Thursday Quotables is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. Every week, readers share a quote or passage from the book they’re reading that strikes them – whether it be funny or philosophical or something in between.
I know I haven’t done this meme in a while, but I’m re-reading Anne of Green Gables. How could I not? Anne says some of the sweetest things. I can’t even pick favorites. Nearly every piece of dialogue in this book is perfection. Here are a few particularly delicious ones.
“Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while.”
“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.”
“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”
“It’s all very well to read about sorrows and imagine yourself living through them heroically, but it’s not so nice when you really come to have them, is it?”
“Do you think amethysts can be the souls of good violets?”
“Jane’s stories are too sensible. Then Diana puts too much murders into hers. She says most of the time she doesn’t know what to do with the people so she kills them off to get rid of them.”
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
“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?”
I am making myself stop there.
I could go on forever in the beautiful descriptions and Anne’s philosophies. I could quote the entire book. If you are ever in the mood for a quick read that will warm your heart and soul, there is no book I can recommend more whole-heartedly than L. M. Mongomery’s Anne of Green Gables.