35 Best 'Anne Of Green Gables' Quotes By L.M. Montgomery

Moumita Dutta
Dec 12, 2023 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Jan 26, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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'Anne Of Green Gables' is a famous novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery which was written and published in the year 1908.

Montgomery drew inspiration from the real-life story of Evelyn Nesbit who an orphan and mistakenly sent to two siblings who had wanted a boy to work on their farm but received a girl. Lucy decided to infuse this idea in her work of fiction.

The novel records the mental growth of the protagonist named Anne Shirley, and it is her maturity that allows her to give up on her scholarship to stay home and tend to her guardian, Marilla Cuthbert, in the end. It has multiple characters and the book carries a different kind of spirit to it.

It eventually became one of the best series of books. It has also been adapted into a Netflix series.

The novel is filled with quotes that are relevant to life. Here is a list of some of the best ones.

If you like our content, you can check out other articles like, 'Charlotte's Web' quotes and ['Alice In Wonderland' quotes].

'Anne Of Green Gables' Book Quotes

Horse carriage of the Green Gables served as the setting for the Anne of Green Gables novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Looking for child and people quotes about the life of Anne and Marilla who are the iconic characters from the L.M. Montgomery book 'Anne Of Green Gables'? Look no further as here is a list of some of the famous book quotes from 'Anne of Green Gables'.

1. "We pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won, but exact their dues of work and self-denial, anxiety and discouragement."

-The Narrator, chapter 36.

2. "I just couldn’t help thinking of the little girl you used to be, Anne.

And I was wishing you could have stayed a little girl, even with all your queer ways.

You’ve grown up now and you’re going away; and you look so tall and stylish and so - so different altogether in that dress - as if you didn’t belong in Avonlea at all - and I just got lonesome thinking it all over."

-Marilla, chapter 34.

3. "All the Beyond was hers with its possibilities lurking rosily in the oncoming years - each year a rose of promise to be woven into an immoral chaplet."

-The Narrator, chapter 35.

4. "It almost seemed to her that those secret, unuttered, critical thoughts had suddenly taken visible and accusing shape and form in the person of this outspoken morsel of neglected humanity."

-The Narrator, chapter 11.

5. "I think you’d better learn to control that imagination of yours, Anne, if you can’t distinguish between what is real and what isn’t."

-Marilla, chapter six.

6. "Here sat Marilla Cuthbert, when she sat at all, always slightly distrustful of sunshine, which seemed to her too dancing and irresponsible a thing for a world which was meant to be taken seriously."

-The Narrator, chapter one.

Anne Shirley Quotes


Anne Shirley is the main character of the book 'Anne Of Green Gables.' She is imaginative and talkative, pretty stubborn as well and can be associated with kindred spirits. Here is a list of 'Anne Of Green Gables' quotes from the book.

7. "I’ve done my best, and I begin to understand what is meant by ‘the joy of strife’. Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing."

-Chapter 35.

8. "There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting."

-Chapter 20.

9. "One can't stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one."

-Chapter 17.

10. "It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will."

-Chapter five.

11. "What a splendid day! Isn't it good just to be alive on a day like this? I pity the people who aren't born yet for missing it...they may have good days, of course, but they can never have this one."

-Chapter 15.

12. "I had made up my mind that if you didn’t come for me tonight I’d go down the track to that big wild cherry tree at the bend, and climb up into it to stay all night.

I wouldn’t be a bit afraid, and it would be lovely to sleep in a wild cherry tree all white with bloom in the moonshine, don’t you think?"

-Chapter two.

13. "I can’t cheer up — I don’t want to cheer up. It’s nicer to be miserable!"

-Chapter 34.

14. "If I wasn’t a human girl, I think I’d like to be a bee and live among the flowers."

-Chapter eight.

15. Anne’s beauty-loving eyes lingered on it all, taking everything greedily in. She had looked on so many unlovely places in her life, poor child; but this was as lovely as anything she had ever dreamed."

- The Narrator, chapter four.

16. "My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes."

-Chapter five.

17. "The world looks like something God had just imagined for His own pleasure, doesn't it?"

-Chapter 18.

18. "Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world."

-Chapter two.

19. "If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I'd do...I'd go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I'd look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I'd just feel a prayer."

-Chapter seven.

20. "The world doesn’t seem such a howling wilderness as it did last night. I’m so glad it’s a sunshiny morning. But I like rainy mornings real well, too."

-Chapter four.

21. "There is no use in loving things if you have to be torn from them, is there? And it's so hard to keep from loving things, isn't it? Do you think amethysts can be the souls of good violets?"

-Chapter 13.

22. "All sorts of mornings are interesting, don’t you think?"

-Chapter four.

23. "I've just been imagining that it was really me you wanted after all and that I was to stay here for ever and ever. It was a great comfort while it lasted. But the worst of imagining things is that the time comes when you have to stop and that hurts."

-Chapter four.

24. "I do hope that some day I shall have a white dress. That is my highest ideal of earthly bliss."

-Chapter two.

25. "Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"

-Chapter 21.

26. "Green Gables is the dearest, loveliest spot in the world."

-Chapter 32.

27. "I don't know, I don't want to talk as much...it's nicer to think dear, pretty thoughts and keep them in one's heart, like treasures. I don't like to have them laughed at or wondered over."

-Chapter 31.

28. "There was in it thankfulness for the past and reverent petition for the future; and when she slept on her white pillow her dreams were as fair and bright and beautiful as maidenhood might desire."

-Chapter 32.

29. "But you have such dimples. Lovely dimples, like little dents in cream. I have given up all hope of dimples. My dimple-dream will never come true; but so many of my dreams have that I mustn't complain. Am I all ready now?"

-Chapter 33.

30. "That night Anne...knelt sweetly by her open window in a great sheen of moonshine and murmured a prayer of gratitude and aspiration that came straight from her heart."

-The Narrator, Chapter 32.

31. "Can you eat when you are in the depths of despair?"

-Chapter three.

32. "Well, that is another hope gone."

-Chapter five.

33. "Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world."

-Chapter 20.

34. "God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world"

-Chapter 38.

35. "Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting."

-Chapter 34.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 'Anne Of Green Gables' quotes then why not take a look at 'The Book Thief' quotes, or 'A Wrinkle In Time' quotes.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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