Nine Life Lessons from Anne of Green Gables

1. Make up your mind to enjoy yourself: “It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

2. Look on the bright side: “Don’t be very frightened, Marilla. I was walking the ridge-pole and I fell off. I suspect I have sprained my ankle. But, Marilla, I might have broken my neck. Let us look on the bright side of things.”


3. Build up a good vocabulary: “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?”

4. Spelling matters: “But if you call me Anne, please call me Anne with an ‘e’.”

5. Find Kindred Spirits: ““True friends are always together in spirit.”


6. Context is everything:“I suppose it was a romantic way to perish… for a mouse.”

7. Dress for success: “It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.”


8. Growing up is hard: “That’s the worst of growing up, and I’m beginning to realize it. The things you wanted so much when you were a child don’t seem half so wonderful to you when you get them.”

9. Never Never NEVER buy hair dye from a traveling salesman! 

178947785163931289MJZ2NKYVcWhat’s your favorite piece of advice? If you read the book are there any life lessons I missed? Let me know in the comments!

19 thoughts on “Nine Life Lessons from Anne of Green Gables

  1. My favorite piece of advice is from Texas: Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
    My favorite Anne life lesson is never accept raspberry cordial — even from a true friend.

  2. Love this! I live about an hour and a half drive from Green Gables in PEI so Anne of Green Gables was a childhood favorite (and a Halloween costume a few times too!) Even grown up, I still enjoy a trip to the island to visit Green Gables and have some raspberry cordial!

  3. My favorite lesson from Anne is that the big, unknown city with the cosmopolitan people aren’t always better than what you have always known or grown up with. In the end, what is known and comfortable maybe just what you need. This is a great list!

  4. LOVE Anne! Thanks for these lessons, I especially like this quote you included: “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 love discovering big words… Like soporific from Beatrix Potter’s stories. Kids knowing words like soporific. I love it 🙂

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