A Few Things About Dragons

“Never laugh at live dragons.”

― J.R.R. Tolkiendragon4


“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. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”

― G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles


“My armor is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit


“No dragon can resist the fascination of riddling talk and of wasting time trying to understand it.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit


dragon3“A dragon’s heart burns fiercely, even in the face of evil.”

― S.G. Rogers, Jon Hansen and the Dragon Clan of Yden


“The hunger of a dragon is slow to wake, but hard to sate.”

― Ursula K. Le Guin


“Let me tell you: the only way to get rid of dragons is to have one of your own.”

― Evgeny Shvarts


“He had turned into a dragon while he was asleep. Sleeping on a dragon’s hoard with greedy, dragonish thoughts in his heart, he had become a dragon himself.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader


“And that is the story of the boy who cried ‘Dragon!’  Of course, when dragons sit around the campire at night or tuck their children into bed, they tell the story of the dragon who cried ‘Boy!'”

― Mike Resnick, Young Warriors: Stories of Strength


“There is so much more to slaying dragons than a code of honor and a damsel. It’s a complicated series of fate and destiny.”

― Yesenia Barkley


“The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.”

– Charles Dickens


“But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them.”dragon5

― Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea


“Come not between the dragon and his wrath.” – William Shakespeare, King Lear


“They say dragons never truly die. No matter how many times you kill them.”

― S.G. Rogers, Jon Hansen and the Dragon Clan of Yden


“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


“Here be dragons to be slain, here be rich rewards to gain; / If we perish in the seeking, why, how small a thing is death!”

― Dorothy L. Sayers, Catholic Tales and Christian Songs


“Noble dragons don’t have friends. The nearest they can get to the idea is an enemy who is still alive.”

― Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!


“Speak politely to an enraged dragon.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien


“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit



4 thoughts on “A Few Things About Dragons

  1. I’ve always imagined that Neil Gaiman’s famous quote (“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten”) really came from the idea Chesterton already spoke of 🙂


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