Best Lion King Quotes You Know and Love

One of the true classic Disney movie is the story of Simba in the Lion King. And as we all know, there are some amazing quotes in this movie – there’s inspirational quotes from Rafiki and Mufasa, funny quotes from Simba’s buddy Timon and everything in between. Today we’re going to share some of our favorite Lion King quotes that we bet you also know and love!

To give you a bit of background in case it’s been a minute since you saw this film, (it was released in 1994 after all) let’s start from the beginning. The Lion King was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. It tells the story of Simba – a young lion cub what is destined to be the next king of the Pride Land.

Tragically, his father is killed by his Uncle Scar. After Mufasa’s death, Simba flees after his uncle convinces him he was responsible for his father’s death.

After growing up alongside his friends Timon and Pumbaa, he eventually returns back to the Pride Land to challenge his uncle Scar to take back his role as King. Throw in a love story with his longtime friend Nala, a wise monkey name Rafiki and three wild and not so nice hyenas, and you’ve got yourself a must see movie (if you haven’t seen it already!).

And now, let’s get on to the real reason why you’re here. The quotes!

We’ve rounded up some of the best quotes from the movie and sorted them by character.

Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you’re favorite Lion King quote is!

Best Lion King Quotes

Mufasa Quotes

“Remember who you are.” –Mufasa 

 “A king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king.”- Mufasa

“Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.” –Mufasa

“While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give.” – Mufasa

“Everything the light touches is our kingdom.” –Mufasa

“Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.” –Mufasa

“When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so, we are all connected in the great Circle of Life ” – Mufasa

“Simba, you have forgotten me. You have forgotten who you are and so forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba, you are more than what you have become, you must take your place in the circle of life. Remember who you are, remember.” – Mufasa

“It belongs to no one, but will be yours to protect. A great responsibility.” – Mufasa

Rafiki Quotes

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” –Rafiki

Any story worth telling is worth telling twice.” – Rafiki

“Look beyond what you see.” –Rafiki

“ Asante sana, squash banana, wewe nugu, mimi apana!”- Rafiki

“Change is good.” – Rafiki

“Correction I know your father… he’s alive and I’ll show him to you, follow old Rafiki he knows the way, c’mon,’ they are at the water’s edge where Simba can see his reflection, Rafiki says: ‘look harder… you see he lives in you.” – Rafiki

“The question is, who are you?” – Rafiki

“It’s the Circle of Life and it moves us all, through despair and hope, through faith and love, ’til we find our place on the path unwinding.” – Rafiki

Simba Quotes

“As you go through life, you will see that there is so much that we don’t understand. And the only thing we know is things don’t always go the way we plan.” – Simba

“I am Simba, son of Mufasa!” – Simba

“Danger? Hah! I walk on the wild side. I laugh in the face of danger.” – Simba

“Well, somebody once told me that the great kings of the past are up there, watching over us.” – Simba

“But, Zazu, you told me they are nothing but slobbery, mangy stupid poachers.” –Simba

“You can’t do anything to me, because I’m the future king!” – Young Simba

“I’m going to be King of Pride Rock.” – Young Simba

“What’s a motto?” “Nothing, what’s the motto with you?” –Simba and Timon

Timon Quotes

“Repeat after me: Hakuna Matata.” – Timon

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” – Timon

“Friends stick together to the end.” – Timon

“To change the past is a big order, but you can change the future.” – Timone

“ Bad things happen, and you can’t do anything about them.” – Timon

“See, I told you having a lion on our side wasn’t such a bad idea.” – Timon

Nala Quotes

“My Simba. You want so much to walk the path expected of you.” – Nala

“I left to find help, and I found you. Don’t you understand? You’re our only hope.” – Nala

“Can you feel the love tonight?” – Nala

Scar Quotes

“Out of the ashes of this tragedy, we shall rise to greet the dawning of a new era.” – Scar

“Mufasa’s death was a terrible tragedy; but to lose Simba, who had barely begun to live… For me it is a deep personal loss. So it is with a heavy heart that I assume the throne. Yet, out of the ashes of this tragedy, we shall rise to greet the dawning of a new era… in which lion and hyena come together, in a great and glorious future!” – Scar

“Truth? But, truth is in the eye of the beholder.” – Scar

Life’s not fair, is it? You see, I…well, I shall never be king. And you shall never see the light of another day. Adieu.” – Scar

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Other Lion King Character Quotes

“There’s one in every family, sire. Two in mine, actually. And they always manage to ruin special occasions.” –Zazu

They can have the world. We’ll create our own.” – Kiara

“A true king’s power is his compassion.” – Sarabi

We hope you loved these Lion King Quotes as much as we do and it brought you down memory lane, remincing a fan favorite.

If you want more fun quotes, check out our favorite Gaston Quotes to laugh and shake your head at another Disney classic character or all over our favorite Beauty and the Beast quotes!

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