Rev. Robert Alden
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Rev. Robert Alden (Character)
from "Little House on the Prairie" (1974)

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"Little House on the Prairie: The Collection (#3.1)" (1976)
Reverend Robert Alden: He's taking from poor people.
Mattie Hodgekiss: He's taking for the needy. Lord knows we are needy.

Reverend Robert Alden: I heard what you were saying. There's a few things I'd like to add.
Caleb Hodgekiss: Reverend, I...
Reverend Robert Alden: Don't interrupt a minster when he's talking to his congregation. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Brother Hodgekiss for the work he's done here. Thank all of you, you've been very generous. But I've known Brother Hodgekiss for a while. And I can tell you that what I know of the man, that he's given more than any of you realize. I know it's not considered proper, but I think the Lord would forgive us if we all give the Reverend a round of applause.

"Little House on the Prairie: The Award (#1.12)" (1974)
Reverend Robert Alden: Most troubles are not as black as they seem if you pull them into the sunshine and shine the light on them.

Reverend Robert Alden: If you forget this punishment, all your girls can expect you to forget the next one... and the one after that.

"Little House on the Prairie: The Voice of Tinker Jones (#1.11)" (1974)
Harriet Oleson: Well, my husband and I would like to contribute the bell.
Reverend Robert Alden: That's mighty generous.
Harriet Oleson: We'll contribute the bell... and the plaque.
Lars Hanson: What... plaque?
Harriet Oleson: Dedicating it... in our name! After all, we are paying for it.

"Little House on the Prairie: The Legend of Black Jake (#8.7)" (1981)
Reverend Robert Alden: I'm not used to handling guns. The Bible is my weapon.

"Little House on the Prairie: A Matter of Faith (#2.15)" (1976)
Dr. Hiram Baker: She's gonna be alright. You know Reverend, a doctor would have had difficulty making the decision Caroline did. How she picked exactly the right moment... only God knows.
Reverend Robert Alden: I'm sure He does, Doctor. I'm sure He does.

"Little House on the Prairie: The Faith Healer (#6.10)" (1979)
Caroline Ingalls: You have a very loyal flock here, Reverend Alden.
Reverend Robert Alden: Not all of them, Mrs. Ingalls. Otherwise, why would Mrs. Olsen have invited Reverend Danforth here in the first place?
Albert Quinn Ingalls: She probably figures she needs more than one church service to get the forgiveness for all the stuff she does.

"Little House on the Prairie: The Richest Man in Walnut Grove (#2.1)" (1975)
Reverend Robert Alden: And Charles, try not to think too unkindly of his wife. There's good in all people. It's a little bit harder to find in some.

"Little House on the Prairie: My Ellen (#4.3)" (1977)
Eloise Taylor: I asked God for a miracle today. I prayed by my baby's grave. I asked him to make her alive today. He can do that. He's done greater things than that.
Reverend Robert Alden: Eloise, it's not...
Eloise Taylor: Don't tell me it's not my place to question God. They're covering my baby out there with dirt. It'll be so dark... My Ellen was always so afraid of the dark. God doesn't care about me and God doesn't care about Ellen. Don't you come around here no more. No more!
Cal Taylor: Eloise...
Reverend Robert Alden: It's alright. I'll go.
Eloise Taylor: [Picks up bible] And take your damn book with you!
[throws Bible at him]

"Little House on the Prairie: Blind Journey: Part 1 (#5.12)" (1978)
Reverend Robert Alden: Congratulations, Nels! You'll get your reward in Heaven.
Nels Oleson: Well I hope your right, Reverend. Because it's gonna be hell on earth when I get home.

"Little House on the Prairie: Remember Me: Part 1 (#2.7)" (1975)
Reverend Robert Alden: [at Julia Sanderson's funeral] Julia Sanderson asked me to read this today. She wrote it for all of you, loved ones and friends alike... "Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I'll remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don't remember me at all"... loud and clear.

