November 6, 2016

J. M. Barrie Quotes

“A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular you don’t find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting.”

“A woman can be anything the man who loves her would have her be.”

“All children, except one, grow up.”

“Always be a little kinder than necessary.”

“Ambition – it is the last infirmity of noble minds.”

“As soon as you can say what you think, and not what some other person has thought for you, you are on the way to being a remarkable man.”

“Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.”

“Do you believe in fairies? Say quick that you believe. If you believe, clap your hands!”

“Do you believe in fairies?… If you believe, clap your hands!”

“Do you know why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.”

“Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough, You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.”

“Every child is affected thus the first time he is treated unfairly. All he thinks he has a right to when he comes to you to be yours is fairness. After you have been unfair to him he will love you again, but he will never afterwards be quite the same boy.”

“Every man who is high up likes to think he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that. It’s our only joke. Every woman knows that.”

“Every man who is high up likes to think that he has done it all himself, and the wife smiles and lets it go at that.”

“Every time a child says I don’t believe in fairies there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.”

“Everytime a child says ‘I don’t believe in fairies’ there is a a little fairy somewhere that falls down dead.”

“Fame is rot; daughters are the thing.”

“For several days after my first book was published, I carried it about in my pocket and took surreptitious peeps at it to make sure the ink had not faded.”

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”

“His lordship may compel us to be equal upstairs, but there will never be equality in the servants’ hall.”

“I am not young enough to know everything.”

“I am old, Peter. I am ever so much more than twenty. I grew up long ago. You promised not to! I couldn’t help it. I am a married woman, Peter.”

“I have always found that the man whose second thoughts are good is worth watching.”

“I know I’m not clever but I’m always right.”

“If ‘Hamlet’ had been written in these days it would probably have been called ‘The Strange Affair at Elsinore.”

“If it’s heaven for climate, it’s hell for company.”

“If the young leddy was so careless o’ insulting other folks’ ancestors, it proves she has nane o’ her ain; for them that has china plates themsel’s is the maist careful no to break the china plates of others.”

“If you have love you don’t need to have anything else. If you don’t have it it doesn’t matter much what else you do have.”

“I’m youth, I’m joy, I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.”

“In dinner talk it is perhaps allowable to fling any faggot rather than let the fire go out.”

“It is all very well to be able to write books, but can you waggle your ears?”

“It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing known for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children.”

“It is not real work unless you would rather be doing something else.”

“It’s a sort of bloom on a woman. If you have it, you don’t need to have anything else; and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t much matter what else you have.”

“It’s grand, and ye canna expect to be baith grand and comfortable.”

“I’ve sometimes thought… that the difference between us and the English is that the Scotch are hard in all other respects but soft with women, and the English are hard with women but soft in all other respects.”

“Let no one who loves be unhappy, even love unreturned has its rainbow.”

“Life is a cup of tea; the more heartily we drink the sooner we reach the dregs.”

“Life is a long lesson in humility.”

“Men’s second childhood begins when a woman gets a hold of him.”

“Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.”

“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.”

“Oh, it’s — it’s a sort of bloom on a woman. If you have it, you don’t need to have anything else; and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t much matter what else you have. Some women, the few, have charm for all; and most have charm for one. But some have charm for none.”

“One’s religion is whatever he is most interested in, and yours is Success.”

“One’s religion is whatever he is most interested in.”

“Proud and insolent youth, prepare to meet thy doom.”

“Second to the right and then straight on till morning.”

“Second to the right, and straight on till morning.”

“Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?”

“She [Tinker Bell] says she thinks she could get well again if children believed in fairies!”