25+ 'The Last Unicorn' Quotes That Are Truly Magical

Moumita Dutta
Dec 12, 2023 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Jan 30, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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'The Last Unicorn' is a fantasy novel written by Peter S. Beagle, published in 1968.

The story is about a beautiful unicorn who takes up the quest of finding others of her kind. The protagonist goes through a long journey where she is captured, freed, turned into a woman, loved, and achieves the freedom of all the other unicorns too.

Everything is astoundingly magical in this book, as you read how the unicorn will say she will remember men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits, and so on.

'The Last Unicorn' book is based on different themes like loss of enchantment, one's limit of perception, a mission to recoup one's race, and the toil of retaining one's identity.

The most important motif of this novel is the love that is transitory. The book gained popularity and was soon adapted into a movie in the year 1982.

Check the list below to read a few The Last Unicorn Butterfly quotes or quotes by Molly Grue, or The Last Unicorn quotes about love, separation, quest, and more by Peter S. Beagle as well as a few quotes from the movie.

If you want to read more magical quotes, check unicorn quotes and ['The Lord Of The Rings' quotes].

'The Last Unicorn' Book Quotes

White toy unicorn on wooden floor of kids room

Peter S Beagle spoke a lot about the Unicorn's quest and the magical world that she steps out from to find her kin. These 'The Last Unicorn' quotes by Peter S. Beagle are taken from the 2003 edition book.

1. "This is a strange sorcery, there's more meaning than magic to this."

- 'The Last Unicorn'.

2. "You must never run from anything immortal. It attracts their attention."

- 'The Last Unicorn'.

3. "Here is there, and high is low;  all may be undone.  What is true, no two men know – What is gone is gone."

- Mommy Fortuna, 'The Last Unicorn'.

4. "She is the last. She is the last unicorn in the world."

- Schmendrick, 'The Last Unicorn'.

5. "Will you drink to a woe fifty years old? It is that long since our sorrow fell when King Haggard built his castle by the sea."

- Drinn, 'The Last Unicorn'.

6. "Change her back. You said you could change her. Let her go home."

- Molly Grue, 'The Last Unicorn'.

7. "She is here, they are all here, and whether they mean my doom or not, I will look at them for a while. A pleasant air of disaster attends them. Perhaps that is what I want."

- King Haggard, 'The Last Unicorn'.

8. "I am what I am. I would tell you what you want to know if I could, for you have been kind to me. But I am a cat, and no cat anywhere ever gave anyone a straight answer."

- Cat, 'The Last Unicorn'.

Quotes About Love From 'The Last Unicorn'

The Unicorn falls in love with Lil Prince, and when the love cannot be lived forever it is a tragedy that has no happy ending. Check these quotes by Peter S. Beagle from the book about love.

9. "Your name is a golden bell hung in my heart. I would break my body to pieces to call you once by your name."

- Butterfly, 'The Last Unicorn'.

10. "All things die when I pick them up. I do not know why they die, but it has always been so, save for the one dear possession that has not turned cold and dull as I guarded it – the only thing that has ever belonged to me."

- King Haggard, 'The Last Unicorn'.

11. "I always knew that nothing was worth the investment of my heart, because nothing lasts, and I was right... Yet each time I see my unicorns, it is like that morning in the woods, and I am truly young in spite of myself, and anything can happen in a world that holds such beauty."

- King Haggard, 'The Last Unicorn'.

12. "Ah... love may be strong, but a habit is stronger,

And I knew when I loved by the way I behaved."

- Prince Lir, 'The Last Unicorn'.

13. "It is good that everything dies. I want to die when you die. Do not let him enchant me, do not let him make me immortal. I am no unicorn, no magical creature. I am human, and I love you."

- Last Unicorn, 'The Last Unicorn'.

14. "I love whom I love. You have no power over anything that matters."

- Prince Lir, 'The Last Unicorn'.

15. "I wish I could see her once more, to tell her all my heart. She will never know what I really meant to say. You did promise that I would see her."

- Prince Lir, 'The Last Unicorn'.

16. "Your realm is blessed beyond any land's deserving because they have passed across it in freedom. As for you and your heart and the things you said and didn't say, she will remember them all when men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits."

- Schmendrick, 'The Last Unicorn'.

Quotes About Life And Search From ‘The Last Unicorn’

As the Unicorn goes in search of her kind, Peter S. Beagle shows how the search changes her life in a number of wildly, and exciting, different ways. The list below is a glimpse of how life can get relatable for most at different times.

17. "Death takes what man would keep and leaves what man would lose. Blow, wind, and crack your cheeks. I warm my hands before the fire of life and get four-way relief."

- 'The Last Unicorn'.

18. "It's a rare man who is taken for what he truly is. There is much misjudgment in the world. We are not always what we seem, and hardly ever what we dream."

- Molly Grue, 'The Last Unicorn'.

19. "And what good is it to me that you're here now? Where were you twenty years ago, ten years ago?"

- Molly Grue, 'The Last Unicorn'.

20. "The clock will never strike the right time... You can strike your own time, and start the count anywhere. When you understand that – then any time at all will be the right time for you."

- Skull, 'The Last Unicorn'.

21. "Things must happen when it is time for them to happen. Quests may not simply be abandoned; prophecies may not be left to rot like unpicked fruit;  unicorns may go unrescued for a long time, but not forever. The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story."

- Prince Lir, 'The Last Unicorn'.

22. " I have been mortal, and some part of me is mortal yet.

I am full of tears and hunger and the fear of death, though I cannot weep, and I want nothing, and I cannot die. I am not like the others now, for no unicorn was ever born who could regret it, but I do. I regret."

- 'The Last Unicorn'.

'The Last Unicorn' Movie Quotes

'The Last Unicorn' movie was released in the year 1982. Check these quotes from the movie after being updated for a different medium than literature.

23. "I am the only Unicorn there is? The last? … What do men know? Because they have seen no unicorns for a while does not mean we have all vanished."

- 'The Last Unicorn'.

24. "But what if there isn't a happy ending?"

- Molly Grue, 'The Last Unicorn'.

25. "Take me with you, for luck, for laughs, for the unknown..."

- Schmendrick, 'The Last Unicorn'.

26. "I'm always dreaming, even when I'm awake; it is never finished."

- Amalthea, 'The Last Unicorn'.

27. "You have magic. Maybe you can't find it, but it's there. You called Robin Hood, and there is no Robin Hood. You have all the power you need if you dared to look for it."

- Molly Grue, 'The Last Unicorn'.

28. "When the wine drinks itself, when the skull speaks, when the clock strikes the right time, only then will you find the tunnel that leads to the Red Bull. There be a trick to it, of course."

- Cat, 'The Last Unicorn'.

29. "You are losing my interest, and that is very dangerous."

-King Haggard, 'The Last Unicorn'.

30. "You made it laugh, anyway. Maybe that's all it needs to make it speak."

- Molly Grue, 'The Last Unicorn'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotesfor everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 'The Last Unicorn' quotes, then why not take a look at 'Treasure Planet' quotes or 'The Hobbit' quotes?

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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