Memorable Peter Pan Quotes by J. M. Barrie

We all know Peter Pan, the boy from magical Neverland who never wants to grow up. In honor of the Peter Pan in all of us we give you 12 of our favorite quotes from one of our favorite characters.

This fictional character has made a great impact on the modern society and, apart from the influence it has had on arts, movies and theaters, we even recognize the refusal to grow up as a psychological phenomenon that some even refer to as the Peter Pan Syndrome.

We owe the creation of one of the world’s most famous boys to the brilliant mind of Sir James Matthew Barrie, a Scottish author and dramatist. When we are trying to explain why we love this character so much we tend to look for a reason in its creator’s personality, and even his personal life.

An odd man with an interesting life

J.M. Barrie was by all accounts an odd man with an interesting life, and he was prone to forming relationships that did not correspond to the social values of his time. Nevertheless, his magical literary creation instigated critics and analysts to examine his personal life to the detail in search of the hidden story behind the complex concept he brought into existence.

J.M. Barrie is described by the critics as a childish man, haunted by the early loss of his older brother which took a toll on the entire family. Some emphasize the significance of his failed marriage and his alleged inability to make love to his wife which ultimately drove her into the arms of another man, as the indicator of his inner demons.

The rumors of pedophilia were successfully dismissed by the author Andrew Birkin in his book J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys who drew his conclusions based on the letters and comments received from Barrie’s adopted sons.

Adults writing about children, and not only for children, have always been perceived as peculiar by the society, and people tend to look for something unhealthy in their nature or, personal lives. That is why many of the world’s greatest writers made history thanks to their marvelous creations, but gained massive popularity thanks to the people’s need to look beyond their talents in attempt to find a more down-to-earth explanation for their genius.

The power of imagination & the importance of belief

It’s always good to read excerpts from this amazing tale because there we can find the correct answer to the question posed earlier – Why do we love the literary genius of J.M. Barrie expressed in the form of a fictional character’s timeless words? Why do we love Peter Pan so much? Maybe, because there’s a little bit of Peter Pan in each and every one of us.

Now, let’s remember the amazing young boy we love so much. We made a selection of our all-time favorite Peter Pan Quotes.

dreams do come true if only we wish hard enough

  1. Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.
  2. To live will be an awfully big adventure.
  3. . All children, except one, grow up.
  4. You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.
  5. One girl is worth more use than 20 boys.
  6. You need not be sorry for her. She was one of the kind that likes to grow up. In the end she grew up of her own free will a day quicker than the other girls.
  7.  I taught you to fight and to fly. What more could there be?
  8. Never is an awfully long time.
  9.  Wendy, Wendy, when you are sleeping in your silly bed you might be flying about with me saying funny things to the stars.
  10. “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”
  11. “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting.”
  12. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”

This phrase, also said by Peter in the book, is a strong reminder of the importance of belief in reaching our goals. It conveys the concept that if we question ourselves, we will never be able to achieve anything. It motivates us to believe in ourselves and our skills.

Do you have any favorite Peter Pan quotes of your own?

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Lisa is a young lawyer with various interests and hobbies to keep her mind off her work at times. She is a true fan of contemporary American literature, European movies, Asian food, African Wildlife and all those little things in life that make us genuinely happy.

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