By Nina TorskaThu. 18 Apr. 20243min Read

Our Favourite Treasure Island Quotes

In this article, our team delves into some of our favorite quotes from Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island," paying tribute to this quintessential adventure novel that has sparked imaginations with its vivid portrayal of piracy and quests for treasure.
Our Favourite Treasure Island Quotes

In Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island," I find myself perpetually captivated by the thrilling escapades and the rich tapestry of piracy that he masterfully weaves.

This seminal work, which has set the standard for adventure literature, offers a gripping narrative filled with danger, treasure, and the timeless battle between greed and heroism. 

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest—Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"  – Pirate Song

This hauntingly merry rhyme is more than just a catchy tune; it encapsulates the perilous allure of the pirate life that seduces the characters and readers alike. I've always been struck by how these few words paint such a vivid picture of the lawless joy and dark undertones that run through the narrative.

"Shiver my timbers!" – John Silver


Whenever Long John Silver exclaims this, I can't help but grin at the authenticity and energy he brings to the story. This phrase, steeped in the lore of seafaring, reminds me of the dramatic flair that Stevenson so effectively uses to bring his characters to life.

"I’m cap’n here by ‘lection. I’m cap’n here because I’m the best man by a long sea-mile."  – John Silver

This bold assertion by Silver shows his leadership style—brash, authoritative, and undeniably effective. It reflects the harsh meritocracy of pirate life, where rank is earned through cunning and strength rather than birthright or wealth.

"You can kill the body, Mr. Hands, but not the spirit; and as I feared you less when alive than I fear you now dead, I'll stay where I am." – Jim Hawkins

This moment is a significant turning point for Jim, marking his transition from boy to man. It’s a powerful reminder of the inner strength that characters can discover in themselves when pushed to their limits.

"Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!" – Captain Flint the Parrot

The repetition of this phrase by the parrot adds a comic element to the story, yet it also serves as a constant reminder of the pirates' greed. It’s fascinating how Stevenson uses even a parrot to echo and reinforce the themes of his novel.

"One more step, Mr. Hands, and I'll blow your brains out!" – Jim Hawkins

In this tense standoff, Jim's courage and determination shine through. It’s scenes like this that make "Treasure Island" not just a tale of adventure but also a coming-of-age story.

"Them that die'll be the lucky ones."  – John Silver

This grim pronouncement by Silver underscores the brutal reality of the pirate’s existence. It’s a stark contrast to the romanticized version of pirate life, offering a dose of harsh truth within the escapade.

"The sea's the thing for me!"  – John Silver

Silver’s declaration of his love for the sea captures the essence of the freedom and escape that the ocean represents in the novel. It’s a sentiment that resonates with anyone who yearns for adventure beyond the familiar confines of their world.

"I had heard men say they saw their lives pass before them, as they lay in their agonies; I saw my island." – Jim Hawkins

Jim’s reflective moment brings a depth to his character, showing how profoundly his experiences on Treasure Island have shaped him. It’s a poignant reminder of how places and experiences can leave indelible marks on our lives.

"Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"  –  Pirate Chorus

This boisterous refrain throughout the book not only punctuates the pirates’ revelry but also symbolizes their reckless disregard for the morrow. It’s a lively expression of their hedonistic lifestyle and a memorable hook that stays with readers long after the last page is turned.

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