Quotes about Believing in Unicorns

Welcome to my page of quotations about believing, and not believing, in unicorns. I have just one thing to say on the topic: I do! Please enjoy the magic. —tg

“A living drollery: now I will believe
That there are unicorns…”
~William Shakespeare, Tempest, c.1611, III, 3, Sebastian

      Alice could not help her lips curling up into a smile as she began: “Do you know, I always thought Unicorns were fabulous monsters, too! I never saw one alive before!”
      “Well, now that we have seen each other,” said the Unicorn, “if you’ll believe in me, I’’ll believe in you. Is that a bargain?” ~Lewis Carroll (1832–1898), “The Lion and the Unicorn,” Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

“The people who see them share some of the unicorn’s traits. They’re lonely, with virtuous hearts.” ~David E. Kelley, “Making Spirits Bright,” Ally McBeal, S2, E10, 1998, Maxwell

      “Despite its worldwide fame, there are those who believe there are no more unicorns. One reason people give for their disappearance is that when Noah built the Ark, the unicorns didn’t make it on board, either because they were too large, or too silly — playing games and frisking about until Noah couldn’t wait any longer.
      Others think they were simply hunted into extinction.
      Still others believe that the unicorns left when the world became less sympathetic to the old magic, fleeing to someplace better suited to their strange beauty.
      Saddest of all are those who believe there never were any unicorns to begin with….
      But here’s what I believe: wherever else they may have come from, unicorns live inside the true believer’s heart.
      Which means that as long as we can dream, there will be unicorns.” ~Bruce Coville, “The Lore of the Unicorn,” 1987

“Of all the legendary animals of art, folklore, and literature, the unicorn is the one with the greatest hold on our imaginations. Other fabulous beasts are clearly inventions, existing only in a mythical landscape of our own collective creation. But the unicorn strikes us as more than imaginary. It seems possible, even probable — a creature so likely that it ought to exist.” ~Nancy Hathaway, The Unicorn, 1982

“There is no such thing as a great man or a great woman. People believe in them, just as they used to believe in unicorns and dragons. The greatest man or woman is ninety-nine per cent just like yourself.” ~George Bernard Shaw, 1932