Happy Birthday, Louisa May Alcott

November 29, 2017

Louisa May Alcott is a heroine of mine—more because of the person she was than because of her writing (though I enjoy that, too). She was born 185 years ago today, and in honor of her birthday, here are two happiness-related quotes attributed to her:

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”

“One of the sweet things about pain and sorrow is that they show us how well we are loved, how much kindness there is in the world, and how easily we can make others happy in the same way when they need help and sympathy.”

In 2013, my husband and I visited Orchard House, her family home in Concord, MA, pictured below. (I wrote about it briefly here.) 

If you want to know more about Louisa May Alcott, check out Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women. I’m currently reading Louisa May Alcott: An Intimate Anthology and enjoying it very much.

Are you a Louisa May Alcott fan? Which of her books is your favorite?

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  1. Thank you. I didn't know she had a house in Mass. that one could visit! I loved LIttle Women when I was growing up, but know little of her! I am finding a theme here on Blogspot & in my life about immersing oneself in kindness, happiness, love, when there is so much disturbing news in the world, and in the leadership and fabric of this society alone...

    1. The house is charming--I loved our tour. Maybe you can check it out the next time you're in the state.

      It does feel essential to seek for the good, kind, and happy right now. I believe it's there, it's just harder to find at some periods than others.

  2. Kathy - it was a delight to visit your post regarding Louisa May Alcott's home...stopped over to see 2013 post and enjoyed Walden's Pond as well. Many moons ago I read "Little Women". Like Rita I really didn't know that much about her. So glad you shared. Have a blessed day. Hugs!

    1. She's really quite a fascinating person--I highly recommend the biography linked in the post.

      Oh, Walden Pond...that was one of may favorite stops on our entire trip. I would love to go back.