Lucy Maud Montgomery (Nov. 30, 1874 — April 24, 1942), was a Canadian author, best known for her novel Anne of Green Gables, which was a smash success from the moment it was published.

Montgomery’s mother died of tuberculosis when she was only a baby, and her father left her to be raised by her grandparents. She grew up as a lonely, yet joyous child who loved nature, colors, and perfumes. She never stopped seeing beauty in this world even after tragedy struck her family.

Maud felt unwanted and unloved so she built an imaginary world of her own that led to her creative pursuits. She got to enjoy an active social life, but always struggled with bouts of depression. Even so, what she desired above all was to bring joy to those who read her novels, and that she accomplished!

During her writing career, Montgomery published 20 novels, more than 500 short stories, 30 essays, an autobiography and a book of poetry. Anne of Green Gables and the series of sequels with Anne as the central character remain Maud’s most highly appreciated books.

Here are 25 Lucy Maud Montgomery quotes about embracing life’s challenges:

Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.

It’s not what the world holds for you. It is what you bring to it.

It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.

We pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won, but exact their dues of work and self-denial, anxiety and discouragement.

Life owes me something more than it has paid me and I’m going out to collect it…

Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.

When you’ve learned to laugh at the things that should be laughed at, and not to laugh at those that shouldn’t, you’ve got wisdom and understanding.

When you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worthwhile.

Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?

Something just flashes into your mind, so exciting, and you must out with it. If you stop to think it over, you spoil it all.

Secrets are generally terrible. Beauty is not hidden–only ugliness and deformity.

Humor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them, joke over your troubles but gather strength from them, make a jest of your difficulties but overcome them.

Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.

All things great are wound up with all things little.

It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that it will.

Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.

On a day like this there’s no such word as fail in my bright lexicon.

Just think what a dull world it would be if everyone was sensible.

That’s one of the things we learn as we grow older — how to forgive. It comes easier at forty than it did at twenty.

How terrible it would be to be doing something you didn’t like every day.

All life lessons are not learned at college. Life teaches them everywhere.

When we imagine we have finished our story fate has a trick of turning the page and showing us yet another chapter.

We miss so much out of life if we don’t love. The more we love the richer life is—even if it is only some little furry or feathery pet.

It’s bad enough to feel insignificant, but it’s unbearable to have it grained into your soul that you will never, can never, be anything but insignificant.

Most of the trouble in life comes from misunderstanding, I think.