INTRODUCTION

Howl’s Moving Castle is a heart-warming film about love and family, based upon Diana Wynne Jones’ original novel by the same name and re-imagined by Hayao Miyazaki. While not a straight adaptation, it still managed to charm. Here are best memorable quotes from howl’s moving caste movie and novel.

 

BEST HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE QUOTES FROM THE MOVIE

| “Where to? I’ll be your escort for this evening.” – Howl

Howl's Moving Castle Quotes

 

| “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

Howl's Moving Castle Quotes

| “Standing up to the Witch of the Waste – that’s plucky.” – Witch of the Waste

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| “I’m sure Howl won’t eat the heart of a shrivelled old lady like me.” – Sophie Hatter

Howl's Moving Castle Quotes

| “I don’t cook! I’m a scary and powerful fire demon!” – Calcifer

 

| “Look at that! They call this a castle?” – Sophie Hatter

 

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| “Here’s another curse: may all your bacon burn.” – Calcifer

 

| “If I ever get my hands on that witch I’m going to wring her fat neck! Finish your breakfast.” – Sophie Hatter

 

| “I’m the worst kind of witch ever: the kind that cleans.” – Sophie Hatter

 

| “So you think you’ve got it bad? I’ve never once been beautiful in my entire life!” – Sophie Hatter

 

| “Howl, tell me what’s going on. Please, I don’t care if you’re a monster.” – Sophie Hatter

 

| “Well, the nice thing about being old is you’ve got nothing much to lose.” – Sophie Hatter

 

| “Sorry, I’ve had enough of running away, Sophie. Now I’ve got something I want to protect: it’s you.” – Howl

 

| “Wow, Sophie, your hair looks just like starlight! It’s beautiful.” – Howl

 

| “One thing you can always count on is that hearts change.” – Unnamed Prince

 

 

BEST HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE QUOTES FROM THE NOVEL WRITTEN BY DIANA WYNNE JONES

“I think we ought to live happily ever after.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I hope your bacon burns.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones , Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“You must admit I have a right to live in a pigsty if I want.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Yes, you are nosy. You’re a dreadfully nosy, horribly bossy, appallingly clean old woman. Control yourself. You’re victimizing us all.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“If I give you a hint and tell you it’s a hint, it will be information.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I’m going up to my room now, where I may die.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I think we ought to live happily ever after,” and she thought he meant it. Sophie knew that living happily ever after with Howl would be a good deal more hair-raising than any storybook made it sound, though she was determined to try. “It should be hair-raising,” added Howl. 
“And you’ll exploit me,” Sophie said.
“And then you’ll cut up all my suits to teach me.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Really, these wizards! You’d think no one had ever had a cold before! Well, what is it?” she asked, hobbling through the bedroom door onto the filthy carpet.
“I’m dying of boredom,” Howl said pathetically. “Or maybe just dying.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Who, me?” said Howl. “I assure you, my friends, I am cone sold stober.” He got up and stalked upstairs, feeling for the wall as if he thought it might escape him unless he kept in touch with it. His bedroom door did escape him.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Typical! I break my neck trying to get here, and I find you peacefully tidying up!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“You’ve no right to walk into people’s castles and take their guitars.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“It is quite a risk to spank a wizard for getting hysterical about his hair.”
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I’m delirious. Spots are crawling before my eyes.”
“Those are spiders.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“In the land of Ingary where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of the three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I assure you, my friends, I am cone sold stober.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I feel ill,” [Howl] announced. “I’m going to bed, where I may die.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“My shining dishonesty will be the salvation of me.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“A heart’s a heavy burden.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I’ve got a hangover.”
“No, you hit your head on the floor.”
“I can’t stay. I’ve got to rescue that fool Sophie.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I make that four horses and ten men just to get rid of one old woman. What did you do to the King?” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“So you were going to rescue the Prince! Why did you pretend to run away? To deceive the Witch?”

