50 Best Anne of Green Gables Quotes

Anne of Green Gables, written by Lucy Maud Montgomery, is a beloved classic children’s novel that has captured the hearts of readers for over a century. In this post, we have compiled 50 of the best Anne of Green Gables quotes that will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with the spirited girl with red hair all over again.

Anne of Green Gables Quote with dried flowers, "It's not what the world holds for you, it's what you bring to it".

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The story of Anne of Green Gables follows the imaginative and spunky orphan, Anne Shirley. As she navigates life in the charming town of Avonlea, Canada, and her sometimes perilous adventures.

Throughout the book, Anne shares her thoughts and wisdom through poignant and memorable quotes. From her whimsical musings on life to her heartfelt expressions of friendship and love. Anne’s words continue to inspire readers of all ages.

Anne of Green Gables has been a personal favorite story ever since childhood. Back when VHS tapes were a thing I would sit and faithfully watch 2 tapes of Anne of Green Gables and then 2 more to get through Anne of Avonlea.

She is one of my absolute favorite characters, with her rich imagination, fiery attitude, and wisdom beyond her years. It’s fun to imagine the trouble she gets herself into and the unique ways she gets herself out. As well as her amazing wit, which you’ll soon see in these 50 best Anne of Green Gables quotes.

Anne of Green Gables Quotes: Romance, Whimsy, and the slightest touch of Drama

In these quotes, you will find subjects of:

And if you aren’t familiar with Anne, don’t forget to read the Short Synopsis of the Story “Anne of Green Gables”.

Anne of Green Gables quotes with a pink background and dried flowers "Isn't it amazing how every day can be an adventure?!"

10 Free Anne of Green Gables Quotes Phone Wallpapers

I took 10 of my favorite quotes for my own pleasure and made these beautiful phone wallpaper! But I’m sharing them with you today.

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"It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind that you will." Anne of green gables quote on a beige background with dried flowers.
"I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does." Anne of Green Gables quote on dark green with dried flowers.

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Anne of Green Gables Quotes About True Friends

“‘We are going to be the best of friends,’ said Gilbert, jubilantly. ‘We were born to be good friends, Anne. You’ve thwarted destiny enough. I know we can help each other in many ways.’”

“True friends are always together in spirit.”

“Miss Barry was a kindred spirit after all,” Anne confided to Marilla, “You wouldn’t think so to look at her, but she is. . . 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.”

Anne of Green Gables Quotes About Love & Romance

“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.”

“Don’t give up all your romance Anne, a little of it is a good thing – not too much of course-but keep a little of it.”

"I like people who make me like them. Saves me so much trouble forcing myself to like them." Anne of Green Gables quote on a beige background with a fern.

Anne of Green Gables Quotes About Life

“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.”

“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.”

“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.”

“Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it… Yet.”

"Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it". Anne of Green Gables quote on brown paper background with dried flowers.
"Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?" Anne of Green Gables quote on white background with dried flowers.

“When I left Queen’s my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does.”

“It has always seemed to me,  ever since early childhood, amid all the commonplaces of life, I was very near to a kingdom of ideal beauty. Between it and me hung only a thin veil. I could never draw it quite aside, but sometimes a wind fluttered it and I caught a glimpse of the enchanting realms beyond-only a glimpse-but those glimpses have always made life worthwhile.”

“That’s the worst of growing up, and I’m beginning to realize it. The things you wanted so much when you were a child don’t seem half so wonderful to you when you get them.”

Anne of Green Gables Quotes About the World

“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”

“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.”

"Dear old world," she murmured, "You are very lovely and I am glad to be alive in you." Anne of Green Gables quotes on pink background with dried flower and fern.

“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 know all about everything would it?”

“All things great are wound up with all things little.”

Anne of Green Gables Quotes About Sadness & Happiness

“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

“But really, Marilla, one can’t stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one?”

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

“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. “

"My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes." Anne of Green Gables quotes on green background with dried flowers.

“Well, that is another hope gone. ‘My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.’  That’s a sentence I read in a book once, and I say it over to comfort myself whenever I’m disappointed in anything.”

“I can’t. I’m in the depths of despair. Can you eat when you are in the depths of despair?”

