If you’re on the hunt for the best Peter Pan quotes that will make you feel like flying, then you’ve come to the right place. Covering J.M Barrie’s original work and every appearance of Peter since then, you’re bound to adore these incredible sayings.
I’ve always adored Peter Pan. From Tinker Bell’s sassiness to the story that makes you believe in magic, there’s so much to love about this classic tale created by J.M Barrie.
The original work was published in 1911, but there have been several recreations of this popular story since the early 20th century.
Oh, and don’t forget the magical Peter Pan’s Flight that you’ll find at Disney parks all around the world!
The story revolves around a young boy who never wants to grow up. He lives in Neverland which prevents aging, and he brings Wendy, John, and Michael to this magical land when he bursts through their window one night.
The story includes everything from swashbuckling pirates to mermaids.
So, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most popular Disney stories for little ones (with tons of amazing moments of magic that will make you want to halt the aging process!).
Without further ado, let’s dive into this list of Peter Pan quotes that will have you racing to watch the movies again on Disney+!
Who is Peter Pan?
Peter Pan is an adored fictional character who was created by J.M Barrie.
He’s free-spirited, mischievous, and somewhat childish – plus, he’s known for being completely against growing up!
This character has become an age-old cultural icon who symbolizes innocence, youth, and the importance of escapism as he lives an eternal childhood in Neverland.
He’s never described in much physical detail in the original story, but he has mousy brown hair, brown eyes, and wears a classic green outfit in the Disney universe!
Oh, and did I mention that he can fly?!
Peter Pan Quotes from J.M Barrie
1. “Never is an awfully long time.”
2. “If you shut your eyes and are a lucky one, you may see at times a shapeless pool of lovely pale colors suspended in the darkness; then if you squeeze your eyes tighter, the pool begins to take shape, and the colors become so vivid that with another squeeze they must go on fire.”
3. “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
4. “When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”
5. “Faint hearts never won, Fair Lady.”
6. “Wendy, Wendy, when you are sleeping in your silly bed you might be flying about with me saying funny things to the stars.”
7. “I’m youth, I’m joy!”
8. “A moment after the fairy’s entrance the window was blown open by the breathing of the little stars, and Peter dropped in.”
9. “Sometimes, though not often, he had dreams, and they were more painful than the dreams of other boys. For hours he could not be separated from these dreams, though he wailed piteously in them. They had to do, I think, with the riddle of his existence.”
10. “Wendy came first, then John, then Michael.”
11. “Years rolled on again, and Wendy had a daughter. This ought not to be written in ink but in a golden splash.”
12. “Her wings would scarcely carry her now, but in reply, she alighted on his shoulder and gave his nose a loving bite.”
13. “…children know such a lot now, they soon don’t believe in fairies, and every time a child says, ‘I don’t believe in fairies,’ there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.”
14. “He had carried Tinker Bell part of the way, and his hand was still messy with the fairy dust.”
15. “Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.”
16. “Tink agreed to travel by hat if it was carried in the hand.”
17. “Wendy saw the shadow on the floor, looking so draggled, and she was frightfully sorry for Peter.”
18. “On these magic shores children at play are forever beaching their coracles. We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more.”
19. “Nothing, precious, they are the eyes a mother leaves behind her to guard her children.”
20. “You’re not old enough to shave! What are you doing flying with a sword? And flying around… this is an insurance nightmare!”
21. “There are many different kinds of bravery. There’s the bravery of thinking of others before oneself. Now, your father has never brandished a sword nor fired a pistol, thank heavens. But he has made many sacrifices for his family and put away many dreams.”
22. “If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.”
23. “You find a glimmer of happiness in this world, there’s always someone who wants to destroy it.”
24. “Feeling that Peter was on his way back, the Neverland had again woken into life. We ought to use the pluperfect and say wakened but woke is better and was always used by Peter.”
25. “Little boys should never be sent to bed. They always wake up a day older.”
26. “She also said she would give him a kiss if he liked, but Peter did not know what she meant, and he held out his hand expectantly.”
27. “Even though you want to try to; never grow up.”
28. “Next year he did not come for her. She waited in a new frock because the old one simply would not meet, but he never came.”
29. “He looked at her uncomfortably; blinking, you know, like one not sure whether he was awake or asleep.”
30. “Fairies don’t live long, but they are so little that a short time seems a good while to them.”
