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16 Perfect ANNE OF AVONLEA Quotes to Warm and Inspire

Abby Hargreaves

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Abby Hargreaves is a New Hampshire native living and working as a Children’s Librarian in Washington, D.C. She fulfills the gamut of the librarian stereotype with a love of cats, coffee, and crocheting (and likes a good run of alliteration). Her MLIS degree enjoys the company of a BA in English from Hollins University, making Abby an advocate of women's universities. Her favorite color is yellow.

Everyone loves a good Anne Shirley quote. The bookish redhead has captured the hearts of millions over the years, and for good reason. She’s full of wisdom that is somehow both beautifully naive and sage simultaneously. Author L. M. Montgomery instilled plenty of gorgeous language throughout her series that still finds relevance today. When I recently decided to book a trip to Prince Edward Island for my own Anne pilgrimage, I knew I had to reread the series. Along the way, I’ve picked out some of the best quotes. Here, you’ll find sixteen of the best Anne of Avonlea quotes.

16 Perfect Anne of Avonlea Quotes

“Gilbert, having tried to please both sides, succeeded, as is usual and eminently right, in pleasing neither.”

” ‘There is some good in every person if you can find it. It is a teacher’s duty to find and develop it.’ ”

” ‘You’ll hardly fail completely in one day and there’s plenty more coming.’ ”

“Anne had always a weather eye open for kindred spirits.”

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” “Isn’t it something to have started a soul along a path that may end in Shakespeare and Paradise Lost?’ ”

” ‘Everything that’s worth having is some trouble.’ ”

” ‘You beautiful trees! I love every one of you as a friend.’ ”

” ‘You’re never safe from being surprised till you’re dead.’ ”

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” ‘But punishments are so horrid and I like to imagine only pleasant things,’ said Anne, cuddling Davy. ‘There are so many unpleasant things in the world already that there is no use imagining any more.’ ”

” ‘I’ve been picking chickens with my hands but in my imagination I’ve been roaming the Milky Way.’ ”

” ‘This world would be a much more interesting place…although it is very interesting anyhow…if people spoke out their real thoughts.’ ”

” ‘If a kiss could be seen I think it would look like a violet.’ ”

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” ‘Having adventures comes natural to some people,’ said Anne serenely. ‘You just have a gift for them or you haven’t.’ ”

” ‘And I think the violets are little snips of the sky that fell down when the angels cut out holes for the stars to shine through.’ ”

“If Gilbert had been asked to describe his ideal woman the description would have answered pointed for point to Anne, even to those seven tiny freckles whose obnoxious presence still continued to vex her soul.”

” ‘September slipped by into a gold and crimson graciousness of October.’ ”

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