10 Magical J. M. Barrie Quotes

J. M. Barrie, author of the spellbinding story of Peter Pan and Wendy, wrote timeless and beautiful prose that readers still love today. See below for some of our favourite magical J. M. Barrie quotes.

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1. 'All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.'

2. 'The difference between him and the other boys at such a time was that they knew it was make-believe, while to him 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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3. ''Second to the right, and straight on till morning.' That, Peter had told Wendy, was the way to the Neverland; but even birds, carrying maps and consulting them at windy corners, could not have sighted it with these instructions.'

4. '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.'

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5. '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.'

6. '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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7. '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.'

8. 'The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.'

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

10. 'To die will be an awfully big adventure.'

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