James M. Barrie Quotes

A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular you don’t find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting.

A woman can be anything the man who loves her would have her be.

Always be a little kinder than necessary.

Ambition – it is the last infirmity of noble minds.

Do you believe in fairies? Say quick that you believe. If you believe, clap your hands!

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

Every man who is high up likes to think that he has done it all himself, and the wife smiles and lets it go at that.

Everytime a child says ‘I don’t believe in fairies’ there is a a little fairy somewhere that falls down dead.

For several days after my first book was published, I carried it about in my pocket and took surreptitious peeps at it to make sure the ink had not faded.

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.

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

I am not young enough to know everything.

I know not, sir, whether Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare, but if he did not, it seems to me that he missed the opportunity of his life.

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

It is not real work unless you would rather be doing something else.

Let no one who loves be unhappy, even love unreturned has its rainbow.

Life is a long lesson in humility.

Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.

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

Strength instead of being the lusty child of passion, grows by grappling with and subduing them.

Temper is a weapon that we hold by the blade.

That is ever the way. ‘Tis all jealousy to the bride and good wishes to the corpse.

The best place a person can die, is where they die for others.

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 most useless are those who never change through the years.

The praise that comes from love does not make us vain, but more humble.

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

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

To die will be an awfully big adventure.

We are all of us failures, at least, the best of us are.

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

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.