Quickly Quotable #18 – J. M. Barrie

“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.”
J.M. Barrie

“Stars are beautiful, but they may not take an active part in anything, they must just look on for ever. It is a punishment put on them for something they did so long ago that no star now knows what it was. So the older ones have become glassy-eyed and seldom speak (winking is the star language), but the little ones still wonder.”
J.M. Barrie (Peter and Wendy)

“Off we skip like the most heartless things in the world, which is what children are, but so attractive; and we have an entirely selfish time, and then when we have need of special attention we nobly return for it, confident that we shall be rewarded instead of smacked.”
J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)

Sir James Matthew Barrie (born May 9, 1860, Kirriemuir, Angus, Scot. — died June 19, 1937, London, Eng.) Scottish playwright and novelist. After moving to London, he wrote Auld Licht Idylls (1888), a book about his native Scotland. His best-selling novel The Little Minister (1891) was made into a play in 1897. His plays Quality Street (1901) and The Admirable Crichton (1902) ran successfully in London. After creating the stories of Peter Pan for a friend’s sons, he won great success with his classic children’s play Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up (1904). His other plays include The Twelve-Pound Look (1910) and Dear Brutus (1917).

Quotes from Goodreads.com, Bio from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia (via Answers.com)


About Jodi

Jodi L. Milner is a writer, mandala enthusiast, and educator. Her epic fantasy novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal, was published in November 2018 and rereleased in Jan 2020. She has been published in several anthologies. When not writing, she can be found folding children and feeding the laundry, occasionally in that order.
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7 Responses to Quickly Quotable #18 – J. M. Barrie

  1. oldancestor says:

    Wonderful blend of profundity, imagination, and graceful writing.

    The first one hits home.

  2. Agatha82 says:

    I’ve never ever read him but I love the quotes and I’ve always loved the character of Peter Pan…

  3. Heather says:

    I love the first one. That will resonate with me for a long time. Thanks. 🙂

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