We’ve gathered some of our favorite Rafiki quotes to teach you about life, existence, and friendship.
Rafiki, the mandrill in Disney’s The Lion King, is one of the most well-known characters in the movie. Despite his eccentric appearance, he’s a great royal advisor who provides moral guidance to Mufasa and Simba.
He also emphasizes the concept of the “Circle of Life” in the Pride Lands and how this Circle must be kept in balance at all times.
With that, Rafiki wishes to share his life knowledge and insights with us through this collection. Check out his sayings for inspiration as you go through life.
See the complete list below.
Best Rafiki Quotes
1. Simba: “Ow! Jeez—what was that for?”
Rafiki: “It doesn’t matter; it’s in the past!”
Simba: “Yeah, but it still hurts.”
Rafiki: “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.”
Rafiki: “Hah, you see!”
2. “Any story worth telling is worth telling twice.”
3. “The roar is a very powerful gift. It can be used for great good. But it can also lead to terrible evil.”
4. “Can’t cut it out. It’ll grow right back!”
5. “The question is: who are you?”
6. “Hakuna Matata. It means ‘no worries.’”
7. “Don’t dawdle. Hurry up!”
8. “Oh find it, you must look beyond what you see.”
9. “You follow old Rafiki, he knows the way. Come on!”
10. “I’m not the one who is confused, you’re the one who doesn’t even know who you are.”
11. “You won’t find him here. The king—has returned.”
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12. “No. Look harder. You see, he lives in you.”
13. “Ahhh. Change is good.”
14. “Thank you, Lion Guard. It has been a long time since I embraced my inner warrior.”
15. “Life without worry. You seek Hakuna Matata.”
16. “Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”
17. “No, no. The form cannot be fixed so easily. You must learn balance and technique.”
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18. “You’re a baboon, and I’m not.”
19. Rafiki: “Hey, where are you going?”
Simba: “I’m going back!”
Rafiki: “Good! Go on! Get out of here!”
20. “If my tree feels like home to you, then you should stay. But perhaps you could be a little quieter?”
21. “What? Kovu—Kiara—together? This is the plan? Are you crazy? This will never work! Oh, Mufasa, you’ve been up there too long. Your head is in the clouds!”
22. “Remember, young honey badger. Practice the key to good form is to stick with it.”
23. Rafiki: “And where are you going?”
Rafiki: “That’s what you think!”
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24. “The whole kingdom is coming.”
25. “After Scar was gone, Simba became king. But Zira told Simba he couldn’t rule the Pride Lands. Because Scar had chosen her son, Kovu, to be king.”
26. “It always feels good to return to the Pride Lands. Eh, Simba?”
27. “You have much spirit, honey badger.”
28. “Simba? He’s—he’s alive? He—he—he’s alive!”
29. “The outsiders are a group of lions led by a lioness named Zira. Simba banished them from the Pride Lands before any of you were born.”
30. “My work here is done.”
31. Timon: “Hey, where’d you come from?”
Rafiki: “Oh, the better question is, where are you going?”
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32. “Hey! You! How dare you save the king’s daughter!”
33. “You did not hear everything I said. Honey badgers are only smartest when they think things through.”
34. “Makini is training. I am taking a break from the noise.”
35. “Live here? Ha! You cannot live here. I need quiet to train my apprentice.”
36. “Yes, yes. Your eyes will be fine. Just wear this eye patch for three days. And no craziness.”
37. Simba: “Oh, and I suppose you know?”
Rafiki: “Sure do. You’re Mufasa’s boy!”
38. “Well, I know who you are. Shh. Come here. It’s a secret. Asante sana! Squash banana! We we nugu! Mi mi apana!”
39. “I would not lie there if I were you.”
40. Simba: “You knew my father?”
Rafiki: “Correction: “I know your father.”
Do You Believe That the Past Can Teach You Many Valuable Lessons?
Rafiki is a wise sage, but his method of utilizing his intelligence is highly irregular. He prefers to teach his students by bombarding them with cryptic metaphors, usually in a way that annoys them on purpose. Despite being unconventional, his teaching methods have repeatedly proven to be effective.
He taught us one of the most critical lessons—to learn from our mistakes rather than run away from them. Once something happens, it’s done, and there’s nothing you can do about it. The only thing we can do is learn from our experiences and make sure the same mistakes don’t happen again in the future.
Remember, the past cannot be ignored because it impacts the present. On a more personal level, your past influences who you are. Your experiences from when you were a child—and until the very recent moment—shape who you are.
Hopefully, our collection was able to remind you that valuable lessons are to be drawn from yesterday’s moments. Those who choose to ask the right questions about their past are best prepared to live life to the fullest in the present.
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