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Lucy Maud Montgomery - A Tribute to Classical Inspiration

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

At our Thursday devotional we recognized one of the many inspiring classical authors who paved the way for classical educators to pass on truth, beauty, and goodness. Our primary students shared a historical thought to honor Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Recognition of Lucy Maud Montgomery

by Cortney Wright

Primary School Home Room, Curriculum Committee, Upper School English

Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on November 30, 1874 in Clifton, Prince

Edward Island, Canada. She was raised by her grandparents. She began writing poems

when she was very young. She was sensitive and intelligent.

Maud attended college, something that most women didn’t get to do in the 1800’s.

She became a teacher. She came back to Prince Edward Island to take care of her

grandmother and grandfather until they died. Later, Maud worked as a proof-reader,

married, and wrote 20 novels. 19 of her 20 novels take place on Prince Edward Island.

Her most famous novel is Anne of Green Gables. The main character is a girl

named Anne Shirley. If you have read the book, or watched the movie, you might have

noticed that Maud’s life and Anne Shirley’s life have a lot in common!

Here are some favorite quotes from Anne of Green Gables...

“Dear old world" she murmured, "you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”

“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 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.”

“I've done my best, and I begin to understand what is meant by 'the joy of strife.' Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.”

“Don't you feel as if you just loved the world on a morning like this?”

“I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does.”

“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.”

“If I wasn't a human girl I think I'd like to be a bee and live among the flowers.”

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

“Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it... yet.”

“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."

“God's in His heaven, all's right with the world.”

Video credit: Scott Hart Media


This historical thought was delivered by our primary students at devotional on 11/30/23. Each week one class leads the student body in prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, scripture recitation, a meditation, and an historical thought. Family and friends are welcome, Thursdays 8:30-9:05 am.

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