Beatrix Potter

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Beatrix Potter (July 28, 1866 – December 22, 1943) was a British author and illustrator of beloved children’s books. Her inspiration came from the nature and animals that surrounded her as a child and sprouted an imagination that would delight the world forever. Her extensive studies in art, literature, and science fueled her, as did her journal, where she kept ideas in her own coded language. Since she started drawing so young, she was able to perfect her craft by the time her work was to be published.

Peter RabbitInfluenced by fairy tales, fantasy, and religious imagery, Potter was able to sell her drawings to illustrate other writers’ work, and as illustrations for Christmas cards. When she found a home for The Tale of Peter Rabbit, both she and her publisher, F.W. Warne, were taken aback by its immediate popularity. Her illustrations and stories of whimsical animal characters are still a favorite today and can be found in the children’s section of any bookstore or library.

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Beatrix Potter Quotes

Beatrix Potter young“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”

“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… I will do something sooner or later.” (The Journal of Beatrix Potter: 1881-1897, 1966)

“Most people, after one success, are so cringingly afraid of doing less well that they rub all the edge off their subsequent work.”

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

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

“I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense.” (The Complete Tales, 1989)

“All outward forms of religion are almost useless, and are the causes of endless strife… Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.” (The Journal of Beatrix Potter: 1881-1897, 1966)

“The place is changed now, and many familiar faces are gone, but the greatest change is myself. I was a child then, I had no idea what the world would be like. I wished to trust myself on the waters and the sea. Everything was romantic in my imagination. The woods were peopled by the mysterious good folk. The Lords and Ladies of the last century walked with me along the overgrown paths, and picked the old fashioned flowers among the box and rose hedges of the garden.”

“I hold an old-fashioned notion that a happy marriage is the crown of a woman’s life.”

“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.”

Beatrix Potter age 8 with her parents
Beatrix Potter age 8 with her parents


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2 Responses to “Beatrix Potter”

  1. Thank you for posting a lovely summary of Beatrix Potter’s literary life. You would enjoy visiting with others in the Beatrix Potter Society both in the UK and USA at conferences or local gatherings. Hope you can join us!

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