Peter Pan Quotes

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To die will be an awfully big adventure.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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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.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Wendy," Peter Pan continued in a voice that no woman has ever yet been able to resist, "Wendy, one girl is more use than twenty boys.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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To live will be an awfully big adventure.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Never is an awfully long time.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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All children, except one, grow up.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan: Fairy Tales)
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Stars are beautiful, but they may not take part in anything, they must just look on forever.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Pan, who and what art thou?" he cried huskily. "I'm youth, I'm joy," Peter answered at a venture, "I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Build a house?" exclaimed John. "For the Wendy," said Curly. "For Wendy?" John said, aghast. "Why, she is only a girl!" "That," explained Curly, "is why we are her servants.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Fairies have to be one thing or the other, because being so small they unfortunately have room for one feeling only at a time.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.
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James V. Hart (Hook)
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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.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Oh, the cleverness of me!
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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I suppose it's like the ticking crocodile, isn't it? Time is chasing after all of us.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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I taught you to fight and to fly. What more could there be?
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan and Wendy)
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Just always be waiting for me.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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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.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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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.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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She asked where he lived. Second to the right,' said Peter, 'and then straight on till morning.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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She did not believe he could have really gone, because for her, to leave the person you loved was impossible.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
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Would you like an adventure now, or would like to have your tea first?
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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There is a saying in the Neverland that,every time you breathe, a grown-up dies.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Thunder boomed overhead. Lightning flashed, and the bars on the nearest window burst into sizzling, melted stubs of iron. Jason flew in like Peter Pan, electricity sparking around him and his gold sword steaming. Leo whistled appreciatively. β€œMan, you just wasted an awesome entrance.” Jason frowned. He noticed the hog-tied Kerkopes. β€œWhat the—” β€œAll by myself,” Leo said. β€œI’m special that way.
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Rick Riordan (The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4))
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It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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If you shut your eyes and are a lucky one, you may see at times a shapeless pool of lovely pale colours suspended in the darkness; then if you squeeze your eyes tighter, the pool begins to take shape, and the colours become so vivid that with another squeeze they must go on fire.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles. We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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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," Peter answered, "have at thee.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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The last thing he ever said to me was, 'Just always be waiting for me, and then some night you will hear me crowing.
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J.M. Barrie
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Wendy, Wendy, when you are sleeping in your silly bed you might be flying about with me saying funny things to the stars.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Forget them, Wendy. Forget them all. Come with me where you'll never, never have to worry about grown up things again. Never is an awfully long time.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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You won't forget me, Peter, will you, before spring-cleaning time comes? Of course Peter promised, and then he flew away. He took Mrs. Darling's kiss with him. The kiss that had been for no one else Peter took quite easily. Funny. But she seemd satisfied.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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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.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Absence makes the heart grow fonder… or forgetful.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Second to the right, and straight on till morning." That, Peter had told Wendy, was the way to the Neverland
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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You just think lovely wonderful thoughts," Peter explained, "and they lift you up in the air.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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I'm youth, I'm joy, I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan: Peter and Wendy)
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She's awfully fond of Wendy,' he said to himself. He was angry with her now for not seeing why she could not have Wendy. The reason was so simple: 'I'm fond of her too. We can't both have her, lady.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Why can't you fly now, mother?" "Because I am grown up, dearest. When people grow up they forget the way." "Why do they forget the way?" "Because they are no longer gay and innocent and heartless. It is only the gay and innocent and heartless who can fly.
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J.M. Barrie
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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, β€˜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.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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And Peter laughed, and when he did, all the Devils grinned, because Peter's laugh was a most contagious thing.
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Brom (The Child Thief)
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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.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Peter was not quite like other boys; but he was afraid at last. A tremour ran through him, like a shudder passing over the sea; but on the sea one shudder follows another till there are hundreds of them, and Peter felt just the one. Next moment he was standing erect on the rock again, with that smile on his face and a drum beating within him. It was saying, "To die will be an awfully big adventure.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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He was a poet; and they are never exactly grown-up.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens)
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Tink was not all bad: or, rather, she was all bad just now, but, on the other hand, sometimes she was all good. Fairies have to be one thing or the other, because being so small they unfortunately have room for one feeling only at a time. They are, however, allowed to change, only it must be a complete change.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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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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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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But the years came and went without bringing the careless boy; and when they met again Wendy was a married woman, and Peter was no more to her than a little dust in the box in which she had kept her toys.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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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.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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One could mention many lovable traits in Smee. For instance, after killing, it was his spectacles he wiped instead of his weapon.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Boy, why are you crying?
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Feeling that Peter was on his way back, the Neverland had again woke into life. We ought to use the pluperfect and say wakened, but woke is better and was always used by Peter.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Listen, I don't care what you say about my race, creed, or religion, Fatty, but don't tell me I'm not sensitive to beauty. That's my Achilles' heel, and don't you forget it. To me, everything is beautiful. Show me a pink sunset, and I'm limp, by God. Anything. Peter Pan. Even before the curtain goes up at Peter Pan I'm a goddamn puddle of tears.
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J.D. Salinger (Franny and Zooey)
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Sir, you are both ungallant and deficient! How am I deficient? You're just a boy.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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and thus it will go on, so long as children are gay and innocent and heartless.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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I wasn't crying about mothers," he said rather indignantly. "I was crying because I can't get my shadow to stick on. Besides, I wasn't crying.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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There was no twinkle in his eyes. "Maybe I just love some of you. Maybe not enough." Tiger Lily blinked at him, and she didn't understand how anyone could only love a part. Her greedy heart didn't work that way.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
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CUSTOMER: OK, so you want this book? THEIR DAUGHTER: Yes! CUSTOMER: Peter Pan? THEIR DAUGHTER: Yes, please. Because he can fly. CUSTOMER: Yes, he can - he's very good at flying. THEIR DAUGHTER: Why can't I fly, daddy? CUSTOMER: Because of evolution, sweetheart.