31. “Peter was not with them for the moment, and they felt rather lonely up there by themselves. He could go so much faster than they that he would suddenly shoot out of sight, to have some adventure in which they had no share.”
32. “Forget them, Wendy. Forget them all. Come with me where you’ll never, never have to worry about grown-up things again.”
33. “I’ll teach you how to jump on the wind’s back, and then away we go.”
34. “It was dreadful the way all the three were looking at him, just as if they did not admire him.”
35. “To die will be an awfully big adventure.”
36. “Mrs. Darling first heard of Peter when she was tidying up her children’s minds. It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for the next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day.”
37. “It was then that Hook bit him. Not the pain of this but its unfairness was what dazed Peter. It made him quite helpless. He could only stare, horrified. Every child is affected thus the first time he is treated unfairly.”
38. “In time they could not even fly after their hats. Want of practice, they called it; but what it really meant was that they no longer believed.”
39. “I don’t want to go to school and learn solemn things.”
40. “All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again.”
41. “Would you like an adventure now, or would like to have your tea first?”
42. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder…or forgetful.”
43. “Oh, the cleverness of me!”
44. “I suppose it’s like the ticking crocodile, isn’t it? Time is chasing after all of us.”
45. “Wendy, one girl is more use than twenty boys.”
46. “When pirates and lost boys meet, they merely bite their thumbs at each other.”
47. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”
48. “Stars are beautiful, but they may not take part in anything, they must just look on forever.”
49. “All children, except one, grow up.”
50. “Fairies have to be one thing or the other because being so small they, unfortunately, have room for one feeling only at a time.”
51. “Children have the strangest adventures without being troubled by them.”
52. “You need not be sorry for her. She was one of the kinds that likes to grow up. In the end, she grew up of her own free will a day quicker than the other girls.”
53. “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”
Wendy Quotes from J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan
54. “That is not Nana’s unhappy bark, that is her bark when she smells danger.”
55. “After all, one can’t leave his shadow lying about and not miss it sooner or later, don’t you agree?”
56. “Wendy had danced with joy, just as the real Mrs. Darling must have done.”
57. “Wendy was quite surprised but interested; and she indicated in the charming drawing-room manner, by a touch on her night-gown, that he could sit nearer her.”
58. “Peter Pan has come and he is to teach us to fly.”
59. “Wendy had a pet wolf forsaken by its parents.”
60. “But Wendy had not been dreaming, as the very next night showed, the night on which the extraordinary adventures of these children may be said to have begun.”
61. “If you or I or Wendy had been there we should have seen that he was very like Mrs. Darling’s kiss.”
62. “Wendy loved to lend her bracelet to her mother.”
63. “It is so naughty of him not to wipe his feet.”
64. “Wendy had lived such a home life that to know fairies struck her as quite delightful.”
Quotes About Neverland from J.M Barrie
65. “Of all delectable islands the Neverland is the snuggest and most compact.”
66. “It is quite impossible to say how time does wear on in the Neverland…”
67. “In the old days at home the Neverland had always begun to look a little dark and threatening by bedtime.”
68. “They drew near the Neverland; for after many moons they did reach it.”
69. “But in her dream, he had rent the film that obscures the Neverland, and she saw Wendy and John and Michael peeping through the gap.”
70. “She dreamt that the Neverland had come too near and that a strange boy had broken through from it.”
71. “The Neverland is always more or less an island, with astonishing splashes of color here and there.”
72. “If they are not claimed in seven days, they are sent far away to the Neverland to defray expenses.”
