Powerful and Relateable Quotes From His Majesty’s Dragon

‘His Majesty’s Dragon’ is a fantastic book full of insightful and witty lines between the mystical creatures themselves and other beloved characters.

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A black dragon curled up on top of a closed book.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik was published on March 28, 2006. It’s set in an alternate version of the Napoleonic Wars, and dragons are involved. These dragons are intelligent and capable of human speech, and this creates a new and interesting dynamic that leads to epic quotes. Some are thought-provoking, and some are hilariously relatable. Let’s take a look at a few of our favorites!

Powerful Quotes

The lines below made me stop and think, and they stuck with me. These quotes also relate to and speak of the real world despite the quasi-fantasy setting.

However, I must disagree with you very strongly that providing ordinary and reasonable care in any way constitutes coddling, and I have always found that deprivation and hardship, when necessary, can be better endured by men who have not been subjected to them previously for no cause.

His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

He would not neglect what he considered his duty for the sake of being liked.

His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

I am sorry, but I will not lie to you: I could not have let you fall. You may value their lives above your own; I cannot do so, for to me you are worth far more than all of them.

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'His Majesty's Dragon' by Naomi Novik book cover showing a large dragon flying over the ocean.

he thought how little the rest of the world should matter to him, when he was secure in the good opinion of those he valued most, and in the knowledge that he was doing his duty.

His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

…there is no decision to be made at present; and because we do not know what may be wrong there, we cannot think of something to do now. So you should not worry until we have arrived and seen how matters stand.

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Naomi Novik smiling brightly.

Relatable Quotes

Nothing is better than reading about characters we can relate to. Even if we aren’t cool dragons or friends with cool dragons, it’s still great that these characters are still like us in some ways.

Well, I would have struck him, but I would have had to get up. You have no notion how difficult it is to arrange skirts when sitting down; it took me five minutes together the first time.

His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

It is very nice how many books there are, indeed. And on so many subjects!

His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

I am beginning to feel the need of a glass of wine to fortify myself against this conversation.

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'His Majesty's Dragon' by Naomi Novik book cover showing a dragon flying over a large ship with an old map as the background.

I should rather have you than a heap of gold, even if it were very comfortable to sleep on.

His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

…I can but wash my hands and deny responsibility.

His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

With a book full of wonderful quotes, it was hard to narrow it down. Buy the book if you’re interested in reading more!

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