This post started out as a “Quotes from the Masters: Barrie.” James Matthew Barrie was the author of Peter Pan, so straight away I am giving you a bad pun (and really, aren’t all puns bad puns?) but I couldn’t help myself. The truth is, I have been petering out. This is my first post in two weeks, and I have not been spending much time playing in the blogosphere lately, either–I’ve barely managed to push a like button every now and then. So I decided to finally and formally announce a small sabbatical; I am taking some time to focus on other writing endeavors. Still, I’ll pop by your site every now and then, and I’ll be back to the posting on my own site, eventually.
In the meantime, dear readers, you have told me that you’ve been enjoying this blog’s foray into Scotland of late and that you have been enjoying the weekly quotes as well, so I’m going out with some quotes from a Scot and some photos of the Scottish Highlands. (In fact, I think that this photo was taken near a whiskey distillery, and that’s about as Scottish as you can get).
One of the genuine pleasures of doing my Quotes from the Masters series has been the reading of so many wonderful lines and sayings by truly brilliant people, and reading through the J.M. Barrie quotes have been particularly delightful for me. I have learned so much. Did you know, for instance, that “When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies,” or that “All the world is made of faith, trust, and pixie dust.”? (Both quotes from Peter Pan)
So, I was having difficulty choosing a quote from Barrie. I could have used something whimsical, or I could have moved towards something inspirational. In Barrie’s story The Little White Bird (in which Peter Pan made his first literary appearance,) one character offers a now famous suggestion, “Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary?” In this story we are also told that “The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
But, this ended up as not quite a Quotes from the Masters post, but more of a Quotes before Vacation post, and I am reminded that “The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story and writes another…” (J.M. Barrie). So for now, I leave you with that. I am off to write another story.