James Matthew Barrie

(1860-1937 / Kirriemuir)

James Matthew Barrie Quotes

  • ''Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.''
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. Rectorial address, May 3, 1922, St Andrew's University, Scotland. Quoted in Times (London, May 4, 1922).
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  • ''We are all failures—at least, all the best of us are.''
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. rectorial address, May 3, 1922, St. Andrew's University, Scotland.
  • ''Ambition—it is the last infirmity of noble minds.''
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. Sir Harry Sims (quoting from his morning paper), in The Twelve-Pound Look.
  • ''In dinner talk it is perhaps allowable to fling any faggot rather than let the fire go out.''
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. Tommy and Grizel, ch. 3 (1900).
  • ''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.''
    J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. "To the Five—A Dedication," Peter Pan (1902).

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