48 Famous J.M. Barrie Quotes

48 Famous J.M. Barrie Quotes

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James Matthew Barrie, better known by his initials J.M., was an author from Scotland. He is most famous today for creating the infamous Peter Pan. His work was very much fantasy and whimsical. He died in 1937 at the age of 77.

“When Margaret grows up she will have a daughter, who is to be Peter’s mother in turn; and thus it will go on, so long as children are gay and innocent and heartless.”

“All children, except one, grow up.”

“All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again.”

“Always be a little kinder than necessary.”

“As there are always new babies there are always new fairies.”

“Death is but the next great adventure.”

“Do you believe in fairies?”

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

“For to have faith, is to have wings.”

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

“I do loathe explanations.”

“I suppose it’s like the ticking crocodile, isn’t it? Time is chasing after all of us.”

“If you believe,” he shouted to them, “clap your hands; don’t let Tink die.”

“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.”

“I’m not young enough to know everything.”

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

“In time they could not even fly after their hats. Want of practice, they called it; but what it really meant was that they no longer believed.”

“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 of another minister I am to tell, but only to those who know that light when they see it.”

“Just always be waiting for me, and then some night you will hear me crowing.”

life is a long lesson in humility.”

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

“Never is an awfully long time.”

“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”

“Occasionally in her travels through her children’s minds Mrs. Darling found things she could not understand, and of these quite the most perplexing was the word Peter.”

“Of course, it also shows that Peter is ever so old, but he is really always the same age, so that does not matter in the least.”

“Oh, the cleverness of me!”

“On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles. We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more.”

“One girl is worth more use than 20 boys.”

“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”

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

“Sometimes the little boy who calls me father brings me an invitation from his mother: “I shall be so pleased if you will come and see me,” and I always reply in some such words as these:
“Dear madam, I decline.”

“Stars are beautiful, but they may not take part in anything, they must just look on forever.”

“The best of our fiction is by novelists who allow that it is as good as they can give, and the worst by novelists who maintain that they could do much better if only the public would let

“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.”

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”

“The tragedy of a man who has found himself out.”

“There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.”

“They didnt speak, but they just gave one another a look, and I saw the love-light in their eyes.”

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

“To die will be an awfully big adventure.”

“To look upon you was to rejoice that so fair a thing could be; to think of you is still to be young.”

“We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it.”

“When a new baby laughs for the first time a new fairy is born.”

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”

“Wise children always choose a mother who was a shocking flirt in her maiden days, and so had several offers before she accepted their fortunate papa.”

“Your heart is as fresh as your face; and that is well. The useless men are those who never change with the years.”