Barrie & Your Life’s Story

“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story and writes another. And his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.”

Here are thoughtful sentences from Scottish novelist and dramatist James M. Barrie who is remembered for creating Peter Pan. There’s something about old-fashioned English that makes his sentences grander than if I tried to communicate the same sentiment today.

I found this quote in a book I am just beginning titled Dough – A Memoir by Mort Zachter. The author’s immigrant family struggled to make ends meet in their bread shop in New York. Or so everyone thought. In his 30’s Zachter learns his uncles have secretly amassed millions. I have an advance copy; Dough will be available this August. I’ll let you know what I think of this true story of parallel lives.

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