“Not likely! I’m a coward. Only way I can do something this frightening is to tell myself I’m not doing it!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“More about Howl? Sophie thought desperately. I have to blacken his name! Her mind was such a blank that for a second it actually seemed to her that Howl had no faults at all. How stupid! ‘Well, he’s fickle, careless, selfish, and hysterical,’ she said. ‘Half the time I think he doesn’t care what happens to anyone as long as he’s alright–but then I find out how awfully kind he’s been to someone. Then I think he’s kind just when it suits him–only then I find out he undercharges poor people. I don’t know, Your Majesty. He’s a mess.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“She said ‘Over my dead body!’ so I took her at her word.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“By now it was clear that Howl was in a mood to produce green slime any second. Sophie hurriedly put her sewing away. “I’ll make some hot buttered toast,” she said. “Is that all you can do in the face of tragedy??” Howl asked. “Make toast!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“That’s why I love spiders. ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Things are going round and round in my head–or maybe my head is going round and round in things.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Look. Survey. Inspect. My hair is ruined! I look like a pan of bacon and eggs!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“A fickle heart is the only constant in this world” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Interesting things did seem to happen, but always to somebody else.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Meanwhile a certain amount of moaning and groaning was coming from upstairs. Sophie kept muttering to the dog and ignored it. A loud, hollow coughing followed, dying away into more moaning. Crashing sneezes followed the coughing, each one rattling the window and all the doors. Sophie found those harder to ignore, but she managed. Poot-pooooot! went a blown nose, like a bassoon in a tunnel. The coughing started again, mingled with moans. Sneezes mixed with the moans and the coughs, and the sounds rose to a crescendo in which Howl seemed to be managing to cough, groan, blow his nose, sneeze, and wail gently all at the same time. The doors rattled, the beams in the ceiling shook, and one of Calcifer’s logs rolled off onto the hearth.
“All right, all right, I get the message!” Sophie said, dumping the log back into the grate. “It’ll be green slime next”.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Howl’s voice was presently heard shouting weakly, “Help me, someone! I’m dying from neglect up here!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Wizard Howl,” said Wizard Suliman. “I must apologize for trying to bite you so often. In the normal way, I wouldn’t dream of setting teeth in a fellow countryman.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Nothing is safe from you. If I were to court a girl who lived on an iceberg in the middle of the ocean, sooner or later— probably sooner— I’d look up to see you swooping overhead on a broomstick. In fact, by now I’d be disappointed in you if I didn’t see you.” 
“Are you off to the iceberg today?” Sophie retorted.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“She was remorseless, but she lacked method.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“What a strange family you are! Is your name Lettie too?” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“He picked up the skull and knocked an onion ring out of its eye socket. 
“I see Sophie has been busy again. Couldn’t you have restrained her, my friend?” The skull yattered its teeth at him. Howl put it down rather hastily.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Nobody can buy a hat without gossiping.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“You are a terror, aren’t you? Leave this yard alone. I know just where everything is in it, and I won’t be able to find the things I need for my transport spells if you tidy them up.’
So there was probably a bundle of souls or a box of chewed hearts somewhere out here, Sophie thought. She felt really thwarted. ‘Tidying up is what I’m here for!’ she shouted at Howl. 
‘Then you must think of a new meaning for your life,’ Howl said.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“It’s amazing the way one can take a step ten and a half miles long and still always land in a cowpat.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Sophie did not care to think how Howl might react if Fanny woke him by stabbing him with her parasol.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Howl said to Sophie, “I’ve been wondering all along if you would turn out to be that lovely girl I met on May Day. Why were you scared then?” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Look at this!” he shouted “look at it! what has that one-woman force of chaos done to these spells?”
Sophie and Michael whirled round and looked at Howl. His hair was wet, but, apart from that, neither of them could see that it looked any different. 
“If you mean me-” Sophie began.
“I do mean you! Look!” Howl shrieked. He sat down with a thump on the three-legged stool and jabbed at his wet head with his fingers. “Look. Survey. Inspect. My hair is ruined! I look like a pan of bacon and eggs!”