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Jen Campbell (Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops)
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You have the optimism of a child. (Julian) Peter Pan all the way. (Grace)
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Sherrilyn Kenyon (Fantasy Lover (Hunter Legends, #1))
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Everyone will think I'm ugly." Tik Tok smiled. "That's true. But we are a small village. We have narrow tastes. There's no telling who else in the world would think you're beautiful.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
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How can I describe Peter's face, the pieces of him that stick to my heart? Peter sometimes looked aloof and distant; sometimes his face was open and soft as a bruise. Sometimes he looked completely at Tiger Lily, as if she were the point on which all the universe revolved, as if she were the biggest mystery of life, or as if she were a flame and he couldn't not look even though he was scared. And sometimes it would all disappear into carelessness, confidence, amusement, as if he didn't need anyone or anything on this earth to feel happy and alive.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
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To not do what you can to protect someone, that's cowardly.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
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I don't want to go to school and learn solemn things.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens)
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After you have been unfair to him he will love you again, but he will never afterwards be quite the same boy. No one ever gets over the first unfairness; no one except Peter.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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I'll teach you how to jump on the wind's back, and then away we go.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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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. "Perhaps he is ill," Michael said. "You know he is never ill." Michael came close to her and whispered, with a shiver, "Perhaps there is no such person, Wendy!" and then Wendy would have cried if Michael had not been crying.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
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Take care, lest an adventure is now offered you, which, if accepted, will plunge you in deepest woe.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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I'm definitely a bit of Peter Pan, reluctant to grow up....part of me would prefer not to have any responsibility whatsoever.
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Helena Bonham Carter
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Years rolled on again, and Wendy had a daughter. This ought not to be written in ink but in a golden splash.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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But where do you live mostly now?" With the lost boys." Who are they?" They are the children who fall out of their perambulators when the nurse is looking the other way. If they are not claimed in seven days they are sent far away to the Neverland to defray expanses. I'm captain." What fun it must be!" Yes," said cunning Peter, "but we are rather lonely. You see we have no female companionship." Are none of the others girls?" Oh no; girls, you know, are much too clever to fall out of their prams.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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I am the best there ever was!
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan: Fairy Tales)
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Forever is a very long time Peter
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Off we skip like the most heartless things in the world, which is what children are, but so attractive; and we have an entirely selfish time, and then when we have need of special attention we nobly return for it, confident that we shall be rewarded instead of smacked.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Fairies don’t live long, but they are so little that a short time seems a good while to them
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy))
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I believe that everyone else my age is an adult whereas I am merely in disguise.
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Margaret Atwood
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For Peter's smile is a most contagious thing.
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Brom (The Child Thief)
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Two is the beginning of the end.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Did you know I always thought you were braver than me? Did you ever guess that that was why I was so afraid? It wasn't that I only loved some of you. But I wondered if you could ever love more than some of me. I knew I'd miss you. But the surprising thing is, you never leave me. I never forget a thing. Every kind of love, it seems, is the only one. It doesn't happen twice. And I never expected that you could have a broken heart and love with it too, so much that it doesn't seem broken at all. I know young people look at me and think my youth seems so far away, but it's all around me, and you're all around me. Tiger Lily, do you think magic exists if it can be explained? I can explain why I loved you, I can explain the theory of evolution that tells me why mermaids live in Neverland and nowhere else. But it still feels magic. The lost boys all stood at our wedding. Does it seem odd to you that they could have stood at a wedding that wasn't yours and mine? It does to me. and I'm sorry for it, and for a lot, and I also wouldn't change it. It is so quiet here. Even with all the trains and the streets and the people. It's nothing like the jungle. The boys have grown. Everything has grown. Do you think you will ever grow? I hope not. I like to think that even if I change and fade away, some other people won't. I like to think that one day after I die, at least one small particle of me - of all the particles that will spread everywhere - will float all the way to Neverland, and be part of a flower or something like that, like that poet said, the one that your Tik Tok loved. I like to think that nothing's final, and that everyone gets to be together even when it looks like they don't, that it all works out even when all the evidence seems to say something else, that you and I are always young in the woods, and that I'll see you sometime again, even if it's not with any kind of eyes I know of or understand. I wouldn't be surprised if that is the way things go after all - that all things end happy. Even for you and Tik Tok. and for you and me. Always, Your Peter P.S. Please give my love to Tink. She was always such a funny little bug.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
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Our heroine knew that the mother would always leave the window open for her children to fly back by; so they stayed away for years and had a lovely time...
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J.M. Barrie
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How did you ever get here, Maddie Brodatt?" "'Second to the right, and then straight on till morning,'" she answered promptly-it did feel like Neverland. "Crikey, am I so obviously Peter Pan?" Maddie laughed. "The Lost Boys give it away." Jamie studied his hands. "Mother keeps the windows open in all our bedrooms while we're gone, like Mrs. Darling, just in case we come flying home when she's not expecting us.
