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70 Best The Wizard Of Oz Quotes That Inspire And Delight

70 Best The Wizard Of Oz Quotes That Inspire And Delight

Few tales have captured the hearts of audiences quite like The Wizard of Oz.

This timeless classic, penned by L. Frank Baum and later immortalized on the screen, has offered memorable quotes from its captivating characters.

Here are the most famous The Wizard Of Oz quotes from the sweet Dorothy, the kind-hearted Scarecrow, the sentimental Tin Man, the fearful Cowardly Lion, the mysterious Wizard, and the evil Wicked Witch of the West.

Let them take you through the impressive world of bravery, compassion, and self-discovery!

10 Greatest The Wizard Of Oz Quotes

1. “And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” — The Wizard

characters walking through the magical land of Oz representing the greatest Wizard of Oz quote

2. “No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.” — Dorothy

3. “You’ve always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it yourself.” — Glinda

4. “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

5. “Back where I come from there are men who do nothing all day but good deeds. They are called phila… er, phila… er, yes, er, Good Deed Doers.” — The Wizard

characters walking together through Oz representing the greatest Wizard of Oz quote

6. “Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t they?” — Scarecrow

7. “Oh, but anyway, Toto, we’re home. Home! And this is my room, and you’re all here. And I’m not gonna leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all, and – oh, Auntie Em – there’s no place like home!” — Dorothy

8. “Read what my medal says: “Courage”. Ain’t it the truth? Ain’t it the truth?” — Cowardly Lion

9. “What a nice little dog. And you, my dear, what an unexpected pleasure. It’s so kind of you to want to visit me in my loneliness.” — The Wicked Witch of the West

10. “I shall take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.” — The Tin Man

Wizard of Oz characters in a fantastical land

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The Wizard Of Oz Dorothy Quotes

1. “Somewhere over the rainbow, Bluebirds fly. Birds fly over the rainbow. Why then, oh why can’t I? If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why oh why can’t I?” — Dorothy

Dorothy and Toto sharing a happy moment

2. “But, I’ve already told you, I’m not a witch at all! Witches are old and ugly!” — Dorothy

3. “Well, I – I think that it – it wasn’t enough to just want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em – and it’s that – if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right?” — Dorothy

4. “If you were really great and powerful, you’d keep your promises!” — Dorothy

5. “Someplace where there isn’t any trouble. Do you suppose there is such a place, Toto? There must be. It’s not a place you can get to by a boat or a train. It’s far, far away.” — Dorothy

smiling Dorothy with her loyal companion Toto

6. “It really was no miracle. What happened was just this: the wind began to switch, the house, to pitch! And suddenly the hinges started to unhitch. Just then, the Witch, to satisfy an itch, went flying on her broomstick, thumbing for a hitch!” — Dorothy

7. “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. We must be over the rainbow!” — Dorothy

8. “Goodbye, Tin Man. Oh, don’t cry! You’ll rust so dreadfully. Here. Here’s your oil can. Goodbye, Lion. You know, I know it isn’t right, but I’m going to miss the way you used to holler for help before you found your courage.” — Dorothy

9. “My goodness, what a fuss you’re making! Well naturally, when you go around picking on things weaker than you are. Why, you’re nothing but a great big coward.” — Dorothy

10. “I’m here in Oz, Auntie Em! I’m locked in the witch’s castle, and I’m trying to get home to you, Auntie Em!” — Dorothy

smiling Dorothy holds her beloved friend Toto

The Wizard Of Oz Quotes By The Wizard 

1. “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.” — The Wizard

intense and fiery scene in the Land of Oz

2. The Wizard: “Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Universitartus Committiartum E Pluribus Unum, I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of ThD.”

The Scarecrow: “ThD?”

The Wizard: “That’s… Doctor of Thinkology.”

3. “A baby has brains, but it doesn’t know much. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get.” — The Wizard

4. “As for you, my fine friend, you’re a victim of disorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate delusion that simply because you run away from danger, you have no courage. You’re confusing courage with wisdom.” — The Wizard

5. “And you, Scarecrow, have the effrontery to ask for a brain, you billowing bale of bovine fodder!” — The Wizard

burning landscape in Oz

6. “I am the great and powerful… Wizard of Oz.” — The Wizard

7. Dorothy: “Weren’t you frightened?”

The Wizard: “Frightened? Child, you’re talking to a man who’s laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom, and chuckled at catastrophe… I was petrified.”

