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Encouragement

  • ... he stands, smiling encouragement, like a clumsy dentist.

  • There are some who possess the magic touch, the infectious spirit of enthusiasm; who have the same effect as a beautiful morning that never reaches noon. Under this spell one's mind is braced, one's spirit recreated; one is ready for any adventure, even if it only be the doing of the next distasteful task light-heartedly.

  • Do write a little each day, dear, if but a line, to show me how bravely you begin the battle, how patiently you wait for the rewards sure to come when the victory is nobly won.

    • Abigail May Alcott,
    • letter to daughter Louisa May Alcott (1846), in Eve LaPlante, Marmee and Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother ()
  • Oh! may this pen your muse inspire, / When wrapd in pure poetic fire.

    • Abigail May Alcott,
    • to daughter Louisa May Alcott (1842), in Eve LaPlante, Marmee and Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother ()
  • When I was 16 I started publishing all kinds of things in school magazines. My main feedback came from my English teacher, Miss Bessie B. Billings, who said, 'I can't understand this at all, dear, so it must be good.'

  • ... nothing makes people so worthy of compliments as occasionally receiving them. One is more delightful for being told one is delightful — just as one is more angry for being told one is angry.

  • It isn't bad judgment to make a man believe he is something. He is by nature inclined to it, and a little encouragement is good for most people.