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Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity)
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That fiend!" Mr. Darling would cry, and Nana's bark was the echo of it, but Mrs. Darling never upbraided Peter; there was something in the right-hand corner of her mouth that wanted her not to call Peter names.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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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. All he thinks he has a right to when he comes to you to be yours is fairness. After you have been unfair to him he will love you again, but he will never afterwards be quite the same boy. No one ever gets over the first unfairness; no one except Peter.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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It feels sort of euphoric, like we're in some sort of fairytale. Like she's Tinkerbell and I'm Peter Pan. No, wait. I don't want to be Peter Pan. Maybe she can be like Cinderella and I'll be her Prince Charming. Yeah, I like that fantasy better. Cinderella's hot when she's all poor and sweaty and slaving over the stove.
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Colleen Hoover (Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5))
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I love you Delete If you leave him, I’ll leave her Delete Can we talk? Delete Peter Pan Delete
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Tarryn Fisher (Thief (Love Me with Lies, #3))
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no matter how hard we try to be mature, we will always be a kid when we all get hurt and cry
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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They took it for granted that if they went he would go also, but really they scarcely cared. Thus children are ever so ready, when novelty knocks, to desert their dearest ones.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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David tells me that fairies never say 'We feel happy': what they say is, 'We feel dancey'.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens)
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He was so full of wrath against grown-ups, who as usual, were spoiling everything, that as soon as he got inside his tree he breathed intentionally quick short breaths at the rate of about five to a second. He did this because there is a saying in the Neverland, that everytime you breathe, a grown-up dies; and Peter was killing them of vindictively as fast as possible.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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I hate clowns. You can't see what they're thinking.
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Geraldine McCaughrean (Peter Pan in Scarlet)
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I like to think that nothing's final, and that everyone gets to be together even when it looks like they don't, that it all works out even when all the evidence seems to say something else, that you and I are always young in the woods, and that I'll see you sometime again, even if it's not with any kind of eyes I know of or understand. I wouldn't be surprised if that is the way things go after all - that all things end happy.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
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Even though you want to try to, never grow up
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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What child unable to sleep on a warm summer night hasn't thought he saw Peter Pan's sailing ship in the sky? I will teach you to see that ship.
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Roberto Cotroneo
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The Wizard Of Oz" has secrets that are just too much. Or "Peter Pan" – the whole 'lost boys' thing is just incredible. They’re not childlike at all, they’re really, really deep; you can rule your life by them. Or say 'child-like', because children are the most brilliant people of all, that’s why they relate to those stories so well. Fairy-tales are wonderful.
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Michael Jackson
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I HOLD If I could have had him, I could have let him go. But without the having there was nothingβ€” so to the nothing I hold.
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Coco J. Ginger
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Peter had seen many tragedies, but he had forgotten them all.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Proud and insolent youth,” said Hook, β€œprepare to meet thy doom.” β€œDark and sinister man,” Peter answered, β€œhave at thee.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan and Wendy)
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He was never more sinister than when he was most polite...
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J.M. Barrie
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And if he forgets them so quickly," Wendy argued, "how can we expect that he will go on remembering us?
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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There are many different kinds of bravery. There's the bravery of thinking of others before one's self. 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. Michael: Where did he put them? Mrs. Darling: He put them in a drawer. And sometimes, late at night, we take them out and admire them. But it gets harder and harder to close the drawer... He does. And that is why he is brave.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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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. He would come down laughing over something fearfully funny he had been saying to a star, but he had already forgotten what it was, or he would come up with mermaid scales still sticking to him, and yet not be able to to say for certain what had been happening. It was really rather irritating to children who had never seen a mermaid.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Of all the delectable islands the Neverland is the snuggest and most compact, not large and sprawly, you know, with tedious distances between one adventure and another, but nicely crammed. When you play at it by day with the chairs and table-cloth, it is not in the least alarming, but in the two minutes before you go to sleep it becomes very nearly real. That is why there are night-lights.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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[Peter Pan] has never broken his terrible habit of eavesdropping. So, maybe that wasn't the rustle of pages you heard while this story lasted, but Peter Pan himself, listening in. In exchanged for a story of yours, he might show you his most prized possession: James Hooks' map of Neverland. In exchange for a smile, he may show you Neverland itself.
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Geraldine McCaughrean (Peter Pan in Scarlet)
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Peter,' she asked, trying to speak firmly, 'what are your exact feelings for me?' Those of a devoted son, Wendy.' I thought so,' she said, and went and sat by herself at the extreme end of the room. You are so queer,' he said, frankly puzzled, 'and Tiger Lily is just the same. There is something she wants to be to me, but she says it is not my mother.' No, indeed, it is not,' Wendy replied with frightful emphasis.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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It may have been quixotic, but it was magnificent.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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For the next couple of weeks she held Peter like a secret in her heart, lying right under her necklace. I could see him written on her face, and Tik Tok, too, seemed to catch shadows of him, because he'd stop to stare at her, puzzled, as if he'd just seen the boy flit across her eyes-seen the ghost of the kiss lingering for a second on the skin of her neck before disappearing.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
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The fairies, as their custom, clapped their hands with delight over their cleverness, and they were so madly in love with the little house that they could not bear to think they had finished it.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens)
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An unspoken rivalry threaded their relationship, in which Tiger Lily thought that if she could keep up with him, she could hold tighter to him. It didn't occur to her there was anything in which Peter would want her to fail. But sometimes, I could see that, even for him, she was too fast, too sure-footed, and didn't seem to need him quite enough.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
β€œ
All the boys were grown up and done for by this time; so it is scarcely worth while saying anything more about them. You may see the twins and Nibs and Curly any day going to an office, each carrying a little bag and an umbrella. Michael is an engine driver. Slightly married a lady of title, and so he became a lord. You see that judge in a wig coming out at the iron door? That used to be Tootles. The bearded man who doesn't know any story to tell his children was once John.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
β€œ
I feel like you're always trying to sneak into my mind. You're like Peter Pan - always climbing in windows and causing trouble." She scrunched up her nose. "Did you really just call med Peter Pan?" "I've called you worse." I eased the car into traffic. "A llama," she said. "I loved that.
