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J. M. Barrie 1860–1937
Scottish writer and dramatist

  1. I'm not young enough to know everything.
    The Admirable Crichton (performed 1902, published 1914)
  2. It's grand, and you canna expect to be baith grand and comfortable.
    The Little Minister (1891)
  3. When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.
    Peter Pan (1928) act 1
  4. Every time a child says ‘I don't believe in fairies’ there is a little fairy somewhere that falls down dead.
    Peter Pan (1928) act 1
  5. To die will be an awfully big adventure.
    Peter Pan (1928) act 3; see Frohman
  6. Do you believe in fairies? Say quick that you believe! If you believe, clap your hands!
    Peter Pan (1928) act 4
  7. That is ever the way. 'Tis all jealousy to the bride and good wishes to the corpse.
    Quality Street (1913)
  8. Hogmanay, like all festivals, being but a bank from which we can only draw what we put in.
    Sentimental Tommy (1896)
  9. Charm…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.
    What Every Woman Knows (1918)
  10. There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.
    What Every Woman Knows (performed 1908, published 1918) act 2
  11. The tragedy of a man who has found himself out.
    What Every Woman Knows (1918)
  12. To be born is to be wrecked on an island.
    preface to R. M. Ballantyne The Coral Island (1913 ed.)
  13. Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes!
    Rectorial Address at St Andrews, 3 May 1922
  14. Someone said that God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.
    Rectorial Address at St Andrew's, 3 May 1922

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