60+ Best Howl’s Moving Castle Quotes

Howl’s Moving Castle is one of the most popular anime movies to date, and for good reason! It has a story that will make you laugh and cry, characters that are bursting with personality, an immersive world to explore. Howl’s Moving Castle quotes will inspire and move you, while the beautiful Studio Ghibli animation will transport you to this magical world!


A little-known fact: this anime was based on a book. It has been translated into over 40 languages and published in over 30 countries since its debut in 1986, so it should come as no surprise that it is full of profound wisdoms that resonate with people from all over the world! This article features the top 60+ Howl’s Moving Castle quotes from both the book and the anime, and the quotes are sure to either amuse you, or teach you a thing or two. We’re sure that you have seen this heart-warming film before – but if not, give it a watch! It’s a really great watch for people of all ages!


Directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli, this Japanese anime film is a beloved classic for many people around the world. This heart-warming story will make your heart flutter, the memorable Howl’s Moving Castle quotes will move you, and the gorgeous animation will surely take your breath away. Follow the story of a lovely girl Sophie, turned into an old woman by an elegant witch – with the use of ancient sorcery. This lovely film features a beautiful love story, an infamous wizard Howl, a sassy fire demon and more!


There are so many memorable quotes from this movie, it can be hard to choose just one favorite. That’s why we’ve compiled the 63 best Howl’s Moving Castle quotes here for you! Enjoy!





60+ Best Howl’s Moving Castle Quotes:


#1. This isn’t so bad, now is it? You’re still in good shape and your clothes finally suit you. —  Diana Wynne Jones



#2. I think we ought to live happily ever after. ​​—  Diana Wynne Jones



#3. A heart’s a heavy burden. — Young Sophie




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#4. Sorry, I’ve had enough of running away, Sophie. Now, I’ve got something I want to protect. It’s you. — Howl



#5. It looks like your true love is in love with someone else!  — Witch of the waste



#6. A fickle heart is the only constant in the world. — Diana Wynne Jones



#7. One thing you can count on is that heart’s change. — Diana Wynne Jones




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#8. Wow, Sophie, your hair looks just like starlight. It’s beautiful. — Howl



#9. It’s…you’re scaring me. I have this weird feeling you’re going to leave. Howl, tell me what’s going on! Please, I don’t care if you’re a monster. — Young Sophie



#10. I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t torment my friend. — Howl




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 #11. Typical! I break my neck trying to get here, and I find you peacefully tidying up! — Diana Wynne Jones



#12. Doors are very powerful things. Things are different on either side of them. — Diana Wynne Jones



#13. You must admit I have a right to live in a pigsty if I want. — Diana Wynne Jones



#14. My shining dishonesty will be the salvation of  me. — Diana Wynne Jones








#15. Yes, you are Nosy. You’re dreadfully Nosy, Horribly Bossy, Appallingly clean old mean. Control yourself.  You’re victimizing us all. —  Howl



#16. She was once quite beautiful, so I decided to pursue her, then I realized she wasn’t, so then, as usual, I ran away. — Howl



#17. Tantrums are seldom about the thing they appear to be about. — Diana Wynne Jones







#18. Interesting things did seem to happen, but always to somebody else. — Sophie



#19. They say the best blaze burns brightest when circumstances are at their worst. — Sophie Hatter



#20. Well, the nice thing about being old is you’ve got nothing to lose. — Sophie



#21. When you’re old, all you want to do is stare at the scenery. It’s so strange. I’ve never felt so peaceful before. — Sophie







#22. Your head’s like a turnip. I’ve always hated turnips ever since I was little. Well, at least you’re not upside down now. So long. — Sophie



#23. Things are going round and round in my head–or maybe my head is going  round and round in things.  — Diana Wynne Jones



#24. People Sophie had known all her life came and brought flowers by the bundle. None of them recognized her, and that made her feel very odd. — Diana Wynne Jones







#25. Mother knows you don’t have to be unkind to someone in order to exploit them. — Diana Wynne Jones



#26. Perhaps she was a little mad, but then old women often were. — Diana Wynne Jones



#27. If I give you a hint and tell you a hint, it will be information. — Diana Wynne Jones