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Tarryn Fisher (Thief (Love Me with Lies, #3))
β€œ
See," he said, "the arrow struck against this. It is the kiss I gave her. It has saved her life.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens / Peter and Wendy)
β€œ
Peter Pan.
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Tarryn Fisher (Thief (Love Me with Lies, #3))
β€œ
However, as we are here we may as well stay and look on. That is all we are, lookers-on. Nobody really wants us. So let us watch and say jaggy things, in the hope that some of them will hurt.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
β€œ
Sometimes Peter treated her like she was the only thing in the forest. Sometimes he was so distracted by the things around him that she had to keep up or be left behind. But a lot of times, she knew he did it on purpose, and she didn't have to know why. He seemed to have reasons for doing things even he didn't understand.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
β€œ
Why does this faerie follow you everywhere?" he asked. "Do you think she's plotting to murder you in your sleep?" he teased. My wings and the tips of my feet tingled with anger. But then he reached a finger toward me gently, and the anger melted. "Let's name her Tinker Bell," he said, like I was their child. He swooped his hand underneath me. "Hi, little Tink." Hearing him say it thrilled me-a name Peter had invented, just for me.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
β€œ
If Peter Pan had been real, he would've gone mad and killed everyone in Neverland.
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Amanda Hocking (Wisdom (My Blood Approves, #4))
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I don’t know if you have ever seem 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. There are zigzag lines on it, just like your temperature on a card, and these are probably roads in the island; for the Neverland is always more or less and island, with astonishing splashes of colour here and there, and coral reefs and rakish-looking craft in the offing, and savages and lonely lairs, and gnomes who are mostly tailors, and caves through which a river runs, and princes with six elder brothers, and a hut fast going to decay, and one very small old lady with a hooked nose.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
β€œ
And always, I could see that, despite his weakness for her or because of it, he seemed uncatchable, as if he might slip away at any moment.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
β€œ
Again came that ringing crow, and Peter dropped in front of them. "Greeting, boys," he cried, and mechanically they saluted, and then again was silence. He frowned. "I am back," he said hotly, "why do you not cheer?
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens / Peter and Wendy)
β€œ
And so when Mrs. Darling went back to the night-nursery to see if her husband was asleep, all the beds were occupied. The children waited for her cry of joy, but it did not come. She saw them, but she did not believe they were there. You see, she saw them in their beds so often in her dreams that she thought this was just the dream hanging around her still.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
β€œ
Because Peter promised them adventures and happiness and then took them away to the island where they died. They weren’t forever young, unless dying when you were young kept you that way for always.
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Christina Henry (Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook)
β€œ
Will they reach the nursery in time? If so, how delightful for them, and we shall all breathe a sigh of relief, but there will be no story. On the other hand, if they are not in time, I solemnly promise that it will all come right in the end.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
β€œ
It feels sort of euphoric, like we’re in some sort of fairytale. Like she’s Tinkerbell and I’m Peter Pan. No, wait. I don’t want to be Peter Pan. Maybe she can be like Cinderella and I’ll be her Prince Charming
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Colleen Hoover (Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5))
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He looked at her uncomfortably; blinking, you know, like one not sure whether he was awake or asleep.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
β€œ
astonishing splashes of colour
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan and Wendy)
β€œ
A moment after the fairy's entrance the window was blown open by the breathing of the little stars, and Peter dropped in.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
β€œ
Children have the strangest adventures without being troubled by them. For instance, they may remember to mention, a week after the event happened, that when they were in the wood they had met their dead father and had a game with him.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Shoot the Wendybird!
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J.M. Barrie
β€œ
I remember when I saw Peter Pan when I was little. After all the other kids wanted to reenact the battles of the lost boys, pirates, and Indians, and all I could think about was the part where Peter Pan sits still while Wendy takes a sharp needle and, with concern and maybe love, sews his shadow onto his feet. And I wonder if the pain excited him as much as it excited me to watch. I hang here, the voices still bleeding in my ears. I watch my shadow, solid like a murdered body's outline, and I pray. Maybe one more slice, just one more, will sever it forever.
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J.T. LeRoy (The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things)
β€œ
It was like this sometimes, and I felt I should look away, but I couldn't. I wanted to be there, having my face touched, defeating a heart like Peter's, but the next best thing was seeing it for Tiger Lily.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
β€œ
Next moment he was standing erect on the rock again, with that smile on his face and a drum beating within him. It was saying, "To die will be an awfully big adventure.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan and Wendy)
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It’s not such a wonderful thing, to be young,” I said. β€œIt’s heartless, and selfish.” β€œBut, oh, so free,” Nod said sadly. β€œSo free when you have no worries or cares.
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Christina Henry (Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook)
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Peter invented, with Wendy's help, a new game that fascinated him enormously, until he suddenly had no more interest in it, which, as you have been told, was what always happened with his games. It consisted in pretending not to have adventures...
