Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Anne Says: Lessons from Green Gables
“For 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.”
"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?"
"Marilla, isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"
"And 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?"
"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."
"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."
“Kindred Spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. Its splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
"It's so easy to be wicked without knowing it, isn't it? "
"You'd find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair," said Anne reproachfully. "People who haven't red hair don't know what trouble is."
- Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne of Green Gables
photos from: Anne of Green Gables Collectors Edition