School finished for me, and I paid Miss N. by giving her all the furniture, and leaving her to do as she liked; while I went back to my writing, which pays much better, though Mr. F. did say, “Stick to your teaching; you can’t write.” Being willful, I said, “I won’t teach; and I can write, and I’ll prove it.”

From a May 1862 journal entry by Louisa May Alcott author of Little Women and other works