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40 Anne Of Green Gables Quotes About Love, Friendship, And Imagination

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Mark Twain once described Anne as “the dearest most moving and delightful child since the immortal Alice.” It’s true. It’s hard not to be enraptured by Anne – her intense imagination, her amusing way with words, her charming optimism.

In a way, Anne Of Green Gables is a series of life lessons. You’ll find musings on deep friendships (“bosom friends”) and persevering throughout it all (“next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing”). You’ll discover words for finding those who just understand you (“kindred spirits”) and big life changes (“bends in the road”).

These Anne Of Green Gables quotes are straight from L.M. Montgomery’s book (side note: all the page numbers listed are in reference to the Puffin In Bloom classics edition). They’re about love and imagination. They’re about sorrow and daydreams and accepting yourself. But mostly, these Anne Of Green Gables quotes are about looking life right in the eye and still being delighted by all it has to offer.

Without further ado, here are forty Anne Of Green Gables quotes to inspire your weekend!

40 Anne Of Green Gables Quotes

"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. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?" - quotes from Anne Of Green Gables
  • “I asked her to go into the ladies’ waiting-room, but she informed me gravely that she preferred to stay outside. ‘There was more scope for imagination,’ she said.” – Station-Master (pg. 14)
  • “When you are imagining you might as well imagine something worth while…” – Anne Shirley (pg. 20)
  • “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. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?” – Anne Shirley (pg. 21)
  • “How are you going to find out about things if you don’t ask questions?” – Anne Shirley (pg. 20-21)
"I'm not in the depths of despair this morning. I never can be in the morning. Isn't it a splendid thing that there are mornings?" - Anne Of Green Gables quotes
  • “My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 53)
  • “It’s not her sorrow – she’s outside of it and she couldn’t come close enough to heart to help me. It’s our sorrow – yours and mine.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 410)
  • “I’m not in the depths of despair this morning. I never can be in the morning. Isn’t it a splendid thing that there are mornings?” – Anne Shirley (pg. 45)
  • “I think we all experience the same thing. We resent the thought that anything can please us when someone we love is no longer here to share the pleasure with us, and we almost feel as if we were unfaithful to our sorrow when we find our interest in life returning to us.”- Mrs. Allan (pg. 412)
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"It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will." - Anne Of Green Gables quotes
  • “It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” – Anne Shirley (pg.52)
  • “Isn’t it splendid there are so many things to like in this world?” – Anne Shirley (pg. 29)
  • “So uplifted and aerial was Anne’s expression and attitude as she sprang to her feet, her face irradiated with the flame of her spirit.” – L.M. Montgomery (pg. 201)
  • “She makes me love her and I like people who make me love them. It saves me so much trouble in making myself love them.” – Miss Barry (pg. 395)
"Even though we meet as strangers now I still love her with an inextinguishable love." - Anne Shirley (pg. 190)
  • “You know there are some people like Mathew and Mrs. Allan, that you can love right off without any trouble. And there are others, like Mrs Lynde, that you have to try very hard to love. You know you ought to love them because they know so much…but you have to keep reminding yourself of it all the time or else you forget.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 251)
  • “Even though we meet as strangers now I still love her with an inextinguishable love.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 190)
  • “If you love me as I love you. Nothing but death can part us two.” – Diana Barry (pg. 203)
  • “She was as intense in her hatreds as in her loves.” – L.M. Montgomery (pg. 189)
"And as for the risk, there's risks in pretty near everything a body does in this world." - Marilla Cuthbert (pg. 10)
  • “And as for the risk, there’s risks in pretty near everything a body does in this world.” – Marilla Cuthbert (pg. 10)
  • “In the sudden stab of fear that pierced to her very heart she realized what Anne had come to mean to her. She would have admitted that she liked Anne – nay, that she was very fond of Anne. But now she knew as she hurried wildly down the slope that Anne was dearer to her than anything on earth.” – L.M. Montgomery (pg. 257)
  • “It almost seemed to her that those secret, unuttered, critical thoughts had suddenly taken visible and accusing form in the person of this outspoken morsel of neglected humanity.” – L.M. Montgomery (pg. 114)