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
β€œ
It was not really Saturday night, at least it may have been, for they had long lost count of the days; but always if they wanted to do anything special they said this was Saturday night, and then they did it.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
β€œ
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 next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course you can't) you would see your own mother doing this and you would find it very interesting to watch. It's quite like tidying up drawers. You would see her on her knees, I expect, lingering humorously over some of your contents, wondering where on Earth you picked this thing up, making discoveries sweet and not so sweet, pressing this to her cheek, as if it were a nice kitten, and hurriedly stowing that out of sight. When you wake in the morning, the naughtiness and evil passions with which you went to bed have been folded up small and placed at the bottom of your mind and on the top, beautifully aired, are spread out the prettier thoughts, ready for you to put on.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
β€œ
He was a little boy, and she was grown up. She huddled by the fire not daring to move, helpless and guilty, a big woman.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
β€œ
You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
β€œ
Every child is affected thus the first time he is treated unfairly . All he thinks he has a right to when he comes to you to be yours is fairness. After you have been unfair to him he will love you again, but will never afterwards be the same boy. No one ever gets over the first unfairness; no one except Peter. He often met it, but he always forgot it. I suppose that was the real difference between him and all the rest.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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When she expressed a doubtful hope that Tinker Bell would be glad to see her, he said, β€˜Who is Tinker Bell?’ β€˜O Peter,’ she said, shocked; but even when she explained he could not remember. β€˜There are such a lot of them,’ he said. β€˜I expect she is no more.’ I expect he was right, for fairies don’t live long, but they are so little that a short time seems a good while to them.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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The door', replied Maimie, 'will always, always be open, and mother will always be waiting at it for me.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens)
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I think it's perfectly lovely the way you talk about girls...
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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when there's a smile in your heart, there's no better time to start
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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No, no," Mr. Darling always said, "I am responsible for it all. I, George Darling, did it. MEA CULPA, MEA CULPA." He had had a classical education.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Peter Pan,” I whisper into her ear. β€œI’m afraid.” β€œAfraid of what?” I kiss the opposite corner. She’s not as stiff as she was a minute ago. I kiss her mouth full on and close my eyes at the feel of her lips. God, I am so whipped by this woman. β€œOf how vulnerable you make me.
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Tarryn Fisher (Thief (Love Me with Lies, #3))
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I began to see that Wendy had something Tiger Lily hadn't even known she was supposed to have. Of all the things Tiger Lily had thought she might have to be for Peter-strong, brave; to be big and to keep up-she had never thought that the one thing he wanted most from her was simply to show that she believed in him, always and without fail.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
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I shook my head, folding my arms around my waist. He was wrong; he was the one offering fairy dust, Peter Pan offering to carry me off to the Neverland of soulfinders and happily ever after. But he was too late. Last night i had to grew up and I now knew that such dreams did not exist; real life was more like living with Captain Hook's mercenary pirates than playing happy families in a treehouse
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Joss Stirling (Stealing Phoenix (Benedicts, #2))
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Look," Peter said. To the north was a series of vast grassy plains, and there, just looking like specks at first, was a herd of horses, a species that in Neverland had never been tamed. They were beautiful, flashes of brown and black and tan, their coats gleaming. There was no reason for them to be running that Tiger Lily could see. It was likely that they just loved to run. "That's what I want my life to be," Peter said, staring down at the horses. Tiger Lily sank against him and watched the herd, and thought that was what she wanted too.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
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…This place was once like your Enchanted Forest is- home to tens of thousands of fairies. But that was many ages ago, before the Kingdom of Britain was established. In those early days, the fairies ruled over the land.
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Christopher Daniel Mechling (Peter: The Untold True Story)
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They have long lost count of the days, but always if they want to do anything special they say this is saturday night, and then they do it.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan and Other Plays)
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All children grow up, or they die, or both. All children, except one.
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Christina Henry (Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook)
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All children, except one, grow up
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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They all thought they were special, but only I was. I was first and none of them could take that from me. I was first and best and last and always.
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Christina Henry (Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook)
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If you have ever seen the play Peter Pan you will remember how the pirate chief was always making his dying speech because he was afraid that possibly when the time came for him to die he might not have time to get it off his chest. It is much the same with me, and so, although I am not at this moment dying, I shall be doing so one of these days and I want to send you a parting word of goodbye. Remember, it is the last you will ever hear from me, so think it over. I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have as happy a life too. I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness doesn't come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so can enjoy life when you are a man. Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one. But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn come to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. "Be Prepared" in this way, to live happy and to die happy - stick to your Scout promise always - even after you have ceased to be a boy - and God help you do it.
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Robert Baden-Powell
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I know,” said Peter. β€œPerhaps better than anyone. But you can’t stay a child forever. To choose to speak into Echo’s Well is to choose illusion. To choose to avoid the responsibilities of being an adult. The real trickβ€”the real choiceβ€”is to keep the best of the child you were, without forgetting when you grow up. β€œIt is the best of both worlds, Jack. Being a child is to believe in magic everywhere… β€œβ€¦but even Peter Pan had to grow up one day.
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James A. Owen (The Search for the Red Dragon (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, #2))
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Raphael continued to stare at me, in no hurry to get started. "You know the best way to get rid of a demon, right?" He asked with a serious face. I caught Ivy rolling her eyes as I shook my head. "Exorcise alot!" Ivy caught my expression of dismay. "It's okay, Beth. He's famous for his bad jokes. We're still waiting for him to grow up." "And like Peter Pan, I hope to avoid that at all costs.
