100+ Best Fantasy Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational fantasy quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Fantasy Quotes

That’s pretty much why I went into show business because I wanted to have a guitar and sing unaccompanied, that was like my fantasy of the perfect life. – Victoria Jackson

Old film-noir movies. There’s something comforting about watching black-and-white movies, and hearing this kind of music just puts me in a fantasy world. It’s a really great escape for me. – Petra Haden

I still recommend reading travel guides as an insight to a traveller’s perspective on fantasy worlds. Nearly all characters end up travelling at some point, and they have many of the same needs and concerns covered in travel guides. – Trudi Canavan

There’s a big overlap with the people you meet at the fantasy and science fiction cons. – Fred Saberhagen

When you’re 14, anything with a sword and a dragon is pretty cool. But when you’re 21 and you’ve read 2,000 fantasy novels, you start to realize that some of those books, well, they weren’t really good. OK, let’s be honest. A lot of them were crap. – Patrick Rothfuss

When we work with history, to a very great degree we are all guessing. But by using motifs of time and history in a fantasy setting, we are acknowledging that this educated guesswork, invention, fantasy underlie our treatment of the past and its peoples – and we are not claiming a right to do with them as we will. – Guy Gavriel Kay

I eat, sleep, and drink my character. It is my fantasy to go to another planet. – Ace Frehley

For me, a great fantasy is real people, a world I recognise, human struggle and magic. You’ve got to have magic to make a fantasy work. But I like my magic to be subtle. I don’t want magic coming out of the hands of wizards. I want it to be pervading, sinister somehow. – Fiona McIntosh

I was the original Cinderella girl, looking for the happy ending in the fairy story. But my fantasy prince never came. – Evelyn Keyes

I absolutely adore working in the realms of fantasy. – Richard O’Brien

Fantastic fiction covers fantasy, horror and science fiction – and it doesn’t get the attention it deserves from the literati. – China Mieville

It’s hard out here for a fantasy writer, after all; there’s all these ‘rules’ I’m supposed to follow, or the Fantasy Police might come and make me do hard labor in the Cold Iron Mines. – N. K. Jemisin

Well, luckily with animation, fantasy is your friend. – Steven Spielberg

Fantasy has a dark side to it. It also has a light hemisphere – the power of the human imagination to keep going, to imagine a better tomorrow. – Tim O’Brien

The atheist, by merely being in touch with reality, appears shamefully out of touch with the fantasy life of his neighbors. – Sam Harris

Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he lives his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy. – George Gurdjieff

I’ve always said fantasy is sort of ‘stealth philosophy’. – Terry Goodkind

Adult fantasy gets a bad name. You think of Xena – Warrior Princess. If you don’t do it expensively, it becomes tacky and you end up just appealing to 45-year-old single men. – Harry Lloyd

Fantasy is the only canvas large enough for me to paint on. – Terry Brooks

I’ve always found it easy and natural and, more importantly, necessary to articulate thoughts and feelings, and fierce emotions, through the written word. Fantasy and horror came to me when I was very young. – Kim Elizabeth

I collect fantasy swords, replicas from films, and have them displayed on the wall as you go up the stairs. – Gary Numan

When you’re 11 or 12 years old, you can get so swept up in a book that you start to believe that the fantasy is reality. I think when you have a giant crush when you’re in fifth grade, it becomes your whole world. It’s like being underwater; everything is different. – Wes Anderson

The campaigns and the models in them create the fantasy around the brand. It has always been about having strong images. Without that, we could not have gone into all the categories we did. It really has been the foundation from where the house of Guess was built. – Paul Marciano

We live in our fantasies and endure our realities. – Robert Anton Wilson

I was a fantastic student until ten, and then my mind began to wander. – Grace Paley

Wizards was my homage to Tolkien in the American idiom. I had read Tolkien, understood Tolkien, and wanted to do a sort of fantasy for American kids, and that was Wizards. – Ralph Bakshi

