Quotes From The Classics–Anne Of Green Gables

We read the first book, “Anne of Green Gables”, of the Anne of Green Gables series. Now we are about halfway through, “Anne of Avonlea.” It has been an enjoyable series for us all, and I hope to get through the whole series for Autumn’s fifth year in Waldorf homeschooling. She has been reading them independently aloud to Kesa and I every morning.


Here are some of our favorite quotes from Anne of Green Gables.

~ “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, would there?” — Anne Shirley

~ “Yes, it’s red”, she said, resignedly. “Now you see why I can’t be perfectly happy. Nobody could who had red hair.” — Anne Shirley

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

~ “I’m sorry because this drive has been so pleasant and I’m always sorry when pleasant things end. Something still pleasanter may come after, but you can never be sure. And it’s so often the case that it isn’t pleasanter.” — Anne Shirley

~ “Isn’t it splendid there are so many things to like in the world?” — Anne Shirley

~ “It was a great comfort while it lasted. But the worst of imagining things is the time comes when you have to stop.” — Anne Shirley

~ “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?” — Anne Shirley

~ “There is nothing more aggravating than a man who won’t talk back unless it is a woman who won’t.” — Marilla Cuthbert

~ “You’d find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair”, said Anne reproachfully. “People who haven’t red hair don’t know what trouble is.” — Anne Shirley

~ Anne knelt at Marilla’s knee and looked up gravely. “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 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

~ “You mayn’t get the things themselves; but nothing can prevent you from having the fun of looking forward to them. Mrs. Lynde says, ‘blessed are they who expect nothing, for they shall not be disappointed.’ But I think it would be worse to expect nothing than to be disappointed.” — Anne Shirley

~ “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

~ “When Matthew was here he liked to hear your laugh and he liked to know that you found pleasure in the peasant things around you, said Mrs. Allan gently. He is just away now; and he likes to know it just the same. I am sure we should not shut our hearts against the healing influences that nature offers us. But I understand your feeling. 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, as if we were unfaithful to our sorrow when we find our interest in life returning to us.” — Mrs. Allan

~ “You can never tell about people from their outsides.” — Marilla Cuthbert

~ “Dear old world”, she mummered, “you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” — Anne Shirley


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