Peter Pan Quotes

Walt on Peter Pan at DisneylandReleased to theaters in the winter of ’53, Walt Disney’s animated feature Peter Pan was a long shelved passion project for Walt and the Disney Studio. Among the top contenders for his very first animated feature (which ultimately went to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), the story of Peter Pan was one that always fascinated Mr. Disney and finally he was able to bring his vision to the screen in February of 1953. The original story by author J.M. Barrie contains many wonderful, sweeping images and a great deal of memorable dialogue and quotes. Presented in today’s Walt Disney blog update, we gather our favorite quotes from the J.M. Barrie original play that served as inspiration to Walt Disney’s animated film. Enjoy!


“To die would be an awfully big adventure.”


“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”


“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”


“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.”

Peter Pan Illustration

“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.”


“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning. ”


“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”


“All children, except one, grow up.”


“Fairies have to be one thing or the other, because being so small they unfortunately have room for one feeling only at a time.”


“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.”


“There could not have been a lovelier sight; but there was none to see it except a little boy who was staring in at the window. He had ecstasies innumerable that other children can never know; but he was looking through the window at the one joy from which he must be for ever barred.”

Aboard Captain Hook's Ship

“Stars are beautiful, but they may not take part in anything, they must just look on forever.”


“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.”


“All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, ‘Oh, why can’t you remain like this for ever!’ This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.”


“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.”


“Can anything harm us, mother, after the night-lights are lit?”
“Nothing, precious,” she said; “they are the eyes a mother leaves behind her to guard her children.”


“For long the two enemies looked at one another, Hook shuddering slightly, and Peter with the strange smile upon his face.
“So, Pan,” said Hook at last, “this is all your doing.”
“Ay, James Hook,” came the stern answer, “it is all my doing.”
“Proud and insolent youth,” said Hook, “prepare to meet thy doom.”
“Dark and sinister man,“For long the two enemies looked at one another, Hook shuddering slightly, and Peter with the strange smile upon his face.
“Dark and sinister man,” Peter answered, “have at thee.”

Peter Pan vs. Captain Hook

“..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.”


“Stars are beautiful, but they may not take an active part in anything, they must just look on for ever. It is a punishment put on them for something they did so long ago that no star now knows what it was. So the older ones have become glassy-eyed and seldom speak (winking is the star language), but the little ones still wonder.”


“She was a lovely lady, with a romantic mind and such a sweet mocking mouth. Her romantic mind was like the tiny boxes, one within the other, that come from the puzzling East, however many you discover there is always one more; and her sweet mocking mouth had one kiss on it that Wendy could never get, though there it was, perfectly conspicuous in the right-hand corner.”


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