born 1867

Laura Ingalls Wilder's pioneering life was captured in the memoirs that make up the Little House series. The Wisconsin native ~ who worked as a teacher, farmer + writer across the rural Midwest ~ didn't start working on the semi-autobiographic children's classics until her 60s. Encouraged by her daughter Rose {who was also a gifted + recognized writer}, she wrote 8 books between 1932 + 1943.

They remain favorite bedtime stories and texts for young readers...among the top-selling books at the center of a publishing powerhouse. The award-winning series was adapted for television in the 1970s as Little House in the Prairie ~ bringing the story of the lovable "half-pint" Laura + her iconic braids to life on the small screen.

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her quotes

all quotes by Laura Ingalls Wilder (29)

"Vices are simply overworked virtues."

Sometimes Misdirected Energy May Cease to Be A Virtue | february 1916

"…you will be surprised how much adventure can enter into ordinary things."

Life is an Adventure | march 1916

"I'll just travel along and find out for myself."

published in a Missouri farm journal | march 1916

"Adventurers and travelers worthy of the name always make nothing of the difficulties they meet, nor are they so intent on the goal that they do not make discoveries on the way."

Life is an Adventure | march 1916

"Cooperation, helpfulness, and fair dealing are so badly needed in the world, and if they are not learned as children at home, it is difficult for grownups to have a working knowledge of them. So much depends on starting the children right!"

Learning to Work Together | december 1916

"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."

A Bouquet of Wildflowers | july 1917

"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. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant and happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture and the furniture comfortable and beautiful."

Thoughts are Things | november 1917

"We should bring ourselves to an accounting at the beginning of the New Year and ask these questions: What have I accomplished? Where have I fallen short of what I desired and planned to be?"

As a Farm Woman Thinks | january 1918

"It is necessary that we dream now and then. No one ever achieved anything from the smallest object to the greatest unless the dream was dreamed first."

Missouri Ruralist | february 1918

"Men and women may keep their life blood warm by healthy exercise as long as they keep journeying on instead of sitting by the way trying to warm themselves over the ashes of remembrance."

Keep Journeying On | march 1918

"Friendship is like love. It cannot be demanded or driven or insisted upon. It must be wooed to be won."

Friendship Must Be Wooed | march 1919

"The real values of farm life are simplicity, money honestly earned, difficulties overcome, service lovingly given, respect deserved; in short, the exercise of physical, mental and spiritual muscles until a rounded, complete, individual character is built."

Whom Will You Marry? | june 1919

"If everybody did his duty as well in the smaller things, there would be no failures when the greater duties presented themselves."

The Farm Home [10] | october 1919

"If you want the spirit of those times, you should read over these old songs."

Pioneer Girl | 1920s

"People used to have time to live and enjoy themselves, but there is no time anymore for anything but work, work, work."

The Farm Home [16] | january 1920

"Love and service, with a belief in the future and expectation of better things in the tomorrow of the world is a good working philosophy."

As A Farm Woman Thinks [1] | june 1921

"As soon as we can manage our household to give us the time, I think we should step out into this wider field, taking our place beside our husbands in the larger business of the farm."

The Woman's Place | march 1922

"We go from achievement to achievement, and no one knows the ultimate heights the human race can reach."

As a Farm Woman Thinks [10] | june 1922

"That which is the wonder of one age and hardly believable is the commonplace of the next."

As a Farm Woman Thinks [10] | june 1922

"Why not have a family motto expressing something for which we, as a family, stand? Such a motto would be a help in keeping the family up to standard by giving the members cause for pride in it and what it represents; it might even be a help in raising the standard of family life and honor."

As a Farm Woman Thinks | august 1922

"The object of all education is to make folks fit to live."

Not So Bad Off | december 1922

"It takes courage to live long successfully, and they are brave who grow old with smiling faces."

As a Farm Woman Thinks [17] | january 1923

"Distance lends enchantment to the view."

As A Farm Woman Thinks [1] | january 1923

"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."

As a Farm Woman Thinks [19] | april 1923

"…nowhere are there better neighbors or truer friends."

What Makes My Country Great | december 1923

"We are better thruout the year for having in spirit become a child again at Christmas-time."

Christmas When I Was Sixteen | december 1924

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

Christmas When I Was Sixteen | december 1924

"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 to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong."

to children | february 1947

"Sometimes I feel lonely when I stop being busy long enough to think."

to cousin Lottie Axtell | january 1948
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