-Aunt March, It is possible to be right and foolish. ', 'I like good strong words that mean something…', and 'I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.' Don't try to make me grow up before my time…, 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. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms — is both timeless and timely.

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely. We'll all grow up Meg, no pretending we won't. Be comforted, dear soul!

It goes out slowly but it can’t be stopped. The small hopes and plans and pleasures of children should be tenderly respected by grown-up people, and never rudely thwarted or ridiculed.

Good, old-fashioned ways keep hearts sweet, heads sane, hands busy. I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen. It’s very Cubist what’s going on,” Gerwig responded.

That is a good book it seems to me, which is opened with expectation and closed with profit. You don’t need scores of suitors. Tell me all, and be sure that I will never let you go, though the whole world should turn from you. -Aunt March, No one makes their own way. -Marmee, What a disappointment he turned out to be.

“But as an adult, it’s Louisa May Alcott.”. He was poor, yet always appeared to be giving something away; a stranger, yet everyone was his friend; no longer young, but as happy-hearted as a boy; plain and peculiar, yet his face looked beautiful to many. (Jo March). Share with your friends.

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Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art. It's a dreadfully unjust world. "Fly at me again. Wouldn't it be fun if all the castles in the air which we make could come true and we could live in them? "I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship."

Cheap sentiment and bad logic. The movie itself, nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards tonight, is about the writing of Little Women and essentially blends Alcott’s and Jo’s narratives into one.
I love my liberty too well to be in a hurry to give it up for any mortal man.

I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. Some stories are so familiar its like going home. Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow…. “I didn’t dare refuse and out of perversity went and made a funny match for her.” Jo’s marriage, which was originally written in the back half of the book in a sequel called Good Wives, was written because readers in the 1860s could not understand that a woman wouldn’t marry. -Jo, Life is too short to be angry at one’s sisters. How do I go on now, without my thing to fight for?’ And he whispered into my ear, he said: ‘Maybe it’s time to stop fighting.

I rather liked it," said Laurie, looking --Laurie. I'd rather take coffee than compliments just now.

I want to do something splendid...something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. …Jo loved a few persons very dearly and dreaded to have their affection lost or lessened in any way.

But this time, there’s something a little different about her—she encompasses both Jo March and Louisa May Alcott.
-Jo, If I’m going to sell my heroine into marriage for money I might as well get some of it. Nothing is impossible to a determined woman. -Jo, If I were a girl in a book this would all be so easy. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March. Louisa May Alcott. But the spirit of Eve is strong in all her daughters.

I hate such things, and though I think I've a right to be hurt, I don't intend to show it. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them. She later referenced the early influence Jo March had on her life. I’d be respected if I couldn’t be loved. Life is like college; may I graduate and earn some honors.

We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us. While doing press for this film, Gerwig noted that the March family lived in “genteel” poverty, much like the Bennets of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. I have nothing to give but my heart so full and these empty hands."

The movie starts with a quote directly from the author Louisa May Alcott herself. This context from Alcott’s life allowed Jo’s marriage to the professor, Friedrich “Fritz” Bhaer at the end of the movie, to take on more dimension. Through actress Saoirse Ronan’s performance, Gerwig’s adaptation reintroduces fans to the same Jo March we’ve always known and loved. You can find all of these quotes and more in Little Women, in theaters now. We also meet Jo’s publisher, Mr. Dashwood, who sets the initial tone with his opinion on female literature. Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life.