Thursday, August 6, 2009

Quotes from L. M. Montgomery

I just love L. M. Montgomery's writings. They all have such a beautiful, poetic feel to them. Therefore, I decided to post some wonderful quotes from her books. (The ones which have no book title are the one's which she herself quoted)

"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."

This one is wonderful. Just what I want to do as well. Wouldn't it be nice to get to heaven and you've accomplished that?

"I love to see the snow come down in slanting lines against the dark trees." Emily Climbs

It is rather pretty to see that.

"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?" Anne of Green Gables

What a joy it is to be able to figure things out! To imagine upon ideas and thoughts. How dull life would be if we knew everything. Nothing would be a challenge. Nothing would tempt us, because we would know all there was to know.

"You can paint the weakness and foolishness and wickedness of a character in a way that is positively uncanny, in a girl of your age. But--is it worth while, Emily?" Emily Climbs

No, it is not. Instead, we should be painting all that is good, and beautiful, and just.
"she was richer in those dreams than in realities; for things seen pass away, but the things that are unseen are eternal." Anne of Windy Poplars

Oh, what a terribly magical quote. It strikes such a powerful ache within me.
"I don't think the trouble is in her mind. She has a sick soul." Emily Climbs

The thought of a sick soul is a terrible one.

"I couldn't live where there were no trees-something vital in me would starve." Anne's House of Dreams

Yes...what on earth would we do without the whispers of trees? Can you imagine having none at all?

"Those who can soar to the highest heights can also plunge to the deepest depths and the natures which enjoy most keenly are those which also suffer most sharply."

So those of us may suffer, yet we shall suffer gloriously.

". . . there's no use trying to live in other people's opinions. The only thing to do is live in your own."Emily Climbs

Live as the person that God created you as! Break free of the earthly chains of "how you should be", and become the one that God meant for you to be.

"Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it." The Story Girl

What a beautiful thought. It brings to mind faded letters with dried rose petals in an old chest...

"Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music; perhaps . . . perhaps . . . love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath." Anne of Avonlea

*Deep sigh* Very beautiful.

"I am simply a "book drunkard." Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them." From One of her Journals (or something...)

I think that this one is very humorous, yet it holds truth for me, as well as any other book devotee; that I am sure. :D

"I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."

One of my all time favorite quotes. I don't think it really needs explanation at all.

"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." Anne of Green Gables

It does, doesn't it? :)

"There is such a place as fairyland - but only children can find the way to it. And they do not know that it is fairyland until they have grown so old that they forget the way. One bitter day, when they seek it and cannot find it, they realize what they have lost; and that is the tragedy of life. On that day the gates of Eden are shut behind them and the age of gold is over. Henceforth they must dwell in the common light of common day. Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again; and blessed are they above mortals. They, and only they, can bring us tidings from that dear country where we once sojourned and from which we must evermore be exiles. The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and story-tellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland." The Story Girl

What a sad thought...

"It's not what the world holds for you. It's what you bring to it. " Anne of Green Gables

True, in a way.

"If I really wanted to pray I'll tell you what I'd do. I'd go out into a great big field alone or into the deep, deep woods, and I'd look up into the sky - up - up - up- into that lovely blue sky that looks like there's no end to it's blueness. And then I'd just feel a prayer."

Just feel a prayer...ah...that's exactly how I feel sometimes. Real beauty from God seems to give that. Be it nature, music, books, and so on.

The last day of the old year was one of those bright, cold, dazzling winter days, which bombard us with their brilliancy, and command our admiration but never our love.

I do love days like that. The crispness is so apparent in everything.

I have so many more quotes to put up from L. M. Montgomery, but I must go to bed, because it's two minutes till 11 PM. I hope you enjoyed the measly supply I put up, though. :)


  1. I adore the works of L.M. Montgomery!

    I had read her until i had nearly memorized all her books. So i've not read her for a couple of years now, & am re-reading her now. I'm most of the way thru Anne of Avenlea.

    Re-reading books i love is like visiting an old friend. I find it so relaxing.

    Thank you for sharing! :)

  2. you sound like an angel! thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! He was a little irritated, but the girls do not get home much...So what could he do??? hahahahah ;0

  3. I love those! Q Q..... How did you get your menu above your header?

  4. I like the quotes, especially the one about the books. That sounds like me and books.... can never have too many of them!

  5. Wow, amazing quotes, I loved the ones from the Anne of Green Gables books.

  6. Wow, those are so nice! (I will admit that I didn't read all of them, but I did read most of them.)

    I'm sorry that it took me so long to reply, I didn't even know about your comment until today:/ Yes, you may use the picture. However, you must remember to always link back to me if you post it anywhere on the internet. (I would also appreciate it if you told me in a comment that you posted my picture somewhere.)
    Well, I am surprised to know that people outside of Home School Blogger read my blog and admire my photography! I'm glad that you like the picture! That's one that my brother told me I could sell as art.

    God Bless You!

  7. I LOVE L. M. Montgomery! I can't stop reading her books, and I've read them so many times and still can't tire. Oh...
    Beautiful supply of quotes. Thank you SO much!

  8. I love L. M. Montgomery!
    Her books have so much feeling and food for thought. And her vocabulary is beautiful.

  9. I LOVE L. M. Montgomery books! They are amazing!

  10. I LOVE the Emily books (I consider myself lucky to have the same name)! Really nice quotes! I like to write them down and carry them with me. Awesome blog!