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Alexandra Adornetto (Heaven (Halo, #3))
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The difference between him and the other boys at such a time was that they knew it was make-believe, while to hime make-believe and true were exactly the same thing. This sometimes troubled them, as when they had to make-believe that they had had their dinners.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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I say, Wendy,” he whispered to her, β€œalways if you see me forgetting you, just keep on saying β€˜I’m Wendy,’ and then I’ll remember.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Some day,' said Smee, 'the clock will run down, and then he'll get you.' Hook wetted his dry lips, 'Aye,' he said, 'that's the fear that haunts me.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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It's the injustice that I hate, more than anything," he'd said to Smee one night, his eyes red and glassy, slurring his words, his head lolling as he tried to focus. He'd vomited, and then promptly passed out on a bush. "I hate the world that does not work out fair.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
β€œ
-ΒΏQuΓ© leΓ­as? GuardΓ³ silencio durante unos segundos y al final admitiΓ³: -Peter Pan y Wendy. HΓ©ctor fingiΓ³ sorprenderse, pero la risa lo traicionΓ³. -TΓΊ y tus lecturas raras... -Oye, que es un clΓ‘sico. -Infantil. -SΓ­, bueno. Con algo tendrΓ© que alimentar a mi niΓ±a interior, ΒΏno? No voy a dejar que se muera de inaniciΓ³n como hiciste tΓΊ con el tuyo -le dijo medio en serio medio en broma. Su amigo le dirigiΓ³ una mirada inquisitiva y Abril dijo-: AdmΓ­telo. Lo mataste. Al HΓ©ctor-niΓ±o, digo. Y ahora eres demasiado maduro.
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Laia Soler (Los dΓ­as que nos separan)
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As you look at Wendy you may see her hair becoming white, and her figure little again, for all this happened long ago. Jane is now a common grown-up, with a daughter called Margaret; and every spring-cleaning time, except when he forgets,Peter comes for Margaret and takes her to Neverland, where she tells him stories about himself, to which he listens eagerly. When Margaret grows up she will have a daughter, who is to be Peter's mother in turn; and so it will go on, so long as children are gay and innocent and heartless.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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If he thought at all, but I don't believe he ever thought, it was that he and his shadow, when brought near each other, would join like drops of water...
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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After a time he fell asleep, and some unsteady fairies had to climb over him on their way home from an orgy.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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There are some people that see the half full cup and get upset about where the other half of the cup went... With an attitude like that, they will never be happy. I see a half full cup and I immediately take half of someone else’s cup and then I have a full cup and I’m happy. With the right attitude, life is really very simple." Peter Pan from 'Leaving Neverland' (Why Little Boys Shouldn't Run Big Corporations)
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Daniel Prokop (Leaving Neverland: Why Little Boys Shouldn't Run Big Corporations)
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Tiger Lily made an attempt at a smile. After having felt the need to glower at other children for most of her life, smiles never came easily to her face. But this one was half all right. "I miss you already," he said. Tiger Lily wanted to say it back. But she held on to the words greedily, too caught in the habit of keeping herself a secret. And Peter-half sadly, half-expectantly-let her go.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
β€œ
Of course the Neverlands vary a good deal. John’s, for instance, had a lagoon with flamingos flying over it at which John was shooting, while Michael, who was very small, had a flamingo with lagoons flying over it. John lived in a boat turned upside down on the sands, Michael in a wigwam, Wendy in a house of leaves deftly sewn together. John had no friends, Michael had friends at night, Wendy had a pet wolf forsaken by its parents...
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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It took several minutes, but he was meticulous about each letter. IN MEMRY OF THE STRANJER, it said. HE LIVD AND DID.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
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All you need is Faith, Trust and a little Pixie Dust
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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The fast fliers are not disgraced." Queen Ree reached up for the missing tiara. "She saved us, but she's with him now." Vidia was complicated, two fairies in one, a loyal traitor.
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Gail Carson Levine (Fairies and the Quest for Never Land (Disney Fairies #3))
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Aside from the nagging, he's the most entertaining hallucination I've ever had.
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Kirsten Miller (How to Lead a Life of Crime)
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I'll hold you in my heart, until I can hold you in my arms.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan: J M Barrie illustrated by Steve Hutton)
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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.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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A POCKET-SIZED GIRL He keeps me in his pocket for a rainy day; he swears I'm not an object as he yo-yo's me away. A friend is what we'll call it, but my friend, he does not know, each time it rains I love himβ€” so to his pocket, I must go. He thinks he's being clever, but I am not a fool; his love ain't worth a penny, so to my heart I must be cruel.
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Coco J. Ginger
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MY MOON I'll always wonder what time it is there; if you're dreaming, or awake. My moon is your sun; my darkness, your light. I'm in the future, you'd jokingly say. And I know where you are, because I'm watching you from the past.
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Coco J. Ginger
β€œ
You looked strange climbing in the tree like that." Tiger Lily pulled her braids between her fingers, her sudden self-consciousness feeling foreign and strange to her. "I didn't do it to look nice," she said. "But you do care." Tiger Lily studied the tree and decided if she did care, she would now choose not to. "I don't," she said. "All girls do," he added, pushing the point. "You must not know many girls." "I know a million," Peter said, dark and serious. There was a long awkward silence, but if Peter regretted his words, I couldn't tell.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
β€œ
A common question asked of Mr. Fenn was, β€œHow old is the boy?” to which Mr. Fenn’s reply, year after year, was, β€œHe has been somewhere between twelve and thirteen since the day I laid eyes on him.
