Dragon Quotes – Writers


Continuation of dragon quotes transferred over from the old website.

Header image from concept art of World of Warcraft (please email me if you know the name of the artist).

When a draco has eaten much fruit, it seeks the juice of the bitter lettuce; it has been seen to do this.
~ Aristotle

The dragon is a serpent destitute of venom;
its head placed beneath the threshold of a door, the gods being duly propitiated by prayers, will ensure good fortune to the house, it is said.
~ Pliny

I know how the birds fly, how the fishes swim, how animals run. But there is the Dragon. I cannot tell how it mounts on the winds through the clouds and flies through heaven. Today I have seen the Dragon.
~ Confucius, after meeting Lao-Tze, founder of Taoism

Hogwarts School Crest

‘Never tickle a sleeping dragon’.
~ Hogwarts’ school motto, of the Harry Potter series

Qn: Why did you choose “never tickle a sleeping dragon” as your motto?

Ans: Lots of schools have pointless mottos like ‘reach for the stars’
or ‘persevere and endure’; I wanted something useful.
~ Chat interview with J. K. Rowling

New Year is a dragon. New Year is the most ferocious
of all sea dragons. It lives in a palace at the bottom
of the sea.
~ The Dragon New Year, David Bouchard

Out of the sea will rise Behemoth and Leviathan and sail
round the high-pooped galleys, as they do on the delightful
maps of those ages when books on geography
were actually readable.
~ Excerpt from ‘The Decay of Lying’, Oscar Wilde

In the Dark Ages, Magic was a weapon. Love was a mystery.
Adventure was everywhere…And Dragons were real.
~ Poster tag of Dragonslayer [1981]

“Dragons don’t ask for maidens,” he (Selendrile) said.
“Dragons are offered maidens.”
~ Dragon’s Bait, Vivian Vande Velde

Yet to a truly long-lived being – an elf, for example, or
a dragon – minutes can pass tenfold, a hundredfold, without
arousing interest or concern. A single such interval is
space for a slow inhalation, or an idle thought. It is certainly
not time enough for serious cogitation, never enough for
the making of an important decision.
~ Fistandantilus Reborn, Douglas Niles

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

“My word of wisdom for the day is this: Old dragons,
like old thorns, can still prick. And I am a very
old dragon. Take care.”
~ The Dragon’s Boy, Jane Yolen

A dragon lives forever, but not so little boys
Painted wings and giants’s rings make way for other toys.
~ Puff the Magic Dragon, Peter Yarrow and Leonard Tipton

“It’s a funny thing being taken under the wing of a dragon;
it’s warmer than you think.”
~ From the motion picture Gangs of New York

If you don’t believe in dragons,
It is curiously true
That the dragons you disparage
Choose to not believe in you.
~ Jack Prelutsky

If you happen upon the skull of a dragon,
leave that place quickly.
For whatever killed it, may still be around.
~ Thieves’ Proverb

Long live dragons.
~ Dragon-lovers’ sign-off

Dragons have a different perspective on things than mortals do.
…If dragons weren’t remarkably vain and easy to manipulate I’d
have gone mad years ago.
~ Killer in the Reign, Rosemary and India Edghill

..His skin more hard than brass was found,
That sword nor spear could pierce nor wound.
~ St. George and the Dragon, Olde English

“I have little doubt that when St. George had killed the dragon
he was heartily afraid of the princess.”
~ G.K. Chesterton

“Dragons, you know, we have a good deal of biology and zoology about the dragon; we know their habits. The dragon tends to guard things, and he usually has these guarded in a cave…
Now dragons don’t know what to do either with beautiful girls or gold, but they just hang on. There are people like this. We call them creeps.”
~ Joseph Campbell

Better to sit all night than to go to bed with a dragon.
Source: (Zen)

“Oh to be a dragon, a symbol of the power of heaven.”
~ O to be a dragon, Marianne Moore; contributed by Stacy

[on the subject of dragons]: One must believe before they can see the magic.
~ Connie Hill, visitor to Dragonsinn [early days in 2000]

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