‘Little House on the Prairie’: Best Quotes from Charles Ingalls, Michael Landon’s Character

by Clayton Edwards

Charles Ingalls was the glue that held his family together on Little House on the Prairie. He worked hard, loved his family fiercely, and had a witty sense of humor. Throughout the long run of the show, Michael Landon injected his charm into the character. At the same time, he wrote and directed several episodes of the show. So, his personality shines through in the actions and quotes of Charles Ingalls. There’s just so much to love about the character.

We think Little House on the Prairie fans can agree that Pa Ingalls was a great man. His young co-star Melissa Gilbert definitely thought so. Who are we to argue with the lady who brought the young Laura Ingalls to life? So, to celebrate everyone’s favorite prairie patriarch, we’ve assembled some of the best Charles Ingalls quotes.

Charles Ingalls Quotes

The Little House on the Prairie patriarch was full of wisdom and wit. Michael Landon was able to show the world his values and personality through the character. Those values included love, respect for the family unit, and acceptance of people regardless of their background. I think it’s obvious why we here at Outsider love the character so much. His values are our values.

Pa Ingalls on Love, Acceptance, and Family on Little House on the Prairie

One thing is for sure, Little House on the Prairie showed audiences a strong and loving family. They had their troubles and trials. But, at the end of the day, they always had one another. Here are just a few of Charles Ingalls’ best quotes about family.

  • (Comforting Laura) You’re never alone, Half Pint. Not ever.
  • Everybody wants to know that they are loved, or needed, or cared about. Anybody who doesn’t want to know that has something wrong with them.
  • Nothing bad ever comes from telling people how you really feel about them.
  • (after Mary lost her glasses and was beating herself up over it) Everybody makes mistakes, Mary.
  • They may not read the same Bible we do or worship God in the same way, but they are still His children.

Pa Ingalls on Hard Work and Perseverance

To live in the world of Little House on the Prairie the Ingalls family had to work hard. At the same time, they never gave up. No matter what Plum Creek or the residents of Walnut Grove threw their way, the Ingalls clan persevered.

  • There’s no great loss without some small gain.
  • Every job is a good job if you do your best and work hard.
  • (After Caroline Ingalls yelled at him for working the fields on a Sunday) Caroline, now I got a field to plow and God ain’t gonna plow it for me.

Witty Words of Wisdom

The world of Little House on the Prairie could be a hard one. Charles Ingalls knew that you had to keep a sense of humor in order to stay sane during the hard times. Here are a couple of examples of his witty wisdom.

  • First lesson, Albert, male claves very rarely grow up to be cows.
  • Adam, there are two things the blind should approach with caution: buzz saws and buying horses.

Quotes from Little House on the Prairie star Michael Landon

The Little House on the Prairie star led an interesting life. He starred in two of the best shows to ever air, Little House and Bonanza. In his final days, he faced his cancer diagnosis with all the tenacity of a settler taming the land. Here are some great quotes from the Charles Ingalls actor from his IMDb biography.

  • Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.
  • (After his cancer diagnosis) If I’m gonna die, death’s gonna have to do a lot of fighting to get me.
  • I feel sorry for people who have problems which are beyond their control, but most of life’s problems are our own fault–and sympathy under those conditions doesn’t do a bit of good.

These quotes are just a handful of examples of how much we can still learn from Little House on the Prairie and its stars.