Greta Gerwig’s Little Women might be the best movie I’ve seen in 2019. It also had some of the best quotes. The movie takes some lines directly from the book, some lines are slightly altered, and some are completely new.
The movie starts with a quote directly from the author Louisa May Alcott herself.
People want to be amused, not preached at, you know. -Louisa May Alcott
We also meet Jo’s publisher, Mr. Dashwood, who sets the initial tone with his opinion on female literature.
If the main character is a girl, make sure she’s married by the end. Or dead. Either way.-Mr. Dashwood
The Best Jo Quotes in Little Women
It should be no surprise that Jo gets most of the best lines in the film.
I’m not Miss March. I’m only Jo. -Jo
I’m not Mister Laurence. I’m only Laurie. -Laurie
I can’t get over my disappointment at being a girl. -Jo
I can’t afford to starve on praise. -Jo
Amy has always had a talent for getting out of the hard parts of life. -Jo
I’d rather be a free spinster and paddle my own canoe. -Jo
I can’t say yes truly so I won’t say it at all. -Jo
I love my liberty too well to give it up. -Jo
If I were a girl in a book this would all be so easy. -Jo
Life is too short to be angry at one’s sisters. -Jo
Writing doesn’t confirm importance. It reflects it. -Jo
Marriage has always been an economic proposition. Even in fiction. -Jo
If I’m going to sell my heroine into marriage for money I might as well get some of it. -Jo
The Best March Sister Quotes in Little Women
Perhaps my favorite part of the 2019 Little Women film was the character depth finally given to Amy, as evident in these quotes from the movie.
I’d be respected if I couldn’t be loved. -Amy
I have lovely small feet. The best in the family. -Amy
Talent isn’t genius. -Amy
I’m not a poet. I’m just a woman. -Amy
It’s like the tide going out. It goes out slowly but it can’t be stopped. -Beth
Just because my dreams are different than yours doesn’t mean they’re unimportant. -Meg
The Best March Family Quotes in Little Women
Aunt March, of course, delivered some of the best laughs in the film.
These French women couldn’t lift a hairbrush. -Aunt March
No one makes their own way. Least of all a woman. -Aunt March
It is possible to be right and foolish. -Aunt March
I’m not patient by nature, but with 40 years of experience, I’m learning not to let it get the better of me. -Marmee
What a disappointment he turned out to be. Must be the Italian in him. -Aunt March
I may not always be right, but I’m never wrong. -Aunt March
You can find all of these quotes and more in Little Women, in theaters now.
About Little Women
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. 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. 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.