Quotes from Little House in the Big Woods

Laura Ingalls Wilder ·  198 pages

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“She thought to herself, "This is now." She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, “What are days of auld lang syne, Pa?”

“They are the days of a long time ago, Laura,” Pa said. “Go to sleep, now.”

But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. She looked at Pa sitting on the bench by the hearth, the firelight gleaming on his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle. She looked at Ma, gently rocking and knitting.

She thought to herself, “This is now.”

She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“That machine's a great invention!" he said. "Other folks can stick to old-fashioned ways if they want to, but I'm all for progress. It's a great age we're living in. As long as I raise wheat, I'm going to have a machine come and thresh it, if there's one anywhere in the neighborhood.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“They were cosy and comfortable in their little house made of logs, with the snow drifted around it and the wind crying because it could not get in by the fire.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods



“So they all went away from the little log house. The shutters were over the windows, so the little house could not see them go. It stayed there inside the log fence, behind the two big oak trees that in the summertime had made green roofs for Mary and Laura to play under. And that was the last of the little house.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“Then the fire was shining on the hearth, the cold and the dark and the wild beasts were all shut out, and Jack the brindle bulldog and Black Susan the cat lay blinking at the flames in the fireplace. Ma sat in her rocking chair, sewing by the light”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“The snug log house looked just as it always had. It did not seem to know they were going away.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“But it had been a wonderful day, the most wonderful day in her whole life. She thought about the beautiful lake, and the town she had seen, and the big store full of so many things. She held the pebbles carefully in her lap, and her candy heart wrapped carefully in her handkerchief until she got home and could put it away to keep always. It was too pretty to eat.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“butter in a golden lump, drowning in the buttermilk. Then Ma took out the lump with a wooden paddle, into a wooden bowl, and she washed it many times in cold water, turning it over and over and working it with the paddle until the water ran clear. After that she salted it. Now”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods



“Where's my little half-pint of sweet cider half drunk up?”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“A big boy nine years old is old enough to remember to mind,’ he said. ‘There’s a good reason for what I tell you to do,’ he said, ‘and if you’ll do as you’re told, no harm will come to you.’” “Yes,”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“That machine’s a great invention!” he said. “Other folks can stick to old-fashioned ways if they want to, but I’m all for progress. It’s a great age we’re living in. As long as I raise wheat, I’m going to have a machine come and thresh it, if there’s one anywhere in the neighborhood.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“She thought to herself, “This is now.” She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the fire-light and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“This is now.” She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the fire-light and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods



“Mary was bigger than Laura, and she had a rag doll named Nettie. Laura had only a corncob wrapped in a handkerchief, but it was a good doll. It was named Susan. It wasn't Susan's fault that she was only a corncob.

Sometimes Mary let Laura hold Nettie, but she only did it when Susan couldn't see.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“In the bitter cold weather Pa could not be sure of finding any wild game to shoot for meat. The”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“He would butcher it as soon as the weather was cold enough to keep the pork frozen. Once”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“The barrels of salted fish were in the pantry, and yellow cheeses were stacked on the pantry shelves. Then”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


“Little rabbits, you know, always have games together before they go to bed.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods



“but I’d hate to want ’em and not have ’em.” “Oh what is it? What is it?” Laura asked, jumping up”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, quote from Little House in the Big Woods


About the author

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Born place: in near Pepin, Wisconsin, The United States
Born date February 7, 1867
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