25 A Bug’s Life Quotes to Inspire Positive Change

Read this list of A Bug’s Life quotes, as it will remove all your fear and hesitations from trying new things!

A Bug’s Life tells the story of an ant colony that is forced by a group of grasshoppers to give half of the food they collected. However, one of the members, Flik, is an ant with many inventions. He believes that his ideas will free them from the grasshoppers’ control.

Unfortunately, the colony’s leader rejects his ideas out of fear of going against the grasshoppers. They have long accepted that it’s their role in society since they are just ants. Yet, Flik is confident that he can free his colony from slavery and is determined to do so.

He decides to stand up for his family. In a way, His actions showed how much courage a tiny insect can have, and that inspired the rest of the colony, including The Queen and Princess Atta. They all realize their combined strength can defeat the grasshoppers, which they ultimately do!

Flik’s actions prove that you can make a difference no matter how small and insignificant you feel because of others’ rejections. Keep reading to learn more about ants, grasshoppers, and other bugs!

And make sure to check out these WALL-E quotes and Sonic quotes.

Best A Bug’s Life Quotes

1. “You’ve got a lot of spunk kids. But no one’s gonna help a bunch of ants.” – The Queen

2. Hopper: “You piece of dirt! No, I’m wrong. You’re lower than dirt. You’re an ant! Let this be a lesson to all you ants! Ideas are very dangerous things! You are mindless, soil-shoving losers put on this Earth to serve us!”

Flik: “You’re wrong, Hopper. Ants are not meant to serve grasshoppers! I’ve seen these ants do great things, and year after year they somehow manage to pick the food for themselves and you. So who is the weaker species? Ants don’t serve grasshoppers! It’s you who needs us! We’re a lot stronger than you say we are. And you know it, don’t you?”

3. “You see, Hopper, nature has a certain order. The ants pick the food, the ants eat the food, and the grasshoppers leave.” – Princess Atta

4. “It’s the same every year, they come, they eat, they leave—that’s our lot in life. It’s not a lot, but it’s our life.” – The Queen

5. Hopper: “You let one ant stand up to us, then they all might stand up. Those puny little ants outnumber us a hundred to one. And if they ever figure that out, there goes our way of life! It’s not about food. It’s about keeping those ants in line. That’s why we’re going back! Does anybody else wanna stay?”

Molt: “He’s quite the motivational speaker, isn’t he?”

Hopper: “Let’s ride!”

6. Hopper: “So, where is it? Where’s my food?”

Princess Atta: “Isn’t it up there?”

Hopper: “What?”

Princess Atta: “The food was sitting on a leaf on top—.”

Hopper: “Excuse me.”

Princess Atta: “Are you sure it’s not up there?”

Hopper: “Are you saying I’m stupid?”

Princess Atta: “No.”

Hopper: “Do I look stupid to you? Let’s just think about the logic, shall we? Let’s just think about it for a second. If it was up there, would I be coming down here, to your level, looking for it? Why am I even talking to you? You’re not The Queen. You don’t smell like The Queen.”

The Queen: “She’s learning to take over for me, Hopper.”

Hopper: “Oh, I see. Under new management. So it’s your fault.”

Princess Atta: “No, it wasn’t me, it was—.”

Hopper: “Uh, uh. First rule of leadership—everything is your fault.”

Princess Atta: “But I—.”

Hopper: “It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there, Princess, one of those circle-of-life kinds of things. Now, let me tell you how things are supposed to work. The sun grows the food, the ants pick the food, the grasshoppers eat the food—.”

Molt: “And the birds eat the grasshoppers. Hey, like the one that nearly ate you, you remember? Oh, you should have seen it. This blue jay has him halfway down his throat, and Hopper’s kicking and screaming, and I’m scared. I’m not going anywhere near, okay? Aw, come on. It’s a great story. Ow, ow, ow.”

Hopper: “I swear, if I hadn’t promised Mother on her deathbed that I wouldn’t kill you, I would kill you.”

Molt: “And believe me, no one appreciates that more than I do.”

Hopper: “Shut up! I don’t want to hear another word out of you while we’re on this island. Do you understand me? I said, do you understand me?”

Molt: “Well, how could I answer? You said I couldn’t say another word. Remember Ma!”

Hopper: “Hey, I’m a compassionate insect. There are still a few months till the rains come, so you can all just try again.”

The Queen: “But, Hopper, since it’s almost the rainy season, we need this time to gather food for ourselves.”

Hopper: “Listen, if you don’t keep your end of the bargain, then I can’t guarantee your safety. And there are insects out there that will take advantage of you. Someone could get hurt. What’s the matter? You scared of grasshoppers?”

7. “That’s how my 12th husband died. So, now I’m a widow. I mean, I’ve always been a black widow, but now I’m a black widow.” – Rosie

Iconic A Bug’s Life Quotes That’ll Leave You Wanting More

8. Flik: “Here, pretend. Pretend that that’s a seed.”

Dot: “It’s a rock.”

Flik: “Oh, I know it’s a rock, I know. But let’s just pretend for a minute that it’s a seed, alright? We’ll just use our imaginations. Now, do you see our tree? Everything that made that giant tree is already contained inside this tiny little seed. All it needs is some time, a little bit of sunshine and rain, and voilá!”

Dot: “This rock will be a tree?”