Peter Pan Quotes (1953)
73. “I think I had a mother once.” – Lost Boys
74. “I’m a codfish.” – Captain Hook
75. “This time, no turnum loose.” -Indian Chief
76. “This ain’t no place for a respectable pirate.” – Smee
77. “But, Captain, wouldn’t it be more humane-like to slit his throat?” – Smee
78. “Don’t you understand, Tink? You mean more to me than anything in this whole world!” – Peter Pan
79. “Why, Captain, cutting your hand off was only a childish prank, you might say.” – Smee
80. “Wendy’s enough.” – Peter Pan
81. “And then… we sailed away on a ship in the sky.” – Wendy
82. “George, dear, do hurry! We mustn’t be late for the party, you know.” – Mrs. Darling
83. “That cursed Peter Pan, making a fool out of me.” – Captain Hook
84. “I mean it! Young lady, this is your last night in the nursery!” – Mr. Darling
85. “Blast that Peter Pan. If I could only find his hideout, I’d trap him in his lair.” – Captain Hook
86. “Stop playing and help me find my shadow! Shadow … shadow …” – Peter Pan
87. “Yes, yes. A hop, skip, and a jump across Crocodile Creek and then nor’ by nor’east, one, two, three…” – Captain Hook
88. “Dash it all, Nana, don’t look at me like that. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that… well, you’re not really a nurse at all, you’re… well, a dog. And the children aren’t puppies, they’re people. And sooner or later, Nana, people have to grow up.” – Mr. Darling
89. “For the last time, Mr. Smee, take the princess back to her people.” – Peter Pan
90. “Good form, Mr. Smee? Blast good form! Did Pan show good form when he did this to me?” – Captain Hook
91. “I’m so happy, I think I’ll give you a kiss.” – Wendy
92. “You can’t stick it on with soap, Peter! It needs sewing. That’s the proper way to do it.” – Wendy
93. “Oh, Mary. Of all the impossible, childish fiddle-faddle, Peter Pan, indeed.” – Mr. Darling
94. “Now, now, now, now, Captain, just relax. What you need is a shave. A nice soothing shave. There, now.” – Smee
95. “I wouldn’t want this to go any further, but the cook told me that the first mate told him that he heard that Pan has banished Tinker Bell.” – Smee
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96. “Careful, Michael, my glasses!” – John
97. “Well, I’m certainly proud of you, you blockheads.” – Peter Pan
98. “Oh, I should like very much to cross swords with some real buccaneers.” – John
99. “I’m frightfully sorry, old chaps.” – John
100. “Poor Nana. Oh, yes, poor Nana. But poor father? Oh, no.” – Mr. Darling
101. “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away, and away means forgetting.” – Peter Pan
102. “When there’s a smile in your heart, there’s no better time to start.”
103. “You know, I have the strangest feeling that I’ve seen that ship before, a long time ago, when I was very young.” – Mr. Darling
104. “The poor captain has a splitting headache. We mustn’t annoy him.” – Smee
105. “Why, you blithering blockhead!” – Captain Hook
106. “Look alive, you swabs! We’ve got him this time, Mr. Smee.” – Captain Hook
107. “That cursed Peter Pan, making a fool out of me.” – Captain Hook
108. “But we mustn’t judge Peter too harshly, my dear. It’s that Wendy who’s to blame.” – Captain Hook
109. “So passeth a worthy opponent.” – Captain Hook
110. “Why, Peter, a mother’s someone who loves and cares for you and tells you stories.” -Wendy
111. “I’ll show you this ghost has blood in his veins.” – Captain Hook
Disney Peter Pan Quotes (2003)
112. “I do believe in fairies, I do, I do.” – Peter Pan
113. Wendy: Oh, how sweet! [Peter looks disgusted]
Wendy: What? Are mermaids not sweet?
Peter: They’ll sweetly drown you if you get too close.
114. “She was leaving you, Pan! Your Wendy was leaving you. Why should she stay? What have you to offer? You are incomplete. Let us now take a peep into the future, shall we?” – Captain Hook
115. Captain Hook: If I were you, I’d give up!
Peter: If you were me, I’d be ugly.
116. Wendy: Peter. You won’t forget me, will you?
Peter: Me? Forget? Never.
Wendy: Will you ever come back?
Peter: To hear stories… About me.
117. Peter: I want always to be a boy and have fun.
Wendy: You say so, but I think it is your biggest pretend.
118. “I wasn’t crying about mothers. I was crying because I can’t get this shadow to stick. And I wasn’t crying.” – Peter Pan
119. “Children who fall out of their prams when the nurse is not looking. If they are not claimed in seven days, they are sent to the Neverland.” – Peter Pan
120. Mrs. Darling: [as she’s sleeping] Wendy… Wendy
Peter: [as he’s closing the window] Sorry lady, we can’t both have her.
121. Peter: Oh, the cleverness of me.
Wendy: Of course, I did nothing…
Peter: You did a little.
122. Peter: Ready to lose the other one?
Captain Hook: Not this time.
123. “You can’t catch me and make me a man.” – Peter Pan
124. Wendy: I think you have, Peter. And I daresay you’ve felt it yourself. For something… or… someone?
Peter: Never. Even the sound of it offends me. [Wendy tries to touch his face, and he jumps away]
Peter: Why do you have to spoil everything? We have fun, don’t we? I taught you to fly and to fight. What more could there be?
