We're obsessed with these 8 powerful quotes from Netflix's Damsel

Millie Bobby Brown gets to deliver some killer one-liners.

Damsel. Millie Bobby Brown as Elodie in Damsel. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix ©2023
Damsel. Millie Bobby Brown as Elodie in Damsel. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix ©2023 /

Have you watched Damsel on Netflix yet? Are you as obsessed with it as we are? Here are some quotes from the movie that are bound to become iconic. There are a lot of great one-liners, mostly delivered by Millie Bobby Brown's character Elodie. We're breaking down a few of her quotes and explaining why they're so powerful!

Major spoilers ahead for the movie Damsel

Without further ado, here are our favorite quotes from the movie Damsel, and even a few from the book written by Evelyn Skye.

Damsel. Millie Bobby Brown as Elodie in Damsel. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix ©2024
Damsel. Millie Bobby Brown as Elodie in Damsel. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix ©2024 /

"There are many stories of chivalry, where the heroic knight saves the damsel in distress. This is not one of them."

As the opening quote in the movie, this is a powerful way to introduce us to Elodie and her story. After all, in this movie, the "heroic knight" in question doesn't even exist at all. The closest thing we have is Prince Henry, who is far from heroic and Elodie's father, Lord Bayford, who is responsible for selling Elodie out in the first place, though he does try to make amends. Ultimately, Elodie is the one who must save herself and her sister.

"My happiness is a small price to pay for the future of my people."

Another early quote in the movie, but it's a good way to understand Elodie's character. Everything she does is for her people. She's devoted to helping her realm and thus agrees to the arranged marriage in the first place despite her misgivings. It's unfortunate that her father preyed on her loyalty to sell her out to Aurea and its queen.

Damsel. Millie Bobby Brown as Elodie in Damsel. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix ©2024
Damsel. Millie Bobby Brown as Elodie in Damsel. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix ©2024 /

"I'm deeply sorry for underestimating you."

Funnily enough, Elodie says this quote to one of the glowworms in the cavern after a group of them heal her various wounds. But the quote makes perfect sense in the broader scope of the film, too, since the downfall of Aurea is because Queen Isabelle severely underestimated Elodie.

"Then go ahead, show me your fire."

Elodie gets to say this awesome line when she comes face-to-face with the dragon for their final climactic showdown. In reality, Elodie's being clever here as she has positioned herself in such a way that when the dragon blows its fire, it will reverberate back onto the dragon, causing a fatal burn. It's a quote that signals how far Elodie has come, evolving into a fierce fighter who isn't afraid to face down a literal dragon if it means saving her sister.

"This is the end of your story."

It might be short and sweet, but this is the perfect quote to end the main storyline of the film. Elodie gets to say it before giving the dragon the go-ahead to burn down everything in Aurea, including Prince Henry and the evil Queen Isabelle.

Damsel. (L-R) Brooke Carter as Floria and Millie Bobby Brown as Elodie in Damsel. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix ©2024 /

Quotes from the Damsel book by Evelyn Skye

"You're only human. We do what we must to survive. Life is not as simple as good and evil. It is mostly lived in the pages in between."

Lieutenant Alexandra Ravella

This quote is spoken by a character that isn't in the movies, her name is Alexandra Ravella and she serves as the queens lieutenant, someone who scouts out other realms and regions for prospective princesses, or sacrifices. Throughout the book, she realizes that's been a coward. It's actually her daughter, Cora, who helps Alexandra try to fix things and save Elodie.

Alexandra says the above line when she's trying to explain to Cora the way of life on Aurea and why they make these sacrifices in exchange for Aurea's peace. Alexandra's quote is to Cora after she questions if it's wrong to want to be happy even if it means sacrificing the lives of others. It provides context to how many of the people of Aurea live, placing their survival above all else, since, if the dragon is not satisfied, it will kill them all.

"We are, as ever, mere guests on this isle. To live on Aurea is to accept this price."

Lieutenant Alexandra Ravella

Alexandra says the above in the same scene as the former quote, it's a continuation of her thought process as she explains to Cora the way things have always been in Aurea. However, the way she says this makes it seem as if she's understanding just how steep the price of living there really is.

That is one thing missing from the movie is some of the novel's greater scope, providing some complexity to the story in which we see that most of the people of Aurea aren't outright evil, but they do agree to something terrible to maintain their comfortable lifestyles. It's a theme that has plenty of real life parallels.

If you haven't read Evelyn Skye's novel, I highly recommend checking it out! Skye was able to see Dan Mazeau's screenplay while it was still early into the drafting process and then created her story from that. It's different enough from the movie that you'll feel like you're experiencing a new take on Elodie's tale and also fleshes out the world and characters more.

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