A Lantern in Her Hand
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"A Lantern in Her Hand" Quotes

By Bess Streeter Aldrich

historical fiction | 251 pages | Published in NaN

"Sometimes it all comes over me," young Abbie said to her fiance, "that I can do big things. It's ahead of me...kind of like a light in the woods that shines and stays far away. And when I read verse or hear music...or...sing...it beckons me one, and my throat hurts with wanting to do something great." Abbie Deal did do something great, even if it wasn't what she had dreamed of. And years later, when her children, raised in a rude sod hut, were prosperous men and women of a thriving state, she could say proudly, "I've seen everything...and I've hardly been away from this yard. I've seen the feeble beginnings of a raw state and the civilization that developed there, and I've been part of the beginning and part of the growth. But it's funny," she added, "I was always too busy filling up the youngsters and getting patches on the overalls to notice that I was part of the epic." A strong an vigorous picture of pioneer life. The magnificent story of a young girl who went West as a bride -- and helped to build a nation.

ISBN_13:9780140384284

Quotes

The hours with the baby were the most precious hours of all.

Bess Streeter Aldrich

She had learned that life is what one makes it, and the joy is in the making.

Bess Streeter Aldrich

She had no time for tears, but sometimes she found time to laugh.

Bess Streeter Aldrich

She had discovered that when one must do a thing, it is better to do it quickly.

Bess Streeter Aldrich

She realized that her children were not only hers but also themselves.

Bess Streeter Aldrich

She had come to know that there was no greater happiness than a contented mind.

Bess Streeter Aldrich

She saw that life was filled with many kinds of beauty, and one must look for it.

Bess Streeter Aldrich

She had learned that the only way to avoid disappointments is to never have hopes.

Bess Streeter Aldrich

She discovered that it was possible to be alone without feeling lonely.

Bess Streeter Aldrich

She knew that every life had its sorrows, but every life also had its joys.

Bess Streeter Aldrich