Posted by: Jodi | July 25, 2010

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, Bio from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia (via



  1. 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.

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

  3. Terrific post.

    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.

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


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