Happy birthday to Beatrix Potter

If Beatrix Potter were still alive, she would be 145 years old today. And though she was a woman of few words, we’d like to give the birthday girl a chance to say a thing or two …

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

“It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is ‘soporific’.”

“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.”

“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…”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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