The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.

— Laura Ingalls Wilder

The most memorable Laura Ingalls Wilder quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.

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But in the east the sky was pale and through the gray woods came lanterns with wagons and horses, bringing Grandpa and Grandma and aunts and uncles and cousins.

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A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder quote Some old-fashioned things like fresh air

Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.

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Life was not intended to be simply a round of work, no matter how interesting and important that work may be. A moment’s pause to watch the glory of a sunrise or a sunset is soul-satisfying, while a bird's song will set the steps to music all day long.

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The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.

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We who live in quiet places have the opportunity to become acquainted with ourselves, to think our own thoughts and live our own lives in a way that is not possible for those keeping up with the crowd.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder quote Some old-fashioned things like fresh air

Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.

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Home is the nicest word there is.

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It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest, and living close to nature.

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No one has ever achieved anything from the smallest to the greatest unless the dream was dreamed first.

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Courage and kindness, loyalty, truth, and helpfulness are always the same and always needed.

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Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.

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Remember well, and bear in mind, a constant friend is hard to find.

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About Laura Ingalls Wilder

Quotes 96 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that things truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. It is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good.

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Why should we need extra time in which to enjoy ourselves? If we expect to enjoy our life, we will have to learn to be joyful in all of it, not just at stated intervals when we can get time or when we have nothing else to do.

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Let's be cheerful! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger.

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Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.

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Every job is good if you do your best and work hard.

A man who works hard stinks only to the ones that have nothing to do but smell.

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It is a good idea sometimes to think of the importance and dignity of our every-day duties. It keeps them from being so tiresome; besides, others are apt take us at our own valuation.

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All those golden autumn days the sky was full of wings.

Wings beating low over the blue water of Silver Lake, wings beating high in the blue air far above it . . . bearing them all away to the green fields in the South.

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The sweetness of life lies in usefulness, like honey deep in the heart of a clover bloom.

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There's no great loss without some small gain.

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Her blue eyes were still beautiful, but they did not know what was before them, and Mary herself could never look through them again to tell Laura what she was thinking without saying a word.

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It is not the things you have that make you happy.

It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good.

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These times are too progressive. Everything has changed too fast. Railroads and telegraphs and kerosene and coal stoves -- they're good to have but the trouble is, folks get to depend on 'em.

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there is a spirit in every home, a sort of composite spirit composed of the thoughts and feelings of the members of the family as a composite photograph is formed of the features of different individuals.

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The only stupid thing about words is the spelling of them.

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We must get rid of the habit of classing all women together politically and thinking of the 'woman's vote' as one and indivisible.

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So Pa sold the little house. He sold the cow and calf. He made hickory bows and fastened them upright to the wagon box. Ma helped him stretch white canvas over them.

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Ma sighed gently and said, "A whole year gone, Charles.

" But Pa answered, cheerfully: "What's a year amount to? We have all the time there is.

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I believe we would be happier to have a personal revolution in our individual lives and go back to simpler living and more direct thinking.

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Things and persons appear to us according to the light we throw upon them from our own minds. How unconsciously we judge others by the light that is within ourselves, condemning or approving them by our own conception of right and wrong, honor and dishonor! We show by our judgment just what the light within us is.

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Laura felt a warmth inside her. It was very small, but it was strong. It was steady, like a tiny light in the dark, and it burned very low but no winds could make it flicker because it would not give up.

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The life of the earth comes up with a rush in the springtime.

All the wild seeds of weed and thistle, the sprouts of vine and bush and tree, are trying to take the fields. Farmers must fight them with harrow and plow and hoe; they must plant the good seeds quickly.

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Wild animals would not stay in a country where there were so many people.

Pa did not like to stay, either. He liked a country where the wild animals lived without being afraid.

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We go lightheartedly on our way, never thinking that by a careless word or two we may have altered the whole course of human lives, for some person will take our advice and use it.

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And just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women's work at home, while only the doing of little things, like the golden gleam of sunlight runs through and brightens all the fabric of civilization.

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Many a good beginning makes a bad ending.

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These happy golden years are passing by, these happy golden years.

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Persons appear to us according to the light we throw upon them from our own minds. -Laura Ingalls Wilder, author (1867-1957)

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All I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth.

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Once you begin being naughty, it is easier to go and on and on, and sooner or later something dreadful happens.

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The trouble with organizing a thing is that pretty soon folks get to paying more attention to the organization than to what they're organized for.

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Everything from the little house was in the wagon, except the beds and tables and chairs. They did not need to take these, because Pa could always make new ones.

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The world seems a lonesome place when mother has passed away and only memories of her are left.

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We had no choice. Sadness was a dangerous as panthers and bears. the wilderness needs your whole attention.

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Mary and Carrie and baby Grace and Ma had all had scarlet fever.

The Nelsons across the creek had had it too, so there had been no one to help Pa and Laura.

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There the wild animals wandered and fed as though they were in a pasture that stretched much farther than a man could see, and there were no settlers. Only Indians lived there.

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Far worst of all, the fever had settled in Mary's eyes, and Mary was blind.

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The wilderness needs your whole attention.

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