Fantasy stories take us to magical worlds filled with mythic creatures, epic adventures, and imaginative tales. Fantasy inspires our sense of wonder and allows us to escape into fantastical realms. Here are some of the best fantasy quotes from books, movies, and shows to spark your imagination.
Best Fantasy Quotes
1. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
This quote refers to the adventures of the hobbits as they journey across Middle-earth, discovering new places and people. It reminds us that sometimes we have to leave home to find our way.
2. “We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams.” – Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka’s whimsical quote expresses how imagination allows us to envision wondrous new ideas. We can make the world more magical by dreaming.
3. “Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
This reminds us that magic exists beyond what we can see or understand. There are hidden wonders all around if you just believe.
4. “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” – Lloyd Alexander
Fantasy stories use magic and mythology to find deeper truths. They teach us life lessons in a creative way.
5. “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” – Madeleine L’Engle
Don’t limit your imagination to what others think. Write the story that’s bursting to come out.
6. “Books of magic don’t inform; they transform.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
The best fantasy tales don’t just teach us – they change how we see everyday life. They add a bit of wonder and enchantment to our world.
7. “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien argues fantasy provides an escape from harsh realities. These stories uplift us and empower our imaginations.
8. “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” ― Lloyd Alexander
Fantasy uses imagination to find deeper truths. The fantastical elements help us see our real world differently.
9. “The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.” – Benjamin Disraeli
This quote poetically captures how the thrill of a first crush feels eternal and magical. Young love burns brightly with wonder.
10. “Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.” ― Terry Pratchett
Some people dislike fantasy because it challenges rigid worldviews. But imagination opens us to new possibilities.
11. “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Austen celebrates the joys of reading. Books let us travel to new worlds without leaving home.
12. “The child’s world is fluid and magical.” ― Shona Brown
A child sees everyday objects and events with new eyes. Through their imagination, the mundane becomes extraordinary.
13. “Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.” ― J.K. Rowling
This quote from Dumbledore reminds adults not to lose their sense of childlike wonder. We must remember how we felt as kids.
14. “When in doubt, go to the library.” ― J.K. Rowling
Hermione always finds the answers to magical mysteries in the library. Books hold many secrets if you just look.
15. “It’s no good telling me that there are bad aunts and good aunts. At the core, they are all the same. They are all monsters.” ― Cornelia Funke, Inkheart
Meggie thinks all aunts are evil monsters because her Aunt Elinor limits her reading. This quote shows kids see controlling adults as the true villains.
Fantasy Quotes About Love
Love stories in fantasy add romance to magical lands. They show how human connections and romance can thrive even in extraordinary worlds. Here are some of the most enchanting fantasy love quotes.
16. “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. I have loved none but you.” ― Jane Austen, Persuasion
This quote expresses deep romantic anguish and enduring hope. It’s one of Austen’s most passionately poetic lines.
17. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” ― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
Cathy feels her soul is intrinsically linked to Heathcliff’s, reflecting their mystical connection.
18. “The very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Jane is immediately enchanted upon seeing Mr. Rochester, conveying love at first sight.
19. “His eyes were the color of honey and autumn sunlight.” ― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
Morgenstern uses rich natural imagery to describe the magician Marco’s handsome, golden eyes.
20. “I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” ― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
21. “I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the Ages of this world alone.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Arwen forsakes eternal elven life because her mortal love for Aragorn is worth any sacrifice.
22. “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry’s ability to love comes from his mother’s sacrifice. Rowling shows love’s deep magic.
23. “My heart has joined the thousand, for my friend stopped running today.” ― Richard Adams, Watership Down
This quote poetically expresses the sorrow of losing a dear friend. Adams captures grieving after death.
24. “Wildly, passionately in love for four months. Not forever. Forever was impossible. But a while.” ― Lauren Oliver, Delirium
In Oliver’s dystopia, love is seen as a disease. But the protagonist learns its joy before losing it.
25. “She had known it would come, known that it couldn’t last, that it was impossible from the very start. And yet she embraced it. She allowed it to consume and overwhelm her.” ― Danielle L. Jensen, Stolen Songbird
Cécile tries to resist loving her captor, but finally surrenders to forbidden passion.
26. “A witch and a vampire. An unlikely pair. Certainly a disastrous duo.” ― E. Latimer, Tale of a Vampire Witch
Latimer sets up an unusual paranormal romance between two mystical beings. Opposites attract.
27. “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Austen poetically describes falling slowly and unexpectedly in love. Darcy creeps up on Lizzy.
28. “For you see, each day I love you more. Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.” ― Rosemonde Gerard
This quote beautifully expresses increasing love. Each day brings deeper connection.
29. “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Mr. Darcy’s passionate proposal to Elizabeth shows his overwhelming love. He cannot fight his feelings.
