The 1998 Disney film Mulan is one of the most memorable and quotable animated films of the 90s. Jump back into the adventures of Mulan, Mushu, and Shang with the Mulan quotes below.
What’s your favorite scene from Mulan?
Mulan stars Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, and Miguel Ferrer playing Fa Mulan, Mushu, Captain Li Shang, and Shan Yu, respectively. The movie follows Mulan, the daughter of an aged soldier, as she impersonates a man to take her father’s place in the army to combat an invasion.
Mulan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Music Score as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, for the Christina Aguilera-assisted track “Reflection”. A live-action version of Mulan came out in 2020, starring Liu Yifei in the title role.
Relive the Disney classic in the awesome quotes featured.
Mulan quotes from Fa Mulan (Ming-Na Wen)
1. “Uh, my ancestors sent a little lizard to help me?” – Fa Mulan (Ming-Na Wen)
2. “Who am I fooling? It’s going to take a miracle to get me into the army.” – Fa Mulan (Ming-Na Wen)
3. “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.” – Fa Mulan (Ming-Na Wen)
4. “Oh, hi, guys. I didn’t know you were here. I was just washing, so now I’m clean, and I’m gonna go. Bye-bye!” – Fa Mulan (Ming-Na Wen)
5. “I never want to see a naked man again.” – Fa Mulan (Ming-Na Wen)
6. “Just because I look like a man doesn’t mean I have to smell like one.” – Fa Mulan (Ming-Na Wen)
7. “You said you trust Ping. Why should Mulan be any different?” – Fa Mulan (Ming-Na Wen)
Mulan quotes from Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
8. “I’m travel-sized for your convenience!” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
9. “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 (Eddie Murphy)
10. “My little baby, off to destroy people.” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
11. “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 (Eddie Murphy)
12. “You missed! How could you miss? He was three feet in front of you!” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
13. “My little baby is all grown up and saving China.” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
14. “Dragon! DRAGON! Not lizard. I don’t do that tongue thing.” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
15. “Dishonor! Dishonor on your whole family! Make a note of this: dishonor on you, dishonor on your cow…” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
16. “No time to talk. Now remember, it’s your first day of trainin’, so listen to your teacher and no fightin’, play nice with the other kids, unless, of course, one of the other kids wanna fight, then you have to kick the other kid’s butt.” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
More Mulan quotes from Mushu
17. “Ooh, I think my bunny slippers just ran for cover. Come on, scare me, girl!” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
18. “We’re in a war, man! There’s no time for stupid questions!” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
19. “Let’s go kick some Hunny buns!” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
20. “Did you see those Huns? They popped out of the snow, like daisies!” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
21. “We’re gonna die! We’re gonna die! We’re definitely gonna die! No way we survive this! Death is coming!” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
22. “I was this close. This close to impressin’ the ancestors, gettin’ the top shelf, an entourage.” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
23. “What you mean, a loser? How ’bout if I pop one of your antennas off, and throw it across the yard? Then who’s the loser, me or you?” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
24. “So a couple of guys don’t rinse out their socks. Picky, picky, picky. Well, myself, I kind of like that corn chip smell.” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
25. “Jump back, I’m pretty hot, huh? Don’t make me have to singe nobody to prove no point.” – Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
Mulan quotes from The Emperor of China
26. “No matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it.” – The Emperor of China (Pat Morita)
27. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all.” – The Emperor of China (Pat Morita)
28. “You don’t meet a girl like that every dynasty.” – The Emperor of China (Pat Morita)
29. “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 of China (Pat Morita)
30. “A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.” – The Emperor of China (Pat Morita)
Mulan quotes from others
31. “This represents discipline, and this represents strength. You need both to reach the arrow.” – Li Shang (BD Wong)
32. “I’m gonna hit you so hard, it’ll make your ancestors dizzy.” – Yao (Harvey Fierstein)
33. “The greatest gift and honor is having you for a daughter.” – Fa Zhou (Soon-Tek Oh)
34. “Great. She brings home a sword. If you ask me, she should’ve brought home a man.” – Grandmother Fa (June Foray)
35. “Who spit in her bean curd?” – Grandmother Fa (June Foray)
36. “Does this dress make me look fat?” – Yao (Harvey Fierstein)
37. “I know my place. It is time you learn yours.” – Fa Zhou (Soon-Tek Oh)
38. “Careful, Captain. You may be the General’s son, but I am the Emperor’s consul. And by the way, I got that job on my own.” – Chi Fu (James Hong)
39. “I tire of your arrogance, old man. Bow to me!” – Shan-Yu (Miguel Ferrer)
40. “Stop me? He invited me. By building his Wall, he challenged my strength. Well, I’m here to play his game.” – Shan-Yu (Miguel Ferrer)
How have you reacted to adversity in the past?
Arguably the most memorable quote from Mulan comes from The Emperor of China, near the end of the movie, “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all.” We can’t change what happens to us throughout life but we do have power over our reaction.
Whether it’s at school, work, or your social life, try to see your misfortunes as learning experiences. See it as an opportunity to grow and get better. The ways that we react to life’s struggles will help us have brighter futures.
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