The 12 Best Quotes of Anne of Green Gables

I first met Anne through an audio dramatization.

I have never been a fan of audiobooks, but audio dramatizations, when done well, can be a great way to expose yourself to literature. I was introduced to many of my now-favorites that way.

I must’ve listened to Anne of Green Gables a dozen times or more.

So it was nostalgic to finally read the book for the first time, many years later. By that time, I had seen the film trilogy as well.

Anne of Green Gables now represents a little piece of my childhood and I enjoy reading it now, as a teenager, as much as I did then, as a little girl.

Here are some of my favorite moments from the book.

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

It is, Anne. It is.

2. “But if you have big ideas you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”

This was definitely my persuasion when I was five.

I do find it interesting that later on in the book Anne realizes the value of using short, easy-to-understand words.

3. “But the worst of imagining things is that the time comes when you have to stop and that hurts.”

Most of my favorite quotes from Anne of Green Gables are my favorites because they are amusing, but this one makes me sad.

I have a hard time accepting change. Accepting that children have to grow up and that one day we have to wake up and face the real world, that dreams don’t always come true and one of these days, we’ll have to stop pretending.

For me, that’s what this quote is about.

4. “But I’d rather look ridiculous when everybody else does than plain and sensible all by myself.”

 I love Anne’s unique way of coming right out and saying things the way they are. The funniest part is that she’s speaking in defense of trying to fit in, and yet, when she puts it that way, it sounds so utterly foolish.

I mean, don’t we all do this?

I certainly do. I just don’t articulate it – and if I did, I would try to make it sound justifiable. Anne doesn’t even attempt to justify it.

5. “She doesn’t know what to do with the people so she kills them to get rid of them.”

No, Diana does not murder anyone!

Except characters in stories.

I think my favorite part of this quote is that I’ve read books where this actually happens. I used to think that killing off one of your characters must be the hardest thing an author can do. Then I realized that killing your characters can be a way out. An easy way out.

6. “Reading stories is bad enough but writing them is worse.”

Obviously, I strongly disagree, because I do both.



I just love this quote because I couldn’t stop thinking, if Marilla was disgusted with Anne’s reading and writing habits, how much more disgusted she would be with me!

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

Can we just make this the worldwide mantra for villains everywhere? Please?

8. “The things you wanted so much when you were  a child don’t seem half so wonderful to you when you get them.”

I think, in some ways, that the “wanting” is the best part.

On the other hand, we can spend so much of our lives chase after something we think we want, only to realize that we aren’t satisfied when we get it.

It almost seems as if people are wired so that we aren’t truly happy without a goal to aim for.

9. “Young men are all very well in their place, but it doesn’t do to drag them into everything, does it?”

I know a few authors who could use to hear this message…

10. “I like people who make me love them. It saves me so much trouble making myself love them.”


Small children are particularly gifted at this.

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

Well, that’s one way to look at it!

We think there is such a huge gulf between winning and losing, but Anne has a point here. Failing is the closest anyone can get to winning.

12. “I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe the best does.”

As a bit of a pessimist myself, this way of thinking is so foreign to me. But I think it’s a good way to live your life.

It’s not as if we can change the outcome by knowing it could be bad.

Have you read Anne of Green Gables? What are some of your favorite quotes? Have you seen the movies? Do you think Megan Follows does a good job of portraying Anne? Which movie is your favorite? Have you read all eight books? Which is your favorite? Which is better – the books or the movies?

In other news… I have not yet finished writing my first Character Interview featuring both Makovu and Endelyn – which means you can still submit questions!