25 Popular Tin Man Quotes From the Wizard of Oz

Fans of the classic story and movie The Wizard of Oz will love these Tin Man Quotes.

The Tin Man, also known as the Tin Woodman, is a fictional character created by author L. Frank Baum in 1900 for his book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

The Tin Man then appeared in the many adaptations of the book, with the most known version played by actor Jack Haley in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.

The Tin Man is literally a man made of tin who carries an ax for cutting wood.

We first meet the Tin Man when Dorothy travels along the Yellow Brick Road and finds him rusted in the forest.

Dorothy uses his oil can to lubricate him, so the Tin Man can move and talk again.

He then sadly professes that he wishes he had a heart.

Dorothy invites him to accompany her to see the Wizard, who she believes will give him a heart.

Take a look at these Tin Man Quotes to learn more about this classic character.

Best Tin Man Quotes

The Tin Man sure has a lot to say, as seen in these quotes.

1. “If I only had a heart.” — Tin Man

2. “Well, that’s you all over.” — Tin Man

3. “I hope your tail holds out!” — Tin Man

4. “I can faintly hear my heart beating.” — Tin Man

5. “Oh, don’t cry! You’ll rust so dreadfully.” — Tin Man

6. “If I only had a heart. I’d be tender — I’d be gentle.” — Tin Man

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7. “Now I know I’ve got a heart because it’s breaking.” — Tin Man

8. “If you only knew it, you are in luck not to have a heart.” — Tin Man

9. “I think you are wrong to want a heart. It makes most people unhappy.” — Tin Man

10. “For, if I should get caught in the rain and rust again, I would need the oil can badly.” — Tin Man

Quotes About The Tin Man

This iconic Wizard of Oz character is widely known, referenced, and loved.

11. “It’s times like these I wish I were a tin man.” Kenny Chesney

12. “Hey there, Mr. Tin Man. You don’t know how lucky you are.” — Miranda Lambert

13. “But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man that he didn’t, didn’t already have.” — America the Band

14. “He is completely the mechanical man: without heart, without soul. He is the Tin Man of The Wizard of Oz.” — Margaret Walker

15. “I made a tin man costume with tin foil and furnace parts because I thought it would help me be more heartless.” — Marcel Dzama

16. “And I wonder what the sound of a heartbreaking might be. And I think it might be quiet, unperceptively so, and not dramatic at all.” — Sarah Winman

17. “There are only two good outcomes for a quest like this, the hope of the serendipitous savant — sail for Asia and stumble on America — and the hope of scarecrows and tin men: that you find out you had the thing you sought all along.” — Jess Walter

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More Tin Man Quotes

Enjoy some more of the best Tin Man quotes.

18. “Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.” — Tin Man

19. “A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.” — Tin Man

20. “No one can love who has not a heart, and so I am resolved to ask Oz to give me one” — Tin Man

21. “I had brains, and a heart also; so, having tried them both, I should much rather have a heart.” — Tin Man

22. “I shall take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.” — Tin Man

23. “During the year I stood there, I had known was the loss of my heart. While I was in love, I was the happiest man on earth.” — Tin Man

24. “You people with hearts have something to guide you, and need never do wrong; but I have no heart, and so I must be very careful.” — Tin Man

25. “It was a terrible thing to undergo, but during the year I stood there I had time to think that the greatest loss I had known was the loss of my heart.” — Tin Man

What Happens to the Tin Man?

Throughout the journey to see the Wizard, we see that the Tin Man is caring and emotional, but he doesn’t believe he can be without a heart.

When they finally meet the Wizard, the Wizard can only give him a fake heart, but he learns through caring for his friends that he always had a heart after all.

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