The Lion King (1994) quotes

Director
Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff.

Cast
Matthew Broderick.
Jeremy Irons.
James Earl Jones.

Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble.

I know what I have to do. But going back means I’ll have to face my past. I’ve been running from it for so long.
Adult Simba
[Rafiki hits Simba on the head with his stick]
Ow! Jeez, what was that for?
Adult Simba
It doesn’t matter. It’s in the past.
Rafiki
[laughs]
Yeah, but it still hurts.
Adult Simba
Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it.
Rafiki
[swings his stick again at Simba, who ducks out of the way]
Ha. You see? So what are you going to do?
Rafiki
First, I’m gonna take your stick.
Adult Simba
[Simba snatches Rafiki’s stick and throws it and Rafiki runs to grab it]
No, no, no, no, not the stick! Hey, where you going?
Rafiki
I’m going back!
Adult Simba
Good! Go on! Get out of here!
Rafiki

Hey, Timon, ever wonder what those sparkly dots are up there?
Pumbaa
Pumbaa, I don’t wonder; I know.
Timon
Oh. What are they?
Pumbaa
They’re fireflies. Fireflies that, uh… got stuck up on that big bluish-black thing.
Timon
Oh, gee. I always thought they were balls of gas burning billions of miles away.
Pumbaa
Pumbaa, with you, everything’s gas.
Timon

 

Asante sana Squash banana, Wiwi nugu Mi mi apana.
Rafiki
Come on, will you cut it out?
Adult Simba
Can’t cut it out. It will grow right back. Hehehe.
Rafiki
Creepy little monkey. Would you stop following me! Who are you?
Adult Simba
The question is, who… are you?
Rafiki
[sighs] I thought I knew, but now I’m not so sure.
Adult Simba
Well, I know who you are! Shh. Come here, it’s a secret.
Rafiki
[Whispers, then grows louder]
Asante sana Squash banana, Wiwi nugu Mi mi apana!
Rafiki
Enough already! What’s that supposed to mean, anyway?
Adult Simba
It means you’re a baboon… and I’m not.
Rafiki
I think you’re a little confused.
Adult Simba
Wrong! I’m not the one who’s confused. You don’t even know who you are!
Rafiki
Oh, and I suppose you know?
Adult Simba
Sure do. You’re Mufasa’s boy!
Rafiki
[Simba turns around to look at him, shocked]
Bye!
Rafiki

[about “Hakuna Matata”] It’s our motto.
Pumbaa
What’s a motto?
Young Simba
Nothing. What’s a motto with you?
Timon

What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the hula?
– Timon

Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.
Mufasa
But, Dad, don’t we eat the antelope?
Young Simba
Yes, Simba, but let me explain. 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

Let me get this straight. You know her. She knows you. But she wants to eat him. And everybody’s okay with this?
Timon
[jumps up suddenly]
[yells] Did I miss something?
Timon

I’m surrounded by idiots.
– Scar

[Scar catches a mouse] Life’s not fair, is it? You see, I… well, I shall never be king. And you… shall never see the light of another day. Hmm-hmm-hmm, adieu.
Scar
Didn’t your mother ever tell you not to play with your food?
Zazu

Your son’s awake.
Sarabi
Before sunrise, he’s *your* son.
Mufasa