8. “Do you presume to criticize the Great Oz? You ungrateful creatures! Think yourselves lucky that I’m giving you audience tomorrow instead of twenty years from now.” — The Wizard

9. “You dare to come to me for a heart, do you? You clinking, clanking, clattering collection of caliginous junk!” — The Wizard 

10. Dorothy: “Oh… You’re a very bad man!”

The Wizard: “Oh, no, my dear! I, I’m a very good man! I’m… just a very bad wizard.”

danger and flames in the mystical Land of Oz

The Wizard Of Oz The Scarecrow Quotes

1. Dorothy: “Now which way do we go?”

The Scarecrow: “Pardon me, this way is a very nice way.”

Scarecrow with a surprised expression, mouth wide open

2. “Help, I’m burning, I’m burning!” — The Scarecrow

3. The Tin Man: “Well, what happened to you?”

The Scarecrow: “First they tore my legs off and they threw them over there! Then they took my chest out and they threw it over there…!”

4. “Come along, Dorothy. You don’t want any of those apples! Hmph!” — The Scarecrow

5. “If anyone treads on my toes or sticks a pin into me, it doesn’t matter, for I can’t feel it. But I do not want people to call me a fool…” — The Scarecrow

Scarecrow in awe, mouth open in wonder representing The Wizard of Oz Scarecrow quote

6. “Don’t stand there talking! Put me together! We’ve got to find Dorothy!” — The Scarecrow

7. The Scarecrow: “But I’d face a whole box full of ’em for the chance of getting some brains! Look, I won’t be any trouble, because I don’t need to think. And I won’t try to manage things, because I can’t think! Won’t you take me with you?”

Dorothy: “Why, of course I will!”

8. “Y-Yes… Yes, Your Honor… I mean, Your Excellency… I-I mean, Your Wizardry.” — The Scarecrow

9. “The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side. Oh, joy! Rapture! I got a brain! How can I ever thank you enough?” — The Scarecrow

10. “A witch? I’m not afraid of a witch! I’m not afraid of anything!… Oh, ehm… Except a lighted match.” — The Scarecrow

wide-eyed Scarecrow with an open mouth

The Wizard Of Oz The Cowardly Lion Quotes

1. “I’m afraid there’s no denyin’, I’m just a dande-lion, a fate I don’t deserve! But I could show my prowess, be a lion, not a mo-use, if I only had the nerve!” — The Cowardly Lion

portrait of an conic Cowardly Lion

2. The 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 fellas to do.”

The Scarecrow, The Tin Man: “What’s that?”

The Cowardly Lion: “Talk me out of it.”

3. “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!” — The Cowardly Lion

4. “You’re right, I am a coward! I haven’t any courage at all. I even scare myself.” — The Cowardly Lion

5. “Well, wouldn’t you feel degraded to be seen in the company of a cowardly lion? I would.” — The Cowardly Lion

the lovable Cowardly Lion

6. The Cowardly Lion: “Look at the circles under my eyes, I haven’t slept in weeks!”

The Tin Man: “Why don’t you try counting sheep?”

The Cowardly Lion: “That doesn’t do any good, I’m afraid of them!”

7. The Tin Man: “Here, here. Go away and let us alone.”

The Cowardly Lion: “Oh, scared, huh? Afraid, huh? Ah, how long can you stay fresh in that can? Ha ha ha ha.”