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Christopher Daniel Mechling (Peter: The Untold True Story)
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All children grow up, all but one. His name is Peter and by now, all the civilized world has heard of him. He has captured the public imagination and become a legend, a subject for poets, philosophers and psychologists to write about, and for children to dream of. The children’s tales might be lacking in some details, but on the whole they are more accurate than most other accounts, for children will always understand Peter intuitively, as I did when I first met him. "I shall endeavor to tell you the true story of my friend Peter, because he cannot tell it to you himself. Afterward I hope you will love him and defend him as I have for the remainder of your days. Pass on to others a true account of the wild boy who would not grow up, who danced with kings and won the hearts of princesses. He defied logic and reason, lived and loved with an innocent heart, and found peace in the midst of a turbulent world.
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Christopher Daniel Mechling (Peter: The Untold True Story)
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Prince of the Enchanted Forest. Adopted son of the Fairy Folk. Wild Boy. Your reputation precedes you, child. All of Germany has been talking about you lately. And yet, no one knows your name.” The boy looked up at the King and smiled. The king smiled back, and took a deep breath. β€œβ€¦Henceforth, you shall be known as Peter.
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Christopher Daniel Mechling (Peter: The Untold True Story)
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But I did not bring the Wild Boy to England simply so he could learn from us. I also brought him here so we could learn from him; so we can remember what it means to be young- to be innocent. You are still young now, but there will come a time when you will be grown-up, and it is easy, so easy, to forget how precious, how dear, life is. Then you forget to smile, to laugh, to cry, to dream. I hope knowing Peter will help you to hold on fiercely to your own innocence, to live joyfully, even in the midst of difficult times.
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Christopher Daniel Mechling (Peter: The Untold True Story)
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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.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Mrs. Darling loved to have everything just so, and Mr. Darling had a passion for being exactly like his neighbours; so, of course, they had a nurse. As they were poor, owing to the amount of milk the children drank, this nurse was a prim Newfoundland dog, called Nana, who had belonged to no one in particular until the Darlings engaged her. She had always thought children important, however, and the Darlings had become acquainted with her in Kensington Gardens, where she spent most of her spare time peeping into perambulators, and was much hated by careless nursemaids, whom she followed to their homes and complained of to their mistresses. She proved to be quite a treasure of a nurse.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
β€œ
I think we could be friends," he said, falling into step with her. "It's perfect because I wouldn't fall in love with you, like I do with the mermaids. Girls always seem so exotic. But it would be okay with you, because you're more like...you know. Not like a girl." He shrugged.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson
β€œ
I guess its time you officially met the lost boys," I said to Daniel. "Lost boys? You mean like that old Kiefer Sutherland movie? "What? No, I mean like Peter Pan and the lost boys." "Is she calling us fairies?" Asked Slade. "No," Brent said. "She means the lost boys that never wanted to grow up, and got into mischief with Peter Pan." "Still sounds like fairies to me." Slade crossed his tattooed arms in front of his chest. "Still sounds like that Kiefer Sutherland movie to me." Daniel smirked. "We were in the play together, like, seven years ago. You were mad because my mom made you wear tights, but you wanted to be a pirate." Daniel held his hand up. "Partial amnesia here, remember? I must have blocked out any and all recollections associations with said tights." Brent, Zach, and Ryan laughed. Slade almost cracked a smile. ~ Grace, Daniel, and The Lost Boys
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Bree Despain (The Savage Grace (The Dark Divine, #3))
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You may think my jealousy would have been enormous during those days after Peter gave Tiger Lily the smallest kiss on the neck. And you would be right. But these moments were swallowed by a bigger emotion, my tenderness for Tiger Lily, which had grown to take up most of the space in my body, without me knowing it. I can't say I didn't dream that this was a passing moment of infatuation, and that eventually Peter would notice and pick me-as impossible as that might have seemed considering my size. But I felt protective of Tiger Lily. I felt that just by watching over her, I could somehow keep her safe. And I wanted to keep Peter safe too.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
β€œ
There were letters on the bottom, letters he'd seen before, on the ship that had carried him from London, the ship that had broken up on the reef that guarded the island. The letters said: NEVER LAND. Peter looked at it. And then he looked around him--at the lagoon; at the rock where the mermaids (Mermaids!) lounged; at the palm-fringed beach; at the tinkling fairy flitting over his head; at his new friends the Mollusks; at the jungle-covered, pirate-infested mountains looming over it all. Then he looked at the board again, and he laughed out loud. 'That's exactly where I am,' he said.
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Dave Barry (Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, #1))
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What’s your name?’ he asked. β€˜Wendy Moira Angela Darling,’ she replied with some satisfaction. β€˜What is your name?’ β€˜Peter Pan.’ She was already sure that he must be Peter, but it did seem a comparatively short name. β€˜Is that all?’ β€˜Yes,’ he said rather sharply. He felt for the first time that it was a shortish name. β€˜I’m so sorry,’ said Wendy Moira Angela. β€˜It doesn’t matter,’ Peter gulped. She asked where he lived. β€˜Second to the right,’ said Peter, β€˜and then straight on till morning.’ β€˜What a funny address!’ Peter had a sinking feeling. For the first time he felt that perhaps it was a funny address. β€œA moment after the fairy’s entrance the window was blow open by the breathing of the little stars, and Peter dropped in.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Peter sighed into the water, and his breath sent a small circle of it into tiny ripples. "It seems cowardly, getting old. Don't you think?" She rolled onto her side to look at him, pillowing her ear with her right arm, and letting her fingers dangle in the water beyond her head. "How is it cowardly?" Peter kept his eyes on his reflection. "You just curl up around yourself, and sit by the fire, and try to be comfortable. When you get old, you just get smaller inside, and you try not to pay attention to anything but your blankets and your food and your bed." "Being comfortable is not a bad thing." Peter shrugged and turned his head to look at her as if it was a matter of fact. "Of course it is. Old people lock out all the scary, wild things. It's like they don't exist." She wanted to say that she would have liked for those things not to exist, either, but she held her tongue, because she didn't want to sound like a coward.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
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He tousled Baby's hair, then looked up at Tiger Lily. "The woods have rules." He put Baby down gingerly in his trough with his bottle. "But the rules are ugly." "It's nature," she said, thoughtfully. "I have a lot of disagreements with nature," he said, looking confused, and his downy brow wrinkled over his eyes.
