J.M. Barrie, fully Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet

J.M.
Barrie, fully Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet
1860
1937

Scottish Dramatist, Author, Novelist, best known as creator of Peter Pan

Author Quotes

There is a saying in the Neverland that,every time you breathe, a grown-up dies.

Wendy, Wendy, when you are sleeping in your silly bed you might be flying about with me saying funny things to the stars.

You are too late, he cried proudly, I have shot the Wendy. Peter will be so pleased with me. Overhead Tinker Bell shouted Silly ass! and darted into hiding.

There ought to be one fairy for every boy and girl. Ought to be? Isn't there?

Wendy: Sir, you are both ungallant and deficient! Peter: How am I deficient? Wendy: You're just a boy.

You canna expect to be both grand and comfortable.

They didna speak, but they just gave one another a look, and I saw the love-light in their een. No more is remembered of these two, no being now living ever saw them, but the poetry that was in the soul of a battered weaver makes them human to us forever.

What is afraid?' asked Peter longingly. He thought it must be some splendid thing. 'I do wish you would teach me how to be afraid, Maimie,' he said.

You have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.

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.

They have long lost count of the days, but always if they want to do anything special they say this is Saturday night, and then they do it.

What is algebra exactly; is it those three-cornered things?

You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That's where I'll always love you, Peter Pan. That's where I'll be waiting.

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.

They knew in what they called their hearts that one can get on quite well without a mother, and that it is only the mothers who think you can't.

When a new baby laughs for the first time a new fairy is born, and as there are always new babies there are always new fairies. They live in nests on the tops of trees; and the mauve ones are boys and the white ones are girls, and the blue ones are just little sillies who are not sure what they are.

You know why swallows build their nests under the eaves of houses? To listen to stories.

The most gladsome thing in the world is that few of us fall very low; the saddest that, with such capabilities, we seldom rise high

They took it for granted that if they went he would go also, but really they scarcely cared. Thus children are ever so ready, when novelty knocks, to desert their dearest ones.

When she expressed a doubtful hope that Tinker Bell would be glad to see her, he said, ‘Who is Tinker Bell?’ ‘O Peter,’ she said, shocked; but even when she explained he could not remember. ‘There are such a lot of them,’ he said. ‘I expect she is no more.’ I expect he was right, for fairies don’t live long, but they are so little that a short time seems a good while to them.

You know, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, his smile was smashed into thousands of pieces and they jumped around. Thus came the first fairies.

The most useless are those who never change through the years.

They were going round and round the island, but they did not meet because all were going at the same rate.

When the first baby laughed for the first time, his laugh crumbled into thousands of fragments that were scattered.

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.

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First Name
J.M.
Last Name
Barrie, fully Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet
Birth Date
1860
Death Date
1937
Bio

Scottish Dramatist, Author, Novelist, best known as creator of Peter Pan