“It’s all very well to read about sorrows and imagine yourself living through them heroically, but it’s not so nice when you really come to have them, is it?”

“Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them[.]”

Anne of Green Gables Quotes About Anne Herself

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.”

“People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”

“Anne has as many shades as a rainbow and every shade is the prettiest while it lasts.”

“But if you call me Anne, please call me Anne with an ‘e’.”

“I’m not a bit changed–not really. I’m only just pruned down and branched out. The real ME–back here–is just the same.”

"If you'll only call me Anne spelled with an E, I shall try to reconcile myself to not being called Cordelia." Anne of Green Gables Quotes on dark blue background and dried flowers.

“Anne always remembered the silvery, peaceful beauty and fragrant calm of that night. It was the last night before sorrow touched her life; and no life is ever quite the same again when once that cold, sanctifying touch has been laid upon it.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

Anne of Green Gables Quotes About Nature

“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? You could imagine you were dwelling in marble halls, couldn’t you?”

“Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.”

“Oh, look, here’s a big bee just tumbled out of an apple blossom. Just think what a lovely place to live–in an apple blossom! Fancy going to sleep in it when the wind was rocking it. If I wasn’t a human girl, I think I’d like to be a bee and live among the flowers.”

“Listen to the trees talking in their sleep,’ she whispered, as he lifted her to the ground. ‘What nice dreams they must have!”

“Why must people kneel down to pray? 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.”

“It was November–the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.”

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

Humorous Quotes from Anne of Green Gables

“It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.”

“Which would you rather be if you had the choice–divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?”

"It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable!" Anne of Green Gables quote on brown background and dried flowers.
"I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose would be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage." Anne of Green Gables Quote.

“Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while.”

“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”

Anne of Green Gables Quotes full of Wisdom

“The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.”.

“We ought always to try to influence other people for good.”

“It’s so hard to get up again—although of course the harder it is the more satisfaction you have when you do get up, haven’t you?”

“You mayn’t get the things themselves; but nothing can prevent you from having the fun of looking forward to them.”

“How are you going to find out about things if you don’t ask questions?”

“It gives you a lovely, comfortable feeling to apologize and be forgiven, doesn’t it?”

“I shall give life here my best, and I believe it will give its best to me in return.”

"Our library isn't extensive," said Anne, "But every book is a friend." Anne of Green Gables quotes on dark blue background with dried ferns and flowers.

A Short Synopsis of the enchanting story “Anne of Green Gables”

Anne of Green Gables is a novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery (L.M. Montgomery), first published in 1908.

The book follows the life of a young orphan girl named Anne Shirley who is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly brother and sister on their farm in the fictional town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island.

Initially, the siblings, Matthew Cuthbert and Marilla Cuthbert had requested a boy to help them with their work. But when they meet Anne, they are captivated by her vivid imagination and end up keeping her.

Throughout the book, Anne’s exuberant personality, spunky nature, and creative imagination enchant everyone around her. Though she often finds herself in trouble because of her tendency to daydream.

She makes many friends, including the kindred spirit and bosom friend, Diana Barry, and the handsome, Gilbert Blythe.

The novel follows Anne’s adventures and misadventures as she grows up, goes to school, and experiences life in a small town. The book has become a classic of children’s literature and has been adapted into numerous films, TV shows, and plays.

In Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed exploring our curated list of the 50 best Anne of Green Gables quotes!

Whether you’re a longtime fan of the series or a newcomer to the world of Avonlea, these quotes are sure to delight and inspire. And to sweeten the deal, we’ve also included free phone wallpaper downloads featuring some of our favorite quotes from the collection.

So go ahead and add a touch of Anne’s charm to your daily life with these beautiful wallpapers. Thank you for joining us on this journey through the world of Anne of Green Gables!



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  1. You open a world to me. At 73, it is enchanting to open doors to places yet to explore. Thank you for your Gifts.

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed browsing through the quotes and your commentary. A visit with my sisters to PEI is on my bucket list. So I am including some of Anne’s quotes in the journals which I am making for them.

    1. That would be an absolute dream come true! I have always wanted to visit there as well. I think that’s beautiful to include the quotes, thanks so much for sharing!

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