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

Barrie, fully Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet

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

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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.

The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.

This meal happened to be a make-believe tea, and they sat 'round the board guzzling in their greed; and really, what with their chatter and recriminations, the noise, as Wendy said, was postiviely deafening.

When you are older you will know that life is a long lesson in humility.

You need not be sorry for her. She was one of the kind that likes to grow up. In the end she grew up of her own free will a day quicker than the other girls.

The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.

Thus did the terrified three learn the difference between an island of make-believe and the same island come true.

When you were a bird you knew the fairies pretty well, and you remember a good deal about them in your babyhood, which it is a great pity you can't write down, for gradually you forget, and I have heard of children who declared that they had never once seen a fairy. Very likely if they said this in the Kensington Gardens, they were standing looking at a fairy all the time. The reason they were cheated was that she pretended to be something else. This is one of their best tricks.

You promised not to! I couldn't help it. I am a married woman, Peter.

The same kind, beaming smile that children could warm their hands at.

Times have changed since a certain author was executed for murdering his publisher. They say that when the author was on the scaffold he said good-bye to the minister and to the reporters, and then he saw some publishers sitting in the front row below, and to them he did not say good-bye. He said instead, I'll see you again.

Why can't you fly now, mother? Because I am grown up, dearest. When people grow up they forget the way. Why do they forget the way? Because they are no longer gay and innocent and heartless. It is only the gay and innocent and heartless who can fly.

You see, dear, it is not true that woman was made from man's rib; she was really made from his funny bone.

The stars are beautiful, but they are not allowed to interfere in human affairs, they have only ever watch what happens. This is the penalty imposed on them for anything done so long ago that no star no longer remember what it was. So the older stars look glassy and rarely speak (speak their stars, as you wink did), but smaller ones are more interesting.

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