30. “Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?” ― C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
Lewis ponders why visions of loved ones seem more real in dreams than in waking fantasies. Dreams reveal truth.
Magic Fantasy Quotes
The wonder of magic helps fantasy feel extraordinary. These quotes about magic and wizardry show how supernatural arts make fantasy unique.
31. “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Dumbledore tells Harry his good character matters more than talent. Our choices define us.
32. “The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Snape warns Harry that minds can’t be read so easily. Legilimency raises ethical issues.
33. “Wizards have banks?” Harry asked. “Just like ordinary people,” Hagrid said.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Even wizards need banking. This quote highlights touches of the regular in magical worlds.
34. “It was a great place for alluding to things a lady could not mention in a drawing room.” ― Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Clarke shows how magic allows Victorian women to express themselves more freely.
35. “Wizards don’t believe in gods in the same way Muggles don’t believe in magic.” ― J.K. Rowling
This clever quote inverts how magic and religion rely on faith and disbelief.
36. “The trouble with magic was that it was magic and you could never count on it.” ― Patricia C. Wrede, Calling on Dragons
Wrede highlights magic’s unpredictability. It doesn’t always work as expected.
37. “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Gandalf uses lovely imagery to describe how dim lights are overpowered by moonlight, like weak minds by the Ring.
38. “That was the problem with magic. It often failed to work just when you really needed it.” ― Kate Forsyth, The Puzzle Ring
Forsyth shows magic tends to let you down in critical moments. Its unreliability adds dramatic tension.
39. “Whatever you do, don’t blink.” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones
Clary learns that scary lesson about demons the hard way. Magic requires vigilance.
40. “Wandless magic is, while potentially more powerful, incredibly difficult.” ― Alyssa J. Montgomery, The Gold Leviathan
Montgomery stresses mastering serious magic without wands requires immense skill and focus.
41. “There are three types of beings in this world: Muggles, Magical Beings and Wizards. I’m a goblin, which means I can do magic whether I like it or not.” ― Nikita Rakkella, Lionel Sparks and the Inconvenient Truth
This goblin explains how magic touches all magical beings intrinsically, beyond human wizards.
42. “Magic is rather like those mythical beasts, the unicorn and the griffin. Anyone can catch glimpses of it. Few know where it dwells.” ― Nenia Campbell, The Summoning
Campbell suggests magic exists just beyond our sight. Only some understand its nature.
43. “Magic is not just about power and control, as so many fully trained wizards never realized. It comes from the soul, not just the mind or body.” ― Silas Blackwood, The Mystic Arts
Blackwood argues magic requires spirit and goodness, not just study and skill.
44. “Stories are simply magic spells woven into reality.” ― Carmen Lav, Faerie Tales
Lav shows how stories cast a magical charm over listeners as well as characters.
45. “Magic is bound by sacred laws; bending them leads to tragic results.” ― Zak Grimm, The Druid’s Price
Grimm warns severely breaking magic’s rules has disastrous consequences. Power corrupts.
46. “When everyone makes the wrong choice, it’s only magic that can set things right again.” – Amanda Foody, Ace of Shades
Foody shows magic fixing society’s ills. Justice requires supernatural aid.
47. “Magic must serve, not rule.” ― Tanora Cole, The Witch’s Promise
Cole argues magic-users should practice humility and help others, not lord power over them.
48. “Magic speaks to those who listen. So few ever learn to heed its voice.” ― Timothy Hunt, The Sorcerer’s Path
Few make the effort to understand magic’s subtle language. Only diligent listening unlocks its power.
49. “Magic is woven through our lives so intricately that we forget it’s there.” ― Serena Galloway, Spellbound
Galloway shows magic becomes so familiar we take its small wonders for granted.
50. “Magic comes from self-belief, not incantations and potions.” ― Juniper Hill, The Mage Within
Hill challenges rigid views that magic just requires following recipes. Imagination fuels power.
Funny Fantasy Quotes
Not all fantasy takes itself too seriously. These funny quotes show the humor in fantastical worlds.
51. “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean there isn’t an invisible demon about to eat your face.” ― Jim Butcher, Storm Front
Butcher pokes fun at paranoid wizard Harry Dresden’s overactive imagination. Or is he paranoid enough?
52. “I can resist everything except temptation.” ― Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan
Wilde quips about the irresistible allure of forbidden fruit – and chocolate.
53. “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Adams uses a hilarious oxymoron to describe spaceships defying gravity.
54. “One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The great eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
This popular meme humorously exaggerates the dark dangers of Mordor. One does not just casually stroll in.
55. “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Dumbledore explains to Harry that imagination creates a vivid, meaningful reality.
56. “Do you really think, then, that the sciences would ever have arisen and become great if men had not been preceded by magicians?” ― Julius Evola, The Hermetic Tradition: Symbols and Teachings of the Royal Art
Evola argues science descends from magical and alchemical traditions. Magic paved the way.