I wanted to be the greatest woman guitarist alive. I had fantasies about being a female Jimi Hendrix. – Phoebe Snow

‘The Black Prism’ is a story of emperors and prisoners and magic set in a Mediterranean, 1600-esque world. It’s a fantasy story; it’s fast and fun and inventive. – Brent Weeks

I always had a fantasy of being a chef, because I like kitchen life. – Geoffrey Rush

Developers need to start moving away from the entitled macho-male power fantasy in their games. They need to recognize that there are wider stories that they can tell. – Anita Sarkeesian

Over the years, more than one reviewer has described my fantasy series, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, as historical fiction about history that never happened, flavoured with a dash of sorcery and spiced with dragons. I take that as a compliment. – George R. R. Martin

About the time you might start to think that science fiction – the real stuff, not the species of fantasy that goes under the name – is really dead, along comes a story by Cory Doctorow. – Lois Tilton

After I’d been in college for a couple years I’d read Shakespeare and Frost and Chaucer and the poets of the Harlem Renaissance. I’d come to appreciate how gorgeous the English language could be. But most fantasy novels didn’t seem to make the effort. – Patrick Rothfuss

If the general opinion is pessimistic, fantasy is going to hold its own. – David Eddings

It is fantastic to be found in a foreign country. – Ed O’Brien

I had the taste of the alcohol since I was 11. It allowed me to be clever, charming and to behave outrageously. Acting also allowed me not to be me. So I could indulge every fantasy in this paradise of America. – Malachy McCourt

The artist is the medium between his fantasies and the rest of the world. – Federico Fellini

Consensus wisdom has it that all modern commercial fantasy novels fall into two camps: those derived from J.R.R. Tolkien and those derived from Mervyn Peake. The ‘Lord of the Rings’ template or the ‘Gormenghast’ mold. – Paul Di Filippo

Wuxia is a fantasy world exists in everyone’s mind. – Zhang Yimou

Science fiction is fantasy about issues of science. Science fiction is a subset of fantasy. Fantasy predated it by several millennia. The ’30s to the ’50s were the golden age of science fiction – this was because, to a large degree, it was at this point that technology and science had exposed its potential without revealing the limitations. – Raymond E. Feist

Im a massive science fiction and fantasy geek. – Robert Kazinsky

My love affairs were more often about the fantasy than the actual person I was involved with. – Peggy Lipton

What do I want in a good fantasy book? Court politics and social interactions based around houses and cities. Powerful women and devious men. Drama and action with emotional ramifications. Frocks. Kissing. Swords. An intense impression of history in the world-building. – Tansy Rayner Roberts

I had a wall around me and a lot of fantasy locked inside. – Peggy Lipton

When I started writing this, I found that I simply couldn’t take fantasy seriously, so it became humorous, and continued from there. – Piers Anthony

‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ by Betty Smith is one of my favorites. Even though it doesn’t have any monsters or crazy fantasy in it, it’s such a raw story, and I can really relate to the characters. I think it’s a beautiful story. – Amandla Stenberg

There have been a number of us working very, very hard to bring myth and fairy tales into public consciousness, through fantasy literature and other media. I hope we’re succeeding in some small way. – Terri Windling

I remember when I was very young, I had a fever – a long rheumatic fever in bed for four months. And in the days, I stayed alone with the maid. I only had my father’s books with me. They were fantasy books about ghosts, and also books by Edgar Allen Poe that made a forever impression on me. – Dario Argento

I think George R. R. Martin made fantasy grow up. He brought a level of reality into the storytelling where you realize the good guys don’t always win and anyone can die, because that’s how life works. Bringing that level of reality into the story I think forced the genre to mature in a lot of ways that it hadn’t prior. – Peter V. Brett

The fantasy genre is so in at the moment. Viewers want to escape from their lives and watch something that is so separate from their everyday existence. People have always wanted to escape their lives – that’s why they go to movies and the theatre. – Colin Morgan

