Peter Pan was written by J.M. Barrie and remains one of the most famous children’s classics. The story was initially created in 1904 as a play, and was turned into a novel, titled Peter and Wendy in 1911. The title was later changed to Peter Pan. Despite the fact that it was published more than 115 years ago, Peter Pan’s adventures and characters are still loved by children and adults alike. The myth of the ‘Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up’ tells us so much about the transition from childhood to adulthood with all its responsibilities. The story also taps into a child’s imagination and freedom from society. There are many insightful, and thought-provoking quotes and here are some of our favourite quotes from Peter Pan:
1. “Why can't you fly now, mother?” “Because I am grown up, dearest. When people grow up they forget the way.”
Jane and Wendy, Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie
2. "I don't know whether you have ever seen a map of a person's mind. Doctors sometimes draw maps of other parts of you, and your own map can become intensely interesting, but catch them trying to draw a map of a child's mind, which is not only confused, but keeps going round all the time."
3. “The last thing he ever said to me was, “Just always be waiting for me, and then some night you will hear me crowing.”
Wendy, Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie
4. "She asked where he lived. “Second to the right,” said Peter, “and then straight on till morning.”"
Wendy and Peter, Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie
5. "Odd things happen to all of us on our way through life without our noticing for a time that they have happened."
6. "All children, except one, grow up."
7. "Stars are beautiful, but they may not take an active part in anything, they must just look on for ever."
8. “You see 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.”
9. “If you believe,” he shouted to them, “clap your hands; don't let Tink die.”
10. “Would you like an adventure now,” he said casually to John, “or would you like to have your tea first?”