81 Empowering 'Mulan' Quotes For The Inner Warrior In All Of Us

81 Empowering Mulan Quotes For The Inner Warrior In All Of Us

April 20, 2020 Updated June 24, 2021

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Mulan was not your average Disney princess film. In fact, it wasn’t a princess flick at all. The story of a young woman who saved an empire earned accolades for its explorations of complex themes like family dynamics and honor. And while Disney’s telling of the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan raised an eyebrow or two when it came to its accuracy, the film went on to enjoy monumental success. Mulan is the warrior we never knew we needed. She’s brave, altruistic, and fights for what she believes in. But above all, she follows her heart and is one of the few female Disney characters who saves the guy. 

The animated film was, of course, composed by Disney whiz Alan Menken, the genius behind other ’90s classics like The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.

With the live-action feature set to hit the big screen soon, Disney has rightfully rectified its earlier mistakes by removing Li-Shen, Mulan’s love interest, from the film. Unfortunately, that also means they’ve removed Mushu as well, arguably one of the best parts of the movie. So if you’re feeling nostalgic for the original, or just want a refresher on some snappy Mushu lines, we’ve rounded up the best quotes from Mulan to make your day.

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  1. “My name is Mulan! I did it to save my father.” — Mulan
  2. “Reflect before you snack—act!” — Mulan
  3. “Uh, my ancestors sent a little lizard to help me?” — Mulan
  4. “Okay, people, people, look alive! Let’s go, come on, get up! Let’s move it! Rise and shine! You’re all way past the beauty sleep thing, trust me!”  — Mushu
  5. “I just woke up! I am the Great Stone Dragon — good morning! I will go forth and fetch Mulan! Did I mention that I was the Great Stone Dragon?”  — Mushu
  6. “I was just washing, so now I’m clean, and I’m gonna go. Bye-bye!” — Mulan
  7. “Maybe I didn’t go for my father. Maybe what I really wanted was to prove I could do things right, so when I looked in the mirror, I’d see someone worthwhile. But I was wrong. I see nothing.” — Mulan
  8. “I have to do something.” — Mulan
  9. “You said you trust Ping. Why is Mulan any different?” — Mulan
  10. Shan Yu: “You took away my victory.”
    Mulan: “No! I did.”
  11. “Who am I? Who am I? I am the guardian of lost souls, I am the powerful, the pleasurable, the indestructible Mushu.”  — Mushu
  12. “Whoa, one moment. You seemed to be missing something. This represents discipline. And this represents strength. You need both to reach the arrow.” — Shang

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  13. “I … ring the gong.”  — Mushu
  14. “C’mon, if you’re gonna stay, you’re gonna work.”  — Mushu
  15. “I’m travel-sized for your convenience!”  — Mushu
  16. “Down, Bessie!”  — Mushu
  17. “Ancestors, hear our prayer. Watch over Mulan.” — Grandmother Fa
  18. Mulan: “Would you like to stay for dinner?”
    Grandmother Fa: “Would you like to stay forever?”
  19. “Dishonor! Dishonor on your whole family! Make a note of this. Dishonor on you!”  — Mushu
  20. “Got breakfast for ya! Look, you get porridge! And it’s happy to see you!”  — Mushu
  21. “Let me see your war face … Oh, I think my bunny slippers just ran for cover. C’mon, scare me, girl!”  — Mushu
  22. Mulan: “Boy, that was close.”
    Mushu: “No, that was vile. You owe me big.”
  23. “You missed! How could you miss? He was three feet in front of you!”  — Mushu
  24. “Man, you are one lucky bug.”  — Mushu

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  25. “Hey, come on. You went to save your father’s life. Who knew you’d end up shaming him and disgracing your ancestors and losing all your friends. You know, you just gotta … You gotta learn to let these things go.”  — Mushu
  26. “What? What do you mean you’re not lucky? You lied to me? And what are you? A sheep?”  — Mushu
  27. “Yeah, this ain’t gonna be pretty. But don’t you worry, okay? Things will work out. We started this thing together, and that’s how we’ll finish it. I promise.”  — Mushu
  28. “My little baby is all grown up and saving China.”  — Mushu
  29. “This represents discipline, and this represents strength. You need both to reach the arrow.” — Li Shen
  30. “We’ve got a long way to go.” — Li Shen
  31. “Um… you… you fight good.” — Li Shen
  32. “Uh… you forgot your helmet.” — Li Shen
  33. “Oh, Yao! You made a friend.” – Chien Po
  34. “Relax and chant with me.” – Chien Po
  35. “Feel better?” – Chien Po
  36. “Ooh, tough guy.” – Yao
  37. “I let them slip through my fingers!” – Yao
  38. “Let’s hear it for Ping, the bravest of us all!” – Ling
  39. “A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.” — The Emperor
  40. “No matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it.” — The Emperor
  41. “I’ve heard a great deal about you, Fa Mulan. You stole your father’s armor, ran away from home, impersonated a soldier, deceived your commanding officer, dishonored the Chinese Army, destroyed my palace … and you have saved us all.” — The Emperor
  42. “Very well. You can have his job.” — The Emperor