A lot of people have it – that fantasy of being lord or lady of the manor, either in the present or at some time in history. – Penelope Keith

But I never let a fantasy get away, because I always stop to analyze it. – Shelley Duvall

In every respect, fantasy is like doing abstract paintings. – Lance Henriksen

The Company of Wolves doesn’t belong in any category, so it’s difficult to prepare an audience for it. It’s not a horror film, it’s not a fantasy film, it’s not a children’s film – so what is it? – Neil Jordan

I wasn’t ecstatic about being pregnant – I wasn’t somebody who actively wanted kids. Certainly there were no fantasies about nappy-changing. – Elizabeth McGovern

I’ve been fortunate to play many different types of characters thus far. However, I really enjoy playing roles that are different than who I am personally. You can have these small fantasy worlds where you can be people you would otherwise never get to be: a doctor, a lawyer, a ruthless business woman. – Gina Holden

‘Doctor Who’ is where my love of science fiction and fantasy started. I was introduced to it when I was 8, and I’m still an avid viewer. – Adam Christopher

I found ‘Bordertown’ when I was standing on the border between childhood and my teens, and it carried me past that transition. In the process, it helped to create the next step of its own evolution: the modern urban fantasy owes a lot more to ‘Bordertown’ than many people will ever know. – Seanan McGuire

It’s really hard to separate fantasy from reality. – Cathy Rigby

It was always a dream as I was growing up. I would watch movies, mostly American movies, and be so engrossed in those stories, all I wanted to do was be there. I wanted to be part of that romance or that fantasy or be that warrior or that struggling soul who finally makes it good. – Gerard Butler

I had read tons of science fiction. I was fascinated by other worlds, other environments. For me, it was fantasy, but it was not fantasy in the sense of pure escapism. – James Cameron

And by the way, I wanted to point out that Kindred is not science fiction. You’ll note there’s no science in it. It’s a kind of grim fantasy. – Octavia Butler

I aim to tell the truth about any subject, not a romance or fantasy, not avoid the truth. – Anita Desai

When you’re portraying someone that really existed, there has to be a time as an actress where you leave reality and move into the fantasy world so you can do your job of creating a character. – Bel Powley

It didn’t matter what we did or where we did it as long as we were together. We knew we’d found what most people either pursue in years of futile search or dismiss as a fantasy at the outset: the missing half of ourselves. The real thing. – John Perry Barlow

I started a novel back in high school. It wasn’t very good. It was the opposite of good. The writing itself wasn’t too bad, and the characters were interesting. But the story was a mess, and it was full of fantasy cliches. Dwarf with an axe. Barbarian warrior. I don’t ever think I’d bother finishing that. It’s just not worth my time. – Patrick Rothfuss

When you’re older, you want to be scared because you understand more where the boundaries between fantasy and reality are, and I suppose they are more blurred the younger you are. – David Tennant

I love biomedical science, I love astronomy, and you can’t really do much with those in a fantasy setting. – Elizabeth Moon

The classic epic fantasy is good versus evil, underdog against power. – Laura Anne Gilman

It is peoples’ fantasies of what is true that is so extraordinary. That that we were born and that we face eternal extinction after death is an extraordinary fantasy. – Brian Perkins

Especially in the world of fantasy and superheroes, it’s great to have role models that aren’t in skimpy little outfits, in impossible poses. That’s so important for young women. – Kelley Armstrong

I don’t care for horror and fantasy films. I never go to see them in the theater. I know I’ve played in many of them, but I didn’t do them because of their genre – I did them just because I loved their scripts. – Peter Weller

Horror, for me, has to involve some sort of fantasy. Horror is something that is in your dreams or your nightmares. – Cassandra Peterson

I have never indulged our society’s misguided notion that my personal life is relevant to my work, so any reporting surrounding that is necessarily hearsay, speculation or fantasy. – Billy Crudup