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Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)
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When I was a little girl I wanted to be a reindeer-the flying kind. I spent a couple years galloping around looking for lichen and fantasizing about boy reindeer. Then one day I saw Peter Pan and my reindeer phase was over. I didn't understand the allure of not growing up, because every little girl got boobs and go steady. I did understand that a flying Peter Pan was better than a flying reindeer. Mary Lou had seen Peter Pan too, but Mary Lou's ambition was to be Wendy, so Mary Lou and I made a good pair. On most any day we could be seen holding hands, running through the neighborhood singing, "I can fly! I can fly!" If we'd been older this probably would have started rumors. The Peter Pan stage was actually pretty short-lived because a few months into Peter Pan I discovered Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman couldn't fly, but she had big, fat bulging boobs crammed into a sexy Wondersuit. Barbie was firmly entrenched as role model in the burg, but Wonder Woman gave her a good run for her money. Not only did Wonder Woman spill over her Wondercups but she also kicked serious ass. If I had to name the single most influential person in my life it would have to be Wonder Woman. All during my teens and early twenties I wanted to be a rock star. The fact that I can't play a musical instrument or carry a tune did nothing to diminish the fantasy. During my more realistic moments I wanted to be a rock star's girlfriend.
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Janet Evanovich (Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum, #3))
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Two small figures were beating against the rock; the girl had fainted and lay on the the boy's arm. With a last effort Peter pulled her up the rock and then lay down beside her. Even as he also fainted he saw that the water was raising, He knew that they would soon be drowned, but he could do no more. As they lay side by side a mermaid caught Wendy by the feet, and began pulling her softly into the water. Peter feeling her slip from him, woke with a start, and was just in time to draw her back. But he had to tell her the truth. "We are on the rock, Wendy," he said, "but it is growing smaller. Soon the water will be over it." She did not understand even now. "We must go," she said, almost brightly. "Yes," he answered faintly. "Shall we swim or fly, Peter?" He had to tell her. "Do you think you could swim or fly as far as the island, Wendy, without my help?" She had to admit she was too tired. He moaned. "What is it?" she asked, anxious about him at once. "I can't help you, Wendy. Hook wounded me. I can neither fly nor swim." "Do you mean we shall both be downed?" "Look how the water is raising." They put their hands over their eyes to shut out the sight. They thought they would soon be no more. As they sat thus something brushed against Peter as light as a kiss, and stayed there, as if to say timidly, "Can I be of any us?" It was the tail of a kite, which Michael had made some days before. It had torn itself out of his hand and floated away. "Michael's kite," Peter said without interest, but the next moment he had seized the tail, and was pulling the kite towards him. "It lifted Michael off the ground," he cried; "why should it not carry you?" "Both of us!" "It can't left two; Michael and Curly tried." "Let us draw lots," Wendy said bravely. "And you a lady; never." Already he had tied the tail round her. She clung to him; she refused to go without him; but with a "Good-bye, Wendy." he pushed her from the rock; and in a few minutes she was borne out of his sight. Peter was alone on the lagoon. The rock was very small now; soon it would be submerged. Pale rays of light tiptoed across the waters; and by and by there was to be heard a sound at once the most musical and the most melancholy in the world: the mermaids calling to the moon.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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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. There are zigzag lines on it, just like your temperature on a card, and these are probably roads on the island, for the Neverland is always more or less an island, with astonishing splashes of colour here and there, and coral reefs and rakish-looking craft in the offing, and savages and lonely lairs, and gnomes who are mostly tailors, and caves through which a river runs, and princes with sex elder brothers, and a hut fast going to decay, and one very small old lady with a hooked nose. It would be an easy map if that were all, but there is also first day at school, religion, fathers, the round pond, needle-work, murders, hangings, verbs that take the dative, chocolate-pudding day, getting into braces, say ninety-nine threepence for pulling out your tooth yourself, and so on, and either these are part of the island or they are another map showing through, and it is all rather confusing, especially as nothing will stand still. Of course the Neverlands vary a good deal. John’s, for instance, had a lagoon with flamingos flying over it at which John was shooting, while Michael, who was very small, had a flamingo with lagoons flying over it. John lived in a boat turned upside down on the sands, Michael in a wigwam, Wendy in a house of leaves deftly sewn together. John had no friends, Michael had friends at night, Wendy had a pet wolf forsaken by its parents...
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
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Of course they lived at 14 [their house number on their street], and until Wendy came her mother was the chief one. 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. The way Mr. Darling won her was this: the many gentlemen who had been boys when she was a girl discovered simultaneously that they loved her, and they all ran to her house to propose to her except Mr. Darling, who took a cab and nipped in first, and so he got her. He got all of her, except the innermost box and the kiss. He never knew about the box, and in time he gave up trying for the kiss. Wendy thought Napoleon could have got it, but I can picture him trying, and then going off in a passion, slamming the door.
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J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)