8. “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!” — The Cowardly Lion

9. “Yeah, it’s sad, believe me, Missy. When you’re born to be a sissy. Without the vim and verve… ” — The Cowardly Lion

10. “What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape“ in apricot? What have they got that I ain’t got?” — The Cowardly Lion

the Cowardly Lion's portrait

The Wizard Of Oz Quotes By The Tin Man 

1. “About a year ago, I was chopping that tree, when suddenly it began to rain. And right in the middle of the chop, I rusted solid. And I’ve been that way ever since.” — The Tin Man

portrait of the iconic Tin Tin

2. “Muh… ma… me… mah… my, my goodness, I can talk again! Oh, oil my arms, please! Oil my elbows!” — The Tin Man

3. “And I was standing over there, rusting for the longest time.” — The Tin Man

4. “I’ll see you reach the Wizard, whether I get a heart or not. Beehive, bah! Let her try and make a beehive out of me!” — The Tin Man

5. “If I only had a heart. I’d be tender, I’d be gentle, And awful sentimental. Regarding love and art, I’d be friends with sparrows and the boy who shoots the arrows.” — The Tin Man

Tin Tin, the daring adventurer

6. “If you only knew it, you are in luck not to have a heart.” — The Tin Man

7. Dorothy: “Goodbye, Tin Man. Oh, don’t cry! You’ll rust so dreadfully. Here. Here’s your oil can. Goodbye.”

The Tin Man: “Now I know I’ve got a heart, ’cause it’s breaking…”

8. “I hear a beat. How sweet! Just to register emotion Jealousy, devotion. And really feel the part. I could stay young and chipper. And I lock it with a zipper. If I only had a heart.” — The Tin Man

9. Dorothy: “Do you suppose we’ll meet any wild animals?”

The Tin Man: “Mm, we might.”

The Scarecrow: “Animals that, that eat… s-straw?”

The Tin Man: “Ah, some, but mostly lions, and tigers, and bears.”

Dorothy: “Lions?”

The Scarecrow: “And tigers?”

The Tin Man: “And bears.”

10. “When a man’s an empty kettle, He should be on his mettle, and yet I’m torn apart. Just because I’m presuming that I could be kind of human.” — The Tin Man

portrayal of Tin Tin

The Wizard Of Oz The Wicked Witch Of The West Quotes

1. “Just try and stay out of my way. Just try! I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!” — The Wicked Witch Of The West

The Wicked Witch Of The West on her broom

2. The Cowardly Lion: “I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks. I do, I do, I do, I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks, I do, I do, I do, I do!”

The Wicked Witch of the West: “Ah! You’ll believe in more than that before I’m finished with you.”

3. “All in good time, my little pretty. All in good time.” — The Wicked Witch Of The West

4. “You cursed brat! Look what you’ve done! I’m melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness? Oooooh, look out! I’m going! Oooooh! Ooooooh!” — The Wicked Witch Of The West

5. “See that? That’s how much longer you’ve got to be alive! And it isn’t long, my pretty, it isn’t long! I can’t wait forever to get those shoes!” — The Wicked Witch Of The West

portrayal of the Wicked Witch on a broom

6. The Wicked Witch of the West: “Throw that basket in the river and drown him!”

Dorothy: “NO! No, no, here… you can have your old slippers, but give me back Toto!”

The Wicked Witch of the West: “That’s a good little girl. I knew you’d see reason.”

7. The Scarecrow: “Hurry! We’ve got no time to lose!”

The Wicked Witch of the West: “Going so soon? I wouldn’t hear of it! Why, my little party’s just beginning!”

8. The Wicked Witch of the West: “Who killed my sister? Who killed the Witch of the East? Was it you?”

Dorothy: “No. No, it was an accident! I didn’t mean to kill anybody!”

The Wicked Witch of the West: “Well, my little pretty, I can cause accidents, too!”

9. Dorothy: “Run, Toto, run! Run Toto, run! He got away! He got away!”

The Wicked Witch of the West: “Which is more than you will! Drat you and your dog! You’ve been more trouble to me than you’re worth one way or another, but it’ll soon be over now!”

10. “And now, my beauties, something with poison in it, I think. With poison in it, but attractive to the eye, and soothing to the smell.” — The Wicked Witch Of The West

The Wicked Witch flying on her broom

Summing Up

I hope you felt inspired by this list of The Wizard Of Oz quotes and the message they convey — the importance of friendship, the beauty of self-discovery, and the significance of home!

70 Best The Wizard Of Oz Quotes That Inspire And Delight