drei Schwestern beruht. Wikipedia

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Citát „Ein treuer Freund ist ein starker Schutz, wer ihn findet, hat einen Schatz gefunden.“

„I had a pleasant time with my mind, for it was happy.“

—  Louisa May Alcott

Early Diary kept at Fruitlands, 1843. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/38049/38049-h/38049-h.htm
Life, Letters, and Journals. (1898)

„I am more than half-persuaded that I am a man's soul put by some freak of nature into a woman's body...because I have fallen in love with so many pretty girls and never once the least bit with any man.“

—  Louisa May Alcott

From an interview with poet and critic Louise Chandler Moulton, 1883.
Quelle: [Alberghene, Janice, Clark, Beverly, Little Women and the Feminist Imagination: Criticism, Controversy, Personal Essays, 2013, 1999, 9781138798977, Routledge]

„I am angry nearly every day of my life, but I have learned not to show it; and I still try to hope not to feel it, though it may take me another forty years to do it.“

—  Louisa May Alcott, buch Little Women

Marmee March to Jo, in Ch. 8 : Jo Meets Apollyon
Little Women (1868)
Kontext: You think your temper is the worst in the world, but mine used to be just like it. … I've been trying to cure it for forty years, and have only succeeded in controlling it. I am angry nearly every day of my life, but I have learned not to show it; and I still try to hope not to feel it, though it may take me another forty years to do it. … I've learned to check the hasty words that rise to my lips, and when I feel that they mean to break out against my will, I just go away for a minute, and give myself a little shake for being so weak and wicked.

„Housekeeping ain't no joke.“

—  Louisa May Alcott, buch Little Women

Quelle: Little Women (1868), Ch. 11 : Experiments

„Simple, sincere people seldom speak much of their piety. It shows itself in acts rather than in words, and has more influence than homilies or protestations.“

—  Louisa May Alcott, buch Little Women

Quelle: Little Women (1868), Ch. 36 : Beth's Secret
Kontext: Simple, sincere people seldom speak much of their piety. It shows itself in acts rather than in words, and has more influence than homilies or protestations. Beth could not reason upon or explain the faith that gave her courage and patience to give up life, and cheerfully wait for death. Like a confiding child, she asked no questions, but left everything to God and nature, Father and Mother of us all, feeling sure that they, and they only, could teach and strengthen heart and spirit for this life and the life to come. She did not rebuke Jo with saintly speeches, only loved her better for her passionate affection, and clung more closely to the dear human love, from which our Father never means us to be weaned, but through which He draws us closer to Himself. She could not say, "I'm glad to go," for life was very sweet for her. She could only sob out, "I try to be willing," while she held fast to Jo, as the first bitter wave of this great sorrow broke over them together.

„When women are the advisers, the lords of creation don't take the advice till they have persuaded themselves that it is just what they intended to do.“

—  Louisa May Alcott, buch Little Women

Quelle: Little Women (1868), Ch. 41 : Learning To Forget
Kontext: When women are the advisers, the lords of creation don't take the advice till they have persuaded themselves that it is just what they intended to do. Then they act upon it, and, if it succeeds, they give the weaker vessel half the credit of it. If it fails, they generously give her the whole.

„Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents“

—  Louisa May Alcott, buch Little Women

Quelle: Little Women (1868), Ch. 1 : Playing Pilgrims, First lines
Kontext: "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
"It's so dreadful to be poor!" sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.
"I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all," added little Amy, with an injured sniff.
"We've got Father and Mother, and each other," said Beth contentedly from her corner.
The four young faces on which the firelight shone brightened at the cheerful words, but darkened again as Jo said sadly, "We haven't got Father, and shall not have him for a long time." She didn't say "perhaps never," but each silently added it, thinking of Father far away, where the fighting was.

„Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling.“

—  Louisa May Alcott, buch An Old-Fashioned Girl

An Old-Fashioned Girl (1870), Ch. 13 : The Sunny Side

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