born 1866

Beatrix Potter is known worldwide for her charming children's stories featuring mischievous, anthropomorphic animals. She was also a noted naturalist, fascinated by fungi. The cute creatures in her books were all modeled on the real-life tiny inhabitants of her many farms ~ even as a child, she boarded the train for family holidays with boxes + baskets of her mice, rabbits + other pets. Her love of nature extended to land conservation, and she was an active supporter of the National Trust ~ acting as de facto land agent, managing her own farms as well as Trust properties...ensuring the preservation of beautiful places for the enjoyment of all, now + in the future.

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her quotes

all quotes by Beatrix Potter (14)

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

Beatrix Potter | september 1884

"My dear Noel, I don't know what to write to you, so I shall tell you a story about four little rabbits whose names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter."

to Noel Moore, introducing Peter Rabbit | september 1893

"What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood..."

journal entry | november 1896

"We find some people make theories out of dried specimens without the least experience of the way things grow."

to Charles McIntosh | january 1897

"I am sure the crabs & shrimps join hands and caper about when the tide is coming in and the children have gone home."

journal entry | august 1905

"Jemima Puddle-duck was a simpleton: not even the mention of sage and onions made her suspicious."

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck | july 1908

"It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is 'soporific.' I have never felt sleepy after eating lettuces; but then I am not a rabbit."

The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies | july 1909

"Dreadfully shy, but I am sure he will be more comfortable married."

to Fanny Cooper {quoted in Beatrix Potter: a Life in Nature by Linda Lear} | october 1913

"Once upon a time there was a serious, well-behaved young black cat. It belonged to a kind old lady who assured me that no other cat could compare with Kitty . . . She called it 'Kitty,' but Kitty called herself 'Miss Catherine St Quintin.'"

The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots | circa 1914

"I can not write if I am out of humour."

to Henry P. Coolidge | june 1928

"There are seasons when things go wrong; and they just have to be lived through."

to Henry P. Coolidge | june 1928

"Do you not feel it is rather pleasing to be so much wiser than quantities of young idiots?"

to Caroline | 1936

"I begin to assert myself at 70."

to Caroline | 1936

"There's nothing like open air for soothing present anxiety and memories of past sadness."

to Mrs. Wight, her friend & neighbor | june 1942
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curated with care by Meghan Miller Brawley {march 2015}