50+ Best 'The Lion King' Quotes That Are Simba Approved

Srija Chanda
Dec 12, 2023 By Srija Chanda
Originally Published on Jan 11, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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The 'Lion King' is a 1994 animated movie and a 2019 movie made by Disney Studios.

Loosely based upon Shakespeare's Hamlet, 'The Lion King' is one of the most popular movies ever made. Its immense popularity made Disney studios remake the film for a second time.

Based in the mythical kingdom of Pride Rock, 'The Lion King' charts the journey of Simba, the young lion prince who's betrayed by his uncle, Scar. Scar kills Simba's father and forces him to seek self-exile.

Among other things, the movie has everlasting lessons like 'Hakuna Matata', a saying and quote about earning your own place in the great circle of life. Hakuna Matata (no worries) has, over the years has become something of a quote to be used for every occasion.

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Inspirational Quotes From ‘The Lion King’

'The Lion King' has loads of famous lines, these include Rafiki quotes and quotes by young Simba. Here's a royal list of some of the most famous lines:

1. "There's one in every family - two in mine, actually - and they always manage to ruin special occasions."

-Zazu, talking about Scar.

2. "Oh yes, the past can hurt, but the way I see it you can either run from it or learn from it."


3. "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!"


4. "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."


5. "Sometimes what’s left behind can grow better than the generation before."


6. "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen…Nobody knows my sorrow."


7. "Run. Run away, Scar, and never return."


8. "Well, somebody once told me that the great kings of the past are up there, watching over us."


9. "Simba: Look, sometimes bad things happen and there's nothing you can do about it, so why worry?

Nala: Because it's your responsibility."

- 'The Lion King'.

10. "Rafiki: What are you going to do?

Simba: But, going back means I'll have to face my past. I've been running from it for so long..."

- 'The Lion King'.

11. "Rafiki & Tiki: Asante sana! Squash banana wewe nugu mimi apana!

Simba: Enough already! ...What's that supposed to mean anyway?

Rafiki: It means you are a baboon-- and I'm not."

- 'The Lion King'.

12. "I'm going to be king of Pride Rock."


13. "Simba: I can't marry her. She's my friend.

Nala: Yeah. It’d be too weird.

Zazu: Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but you two turtle doves have no choice. It’s a tradition."

- 'The Lion King'.

14. "I'm gonna be a mighty king. So enemies beware!"


15. "Simba: Kings don't need advice

From little hornbills for a start

Zazu: If this is where the monarchy is headed

Count me out!"

- 'The Lion King'.

16. "Look at you guys. No wonder we're dangling at the bottom of the food chain.


17. "In the jungle

The mighty jungle

The lion sleeps tonight."

- Timon.

18. "It's over. There is nothing left. We have only one choice. We must leave Pride Rock."


19. "Listen! You think you can just show up and tell me how to live my life? You don't even know what I've been through."


20. "You know, you're starting to sound like my father."


21. "I left to find help! And I found you. Don't you understand? You’re our only hope."


Wise Quotes By Mufasa

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The ruler of pride rock is a wise guy, and these quotes are testimony to his wisdom.

22. "Look Simba everything the light touches is our kingdom."

- Mufasa.

23. "Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures."

- Mufasa.

24. "Whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you. And so will I."

- Mufasa.

25. "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.

26. "Oh, there's more to being king than-- getting your way all the time."

- Mufasa.

27. "Mufasa: Simba, you have forgotten me.

Simba: No. How could I?

Mufasa: Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life."

- 'The Lion King'.

28. "Remember who you are. You are my son and the one true king."

- Mufasa.

Timon And Pumbaa Quotes

Here's a list of some great quotes from the ever-friendly duo who swear to have 'no worries'.

29. "Timon: You gotta put your past behind you. Look, kid, bad things happen, and you can't do anything about it, right?

Simba: Right.

Timon: When the world turns its back on you, you turn your back on the world!"

- 'The Lion King'.

30. "Timon: Then maybe you need a new lesson. Repeat after me. Hakuna Matata.

Simba: What?

Pumbaa: Ha-ku-na Ma-ta-ta. It means no worries."

- 'The Lion King'.

31. "Timon: Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase

Pumbaa: Hakuna Matata! Ain't no passing craze"

32. "Pumbaa: Maybe he'll be on our side.

Timon: Hey, I got it! What if he's on our side? You know, having a lion around might not be such a bad idea."

- 'The Lion King'.

33. "Timon: Gee. He looks blue.

Pumbaa: I'd say brownish-gold.

Timon: No, no, no, no. I mean he's depressed."

- 'The Lion King'.

34. "Pumbaa: What’cha do, kid?

Simba: Something terrible. But I don't wanna talk about it.

Timon: Good. We don't wanna hear about it."

- 'The Lion King'.

35. "Timon: He was ashamed

Pumbaa: Thoughta changin' my name

Timon: Oh, what's in a name."

- 'The Lion King'.

36. "Timon: We live wherever we want.

Pumbaa: Yep. Home is where your rump rests. Heh!"

37. "Timon: Let me get this straight, you know her... She knows you...But she wants to eat him. And, everybody's... okay with this? Did I miss something?"

- 'The Lion King'.

38. "Timon: Ze sweet caress of twilight

There's magic everywhere

And with all this romantic atmosphere

Disaster's in the air."

- 'The Lion King'.

39. "Timon: [Hakuna Matata] means no worries

For the rest of your days

Timon and Pumbaa: It's our problem-free philosophy."

- 'The Lion King'.

40. "King? Pbbb. Lady, have you got your lions crossed."


41. "King? Your Majesty! I gravel at your feet. {Noisily kisses Simba’s paw}"


Memorable Lion King Movie Quotes

Here's a list of some memorable quotes that are so popular that they have become a cult hit.

42. "Mufasa: Scar! Brother, help me!

Scar: Long live the King."

- 'The Lion King'.

43. "Simba: I was just trying to be brave like you.

Mufasa: I'm only brave when I have to be. Simba, being brave doesn't mean you go looking for trouble."

- 'The Lion King'.

44. "A king's time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. "

- Mufasa.

45. "Zazu: [...] And right now we are all in very real danger.

Simba: Danger? Hah! I walk on the wild side. I laugh in the face of danger. Ha ha ha ha!"

- 'The Lion King'.

46: "Yes, our teeth and ambitions are bared, Be prepared!"


47. "Mufasa's death was a terrible tragedy; but to lose Simba as well."


48. "Oh, must it all end in violence? I'd hate to be responsible for the death of a family member. Wouldn't you agree, Simba?"


49. "I am ready to assume my position as the rightful king of Pride Rock."


50. But, Zazu, you told me they are nothing but slobbery, mangy stupid poachers.

- Simba.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 'The Lion King' quotes then why not take a look at 'The Little Mermaid' quotes, or 'Snow White' quotes.

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Written by Srija Chanda

Master of Arts specializing in Mass Communication/Media Studies

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Srija ChandaMaster of Arts specializing in Mass Communication/Media Studies

An aspiring media professional, Srija is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication at St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, after completing her degree in journalism. With experience in PR and social media, she has also honed her leadership skills through her participation in a youth parliament. Srija's interests include devouring books, watching movies, and exploring new places through travel.

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