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100 Anne of Green Gables Quotes on Accepting Oneself

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

2. “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?”

3. “Those trees look as if I could blow them away with a breath—pouf! I’m so glad I live in a world where there are white frosts, aren’t you?” 

4. “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.”

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

6. “I went looking for my dreams outside of myself and discovered, it’s not what the world holds for you, it’s what you bring to it.”

7. “Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it, well with no mistakes in it yet.”

8. “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 one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.”

9. “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.”

10. “Weren’t you? Well, did you ever try to imagine you were in the depths of despair?”

11. “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.”

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

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

14. “I wouldn’t want to marry anybody who was wicked, but I think I’d like it if he could be wicked and wouldn’t.”

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

16. “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. It won’t make a bit of difference where I go or how much I change outwardly; at heart I shall always be your little Anne, who will love you and Matthew and dear Green Gables more and better every day of her life.”

17. “It’s so easy to be wicked without knowing it, isn’t it?”

18. “Well, that is another hope gone. My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.”

19. “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.”

20. “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?”

21. “You’re never safe from being surprised until you’re dead.”

22. “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.”

23. “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.”

24. “I’ve loved you ever since that day you broke your slate over my head in school.”

25. “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.”

26. “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.”

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

28. “I know it is just plain red, and it breaks my heart. It will be my lifelong sorrow.”

29. “True friends are always together in spirit.”

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

31. “Do you think amethysts can be the souls of good violets?”

32. “The world looks like something God had just imaged for his own pleasure, doesn’t it?”

33. “If I’d been the boy you sent for, I could have spared you in so many ways.”

34. “Oh, look, here’s a big bee that 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.”

35. “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.”

36. “One can’t stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one?”

37. “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.”

38. “All sorts of mornings are interesting, don’t you think?”

39. “It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?”

40. “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.”

41. “You’ll get a pack of nonsense into your heads and waste time that should be put to your lessons. Reading stories is bad enough but writing them is worse.”

42. “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?”

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

44. “Then you have to remember to be thankful,  but in May one simply can’t help being thankful that they are alive, if for nothing else. I feel exactly as Eve must have felt in the garden of Eden before the trouble began.”

45. “You amuse me and precious little amuses me in this world at my age.”

46. “I like people who make me like them. Saves me so much trouble forcing myself to like them.”

47. “I suppose we’ll get used to being grown up in time. There won’t be so many unexpected things about it by and by—though, after all, I fancy it’s the unexpected things that give spice to life.”

48. “Everything is made new in the spring. Springs themselves are always so new, too. No spring is ever just like any other spring. It always has something of its own to be its peculiar sweetness.”

49. “The page of girlhood had been turned, as by an unseen finger, and the page of womanhood was before her with all its charm and mystery, its pain and gladness.”

50. “Don’t you just love poetry that gives you a crinkly feeling up and down your back?”

51. “It is never pleasant to have our old shrines desecrated, even when we have outgrown them.”

52. “You’d find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair. People who haven’t red hair don’t know what trouble is.”

53. “I promise I’ll never do it again. That’s the one good thing about me. I never do the same wrong thing twice.”

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

55. “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.”

56. “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.”

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

58. “Green Gables is the dearest, loveliest spot in the world.”

59. “I love my garden, and I love working in it. To potter with green growing things, watching each day to see the , new sprouts come up, is like taking a hand in creation, I think. Just now my garden is like faith—the substance of things hoped for.”

60. “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.”

61. “I’ve just been imagining that it was really me you wanted after all and that I was to stay here forever 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.”

62. “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.”

63. “Dear old world, you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”

64. “The trouble with him seems to be that he hasn’t enough imagination.”

65. “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?”

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

67. “It’s not what the world holds for you, it’s what you bring to it.”

68. “This world would be a much more interesting place. Although it is very interesting anyhow, if people spoke out their real thoughts.”

69. “But I just went to work and imagined that I had on the most beautiful pale blue silk dress—because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worthwhile.”

70. “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?”

71. “The possibilities of making new friends help to make life very fascinating.”

72. “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.”

73. “It’s lovely to be going home and know it’s home. I love Green Gables already, and I’ve never loved any place before. Oh, Marilla, I’m so happy.”

74. “I don’t know if that’s much benefit when you’re always making new ones.”

Anne of Green Gables Quotes About Happiness and Sorrows

75. “It is easier to behave nicely when you have your good clothes on.”

76. “Now you see why I can’t be perfectly happy. No one could, who has red hair.”

77. “The sorrows God sent us brought comfort and strength with them, while the sorrows we brought on ourselves, through folly or wickedness, were by far the hardest to bear.”

78. “Wealth can be very empty when you don’t have someone to share it with. But by the time I realized that, no one would have me except men who wanted my money more than I did.”

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

80. “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.”

81. “But tonight is a gusty, hurrying night, even the clouds racing over the sky are in a hurry and the moonlight that gushes out between them is in a hurry to flood the world.”

82. “Cakes have such a terrible habit of turning out bad just when you especially want them to be good.”

83. “If I was wicked, I meant to be wicked to some purpose.”

84. “Matthew, much to his own surprise, was enjoying himself. Like most quiet folks he liked talkative people when they were willing to do the talking themselves and did not expect him to keep up his end of it.”

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

86. “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.”

87. “But have you ever noticed one thing about me, Marilla? I never make the same mistake twice.” 

88. “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?”

89. “The truth will set you free.”

90. “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.”

91. “God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world.”

92. “How would you like to have nasty things said about you? How would you like to hear that you’re fat, ugly, and a sour old gossip!”

93. “The fact that you rescued me, unnecessarily, hardly wipes out past wrongs.”

94. “You don’t make important visits in clothes.”

95. “Then I don’t think you can understand what it’s like. It’s a very uncomfortable feeling indeed.”

96. “Aren’t you worried? I’m liable to break another slate over your head.”

97. “My current wine is famous all over the island, Rachel Lynde, as you very well know. And the Reverend Allen himself is not opposed to taking a bite when he comes calling. And as for Christian virtue, making a little wine for a refreshment is far less sinful than meddling in other people’s affairs!”

98. “Her tongue appears to be hinged in the middle, but she may turn out all right.”

99. “I’ve never belonged to anyone!”

100. “If she can avoid catastrophe two days in a row, I might have a chance to make up my mind.”

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