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.

Voraciously.

Voluminously.

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.”

Agreed.

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!

13 Amazing Quotes From Till We Have Faces

I first read Till We Have Faces when I was about eight years old.

My big brother wanted me to.

I think he thought I was just a little smarter than I really was because I was reading adult books only a few months after learning how to read.

So I read it.

thought I understood it. I didn’t.

It’s a tough book.

A lot of metaphor. Lotta metaphor.

So I took everything at face value. I thought that the story was about an ugly girl and her gorgeous half-sister who marries a god.

It’s not.

Over the years, I have read Till We Have Faces many more times. And over the years, I have come to understand it better. I get more out of it every time I read. It has so much depth. I will probably continue to see some new aspect of it every time I read it.

And so, a book that once totally baffled and bored me, has become my favorite.

It’s kinda crazy.

If you have never read Till We Have Faces, you should.

It’s that good.

Don’t believe me? Allow me to give you just a glimpse.


1. “The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing.”

-Pysche

Pysche has always felt like she was created for another place. She never felt like she fit in.

How many of us have had that feeling?

I’d be willing to wager that all of us have. And more often then we’d like to admit.

I’d go so far as to say that most of us spend the greater part of our lives trying to find a place where we belong.

But Pysche… she embraces that loneliness. It is the sweetest thing she has ever experienced.

2. “Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but going back.”

-Pysche

3. “Then I did a thing which I think few have done. I spoke to the gods myself, alone, in such words as came to me, not in a temple, and without a sacrifice.”

-Orual

This quote makes me smile. In a sad kind of way.

Orual thinks she is so brave. But she is so ignorant. She thinks she is being so daring. She thinks she is doing what no one has ever done. She has no idea that things don’t have to be that way. That they’re not supposed to be that way.

God was never supposed to be Someone we were afraid to approach. Someone we had to placate with sacrifices and blood. Someone we found in a temple and only had access to through a priest.

My heart bleeds for Orual.

4. “Holy places are dark places.”

-Priest

A major theme in the book, this quote encapsulates the Priest’s philosophy. In some ways, I agree with the Priest. In others, like Orual, I want to fight against this idea.

That God cannot be understood.

I want to believe He can.

5. “Holy wisdom is not clear and thin like water, but thick and dark like blood.”

-Priest

6. “Don’t you think the things people are most ashamed of are the things they cannot help?”

-Pysche

I find this quote so profound.

Is it true?

Is it?

7. “There is a cold doubt, a horrid shadow, in some corner of my soul. Supposing – supposing – how if there were no god of the mountain and even no holy shadowbrute…?”

-Pysche

8. “But there is no judge between gods and men, and the god of the mountain will not answer me.”

-Orual

Again, this quote from Orual makes me sad. Her sense of despair. Her bitterness at the gods. Her unwavering belief in the futility of trying to make peace with them.

9. “When the time comes to you at which you will be forced at last to utter the speech which has lain at the center of your soul for years, which you have, all that time, idiot-like, been saying over and over… I see now why the gods do not speak to us openly, nor let us answer. Till that word can be dug out of us, why should they hear the babble we think we mean? How can they meet us face to face till we have faces?”

-Orual

Obviously this is the most important quote in the whole book, the quote the whole book is centered around and named after.

People complain that God does not speak. That he is silent. And I think that this quote is the most satisfying explanation I have ever heard.

10. “Do you think that we mortals will find you gods easier to bear if you’re beautiful?”

-Orual

Orual is angry at the gods.

Even in her anger, though, she never ceases to be honest. She is willing to admit that the gods are beautiful.

But it does not make her hate them any less. In fact, it may make her hate them more.

11. “Did I hate him, then? Indeed, I believe so. A love like that can grow to be nine-tenths hatred and still call itself love.”

-Orual

“I was facing them – I with no strength and they with all; I visible to them, they invisible to me; I easily wounded… they invulnerable; I one, they many.”

-Orual


12. “They will neither… go away and leave us to live our own short days to ourselves, nor will they show themselves openly… Why must holy places be dark places?”

-Orual

Isn’t this the cry of all our hearts?

Why must holy places be dark places?

Why can’t God just play fair and come out into the open where we can see Him?

I think the reason that so many people struggle with God is due to this very thing. He does not simply walk away – set the world in motion and then leave us to our own devices with it, but neither does He meet us face to face the way we want Him to. He speaks to us in whispers and hints, in a breath of wind or in a sudden gleam of sunshine or in the pounding of the rain.

But we want Him to be clearer.

We want messages posted on billboards or written in the sky, we want lightning and thunderclaps, we want a discernible voice shouting at us from the heavens, don’t we?

God doesn’t work that way.

The Priest knows this. But Orual struggles against it. You can hear her desperation in this quote.

Why?

13. Orual: “Are the gods not just?”

The Fox: “Oh no, child. What would become of us if they were?”


Something we don’t think about a whole lot. We rail against God all the time. Accuse Him of all kinds of awful things. And we think we’re justified in doing it. We think our complaints are valid.

How often do we think about the fact that if God treated us the way we actually deserve to be treated…?

We accuse God of being unjust.

He is unjust.

And you better thank your lucky stars that He is.

What do you think? Which of these quotes is your favorite? Have you read C, S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces (you should!)?