Quotes about Unicorns

Welcome to my page of quotations about unicorns — the only thing I’ve ever collected other than quotes. In fourth grade, I had a minor obsession with the beautiful creatures and would save up my chore allowance to get a poster or knick-knack when I could. I hope you enjoy these quotes I’ve collected over the years. —tg

The Unicorn — the wild, white, fierce, chaste Moon, whose two horns, unlike those of mortal creatures, are indissolubly twisted into one, whose brilliant horn drives away the darkness and evil of the night. ~Robert Brown, The Unicorn: A Mythological Investigation, 1881  [A little altered. –tg]

[O]ur Unicorn sings ravishing melodies for those who possess the inner ear of mystics and poets. ~James Huneker, Unicorns, 1906–1917  [The book is a collection of essays about musicians, writers, artists, literature, &c. –tg]

[T]he unicorn is noble,
He knows his gentle birth,
He knows that God has chosen him
Above all beasts of earth.
~Volkslied (German folk song)

The unicorn, she said, was a marvelous beast, shining with honor, wisdom and strength. Just to see him strengthened the soul. ~Megan Lindholm, “The Unicorn in the Maze,” 1988

Oh how in our childlike hearts still we mourn
      The passing of the Unicorn.
      Of gentle beauty and infinite grace,
      A creature unfit for our world’s pace.
      Yet wait! For who’s to say?
Perhaps even now in some far distant forest glade,
      There still moves quietly in the cool and leafy shade
      That timeless creature of a golden age,
      That spirit of a shining dawn,
      That magic beast The Unicorn.
~Author unknown, “The Lost Unicorn”

The best use for a unicorn’s horn is to adorn a unicorn. ~Femeref Adage, “Benevolent Unicorn” card, Magic: The Gathering (Richard Garfield / Wizards of the Coast)

That unicorns may be betray’d with trees,
And bears with glasses, elephants with holes,
Lions with toils, and men with flatterers:
But, when I tell him, he hates flatterers,
He says, he does; being then most flatter’d.
~William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, c.1599 (II, 1, Decius Brutus)

Everything today has been
      Heavy and brown,
      Bring me a Unicorn
      To ride about town.
Bring me a unicorn
      As little and white
      As the new moon
      On its first night…
And I will kneel each morning
      To polish his bright hoofs
      That they may gleam each moonlight
      We ride over roofs.
~Anne Spencer Morrow, “Unicorn,” c.1929

Two lovely dames, whose air and habit show’d
That not to lineage mean their birth they ow’d;
Nor seem’d brought up in humble cottage state,
But bred in rich apartments of the great;
Each on a beauteous unicorn was plac’d,
Whose snowy hue the ermin’s white defac’d.
~Ludovico Ariosto (1474–1533), Orlando Furioso, translated from Italian by John Hoole, 1783