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Beatrix Potter

  • Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were — Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.

  • ... don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.

  • I am worn to a ravelling.

  • For behind the wooden wainscots of all the old houses in Gloucester, there are little mouse staircases and secret trap-doors; and the mice run from house to house through those long narrow passages; they can run all over the town without going into the streets.

  • Then there was no end to the rage and disappointment of Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca.

  • ... the effect of eating too much lettuce is 'soporific.'

  • All outward forms of religion are almost useless, and are the cause of endless strife. ... Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.

    • Beatrix Potter,
    • 1884, in Leslie Linder, transcriber, The Journal of Beatrix Potter: 1881-1897 ()
  • Whatever moral good and general knowledge I may have got from it, I have retained no literal rules. I don't believe I can repeat a single line of any language ... I regret German very much, French I can read alone, history is still going on, the rules of geography and grammar are timesome, there is no general word to express the feelings I have always entertained towards arithmetic.

    • Beatrix Potter,
    • 1885, in Leslie Linder, transcriber, The Journal of Beatrix Potter: 1881-1897 ()
  • ... I think prejudice and tradition count for three-quarters in matters of religion.

    • Beatrix Potter,
    • 1892, in Leslie Linder, transcriber, The Journal of Beatrix Potter: 1881-1897 ()
  • The shorter and the plainer the better.

    • Beatrix Potter,
    • in Judy Taylor, Beatrix Potter 1866-1943: The Artist and Her World ()
  • Thank goodness, my education was neglected and the originality was not rubbed off.

    • Beatrix Potter,
    • in Judy Taylor, Beatrix Potter 1866-1943: The Artist and Her World ()
  • I do so hate finishing books, I would like to go on with them for years.

    • Beatrix Potter,
    • in Judy Taylor, ed., Beatrix Potter's Letters ()
  • I have felt very tired and aged the last two years. Maybe the surgeon will put me right — but he cannot put me young again.

    • Beatrix Potter,
    • in Judy Taylor, ed., Beatrix Potter's Letters ()

Beatrix Potter, English children's writer, illustrator

(1866 - 1943)

Full name: Helen Beatrix Potter Heelis.