  • “‘It’s lovely to be going home and know it’s home,’ she said. “I love Green Gables already, and I never loved any place before. No place ever seemed like home. Oh, Marilla, I’m so happy. I could pray right now and not find it a bit hard.'” – L.M. Montgomery (pg. 105)
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"Kindred spirits are not so scare as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world." - Anne Shirley (pg. 221)
  • “We’ve been good enemies. But we have decided that it will be much more sensible to be good friends in future.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 426)
  • “A bosom friend – an intimate friend, you know – a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my inmost soul. I’ve dreamed of meeting her all my life.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 80)
  • “I shall cherish it for ever among my choicest treasures.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 247)
  • “Kindred spirits are not so scare as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 221)
"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 into 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." - Anne Shirley (pg. 71)
  • “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 into 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.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 71)
  • “Mrs. Allan said we oughtalways to try to influence other people for good. She talked so nice about everything. I never knew before that religion was such a cheerful thing. I always thought it was kind of melancholy, but Mrs. Allan’s isn’t, and I’d like to be a Christian if I could be one like her.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 237)
  • “I can just feel she’s glad she’s a Christian and that she’d be one even if she could get to heaven without it.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 238)
  • “‘God’s in His heaven, all’s right with the world,’ whispered Anne softly.” – L.M. Montgomery (pg. 427)
"If you have big ideas you have to use big words to express them, haven't you?" - Anne Shirley (pg. 22)
  • “If you have big ideas you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?” – Anne Shirley (pg. 22)
  • “‘Oh, but that’s the best of it,’ protested Anne. ‘Something just flashes into your mind, so exciting, and you might out with it. If you stop to think it over you spoil it all.'” – L.M. Montgomery (pg. 216)
  • “You know there are some things that cannot be expressed in words.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 199)
  • “It’s nicer to think dear, pretty thoughts and keep them in one’s heart, like treasures.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 353)
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"I've done my best, and I begin to understand what is meant by the 'joy of the strife.' Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing." - Anne Of Green Gables Quotes
  • “Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them – that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 390)
  • “I’ve done my best, and I begin to understand what is meant by the ‘joy of the strife.’ Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 395)
  • “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” – Anne Shirley (pg. 245)
  • “‘Dear old world,’ she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.'” – L.M. Montgomery (pg. 425)
Anne Of Green Gables: "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it?" - Anne Shirley (pg. 166)
  • “Do you know what I think Mayflowers are, Marilla? I think they must be the souls of the flowers that died last summer, and this is their heaven.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 223)
  • “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it?” – Anne Shirley (pg. 166)
  • “I guess ice-cream is one of those things that are beyond imagination.” – Anne Shirley (pg. 128)
  • “‘Don’t give up all your romance, Anne,’ he whispered shyly, ‘a little of it is a good thing – not too much, of course – but keep a little of it, Anne, keep a little of it.'” – L.M. Montgomery (pg. 316)
sincerely anshula

Did you enjoy these Anne Of Green Gables quotes? What are your favorite quotes from Anne Of Green Gables? Let me know in the comments below!

4 Comments

  • Leah Beth
    May 21, 2022 at 6:01 AM

    Your post has inspired me to re-read Anne of Green Gables. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the Anne books.
    I also love that you posted 1 Peter 4:8 as your quote of the month.

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    • Anshula Varma
      May 26, 2022 at 7:05 AM

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy your re-read! xx – Anshula

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  • Hamin
    June 4, 2022 at 1:26 AM

    this book has ability to calm and destress you in away nothing else work better

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  • Nashwan
    June 5, 2022 at 3:50 PM

    I loved your post
    Thanks

    Reply

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