15+ Best Cowardly Lion Quotes From The Wizard of Oz

Supriya Jain
Dec 12, 2023 By Supriya Jain
Originally Published on Feb 16, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Dorothy from the Oz in the Madame Tussaud wax museum, TImes Square, New York City.

'The Wizard Of Oz' is famous for its amazing scenes full of humor and delight.

'The Wizard Of Oz' story has a character named the Cowardly Lion. Being a lion, he should be brave, but in reality, he is the opposite.

He is a coward lion, and he believes that fear makes him inadequate. You will find some iconic quotes by the cowardly lion in this article. The Cowardly Lion believes that it’s his fear that makes him afraid.

He cannot understand that courage means to act in the face of fear, which he does most frequently. Bert Lahr portrayed the Cowardly Lion in the film. Read on for some of the best cowardly lion quotes from the 'The Wizard Of Oz'.

If you like this article, check out ['The Wizard of Oz' quotes] and Judy Garland quotes after this article.

Quotes From The Cowardly Lion

'The Wizard Of Oz' is one of the most famous English language movies. The movie is regarded as a modern classic and as a result 'The Wizard Of Oz' movie quotes still enjoy great popularity. Read on for some of the best 'The Wizard Of Oz' Cowardly Lion quotes.

1. "Cowardly Lion: [singing]

I’m afraid there’s no denyin’

I’m just a dandy-lion

A fate I don’t deserve

I’m sure I could show my prowess

Be a lion, not a mouse

If I only had the nerve”

- Cowardly Lion

2. “They sure knocked the stuffings out of you, didn’t they?”

- Cowardly Lion, ‘The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz’.

3. “Cowardly Lion: All right, I’ll go in there for Dorothy. Wicked Witch or no Wicked Witch, guards or no guards, I’ll tear them apart. I may not come out alive, but I’m going in there. There’s only one thing I want you fellows to do.”

Tin Man and Scarecrow: “What’s that?”

Cowardly Lion: “Talk me out of it!”

- ‘Wizard Of Oz’.

4. “Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk?

Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot? What have they got that I ain’t got?”

- Cowardly Lion, ‘The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz’.


“[singing] If I were king of the forest / Not queen, not duke, not prince / My regal robes of the forest / Would be satin, not cotton, not chintz / I’d command each thing, whether fish or fowl / With a r-r-ruff and a r-r-ruff, and a royal growl – R-R-Ruff!

/ As I click my heels / All the trees would kneel / and the mountains bow / and the bulls kowtow / and the sparrow would take wing / If I, if I were king!

/ the rabbits would show respect to me / the chipmunks genuflect to me / though my tail would lash / I would show compash / For every underling / If I, if I were king / Just king!”

- Cowardly Lion, ‘The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz’.

6. “Put ’em up, put ’em up! Which one of you first? I’ll fight you both together if you want. I’ll fight you with one paw tied behind my back. I’ll fight you standing on one foot. I’ll fight you with my eyes closed… ohh, pullin’ an axe on me, eh? Sneaking up on me, eh? Why, I’ll… Ruff!”

- Cowardly Lion, ‘The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz’.

7. “[getting a panic attack walking into the Wizard’s foyer] Wait a minute, Fellows. I was just thinking. I really don’t want to see the Wizard this much. I’d better wait for you outside.”

- Cowardly Lion, ‘The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz’.

8. “I have always thought myself very big and terrible; yet such small things as flowers came near to killing me, and such small animals as mice have saved my life. How strange it all is!”

- Cowardly Lion, ‘The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz’.

The Cowardly Lion Quotes On Courage

The Cowardly Lion has various interesting quotes in the movie. Read on for the most inspiring courage quotes from the Cowardly Lion in 'The Wizard Of Oz'.

9. “What makes a king out of a slave? Courage!”

- Cowardly Lion, ‘The Wizard Of Oz’.

10. “That doesn’t do any good, I’m afraid of ’em.”

- Cowardly Loin, ‘The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz’.

Quotes Other Characters From The Wizard Of Oz

Along with Cowardly Lion movie quotes, viewers also enjoy the quotes and sayings from other characters in the movie. Read on for some of the most inspiring Cowardly Lion quotes.

11. “Almira Gulch, just because you own half the county doesn’t mean that you have the power to run the rest of us. For twenty-three years, I’ve been dying to tell you what I thought of you! And now... well, being a Christian woman, I can’t say it!”

- Auntie Em.

12. “Cowardly Lion: [climbing up a mountain with the Tin Woodsman hanging on his tail] I hope my strength holds out.

Tin Woodsman: I hope your tail holds out!

I think you are wrong to want a heart. It makes most people unhappy. If you only knew it, you are in luck not to have a heart.”

- Frank Baum, ‘The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz’.

13. “A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.”

- Frank Baum, ‘The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz’.

14. “As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart. You don’t know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.”

- ‘The Wizard Of Oz’.

15. “The Cowardly Lion: I'll get you anyway, Pee-wee.

Dorothy: Shame on you!

The Cowardly Lion: [sobbing]  Why did you do that for? I didn't bite him.

Dorothy: No, but you tried to. It's bad enough picking on a straw man, but picking on a little dog.

The Cowardly Lion: Well, you didn't have to go and hit me! Is my nose bleeding?

Dorothy: Well, of course not.”

- ‘The Wizard Of Oz’.

16. “I shall take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.”

- Tin Man

17. "All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty."

- Frank Baum, ‘The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz’.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Cowardly Lion quotes, then why not take a look at wicked quotes, or broadway quotes.

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Written by Supriya Jain

Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration specializing in Marketing

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Supriya JainBachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration specializing in Marketing

As a skilled member of the Kidadl team, Shruti brings extensive experience and expertise in professional content writing. With a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Punjab University and an MBA in Business Administration from IMT Nagpur, Shruti has worked in diverse roles such as sales intern, content writer, executive trainee, and business development consultant. Her exceptional writing skills cover a wide range of areas, including SOP, SEO, B2B/B2C, and academic content.

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