Witty and Wise Quotes from L.M. Montgomery’s Novels

L.M. Montgomery in her 30s

L.M. Montgomery is best known for Anne of Green Gables and its sequels, beloved by generations of readers. While struggling with lifelong bouts of depression, she desired above all to bring joy to those who read her novels, filling them with gentle wisdom and wit.

Maud Montgomery drew inspiration from the beautiful habitat of Prince Edward Island, where she was born and raised, for the adventures of Anne Shirley. One of the sunniest (though not simplistic) characters in children’s literature, she was an intensely social and curious being who appreciated the beauty of the world around her.

Anne of Green Gables set the stage for a number of sequels; similarly, Montgomery’s subsequent books featured heroines who saw the world from a unique perspective. Here are some favorite witty and wise quotes from a few of L.M. Montgomery’s many books.


From Anne of Green Gables (1908)

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

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“Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.”

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“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.”

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“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

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“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? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?”

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“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?”

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

 

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

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L.M.Montgomery quote from Anne of Green Gables - Octobers

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From Anne of Avonlea (1909)

“Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.”

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“I’d like to add some beauty to life,” said Anne dreamily. “I don’t exactly want to make people know more…though I know that is the noblest ambition … but I’d love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me…to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn’t been born.” 

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From Anne of the Island (1915)

“When you’ve learned to laugh at the things that should be laughed at, and not to laugh at those that shouldn’t, you’ve got wisdom and understanding.”

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“Humor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them, joke over your troubles but gather strength from them, make a jest of your difficulties but overcome them.”

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“All life lessons are not learned at college, she thought. Life teaches them everywhere.” 

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Anne of Green Gables

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From other books

“The body grows slowly and steadily but the soul grows by leaps and bounds…” (Rilla of Ingleside, 1921)

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“There might be some hours of loneliness. But there was something wonderful even in loneliness. At least you belonged to yourself when you were lonely.” (Mistress Pat, 1935)

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“I hate to lend a book I love … it never seems quite the same when it comes back to me.” (Anne of Windy Poplars, 1936)

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“You were never poor as long as you had something to love.” (Anne of Windy Poplars, 1936)

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