Word Origin Comics: Why Things Peter Out

The Wisdom of the Peters

"Intelligent or not, we all make mistakes and perhaps the intelligent mistakes are the worst, because so much careful thought has gone into them." -- Peter Ustinov

Tynan: Are you afraid of dying?
O'Toole: Petrified.
Tynan: Why?
O'Toole: Because there's no future in it.
Tynan: When did you last think you were about to die?
O'Toole: About four o'clock this morning. -- Kenneth Tynan interviewing Peter O'Toole in Playboy in 1964

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. He often met it, but he always forgot it. I suppose that was the real difference between him and all the rest. -- Peter Pan ( J.M. Barrie)



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