Michael and Sophie bent nervously over Howl’s head. it seemed the usual flaxen color right down to the roots. The only difference might have been a slight, very slight, trace of red. Sophie found that agreeable. It reminded her a little of the color her own hair should have been.
“I think it’s nice,” she said.
“Nice!” screamed Howl. “You would! You did it on purpose. You couldn’t rest until you made me miserable too. Look at it! It’s ginger! I shall have to hide until it’s grown out!” He spread his arms out passionately. “Dispair!” he yelled. “Anguish! Horror!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“You have no right to make jigsaws of people.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Annoyed?” said Sophie. “Why should I be annoyed? Someone only filled the castle with rotten aspic, and deafened everyone in Porthaven, and scared Calcifer to a cinder, and broke a few hundred hearts. Why should that annoy me?” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Sorry, I’ve had enough of running away, Sophie. Now I’ve got something I want to protect. It’s you.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Tantrums are seldom about the thing they appear to be about.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Howl backed into the door to shut it and leaned there in a tragic attitude. “Look at you all!” he said. “Ruin stares me in the face. I slave all day for you. And not one of you, even Calcifer, can spare time to say hello!”
Calcifer said, “I never do say hello.”
“Is something wrong?” asked Sophie.
“That’s better,” Howl said. “Some of you are pretending to notice me at last. Yes, something is wrong.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Don’t interrupt,’ one of the boys said. ‘He’ll lose his life.’
Seeing it was a matter of life and death, Sophie and Michael backed toward the door. But Howl, quite unperturbed at killing his nephew, strode over to the wall and pulled the boxes up by the roots.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“But I discovered that people like me — they do, you know, if you like them — and then it was all right.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Not likely!” Howl yelled. “I’m a coward. Only way I can do something this frightening is to tell my self I’m not doing it!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“But Sophie and Howl were holding one another’s hand and smiling and smiling, quite unable to stop. “Don’t bother me know,” said Howl. “I only did it for the money.” “Liar!”said Sophie. “I said,” Michael said, “that Calcifer’s come back!” That did get Howl’s attention and Sophie’s too.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Howl said, “I think we ought to live happily ever after,” and she thought he meant it. Sophie knew that living happily ever after with Howl would make a good deal more eventful than any story made it sound, though she was determined to try. “It should be hair-raising,” added Howl. “And you’ll exploit me,” Sophie said. “And then you’ll cut up all my suits to teach me,” added Howl.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“It was a perfectly normal May Day, but Sophie was scared of that too. And when a young man in a fantastical blue-and-silver costume spotted Sophie and decided to accost her as well, Sophie shrank into a shop doorway and tried to hide. The young man looked at her in surprise. “It’s all right, you little gray mouse,” he said laughing rather pityingly. “I only want to buy you a drink. Don’t look so scared.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Typical!” he said to Sophie. “ I break my neck to get here, and I find you peacefully tidying up!” 
Sophie looked up at him. As she had feared, the hard black-and white light coming through the broken wall showed her that Howl had not bothered to shave or tidy his hair. His eyes were still red-rimmed and his black sleeves were torn in several place. There was not much to choose between Howl and the scarecrow. Oh, dear! Sophie thought. He must love Miss Angorian very much. “I came for Miss Angorian,” she explained.
“And I thought if I arranged for your family to visit you, it would keep you quiet for once!” Howl said disgustedly. “But no—“.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Alas, poor Yorick!” he said. “She heard mermaids, so it follows that there is something rotten in the state of Denmark. I have caught an everlasting cold, but luckily I am terribly dishonest. I cling to that.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“And you’re too nice,” he added, above the lap-lap of the water and the patter of sand on the water-lily leaves. “I was relying on you being too jealous to let that demon near the place.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Then there you are, then. The day Howl forgets to do that will be the day I believe he’s really in love, and not before.” 
Michael to Sophie about wether or not Howl is really in love with Lettie. pg, 170” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I feel ill,” he announced. “I’m going to bed, where I may die.” He tottered piteously to the stairs. “Bury me beside Mrs. Pentstemmon,” he croaked as he went up then to bed.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Calcifer,” Sophie said, “I shall have to break your contract. Will it kill you?” “It would if anyone else broke it,” Calcifer said hoarsely. “That’s why I asked you to do it.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Howl has been very kind to me.” And this was true, Sophie realized. Howl showed his kindness rather strangely, but, considering all Sophie did to annoy him, he had been very good to her indeed.

