Anne Shirley

Some words to live by from Anne Shirley: Honesty, imagination and a kindred spirit

The other day I was researching  searching being distracted by the internet when I came across a gorgeous quote from the ever so wise  Anne of Green Gables.

“Today is always fresh with no mistakes in it yet”

I love these words and on more than one occasion have used this outlook when stress, grief or everyday challenges threaten to overwhelm. Whether it be mistakes of our own doing, the mistake of others or situations beyond our control, it certainly helps to think of tomorrow as a clean slate.

I fondly remember reading these books and later watching the series on television. Anne’s imagination, her reference to ones “kindred spirit”, her gregarious nature and forthright honesty makes her one of my most favourite fictional characters. I decided to share some more pearls of wisdom with you here. Her passionate love of language and the written word, her creative outlook her loyalty and her wit and wisdom ensures we could all learn something from the very spirited Anne of Green Gables.


“I went looking for my dreams outside of myself and discovered, it’s not what the world holds for you, it’s what you bring to it.”


“I promise I’ll never do it again. That’s the one good thing about me. I never do the same wrong thing twice.”


You say you like people to be frank, we’ll I’m going to be frank. It’s your own fault that nobody likes you. Katherine Brooke, you are nothing but prickles and stings! “


Anne: Don’t you ever imagine things differently from what they are?

Marilla Cuthbert: No

Anne: Oh Marilla, how much you miss


Mrs Cadbury: Tell me what you know about yourself?  

Anne: Well it isn’t really worth telling Mrs Cadbury. But if you’d let me tell you what I imagine about myself you’d find it a lot more interesting.


Whilst often finding herself in catastrophes and “the depths of despair” there is something so refreshing about her outlook on life.

Who is one of your favourite fictional characters?



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This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Trish

    I love Anne Shirley , makes me want to watch her movies again now.
    Some great quotes too. Thanks for making me smile, today has been overwhelming. I can’t wait to start over tomorrow.

    1. Martine

      Thanks Trish, hoping tomorrow is a better day. Thinking of you always x

  2. Veronica @ Mixed Gems

    I’m an Anne fan through and through! She stole my heart for prettyuch the same reasons. Got the books. Got the DVDs. Can’t wait for my girls to fall in love with her too.

    1. Martine

      How lovely to share this with your girls Veronica.

  3. Kelly @ HT and T

    Gorgeous! I love those quotes, especially “if you let me tell you what I imagine about myself you’d find it a lot more interesting”. A favourite fictional character… my gosh I really don’t know! You’ll have me up all night thinking about it now 🙂

    1. Martine

      Thanks Kelly…yes I think I could think of many others too!

  4. yvette

    what fabulous quotes!!

    you have been visited by a member of #teamIBOT 🙂

  5. Dr Bron

    I’m smack bang in the middle of re-reading the Anne series. AGAIN! 🙂

  6. workingwomenaus

    I love, love, love Anne with an E! My Miss8 and I sat down a while ago and watched AOGG together. I cried and she got it. It made me realise WE were kindred spirits <3 Thanks you for reminding me to get the second movie for her

  7. I never read the Anne of Green Gables series, much to my mum’s disappointment. I felt that same disappointment myself when my daughter never got into Enid Blyton, not even the Magic Faraway Tree! I loved detective stories as a kid so my favourite fictional characters were Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. They never had anything poetic or meaningful to say, but they were very clever 🙂

  8. Gemma Nutshell

    Oh Martine, how I love that Anne Girl! We go way back together. I think Anne’s relevancy will never date. She is the girl I’d like my girls to look up to. She has the qualities that bring and offer so much to the world, not the crap fake people who a lauded as celebrities these days. Deeps of despair with them I tell you! xxx

  9. Jess

    Favourite fictional character…. Hmmmm thats a tough one. I really liked Katniss Everdeen to be honest, though she wouldn’t be my fave. She was practical yet compassionate and quite real for such a crazy story.

  10. Michelle

    I so love Anne of Green Gables! I watched it and watched and watched it as I was growing up and knew all the words. I wanted to be Anne Shirley! LOL I wonder in the times of Hannah Montanna and the like, would our younger generation not appreciate Anne or think it was dull. That would be sad. 🙁

  11. caroline bowen

    Anne of Green Gables is my all time favourite book and series…I LOVE the quotes you have chosen. Might even try to watch it with my boys 🙂

    1. Martine

      Thanks Caroline, I may have to try it with my younger boys as I think I have missed the boat with the older ones!

  12. Sarah

    Hello! I am borrowing your image to use on my site. I hope that is okay! I have linked back to you.

    I’m a life-long lover of Anne and was so happy to see this image and quote together. 🙂


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