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  43. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” — The Emperor
  44. “You don’t meet a girl like that every dynasty.” — The Emperor
  45. “My, my, what beautiful blossoms we have this year. But look! This one’s late. But I’ll bet that when it blooms, it will be the most beautiful of all.” — Fa Zhou
  46. “It is an honor to protect my country and my family.” — Fa Zhou
  47. “The greatest gift and honor is having you for a daughter.” — Fa Zhou
  48. “Who spit in her bean curd?” — Grandmother Fa
  49. “Get off the roof, get off the roof, get off the roof!” — Mulan
  50. “Khan, let’s go home.” — Mulan
  51. “A life for a life. My debt is repaid.” — Shang
  52. “My name is Mulan! I did it to save my father.” — Mulan
  53. “I never want to see a naked man again!” — Mulan
  54. “One moment. You seem to be missing something. This represents discipline and this represents strength. You need both to reach the arrow.” — Shang
  55. “Did you see those Huns? They popped out of the snow, like daisies!” — Mushu
  56. “Dragon. DRAGON. Not lizard. I don’t do that tongue thing.” — Mushu
  57. “Punch him. It’s how men say hello.” — Mushu
  58. “Great. She brings home a sword. If you ask me, she should’ve brought home a man.” — Grandmother Fa
  59. “Yup, this cricket’s a lucky one!” — Grandmother Fa

Quotes From Disney’s 2020 Live-Action Mulan

  1. “I know my place. And it is my duty to fight for the kingdom and protect the emperor.” — Mulan
  2. “I will bring honor to us all.” — Mulan
  3. “There’s no shame in being fearful before battle. In fact, it’s a testament to your honesty that you confess such doubt.” — Commander Tung
  4. “Loyal, brave, and true.” — Mulan
  5. “She has brought honor to her ancestors, to her family, to her village, and to her country.” — Commander Tung
  6. “When employed correctly, four ounces can move a thousand pounds.” — Mulan
  7. “You [Xianniang] told me my journey was impossible. Yet here I stand, proof that there is a place for people like us.” — Mulan
  8. “You can still take the noble path. It’s not too late.” — Mulan
  9. “There is no courage without fear.” — Zhou
  10. “Rise up. You are a mighty warrior like a phoenix. Rise up. Fight for the kingdom and its people.” — Emperor
  11. “I am blessed with two daughters. I will fight.” — Zhou
  12. “Some say the phoenix is consumed by flame and emerges again. I think she can survive a broken wing.” — Zhou
  13. “And Hua Jun did die. For a lie can only live so long. But Mulan lived.” — Zhou
  14. “The chi pervades the universe and all living things… But only the most true will connect deeply to his chi and become a great warrior. Tranquil as a forest, but one fire within.” — Commander Tung
  15. “One warrior knows another. You were always there. Yet I see you for the first time.” — Zhou
  16. “The green shoot has grown up to the sky, and her ancestors celebrate her in the vault of the heavens. The girl became a soldier. The soldier became a leader. And the leader became a legend.” — Zhou
  17. “Your chi is strong, Mulan. But chi is for warriors, not daughters. Soon, you’ll be a young woman, and it is time for you to hide your gift away. To silence its voice. I say this to protect you. That is my job. Your job is to bring honor to the family. Do you think you can do that?” — Zhou
  18. “Are you suggesting our family not comply with the Imperial edict?” — Zhou
  19. “I am the father. It is my place to bring honor to our family on the battlefield. You are the daughter! Learn your place.” — Zhou
  20. There have been many tales of the great warrior, Mulan. But, ancestors, this one is mine. Here she is. A young shoot, all green, unaware of the blade. If you had such a daughter, her chi, the boundless energy of life itself, speaking through her every motion, could you tell her that only a son could wield chi? That a daughter would risk shame, dishonor, exile? Ancestors, I could not.” — Zhou
  21. “Remember what you want. A place where your powers will not be vilified. A place where you are accepted for who you are. You won’t get what you want without me.” — Bori Khan
  22. “Forgive me, Father. I stole your horse. I stole your sword. I stole your armor. And the sword… I lost it. The sword is gone. Now I understand how much that sword means to you.”

Mulan Song Lyrics

“Make A Man Out Of You” Lyrics

Let’s get down to business, to defeat the Huns
Did they send me daughters, when I asked for sons?
You’re the saddest bunch I ever met
But you can bet before we’re through
Mister, I’ll make a man out of you
Tranquil as a forest but on fire within
Once you find your center, you are sure to win
You’re a spineless, pale, pathetic lot
And you haven’t got a clue
Somehow I’ll make a man out of you
I’m never gonna catch my breath
Say goodbye to those who knew me
Boy, was I a fool in school for cutting gym
This guy’s got ’em scared to death
Hope he doesn’t see right through me
Now I really wish that I knew how to swim
Be a man
We must be swift as the coursing river
Be a man
With all the force of a great typhoon
Be a man
With all the strength of a raging fire
Mysterious as the dark side of the moon

“Reflection” Song Lyrics

“Look at me
I will never pass for a perfect bride
Or a perfect daughter
Can it be
I’m not meant to play this part?
Now I see
That if I were truly to be myself
I would break my fam’ly’s heart

Who is that girl I see
Staring straight
Back at me?
Why is my reflection someone
I don’t know?
Somehow I cannot hide
Who I am
Though I’ve tried
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?”

“Honor To Us All” Lyrics

Ancestors
Hear my plea
Help me not to make a fool of me
And to not uproot my fam’ly tree
Keep my father standing tall

Scarier than the undertaker
We are meeting our matchmaker
Destiny
Guard our girls
And our future as it fast unfurls
Please look kindly on these cultured pearls
Each a perfect porcelain doll