“Do listen. He’s not wicked at all!” There was a bit of a fizz from the grate at this, where Calcifer was watching with some interest. “ He isn’t!” Sophie said, to Calcifer as much as to Fanny..” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Doors are very powerful things. Things are different on either side of them.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Oh confound that gray-and-scarlet suit!” Sophie said. “I refuse to believe that I was the one that got caught with it!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Howl pointed a shaky hand up toward the canopy of his bed. “That’s why I love spiders. ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, again.’ I keep trying,” he said with great sadness. “But I brought it on myself by making a bargain some years ago, and I know I shall never be able to love anyone properly now.”
The water running out of Howl’s eyes was definitely tears now.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I’m going to bed, where I may die.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“SHE LIKES MY SPARK!!!!–Calcifer” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

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“I only want to catch you,” Michael explained. “I won’t hurt you.” 
“No! No!” the star crackled desperately. “That’s wrong! I’m supposed to die!” 
“But I could save you if you’d let me catch you,” Michael told it gently.
“No!” cried the star. “I’d rather die!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“When have you looked?” said Sophie.

“Oh, how your ears flap and your long nose twitches”, Howl croaked.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Busy old fool, unruly Sophie” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“If you’re thinking of calling on that Mrs. Pentstemmon, you can save yourself the trouble. The old biddy’s dead.”
“Dead?” said Sophie. She had a silly impulse to add, But she was alive an hour ago! And she stopped herself, because death is like that: people are alive until they die.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“We can’t all be Mad Hatters,” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“On the other hand, it is quite a risk to spank a wizard for getting hysterical about his hair.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Go and catch a falling star, Get with child a mandrake root, Tell me where all past years are, Or who cleft the Devil’s foot. Teach me to hear the mermaids singing, Or to keep off envy’s stinging, And find What wind Serves to advance an honest mind. Decide what this is about Write a second verse yourself” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“…if the spell was off, I’d have my heart eaten before I could turn around.”
“Don’t you want your heart eaten?” asked the fire. […]
“Naturally I don’t,” Sophie answered.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I’m delirious,” said Howl. “Spots are crawling before my eyes.”
“Those are spiders,” said Sophie. “Why can’t you cure yourself with a spell?”
“Because there is no cure for a cold,” Howl said dolefully.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“It was odd. As a girl, Sophie would have shriveled with embarrassment at the way she was behaving. As an old woman, she did not mind what she did or said. She found that a great relief.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Go to bed, you fool,” Calcifer said sleepily. “You’re drunk.” “Who, me?” said Howl. “I assure you, my friends, I am cone sold stober.” He got up and stalked upstairs, feeling for the wall as if he thought it might escape him unless he kept in touch with it. His bedroom door did escape him. “What a lie that was!” Howl remarked as he walked into the wall. “My shining dishonesty will be the salvation of me.” He walked into the wall several times more, in several different places, before he discovered his bedroom door and crashed his way through it. Sophie could hear him falling about, saying that his bed was dodging.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I’ve got a hangover!” “No, you hit your head on the floor,” Sophie said. Howl rose up on his hands and knees with a scramble. “I can’t stay,” he said. “I’ve got to rescue that fool Sophie.” “I’m here!” Sophie shook his shoulder. “But so is Mis Angorian! Get up and do something about her!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“You have an instinct, Sophie, that’s how,” said Howl. “Nothing is safe from you. If I were to court a girl who lived on an iceberg in the middle of the ocean, sooner or later—probably sooner—I’d look up to see you swooping overhead on a broomstick. In fact, by now I’d be disappointed in you if I didn’t see you.