If you know me, then you know that I’ve always been a big fan of the Oz stories. I’ve seen the 1939 movie more times than I’ve seen the original Star Wars trilogy (if such a thing is possible). I love the two (different but equally awesome) prequel stories Oz the Great and Powerful and Wicked (the musical. I haven’t read the book yet. Yes, I know they’re rather different).
I’ve also been working my way through L. Frank Baum’s original books. You can see a recent post I wrote about that here. As I’ve been exploring the Land of Oz, I’ve started collecting some great quotes. So here are ten of my favorite quotes (so far, since I’m only on book 6 of Baum’s original 14) from books, movies, and shows.
“Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t they?” The Scarecrow, from The Wizard of Oz
This is one of the most famous quotes of the Scarecrow, and possibly one of the most well-known quotes from the entire movie (with the exception of “Fly, my pretties!” and “There’s no place like home.”) Apparently the Land of Oz has its share of morons who won’t be quiet, too, just like earth.
Oz: “You want me to lead an army that can’t kill?”
Glinda: “If this was easy, we wouldn’t need a wizard.”
from Oz the Great and Powerful
Poor Oz. There’s really nothing he can say to this. At this point he’s really wishing his balloon had never left Kansas.
“When music is not very good, and is indulged in all the time, it is better that the performer should be alone.” Princess Ozma, from The Road to Oz
I love Ozma’s polite, stinging slap to obnoxious people everywhere. I need her in the car with me at traffic lights, so she can roll down the window and say this to the guy next to me who has the bass cranked so loud that it can be heard all the way to Oz.
Fiyero: “You think I’m really stupid, don’t you?”
Elphaba: “No, not really stupid.”
from Wicked the Musical
Elphaba, the master of the back-handed compliment. Love it.
Elmira Gulch: “I’m here to see Dorothy about the bite on my leg.”
Uncle Henry: “You mean she bit ya?”
Elmira Gulch: “No, her dog.”
Uncle Henry: “Oh, she bit her dog, eh?”
from The Wizard of Oz
God bless acerbic, long-suffering Uncle Henry. This is one of my favorite dialogue exchanges in the whole movie.
“I’ve been lost before, and always got found again.” Dorothy, from The Road to Oz
The beautiful logic of a child. Baum did a good job in his books of portraying Dorothy with the emotional maturity of an adult so she could remain clear-headed during her various adventures, while still maintaining the imagination and purity of a child.
“Some things I cannot change, but till I try, I’ll never know.” Elphaba, from Wicked the Musical
Elphaba is never afraid of trying or pushing the envelope, and we never should be, either.
“I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.” The Scarecrow, from The Marvelous Land of Oz
More wisdom from the Scarecrow.
“You’re capable of more than you know.” Glinda, from Oz the Great and Powerful
Glinda’s encouragement to the Wizard is really an encouragement to all of us.
“In this world in which we live simplicity and kindness are the only magic wands that work wonders…” from The Emerald City of Oz
Baum may have been a writer of fairy tales, but he understood the truth.