“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)
Wonderful blend of profundity, imagination, and graceful writing.
The first one hits home.
I had a great time looking through his quotes to find a few gems to share, all of them were good. The first one was a favorite for me also.
I’ve never ever read him but I love the quotes and I’ve always loved the character of Peter Pan…
Great movie about Barrie, Finding Neverland:
I loved that movie, we’ve been watching Disney’s latest Peter Pan incarnation “Hook”. The kids love it.
Aggh! Not Hook – I hated that one. I meant the 2003 Peter Pan! And it wasn’t Disney it was Universal. Blah.
I love the first one. That will resonate with me for a long time. Thanks. 🙂