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I’m dying of boredom,” Howl said pathetically. “Or maybe just dying.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“For a moment it seemed as if he was going to lose his temper too. His strange, pale eyes all but glared at Sophie. But he controlled himself and said, “Now trot along indoors, you overactive old thing, and find something else to play with before I get angry. I hate getting angry.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“The demon at length fell to singing a gentle, flickering little song. It was not in any language Sophie knew – or she thought not, until she distinctly heard the word “saucepan” in it several times…” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Yes. I was looking for Lettie. They were both very kind to me,” Percival said, “Even though they’d never seen me before. And Wizard Howl kept visiting to court Lettie. Lettie didn’t want him, and she asked me to bite him to get rid of him, until Howl suddenly began asking her about you and—“
“what?”
he said, “ I know someone called sophie who looks a little like you.. And Lettie said, that’s my sister,’ without thinking,” Percival said. “ And she got terribly worried then, particularly as Howl went on asking about her sister.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Of course you hate getting angry!” she retorted. “You don’t like anything unpleasant, do you? You’re a slitherer-outer, that’s what you are! You slither away from anything you don’t like!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“She had a silly impulse to add, But she was alive an hour ago! And she stopped herself, because death is like that: people are alive until they die.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Sophie listened and felt sad. Interesting things did seem to happen, but always to somebody else.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“He held out his hand to Sophie, just like Mrs. Pentstemmon, but a little less royally. Sophie levered herself up, wondering if she was meant to kiss this hand or not. But since she felt more like raising her stick and beating the King over the head with it, she shook the King’s hand and gave a creaking little curtsy.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“The third encounter came towards the end of the afternoon when Sophie had worked her way quite high into the hills. A countryman came whistling down the lane towards her. A shepherd, Sophie thought, going home after seeing to his sheep. He was a well set up young fellow of forty or so. “Gracious!” Sophie said to herself. “This morning I’d have seen him as an old man. How one’s point of view does alter!”
When the shepherd saw Sophie mumbling to herself, he moved rather carefully over to the other side of the lane and called out with great heartiness, “Good evening to you, Mother! Where are you off to?”
“Mother?” said Sophie. “I’m not your mother, young man!”
“A manner of speaking,” the shepherd said, edging along against the opposite hedge. “I was only meaning a polite inquiry, seeing you walking into the hills at the end of the day. You won’t get down into Upper Folding before nightfall, will you?”
Sophie had not considered this. She stood in the road and thought about it. “It doesn’t matter really,” she said, half to herself. “You can’t be fussy when you’re off to seek your fortune.”
“Can’t you indeed, Mother?” said the shepherd. He had now edged himself downhill of Sophie and seemed to feel better for it. “Then I wish you luck, Mother, provided your fortune don’t have nothing to do with charming folks’ cattle.” And he took off down the road in great strides, almost running, but not quite.
Sophie stared after him indignantly. “He thought I was a witch!” she said to her stick. She had half a mind to scare the shepherd by shouting nasty things after him, but that seemed a little unkind.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“If you knew the trouble we’ve had because Howl will keep falling in love like this! We’ve had lawsuits, and suitors with swords, and mothers with rolling pins, and fathers and uncles with cudgels. And aunts. Aunts are terrible. They go for you with hat pins.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“She stared at the King. The King stared back. It was a disaster.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“He gave Sophie the smile which had no doubt charmed the Witch of the Waste and possibly Lettie too, firing it along the fork, across the cream, straight into Sophie’s eyes, dazzlingly. “If you can bully Calcifer, the King should give you no trouble at all.” 