"Little House on the Prairie: The Preacher Takes a Wife (#6.6)" (1979)
Anna Craig: I have a confession to make, if I may, Reverend.
Reverend Robert Alden: Of course you may. That's what reverends are for.
Anna Craig: Well, I... I love a particular neighbor of mine very much.
Reverend Robert Alden: I see.
Anna Craig: It's you.
Reverend Robert Alden: [laughs nervously] That's... that's very Christian of you, Mrs. Craig. Um... I of course, care about you, in that pure, platonic, rational affection between two of God's creatures.
Anna Craig: Oh, no Reverend! It's not platonic, and it's not rational! It's a love that surpasseth all understanding.
Reverend Robert Alden: Oh Dear... Uh... The way the Lord loves us, you might say: Spiritual and sublime.
Anna Craig: Reverend Alden, I love you. The way a woman loves a man.
Reverend Robert Alden: If you'll excuse me, Mrs. Craig, um, it's getting late. I have to be going. I want to thank you for everything.
[Runs out the door]

"Little House on the Prairie: Family Quarrel (#1.16)" (1975)
Mrs. Oleson: You disgraced me before of the whole town, and I want nothing less than a public apology!
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: I disgraced YOU? YOU disgraced ME!
[they yell at each other. The reverend tries to make peace]
Reverend Robert Alden: Please, there must be forgiveness!
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: Forgiveness? Don't talk to me about forgiveness till you lived with a women like that.
Mrs. Oleson: Tssskkk...
[both of them leave the church]

Little House: The Last Farewell (1984) (TV)
Rev. Robert Alden: Dear Lord, We bury a friend today. This town has been our friend. It's made us a family. It's kept us together. Wherever we go in this world, we will always remember Walnut Grove. It'll always be home to us.

"Little House on the Prairie: Castoffs (#4.1)" (1977)
Reverend Robert Alden: Nels, the meeting's over. Your wife's gone home.
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: Oh, well that explains why it's so quiet in here.

Little House: Look Back to Yesterday (1983) (TV)
Isaiah Edwards: Safe? Safe? How can you call him safe? He was out from me to you!
Rev. Robert Alden: Now Isaiah, this was a close decision. The Good Lord helped me make the right decision.
Isaiah Edwards: Well, that's wonderful, but the Good Lord wasn't leading by two runs! We were!
Rev. Robert Alden: Isaiah, this is Sunday! Let's not question Divine Guidance.
Isaiah Edwards: [Looking up into the heavens] Oh, if this had been Saturday, Willie would have been out!

"Little House on the Prairie: For the Love of Blanche (#9.20)" (1983)
Reverend Robert Alden: [about Blanche. At the time, Rev. Alden doesn't know she's an orangutan] Who's with her now?
Isaiah Edwards: Well, nobody's with her right now. She's taking a nap.
Reverend Robert Alden: Isaiah, you can't leave a 3-year-old alone like that.
Isaiah Edwards: Well, she's kinda special...
Reverend Robert Alden: I don't care how special she is. At 3, you gotta watch'em. We'd better get over to your place right now.
Isaiah Edwards: Good, good.
Reverend Robert Alden: Poor child. How is she taking her father's death?
Isaiah Edwards: Well she hasn't said anything, one way or the other.
Reverend Robert Alden: Keeping it all inside, I'm known them like that. She have any relatives?
Isaiah Edwards: Yeah, but they don't live in this country.
Reverend Robert Alden: An immigrant? All alone in this... Isaiah, I'm so glad I could help.
Isaiah Edwards: Oh yeah, me too.

"Little House on the Prairie: The Creeper of Walnut Grove (#4.6)" (1977)
Reverend Robert Alden: [enters the church and notices Charles' green hair] Today's text, which I have chosen several days ago, is based on the 23rd Psalm. The Lord is my shepherd, I'll not want. He maketh me lie down in green pastures.
[Reverend Alden starts to laugh and then the whole church breaks out with laughter]
Charles: I'm going to take the wagon, I'll meet you home!
[Caroline starts to laugh]

"Little House on the Prairie: I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away: Part 1 (#4.21)" (1978)
Charles Ingalls: I pray and I pray. Why doesn't God listen?
Reverend Robert Alden: He listens, Charles. And He always answers our prayers. He doesn't always answer in the way that we want, but he always answers in a way that He thinks is best for each of us.
Charles Ingalls: How can taking the sight from a fifteen year old girl be the best thing?
Reverend Robert Alden: We're only finite. He's infinite in His wisdom. I can only tell you that there is a reason. Charles, believe me. God must have chosen Mary for some very special purpose.
Charles Ingalls: Tomorrow I have to tell my daughter that she's going blind. What should I tell her is that special purpose?