Flik: “Seed to tree. You’ve gotta work with me, here. Alright? Okay. Now, you might not feel like you can do much now, but that’s just because, well, you’re not a tree yet. You just have to give yourself some time. You’re still a seed.”

Dot: “But it’s a rock.”

Flik: “I know it’s a rock! Don’t you think I know a rock when I see a rock? I’ve spent a lot of time around rocks!”

Dot: “You’re weird, but I like you.”

9. Francis: “Any time, pal! I’m gonna pick the hairs outta your head, one by one!”

Fly #1: “You take your best shot!”

Francis: “You name the place!”

Fly #1: “Oh, yeah?”

Francis: “Yes! ‘Cause when you get there, you are dead!”

Slim: “Francis, let me handle this. That’s no way to speak to a lady.”

Francis: “I heard that, you twig!”

10. “Ladies and gentle bugs! Larvae of all stages! Rub your legs together for the world’s greatest bug circus!” – Slim

11. Fly #1: “Hey, cutie! Wanna pollinate with a real bug?”

Francis: “So, being a ladybug automatically makes me a girl! Is that it, flyboy?! Huh?”

Fly #2: “Yikes!”

Fly #1: “She’s a guy!”

Heimlich: “Francis, leave them alone! They are poo-poo heads!”

P.T. Flea: “Not again!”

Francis: “Judging by your breath, you must’ve been buzzin’ around a dung heap all day!”

Slim: “Come on, Francis. You’re making the maggots cry.”

12. Hopper: “Where do you get the gall to do this to me?”

Flik: “You were gonna squish The Queen.”

Dot: “It’s true.”

Hopper: “I hate it when someone gives away the ending.”

13. “How many roaches does it take to screw in a light bulb? Can’t tell. Soon as the light goes on, they scatter.” – Slim

14. Worker Ant #1: “I’m lost! Where’s the line? It just went away. What do I do? What do I do?”

Worker Ant #2: “Help!”

Worker Ant #3: “We’ll be stuck here forever!”

Mr. Soil: “Do not panic, do not panic. We are trained professionals. Now, stay calm. We are going around the leaf.”

A Bug’s Life Quotes for a Sneak Peek Into the Characters’ Personalities

15. “Hey, waiter. I’m in my soup.” – Fly

16. “Hey, bartender! Bloody mary! O-Positive!” – Mosquito

17. “For the colony, and for oppressed ants everywhere!” – Flik

18. “Hey, turn your butt off!” – Francis

19. “I’m the only stick with eyeballs!” – Slim

20. “I’m a beautiful butterfly!” – Heimlich

A Bug’s Life Quotes to Appreciate This Awesome 1998 Movie

21. P. T. Flea: “We’re losing the audience! You clowns get out there now!”

Heimlich: “I hate performing on an empty stomach!”

P.T. Flea: “Do your act, Heimlich, then you can eat.”

Slim: “P.T, what’s the point?”

P.T. Flea: “Not now, Slim.”

Slim: “What’s the point of going out there? They’ll only laugh at me.”

P.T. Flea: “That’s because you’re a clown!”

Slim: “No. It’s because I’m a prop! You always cast me as the broom, the pole, the stick! A splinter!”

P.T. Flea: “You’re a walking stick! It’s funny! Now, go!”

Slim: “You parasite.”

22. Heimlich: “I think I’m going to wet myself.”

Francis: “Steady—.”

Hopper: “What’s going on here?”

Princess Atta: “Well, uh—.”

Slim: “Uh, yes. We were invited by Princess Atta as a surprise for your arrival.”

Hopper: “Squish ’em.”

23. Hopper: “Guys, order another round because we’re staying here! What was I thinking? Going back to Ant Island. I mean, we just got here, and we have more than enough food to get us through the winter. Right? Why go back? But there was that ant that stood up to me.”

Axel: “Yeah, but we can forget about him!”

Loco: “Yeah, it was just one ant.”

Hopper: “Yeah, you’re right! It’s just one ant!”

Loco: “Yeah, boss. They’re puny!”

Hopper: “Hmm, puny. Say, let’s pretend this grain is a puny little ant. Didn’t that hurt?”

Loco: “Nope.”

Hopper: “Well, how about this one?”

Axel: “Are you kidding?”

Hopper: “Well, how about this?”

24. “Making all stops to the septic tank, including standing water, empty bean can, and dead rat!” – Bus Beetle

25. Manny: “Utilizing psychic vibrations, I shall select the perfect volunteer.”

Molt: “Oh, oh, oh, oh! Pick me! Oh, oh! Come on, I’m asking you with my brain.”

Are You Someone Who Inspires Changes in Your Community?

In the movie, the ants have already accepted responsibility for accommodating the grasshoppers. They get the job done with no questions asked. Sadly, they believe they don’t have a choice and a chance to change the system as they’ve already been doing it for years; it’s always been done that way.

It’s the same in real life, where we see people settle for abuse because they have been used to it. We get stuck with the idea that everyone will disregard us if we raise our concerns. As a result, we continue doing things even if we know it’s not good and healthy for us. 

Many think we have no power to turn the situation around. But, whenever your head’s in this line of thought, look back on the lessons you’ve learned from A Bug’s Life. In it, it only takes one ant who feels insignificant to spark change.

The same goes for us; it often takes just one person to fight, and everyone will gain the courage to stand up. Remember that you can always make a difference no matter how big or small your role in society is. Get out of your comfort zone and try to make a change!

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Karen Danao

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