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Quotations From J.M. (JAMES MATTHEW) BARRIE


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  • I am not young enough to know everything.
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. Ernest, in The Admirable Crichton, act 1.
  • It's a sort of bloom on a woman. If you have it, you don't need to have anything else; and if you don't have it, it doesn't much matter what else you have.
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. Maggie Wylie, in What Every Woman Knows, act 1 (performed 1908, published 1918).

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  • I've sometimes thought ... that the difference between us and the English is that the Scotch are hard in all other respects but soft with women, and the English are hard with women but soft in all other respects.
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), Scottish playwright. Maggie Wylie, in What Every Woman Knows, act 2.

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  • It is not real work unless you would rather be doing something else.
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. rectorial address, May 3, 1922, St. Andrew's University, Scotland.

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  • You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip.
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. rectorial address, May 3, 1922, at St. Andrew's University, Scotland.
  • That is ever the way. 'Tis all jealousy to the bride and good wishes to the corpse.
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. Miss Susan, in Quality Street, act 1.
  • To die will be an awfully big adventure.
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. Peter, in Peter Pan, act 3 (performed 1904, published 1928). Closing words of play.
  • Every time a child says "I don't believe in fairies" there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. Peter, in Peter Pan, act 1 (performed 1904, published 1928).

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  • There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. David Wylie, in What Every Woman Knows, act 2 (performed 1908, published 1918).

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  • Every man who is high up likes to think he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that. It's our only joke. Every woman knows that.
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. Maggie Shand, in What Every Woman Knows, act 4 (performed 1908, published 1918).

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