quote by Louisa May Alcott

Gentlemen, be courteous to the old maids, no matter how poor and plain and prim, for the only chivalry worth having is that which is the readiest to to pay deference to the old, protect the feeble, and serve womankind, regardless of rank, age, or color.

— Louisa May Alcott

Sublime Readiest quotations

The truth that is suppressed by friends is the readiest weapon of the enemy.


To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.

The readiest and surest way to get rid of censure, is to correct ourselves.

Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response.

It has always struck me that one of the readiest ways of estimating a country's regard for law is to notice what arms the officers of the law are carrying: in England it is little batons, in France swords, in many countries revolvers, and in Russia the police used to have artillery.


Whatsoever we have over-loved, idolized, and leaned upon, God has from time to time broken it, and made us to see the vanity of it; so that we find the readiest course to be rid of our comforts is to set our hearts inordinately upon them.

Cruelty, if we consider it as a crime, is the greatest of all;

if we consider it as a madness, we are equally justifiable in applying to it the readiest and the surest means of oppression.

It requires but little acquaintance with the heart to know that woman's first wish is to be handsome; and that, consequently, the readiest method of obtaining her kindness is to praise her beauty.

Conscience is its own readiest accuser.

Those readiest to criticise are often least able to appreciate.


The readiest way which God takes to draw a man to himself is, to afflict him in that he loves most, and with good reason; and to cause this affliction to arise from some good action done with a single eye; because nothing can more clearly show him the emptiness of what is most lovely and desirable in the world.

The readiest way to escape from our sufferings is, to be willing they should endure as long as God pleases.

The jealous are the readiest of all to forgive, and all women know it.

Against the suffering which may come upon one from human relationships the readiest safeguard is voluntary isolation, keeping oneself aloof from other people. The happiness which can be achieved along this path is, as we see, the happiness of quietness. Against the dreaded external world one can only defend oneself by some kind of turning away from it, if one intends to solve the task by oneself.

Your readiest desire is your path to joy... even if it destroys you.