Sophie stared through the dazzle and said nothing. This, she thought, was where she slithered out. She was leaving. It was too bad about Calcifer’s contract. She had had enough of Howl. First green slime, then glaring at her for something Calcifer had done quite freely, and now this! Tomorrow she would slip off to Upper Folding and tell Lettie all about it.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“No! No!” the star crackled desperately. “That’s wrong! I’m supposed to die!” “But I could save you if you’d let me catch you,” Michael told it gently. “No!” cried the star. “I’d rather die!” It dived away from Michael’s fingers. Michael plunged for it, but it was too quick for him. It swooped for the nearest marsh pool, and the black water leaped into a blaze of whiteness for just an instant. Then there was a small, dying sizzle. When Sophie hobbled over, Michael was standing watching the last light fade out of a little round lump under the dark water. “That was sad,” Sophie said.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“For answer, Calcifer stretched out a blue arm-shaped flame divided into green fingerlike flames at the end. It was not very long, nor did it look strong. “See? I can almost reach the hearth,” he said proudly.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“People Sophie had known all her life came and bought flowers by the bundle. None of them recognized her, and that made her feel very odd.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I’m not being nosy!” Sophie protested. “That room—!” “Yes, you are nosy,” said Howl. “You’re a dreadfully nosy, horribly bossy, appallingly clean old woman. Control yourself. You’re victimizing us all.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“The most interesting thing was the talk from the customers. Nobody can buy a hat without gossiping. Sophie sat in her alcove and stitched and heard […] that Wizard Howl’s castle had moved round to the cliffs again, really that man, whisper, whisper, whisper… The voices always dropped low when they talked of Wizard Howl, […] Then there would be a fleeting, fearful whisper about the Witch of the Waste. 
Sophie began to feel that Wizard Howl and the Witch of the Waste should get together.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“The customer glared. Then she threw the bonnet at Sophie and stormed out of the shop. Sophie carefully crammed the bonnet into the wastebasket, panting rather. 
The rule was: Lose your temper, lose a customer. She had just proved that rule. 
It troubled her to realise how very enjoyable it had been.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Inside, Howl was still sitting on the stool. He sat in an attitude of utter despair. And he was covered all over in thick green slime. There were horrendous, dramatic, violent quantities of green slime – oodles of it. It covered Howl completely. It draped his head and shoulders in sticky dollops, heaping on his knees and hands, trickling in glops down his legs and dripping off the stool in sticky strands. It was in oozing ponds and crawling pools over most of the floor. Long fingers of it had crept into the hearth. It smelled vile. 

“Save me!” Calcifer cried in a hoarse whisper. He was down to two desperately flickering small flames. “This stuff is going to put me out!” 

Sophie held up her skirt and marched as near Howl as she could get – which was not very near. “Stop it!” she said. “Stop it at once! You are behaving just like a baby!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I feel ill,” he announced. “I’m going to bed, where I may die.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Some people are thoroughly self-centred. This thing goes with me. I need it for moral support.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Howl’s very fickle,” said Calcifer. “He’s only interested until the girl falls in love with him. Then he can’t be bothered with her.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“At least, I suppose I can’t blame Calcifer, since he’s an evil demon. But you you Michael-!”
“I don’t think I’m evil,” Calcifer protested.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Is something the matter?” Calcifer asked. 

“Yes. My heart. There was a scarecrow at the door!” Sophie gasped. 

“What has a scarecrow to do with your heart?” Calcifer asked. 

“It was trying to get in here. It gave me a terrible fright. And my heart—but you wouldn’t understand, you silly young demon!” Sophie panted. “You haven’t got a heart.” 

