35 Peter Pan Quotes on Growing Up, Having Faith, and More

Here are our favorite Peter Pan quotes from the 1953 movie and J.M. Barrie’s novel!

Neverland is a faraway place famous for people who never get old. Among them is Peter Pan, the leader of the Lost Boys. He’s free-spirited and adventurous; most of all, he flies!

Peter Pan meets Wendy, a young girl who never wants to grow up. Knowing this, Peter offers to take her with him to Neverland. Wendy went with him and relished all the new adventures and friends she met.

However, no matter how much she loved Neverland, in the end, Wendy accepted that she had to return home and grow up. Even when she grew into an adult and had children, she always remembered Peter Pan and Neverland.

She kept believing and taught her kids to dream, too. Wendy and Peter Pan’s adventures will help you have faith in the impossible.

So, reawaken your sense of wonder with the help of these Peter Pan quotes we’ve gathered!

And don’t forget to check out these Tinker Bell quotes.

Best Peter Pan Quotes

1. “This won’t do. What’s the matter with you? All it takes is faith and trust. Oh! And something I forgot—dust! Just a little bit of pixie dust. Now, think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings.” – Peter Pan

2. “After all, one can’t leave his shadow lying about and not miss it sooner or later, don’t you agree?” – Wendy Darling

3. “Why, Peter, a mother’s someone who loves and cares for you and tells you stories.” – Wendy Darling

4. “Oh, Peter, I knew you’d come back! I saved your shadow for you. Oh, I do hope it isn’t rumpled. You know, you look exactly the way I thought you would. A little taller perhaps.” – Wendy Darling

5. “Well, a mother—a real mother—is the most wonderful person in the world. She’s the angel voice that bids you goodnight, kisses your cheek, whispers, ‘Sleep tight.’” – Wendy Darling

6. “But we mustn’t judge Peter too harshly, me dear. It’s that Wendy who’s to blame.” – Captain Hook

7. Peter Pan: “Well? Get on with it, girl!”

Wendy Darling: “My name is Wendy. Wendy Moira Angela Darling.”

Peter Pan: “Wendy’s enough.”

Peter Pan Quotes That Will Make You Braver Than Ever

8. “Well, I’m certainly proud of you, you blockheads.” – Peter Pan

9. Captain Hook: “Fly! Fly! Fly! You coward!”

Peter Pan: “Coward? Me?”

Captain Hook: “Ha ha ha! You wouldn’t dare fight old Hook man-to-man. You’d fly away like a cowardly sparrow!”

Peter Pan: “Nobody calls Pan a coward and lives! I’ll fight you man-to-man, with one hand behind my back.”

10. “Look alive, you swabs! We’ve got him this time, Mr. Smee.” – Captain Hook

11. “There it is, Wendy! Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.” – Peter Pan

12. “You’re next, Hook! This time you’ve gone too far!” – Peter Pan

13. “Oh, but, Mother, it was such a wonderful adventure!” – Wendy Darling

14. “Oh, I should like very much to cross swords with some real buccaneers.” – John Darling

15. “Blast that Peter Pan. If I could only find his hideout, I’d trap him in his lair.” – Captain Hook

Magical Peter Pan Quotes to Help You Grow

16. “But Mother, I don’t want to grow up.” – Wendy Darling

17. “Go on! Go back and grow up! But I’m warning you, once you’re grown up, you can never come back.” – Peter Pan

18. “I shall try to be worthy of my post.” – John Darling

Peter Pan Quotes to Add Some Excitement to Your Day

19. Cubby: “I think I had a mother once.”

Twin #1: “What was she like?”

Twin #2: “What was she like?”

Cubby: “I forget.”

Slightly: “I had a white rat.”

Cubby: “That’s no mother!”

20. “Now, now, now, now, Captain. Just relax. What you need is a shave. A nice soothing shave. There, now.” – Mr. Smee

21. Peter Pan: “Tinker Bell! I hereby banish you forever.”

Wendy Darling: “Please, not forever.”

Peter Pan: “Well, for a week then.”

22. “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

Peter Pan Quotes From the Book That’ll Take You Back to Neverland

23. “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” – J.M. Barrie, Author

24. “To die will be an awfully big adventure.” – J.M. Barrie, Author

25. “Never is an awfully long time.” – J.M. Barrie, Author

26. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” – J.M. Barrie, Author

27. “Children have the strangest adventures without being troubled by them.” – J.M. Barrie, Author

28. “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” – J.M. Barrie, Author

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

30. “Stars are beautiful, but they may not take part in anything; they must just look on forever.” – J.M. Barrie, Author

More Peter Pan Quotes for Fans of J.M. Barrie

31. “It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness.” – J.M. Barrie, Author

32. “All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again.” – J.M. Barrie, Author

33. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder—or forgetful.” – J.M. Barrie, Author

34. “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 forever!’ 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.” – J.M. Barrie, Author

35. “You see, Wendy, 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.” – J.M. Barrie, Author

What’s Your Favorite Peter Pan Adaptation?

Peter Pan is a must-read and must-watch for everyone. Many years after its first release, it’s still as meaningful now as it was before. Through it, we learn that growing up doesn’t mean losing our ability to believe.

In the story, Wendy didn’t want to grow older. No matter who told her she had to let go and just grow up, she didn’t. Wendy wanted—so much—to hold on to Peter Pan’s existence that she went to Neverland.

However, even with all the friends she made there, Wendy knew she had to face life and reality. So, she returned home, met reality, and never went back to Neverland. Yet, all the memories she had remained fresh; she didn’t let go of her faith in Peter Pan—no matter how many years had passed.

Wendy told her stories to her kids and kept Peter Pan’s legend alive. She is proof that, no matter how old we get, we still have the choice—and the right—to keep believing and dreaming. We all have to grow up and face the world, but it doesn’t mean we have to let go of our sense of wonder.

Peter Pan is indeed a story of innocence, growth, and faith. So, let Peter Pan, Wendy, and their friends give you a fresh perspective on the world! Never lose faith, and keep on dreaming!

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Karen Danao

Hi, I’m Karen, a content curator and writer for Quote Ambition; I’m also a marketing and advertising professional. Beyond the keyboard and the screen, I’m someone who’s out to enjoy every bit that life has to offer!

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