30 Black Panther Quotes on Leadership, Wisdom, and More

Read these Black Panther quotes that’ll shape you into the best leader you can be!

Black Panther is the 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While it has a sequel and the character himself appeared in other Marvel movies, the 2018 release best captures what T’Challa and Wakanda stand for.

It shows the backstory of how T’Challa became the King of Wakanda. In their traditions, the royal bloodline inherits the throne, but someone could also challenge it through a duel.

The concept of a duel itself is not something to be praised; why should our basis of a good ruler, after all, only be about physical strength? T’Challa was compassionate toward M’Baku, who challenged him; through this, we see how great a king he could be.

Instead of killing M’Baku instantly, he showed compassion and mercy—traits of a genuinely excellent ruler. Black Panther has many more wise words and pieces of advice when it comes to life and leadership. Read on to find out more!

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Best Black Panther Quotes

1. “You cannot let your father’s actions define your life; you get to decide what kind of king you want to be.” – Nakia

2. “You are a good man with a good heart, and it is hard for a good man to be king.” – T’Chaka

3. “I am your king now!” – T’Challa

4. “Wakanda forever!” – T’Challa

5. “Wakanda will no longer watch from the shadows. We will work to be an example of how we, as brothers and sisters on this earth, should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis, the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” – T’Challa

6. T’Challa: “If you weren’t so stubborn, you would make a great queen.”

Nakia: “I would make a great queen because I am stubborn—if that’s what I wanted.”

7. “How many times do I have to teach you: just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.” – Shuri

8. “Today, we don’t fight for any life. We fight for all of them.” – T’Challa

9. “Put some music on. What do you think this is? A funeral?” – Ulysses Klaue

10. “One more word, and I’ll feed you to my children! Just kidding, we’re vegetarians.” – M’Baku

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11. T’Challa: “We can still heal you.”

Erik Killmonger: “Why? So you can lock me up? Nah. Just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, ’cause they knew death was better than bondage.”

12. “Guns. So primitive.” – Okoye

13. “Your father taught you all that warrior nonsense—but he also taught you how to think. Don’t fight this war with guns.” – Ramonda

14. “I owed you a great debt. A life for a life. Consider it paid.” – M’Baku

15. Ulysses Klaue: “Oh, mercy, King. Mercy.”

T’Challa: “Every breath you take is mercy from me.”

16. “I am not king of all people. I am King of Wakanda. And it is my responsibility to make sure our people are safe, and that vibranium does not fall into the hands of a person like you.” – T’Challa

17. “We serve Wakanda. And let us not forget, we also serve each other. Together we will always rise.” – T’Challa

18. “All of you were wrong to turn your backs on the rest of the world. We let our fear of discovery stop us from doing what is right. No more—I cannot stay here with you. I cannot rest while he sits on the throne. He’s a monster of our own making. I must take back the mountain. I must right this wrong.” – T’Challa

19. N’Jobu: “No tears for me, son?”

Erik Killmonger: “People die every day. That’s just part of life around here.”

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20. “The Black Panther lives. And when he fights for the fate of Wakanda, I will be right beside him.” – Shuri

21. “When you said you would take me to California for the first time, I thought you meant Coachella.” – Shuri

22. “Your heart is so full of hatred. You are not fit to be king.” – Okoye

23. T’ Challa: “What do you want?”

Erik Killmonger: “I want the throne.”

24. W’Kabi: “Would you kill me, my love?”

Okoye: “For Wakanda? Without question.”

25. T’Chaka: “What is wrong, my son?”

T’Challa: “I am not ready, Baba.”

T’Chaka: “Have you not prepared to be king your whole life? Have you not trained and studied, been by my side?”

T’Challa: “That is not what I am talking about. I am not ready to be without you.”

T’Chaka: “A man who has not prepared his children for his own death has failed as a father. Have I ever failed you?”

T’Challa: “Never.”

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26. “I will not abandon someone to die when I have the means to save his life.” – T’Challa

27. “You want to see us become just like the people you hate so much! Divide and conquer, just as they did!” – T’Challa

28. “Wakanda survived for so long by only fighting when absolutely necessary.” – Okoye

29. “Our weapons will not be used to wage war on the world.” – T’Challa

30. “The world is changing. Soon there will only be the conquered and the conquerors. I’d rather be the former.” – W’Kabi

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It’s easy to be blinded by power and control. Perhaps this is why we have tyrannous leaders and crumbling societies. However, T’Challa recognizes what it truly means to lead in Black Panther.

When he inherited his father’s throne, it was not without opposition. Though that’s the case, he fought for it because he knew he was the one who could unite everyone. T’Challa knew that nations should be led through compassion—not brute force or selfishness.

Behind T’Challa was a certain kind of pressure to rule like his father. But, as one of Nakia’s most iconic goes, “You cannot let your father’s actions define your life; you get to decide what kind of king you want to be.”

This gave T’Challa the courage to embody the Black Panther, and he strove to unite everyone. He says something heart-shaking that transcends the world of fiction: “More connects us than separates us.” If every nation had a leader like him, there could be peace, happiness, and equality worldwide.

We hope this list was able to shed light on the Black Panther’s backstory, T’Challa’s qualities, and what it truly means to lead a nation. Be sure you add this collection to your bookmarks! We’re positive you’ll find more advice on life when you need it.

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