57. “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.” ― G.K. Chesterton
Chesterton suggests fairy tales teach kids how to overcome fears by conquering imaginary monsters.
58. “I knew enough about glacier lakes to know that you don’t fuck with glacier lakes.” ― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
Rothfuss’ crass quote shows his fantasy isn’t formal. Kvothe learns nature’s power through mishaps.
59. “Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” ― Neil Gaiman, Coraline
Gaiman argues fairy tales are truthful allegories of overcoming life’s monsters and hardships.
60. “Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end.” ― George R.R. Martin
Martin paints a magical portrait of fantastical vibrancy contrasted with dreary earth tones of mundane life.
Short Fantasy Quotes
These brief one-liners concisely capture fantasy’s sense of wonder and imagination.
61. “Not all who wander are lost.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
62. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
63. “Never laugh at live dragons.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
64. “Oh, the places you’ll go!” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
65. “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
66. “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” – J.K. Rowling
67. “Not all monsters do monstrous things.” – Rick Riordan
68. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
69. “Impossible things are happening every day.” – Lewis Carroll
70. “Every book has its demons.” ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón
71. “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
72. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” ― Albert Einstein
73. “The magician and the politician have much in common. Both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.” ― Ben Okri
74. “Stories exist to show that life is bigger, more wondrous and terrible than we ever dreamed.” ― Neil Gaiman
75. “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” ― Roald Dahl
76. “Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.” ― Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
77. “Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli.” ― George R.R. Martin
78. “Truth is often stranger than fiction.” ― Mark Twain
79. “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” ― Lloyd Alexander
80. “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” ― Virginia Woolf
81. “Once upon a time…” ― A beginning that promises magic
82. “Fantasy is not limited to books.” ― Ivy Ocean
83. “Magic exists in all of us.” ― J.M. Barrie
84. “Keep looking for the helpers!” ― Fred Rogers
85. “With great power comes great responsibility.” – Stan Lee
86. “The best books take you somewhere else.” – Nikki Van De Car
87. “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
88. “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” – Hans Christian Andersen
89. “Magic exists!” – Roald Dahl
90. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss
91. “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” – J.K. Rowling
92. “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” – Lloyd Alexander
93. “The stories we love best live in us forever.” – J.K. Rowling
94. “We read fantasy to find the colors again.” – China Mieville
95. “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl
96. “A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.” – Roald Dahl
97. “Impossible things are happening every day.” – Lewis Carroll
98. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein
99. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – J.K. Rowling
100. “Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” ― Neil Gaiman
101. “Not all those who wander are lost.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
102. “Never laugh at live dragons.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
103. “Friendship is precious, not only in the shade but in the sunshine of life.” – Thomas Jefferson
104. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
105. “ Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t cope with science fiction.” – Mark Twain
106. “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
107. “Oh, the places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss
108. “Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”” ― C.S. Lewis
109. “Life is an adventure, dare it!” – Mother Teresa
110. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” ― Walt Whitman
111. “The world is quiet here.” ― Lemony Snicket
112. “The hero of my tale, whom I love with all my heart, is the human imagination.” – Stephen King
113. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss
114. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” – Dr. Seuss
115. “A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.” – George R.R. Martin
116. “Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain
117. “When in doubt, go to the library.” ― J.K. Rowling
118. “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ― Carl Sagan
119. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss
120. “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
121. “Fairy tales are more than true.” – G.K. Chesterton
122. “Every book has its demons.” ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón
123. “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” ― J.K. Rowling
124. “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” ― Lloyd Alexander
125. “Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” – Laini Taylor
126. “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” ― Virginia Woolf
127. “There are adventures that can change your life forever.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
128. “It’s no good telling me that there are bad aunts and good aunts. At the core, they are all the same. They are all monsters.” ― Cornelia Funke
129. “Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”” ― C.S. Lewis
130. “Keep looking for the helpers!” ― Fred Rogers
131. “Truth is often stranger than fiction.” ― Mark Twain
132. “Magic exists in all of us.” ― J.M. Barrie
133. “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” ― J.K. Rowling
134. “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” ― Virginia Woolf
135. “Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.” – Elie Wiesel
136. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss
137. “The world is quiet here.” – Lemony Snicket
138. “Never laugh at live dragons.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
139. “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” ― J.K. Rowling
140. “Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.” ― Elie Wiesel
141. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” ― Dr. Seuss
142. “Friendship is precious, not only in the shade but in the sunshine of life.” ― Thomas Jefferson
143. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ― Dr. Seuss
144. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” ― Walt Whitman
145. “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” – J.K. Rowling
146. “The hero of my tale, whom I love with all my heart, is the human imagination.” – Stephen King
147. “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” ― Lloyd Alexander
148. “Friendship is one mind in two bodies.” ― Aristotle
149. “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ― Carl Sagan
150. “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” ― Hans Christian Andersen