Delight in Beatrice Potter


“I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever.” Beatrix Potter

“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.”

“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”
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“Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were–Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter. ”

“I hold that a strongly marked personality can influence descendants for generations.”

“Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.”

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“Thank God I have the seeing eye, that is to say, as I lie in bed I can walk step by step on the fells and rough land seeing every stone and flower and patch of bog and cotton pass where my old legs will never take me again.”
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“Thank goodness my education was neglected.”
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“Sunday, January 27, 1884. — There was another story in the paper a week or so since. A gentleman had a favourite cat whom he taught to sit at the dinner table where it behaved very well. He was in the habit of putting any scraps he left onto the cat’s plate. One day puss did not take his place punctually, but presently appeared with two mice, one of which it placed on its master’s plate, the other on its own.”
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“This is a fierce bad rabbit;
look at his savage whiskers,
and his claws and his turned-up tail.”
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It was a time of swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets – when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta – there lived a tailor in Gloucester.” 
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“Peter lost one of his shoes among the cabbages, and the other shoe amongst the potatoes.”
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“It sometimes happens that the town child is more alive to the fresh beauty of the country than a child who is country born. My brother and I were born in London…but our descent, our interest and our joy were in the north country’.
“I am aware these little books don’t last long even if they are a success.”
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“But not even Hitler can damage the fells’

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6 thoughts on “Delight in Beatrice Potter

  1. Oh, what a treat these are. Thank you. I especially love the education quotes, since I have “neglected” their educations since the twins were born (4 yrs.) or before. She has so many of my sentiments for sure.

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  2. Thanks for posting this, Melanie. That first quote is the best. I had an extremely masterful writing professor in college who asked me once if, indeed, like so many writers, I felt as though I simply must write (lest I die). I pooh-poohed the very thought, as if I were too good for this kind of drama. But now, not too many years removed, I know exactly this feeling. Writing is breathing.

    Thanks for your support early on in my blogging day and thanks for keeping such a positive internet presence. All the best to you, Amy

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