Whether you’re reading your favourite dragon book, or enjoying an epic dragon movie, there are some dragon quotes that stay with you. Wise words from the likes of William Shakespeare, G.K. Chesterson, and even Yoko Ono, can stay with you for a long time.

Here at Dragon University we’ve trawled the archives, looking for our favourite quotes about dragons, and we’ve brought them all together here for you, our dear reader.

So read on! We hope you’ll find some words of wisdom. We hope you’ll laugh, and we hope this article will make you think. As always, when you’re finished reading, head on over to Facebook to let us know what you think.

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“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit or There and Back Again

“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.”
― R.A. Salvatore, Streams of Silver

“Thats the spirit-one part brave, three parts fool.”
― Christopher Paolini, Eragon

You haven’t been bit till a dragon does it.
― Tamora Pierce, Emperor Mage

What do you know about dragons?
“They’re big, scaly, four-legged creatures with wings who terrorized small villages until a virgin was offered up as a sacrifice.”
His grinned again. “I do miss the virgins.”
― Katie MacAlister, You Slay Me

Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.
― G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles

A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon, but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb.”

– W. H. Auden

A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon, but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb.”

– W. H. Auden

“Above us, outlined against the brilliant sky, dragons crowded every available perching space on the Rim. And the sun made a gold of every one of them.”
― Anne McCaffrey, Nerilka’s Story

“But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea

Come not between the dragon, and his wrath.”
– William Shakespeare, King Lear

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

“With a bucket of Lego, you can tell any story. You can build an airplane or a dragon or a pirate ship – it’s whatever you can imagine.”

– Christopher Miller

Stress is an important dragon to slay – or at least tame – in your life.”

– Marilu Henner

“Take it from a guy: If you’re in love with somebody, you will swim the stream, you will climb the mountain, you will slay the dragon. You’re going to get to her somehow, some way.”

– Phil McGraw

“I’m kind of honored to be a dragon lady. The dragon is a very powerful, mythical animal.”

– Yoko Ono

“You may say, ‘Well, dragons don’t exist.’ It’s, like, yes they do – the category ‘predator’ and the category ‘dragon’ are the same category. It absolutely exists. It’s a superordinate category. It exists absolutely more than anything else. In fact, it really exists.”

– Jordan Peterson

“It seems as if, for every dragon head that is lopped off, two more terrible appear. Seems so. But in truth, Life is gaining all the while. Brute force, such power as there seems to be in things, cannot stand against ideas which are eternal.”

– Edward Everett Hale

What do you know about dragons?
“They’re big, scaly, four-legged creatures with wings who terrorized small villages until a virgin was offered up as a sacrifice.”
His grinned again. “I do miss the virgins.”
― Katie MacAlister, You Slay Me

Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.
― G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles

“Confidence is like a dragon where, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back.”
― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

“Dragons and legends…It would have been difficult for any man not to want to fight beside a dragon.”
― Patricia Briggs, Dragon Blood

“He [Riptide] sighed. “I said, ‘What are you doing all the way out here?’ and you said, ‘Hey, sparkling teeth, I totally love three of your claws but not the others, and I wish your nose was a herrig so I could eat it, and also your wings sound like sharks snoring.'”
Tsunami burst out laughing.”
― Tui T. Sutherland, The Lost Heir

“Hurricanes couldn’t remove you from my mind. You’re my world and I’m incapable of not loving you.”
― Billie-Jo Williams

“He had only heard of dragons, and although he had never seen one, he was sure they existed.”
― Dee Marie, Sons of Avalon: Merlin’s Prophecy

He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself; and if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into you.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Here be dragons to be slain, here be rich rewards to gain; / If we perish in the seeking, why, how small a thing is death!”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Catholic Tales and Christian Songs

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?

― John Lennon

“I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore

“You may say, ‘Well, dragons don’t exist.’ It’s, like, yes they do – the category ‘predator’ and the category ‘dragon’ are the same category. It absolutely exists. It’s a superordinate category. It exists absolutely more than anything else. In fact, it really exists.”

– Jordan Peterson

“It seems as if, for every dragon head that is lopped off, two more terrible appear. Seems so. But in truth, Life is gaining all the while. Brute force, such power as there seems to be in things, cannot stand against ideas which are eternal.”

– Edward Everett Hale

“The dragon is a very consistent symbol of secret satellite iconography and signals intelligence satellites.”

– Trevor Paglen

“It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.”

– Bertrand Russell

Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.

– Havelock Ellis

Always speak politely to an enraged dragon.

– Steven Brust