Wendy: There is so much more. Peter: What? What else is there?
Wendy: I don’t know. I guess it becomes clearer when you grow up.
Peter: Well, I will not grow up. You cannot make me!
Peter Pan Quotes from Once Upon a Time (ABC)
Peter Pan is a villain in Once Upon a Time, so these quotes are slightly less pleasant than some of J.M Barrie’s finest words!
125. “Where’s your sense of adventure?”
126. “You will only be able to read that map when you stop denying who you really are.”
127. “I may not be the most well-behaved boy on the island, but I always keep my promises.”
128. “Cheaters never win”
129. “Beneath all that power, you’re nothing more than an unloved, lonely lost boy.”
130. “Any rule can be broken, especially here.”
131. “Don’t be afraid. Be flattered.”
132. “Their suffering will be eternal.”
133. “The King, huh? We don’t have any kings in Neverland. Just me.”
134. “You surprised to see me, Rumple? I don’t blame you. I’m a little surprised myself. Look who’s all grown up and become the Dark One! Good for you.”
135. “Oh, I understand you’re upset. Most parents’ worst fear is that their child will be taken away from them. But that’s not yours, is it, Rumple? No. You’re not afraid Baelfire will be taken from you. You’re afraid he’ll leave. After all, being abandoned is what you’re good at, isn’t it? Everyone you’ve ever known has left, haven’t they? Like Bae’s mother Milah. Not to mention your own father. Why should Baelfire be any different?”
136. Peter Pan: For quite some time, I’ve sought something extremely important, something more elusive than the greatest of all mysteries.
Henry Mills: What?
Peter Pan: The heart of the truest believer.
137. “This place runs on imagination, on belief. But your world stopped believing. Magic is dying and you, Henry, need to save it.”
138. “It makes sense for us to dream about the things we’ve lost and the things we hoped for, like your father being alive and your mother coming to find you. But eventually, you’ll find new things to dream about. And when you do, they’ll start to come true.”
139. “I’m just trying to point out the silver lining in your cloudy life.”
140. “You’re a one-handed pirate with a drinking problem? I’m no grown-up, but I’m pretty sure that’s less than appealing.
What is Peter Pan’s famous line?
He has a few famous line, but the most popular one is “all the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust”.
What does Peter Pan say to get to Neverland?
He says “second star to the right and straight on ’til morning”!
What is Peter Pan a metaphor for?
Peter Pan is a metaphor for being afraid of growing up and the struggle of leaving childhood behind. It’s also a commentary on the innocence of youth and the tragedy of all children needing to grow up eventually.
What did Peter Pan call a kiss?
Peter Pan calls an acorn button a kiss because Wendy confuses him by calling it a “kiss” when they first meet!
Why is Tinker Bell in love with Peter Pan?
Tinker Bell isn’t in love with Peter in a traditional sense, but she cares about him deeply and is even willing to risk her life for him. This means she does get jealous and a bit hot-headed from time to time.
Who is Peter Pan’s girlfriend?
Peter Pan doesn’t have an official girlfriend, but Wendy Darling is totally his love interest!
Is Tinker Bell a pixie or a fairy?
In the original story by J.M Barrie, Tinker Bell is a fairy. In the movies, she’s a pixie!
Is Peter Pan a human or a fairy?
Peter Pan is a human boy, but he’s lived in Neverland for so long that he’s become almost a mythical and magical creature.
Did Peter Pan love Wendy?
It’s heavily hinted at in all versions of Peter Pan (especially the 2003 movie!) that Peter Pan and Wendy love each other. It’s not a deep and passionate love that adults might experience, but it appears as a sweet first love that ends up breaking Peter’s heart. After all, Wendy does need to grow up.
What is the Peter Pan ride at Disney World?
The Peter Pan ride at Disney World is called Peter Pan’s flight! It’s a classic dark ride that takes you over the streets of London and through to Neverland. It’s a classic Disney ride that’s ideal for toddlers visiting Magic Kingdom for the first time!
I hope you enjoyed this bumper list of Peter Pan quotes!
Which is your favorite version of this popular character? What are your favorite Peter Pan quotes? I’ll always have a soft spot for 2003 Peter Pan, but I’m a sucker for the original 1953 Disney movie too!
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