“Yes I have,” Calcifer said, as proudly as he had revealed his arm. “Down in the glowing part under the logs. And don’t call me young. I’m a good million years older than you are! Can I reduce the speed of the castle now?” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Who, me?” said Howl. “I assure you, my friends, I am cone sold stober.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Why did you pretend to run away? To deceive the Witch?” “Not likely!” Howl yelled. “I’m a coward. Only way I can do something this frightening is to tell myself I’m not doing it!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Sophie got out the modish black-and-white, which was the only hat even remotely likely to interest this lady. The lady looked at it with contempt. “This one doesn’t do anything for anybody. You’re wasting my time, Miss Hatter.” “Only because you came in and asked for hats,” Sophie said.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

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“Or had Howl slithered out so hard that he had come out right behind himself and turned out what most people would call honest?” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I feel ill,” he announced. “I’m going to bed, where I may die.” He tottered piteously to the stairs. “Bury me beside Mrs. Pentstemmon,” he croaked as he went up them to bed.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Sophie’s experience told her that tantrums are seldom about the thing they appear to be about.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist,” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Go to bed, you fool,” Calcifer said sleepily. “You’re drunk.” “Who, me?” said Howl. “I assure you, my friends, I am cone sold stober.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Apply your fiendish mind to the matter,” said Howl. “Or even think, if you know how.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“He lied about that. He didn’t want to annoy you. He’s a slitherer-outer, if you know what I mean, Your Majesty.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Anyway, Sophie’s experience told her that tantrums are seldom about the thing they appear to be about.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“A heart’s a heavy burden” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Lettie, as the second daughter, was never likely to come to much,” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“As a girl, Sophie would have shriveled with embarrassment at the way she was behaving. As an old woman, she did not mind what she did or said. She found that a great relief.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Zip! Back to the mansion. Zip! to Market Square. Zip! and there was the castle yet again. She was getting the hang of it. Zip! Here was Upper Folding—but how did you stop? Zip! “Oh, confound it!” Sophie cried, almost in Marsh Folding again.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Be daffodils in June, you beastly things!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“My shining dishonesty will be my salvation” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“She had a silly impulse to add, But she was alive an hour ago! And she stopped herself, because death is like that: people are alive until they die. “Yes.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I daresay she is as proud of you as I am. We are two old ladies who both had a hand in forming you. You are, one might say, our joint creation.”

“Don’t you think I did any of me myself, then?” Howl asked. “Put in just a few touches of my own?”

“A few, and those not altogether to my liking,” Mrs Pentstemmon replied.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I don’t know, Your Majesty. He’s a mess.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Don’t worry, old thing,” Sophie said to the face. “You look quite healthy. Besides, this is much more like you than you really are.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Calcifer agreed to speed up the castle because of a scarecrow? Dear Sophie, do please tell me how you bully a fire demon into being that obliging. I’d dearly love to know!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Is that all you can do in the face of tragedy?” Howl asked. “Make toast!?” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“But her eyes were blue and full of anxieties, and her hair was darkish.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“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, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“She had said Sophie was a witch. Oddly enough, Sophie accepted this without any trouble at all. That explained the popularity of certain hats, she thought. It explained Jane Farrier’s Count Whatsit. It possibly explained the jealousy of the Witch of the Waste. It was as if Sophie had always known this. But she had thought it was not proper to have a magic gift because she was the eldest of three.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Oh, how your ears flap and your long nose twitches!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“She stood for a moment looking out at a slowly moving view of the hills, watching heather slide past underneath the door, feeling the wind blow her wispy hair, and listening to the rumble and grind of the big black stones as the castle moved.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Nobody’s safe in a wizard’s house,” Calcifer said feelingly.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Sophie knew Howl could sound unhappy in heaven if it suited him.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I’m a coward. Only way I can do something this frighteningly is to tell myself I’m not doing it!” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Howl said, “I think we ought to live happily ever after,” and she thought he meant it.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“You people keep spoiling my plans. First Wizard Suliman would not come near the Waste, so that I had to threaten Princess Valeria in order to make the King order him out here. Then, when he came, he grew trees.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Though he did not seem to want to leave the hills, he was known to amuse himself by collecting young girls and sucking the souls from them.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“I was born to strange sights. Things invisible to see . . . I know where all past years are, and who cleft the Devil’s foot.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“Nobody’s safe in a wizard’s house.” 
– Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“That’s magic I admire, using something that exists anyway and turning it round into a curse.” – Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

“And she stopped herself, because death is like that: people are alive until they die” – Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle

 

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