#28. I’m the worst kind of witch ever. The kind that cleans. — Young Sophie



#29. That’s magic. I admire using something that exists anyway and turning it round into a curse. — Diana Wynne Jones




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#30. When you’re old, all you want to do is stare at the scenery. It’s so strange. I’ve never felt so peaceful before. — Sophie Hatter



#31. Nobody’s safe in a wizard’s house. — Calcifer



#32. I don’t cook! I’m a scary and powerful fire demon. — Calcifer



#33. I’m going up to my room now, where I may die. — Wizard Howl




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#34. Here’s another curse: may all your bacon burn. — Calcifer



#35. You’re wearing that hat? After all the magic I used to make your dress pretty? — Howl



#36. She said ‘over my dead body!’ So I took her at her word. — The witch of the waste



#37. Nobody can buy a hat without gossiping. — Diana Wynne Jones







#38. He’s calling the spirits of darkness…I saw him do this once before when a girl dumped him! — Howl



#39. It seems as if those of high ability cannot resist some extra, dangerous stroke of cleverness, which results in a fatal flaw and begins a slow decline to evil. — Diana Wynne Jones



#40. I’m dying of boredom… Or maybe just dying. —  Howl



#41. And she stopped herself because death is like that: people are alive until they die. — Diana Wynne Jones







#42. What a dump. When I think of castles, it’s not what I picture. — Sophie Hatter



#43. It was a pleasure meeting you, even if you are my least favorite vegetable! Take care, Turniphead! — Sophie Hatter



#44. Yeah, I kinda missed you guys, and it looks like it’s gonna rain. – Calcifer



#45. I give up. I see no point in living if I can’t be beautiful. — Howl



#46. I’m so sorry but that would be confidential information. – Beloved Fire Demon Calcifer




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#47. They say that the best blaze burns brightest, when circumstances are at their worst. — Sophie Hatter



#48. What a tacky shop. I’ve never seen such tacky little hats. Yet you’re by far the tackiest thing here. — Witch of the Waste



#49. You must admit I have a right to live in a pigsty if I want. — Diana Wynne Jones



#50. It is quite a risk to spank a wizard for getting hysterical about his hair. — Diana Wynne Jones







#51. I’m delirious. Spots are crawling before my eyes. — Sophie Hatter



#52. This was is terrible, they bomb from the southern coast to the northern border. It’s all in flames now. — Young Sophie Hatter



#53. By now it was clear that Howl was in a mood to produce green slime any second. — Diana Wynne Jones



#54. Looks like we have another addition to the family. Hmmm, you’ve got quite a nasty spell on you too, huh? Seems everyone in this family’s got problems. — Howl



#55. I’m just setting things up so all of you can live a comfortable life, Sophie. — Howl







#56. But her eyes were blue and full of anxieties, and her hair was darkish. — Diana Wynne Jones



#57. In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist. — Diana Wynne Jones



#58. This charm will guarantee your safe return. Don’t worry, I’ll follow behind you in disguise. Now off you go. — Howl



#59. If I ever get my hands on that witch I’m going to wring her fat neck! Finish your breakfast. — Sophie Hatter







#60. A heart burns like a blue flame. — Sophie Hatter



#61. No, no, no! Don’t do this! Help! Help! Crazy lady with the shovel! If you kick me out that door, the castle could collapse! – Calcifer



#62. Really these wizards! You’d think no one had ever had a cold before! Well,  what is it?’ she asked, hobbling the bedroom door onto the filthy carpet… — Diana Wynne Jones



#63. “He was trying to steal your heart. You were so lucky Sophie, if that wizard were Howl, he would have eaten it.”

“No he wouldn’t, Howl only does that to beautiful girls.” — Sophie Hatter







We hope you enjoyed this compilation of the best Howl’s Moving Castle quotes and found some of these quotes helpful. If there’s a quote that speaks to you, we recommend reading the book or watching the anime for yourself! And if you liked our compilation, check out more quotes from our favorite films!



And in case if we have missed any of your favorite Howl’s Moving Castle quotes, let us know in the comments and feel free to leave them below! 🙂

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