from the Little Women books by Louisa May Alcott
“ 'I want to do something splendid...something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.' ”
“ 'I like good strong words that mean something…' "
“ 'I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.' ”
Josephine "Jo" March is one of my favorite literary characters of all time. She's strong, creative, and defies convention. She loves with all her heart and gives everything in life her all, whether it's nursing her sick sister Beth, romping with her next door neighbor Laurie, or cutting off her hair to raise money for her ailing father's recovery. She writes to amuse her sisters and friends, to make a living for her family, and most importantly, because she is an artist. She must write to live. And when it comes to love, she makes no compromises either - and follows her heart to have the love and life that feeds her soul.