Best known as creator of timeless heroine, Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery was a prolific writer, spreading love of nature and the written word in equal measure.
My favourite heroine is Emily of New Moon, who loves nature as much as Anne, but is more driven in her dream to become a writer.
Lucy Maud Montgomery had a challenging life, including bereavement, unhappy relationships and mental health struggles.
However, the books she wrote still bring joy to thousands (maybe millions) of people, inspiring TV shows and daydreams. Here are some of my favourite quotes.
“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.”
“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?”
“One can dream so much better in a room where there are pretty things.”
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
“True friends are always together in spirit.”
“My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.”
“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.”
“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.”
“I am simply a ‘book drunkard.’ Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.”
“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”
“When you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while.”
“That is one good thing about this world… there are always sure to be more springs.”
“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.”