I don’t wear much make-up in my non-working life, though I love to dress up and put on a face for a special occasion. As I get older, I see less of the fantasy ‘Indian’ self I inherited from my father, and I see my mother looking back at me. – Diana Quick

All fantasy should have a solid base in reality. – Max Beerbohm

How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story. For fantasy, none at all. – Alan Dean Foster

I don’t really understand why so many fantasy writers choose to focus on worlds that just seem strangely denuded. But to them, I guess it doesn’t seem strange. And I guess that’s their privilege. It isn’t mine. – N. K. Jemisin

My biggest fantasy as an actor is to be in situations that make me uncomfortable and force me out of my comfort zone. – Nolan Gerard Funk

I write for children because I am interested in fantasy and the possibilities for experience of all kinds before the time of compromise. I believe that children are far more perceptive and wise than American books give them credit for being. – Natalie Babbitt

I freely admit that I took great license in writing ‘The Dark Queen,’ more so than my other historical romance novels. This is largely because I viewed the book as a fantasy novel as much as an historical. I do feel that writers should strive for as much accuracy as possible but, in the end, remember that we are writing fiction. – Susan Carroll

It took many years to accept that fantasy is the fuel for my storytelling passion, and without that, I really am a hack, writing for money or approval rather than for the pure delight of storytelling. – Kelley Armstrong

The state of childhood resonates with life inside a fantasy novel. If you have no control over how you spend large chunks of your day, or are at the mercy of flawed giant beings, then the desire to bend the laws of the world by magic is strong and deep. – David Mitchell

Myth is supposed to bring us together, but fantasy alienates us. – Dustin Hoffman

Pretty much anything you care to imagine can happen in a fantasy, which in turn means you can really crank up the intensity of the tale you’re telling. – Richard K. Morgan

When I first started working on ‘Staying Dead,’ I got some well-meaning but negative feedback from industry folk because – back in 2001 – epic fantasy was still the big thing, alternate history a tight runner-up. – Laura Anne Gilman

One of the most interesting things about science fiction and fantasy is the way that the genres can offer different perspectives on matters to do with the body, the mind, medical technology, and the way we live our lives. – Tansy Rayner Roberts

I like the order and simplicity of sports. They have an ending. You can argue with your friends about it, but in the end, you still like sports. I almost love the fantasy world of sports more than the real world. – Norm MacDonald

Most of my books have been written in the form of fantasy. – Lloyd Alexander

Fantasy is, of course, booming, and I think it’s beginning to stretch its range as well. – Sarah Zettel

I associate heavy metal with fantasy because of the tremendous power that the music delivers. – Christopher Lee

I’m always astonished by a forest. It makes me realise that the fantasy of nature is much larger than my own fantasy. I still have things to learn. – Gunter Grass

If you’re writing fantasy or science fiction, it’s really hard to do if you don’t know a lot, at least in a basic way, about how the real world works. – Tad Williams

I think that the way of bringing realism into fantasy is to treat it as the commonplace. – Grant Bowler

Out of the 72 kids that I went to high school with, I still talk to 25 of them on a fairly regular basis. Seven of my classmates live in L.A., and five of them are in the entertainment business, and we constantly talk and play fantasy football together. – Ike Barinholtz

Rose was sexy. It was my fantasy about her. She accomplished so much and came from so little in terms of a background that would have prepared her for the world, let alone the world of entertainment. – Linda Lavin

Building your own home is about desire, fantasy. But it’s achievable; anyone can do it. – Kevin McCloud

My fantasy for children’s television is that it’s not really children’s television, it’s everybody’s television. – Steve Burns

If the arts are held up solely as a means of social insight, fantasy is denied the chance to be commonplace and reality the chance to be exotic. – Richard Eyre

In my fantasy I was always the savior. I would come to Peanuts land and save everybody. Charlie Brown would fall madly in love with me. Peppermint Patty was so jealous. – Alicia Witt

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