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O to be a dragon, a symbol of the power of Heaven — of silkworm size or immense; at times invisible. ~ Marianne Moore
A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon, but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb. ~ W. H. Auden

A Dragon (from Greek δράκων (drákōn), "dragon, serpent of huge size, water-snake") is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, which exist in the myths of many cultures. Western dragons are usually portrayed as vile, sinister and dangerous, while Chinese dragons traditionally represent auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods and symbolize potency, strength, and good luck. Western and oriental traditions arose separately, but have influenced each other, particularly with the cross-cultural contact of recent centuries.

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What I create is not from this world, because the people who need my help suffer from afflictions that science cannot treat. ~ The Dragon in Selfless, Brave and True
I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now? ~ John Lennon


  • A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon, but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb.
    • W. H. Auden, quoted in Best Quotes of '54, '55, '56 (1957) edited by James Beasley Simpson
  • Fairy tales do not give a child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.
  • The age of chivalry is past. … Bores have succeeded to dragons, and I have shivered too many lances in vain ever to hope for their extirpation.
  • Conquer the demon of jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.
    • Havelock Ellis, in Little Essays of Love and Virtue (1922) by Havelock Ellis, p. 100
  • Luckdragons are among the strangest animals in Fantastica. They bear no resemblance to ordinary dragons, which look like loathsome snakes and live in deep caves, diffusing a noxious stench and guarding some real or imaginary treasure. Such spawn of chaos are usually wicked or ill-tempered, they have batlike wings with which they can rise clumsily and noisily into the air, and they spew fire and smoke. Luckdragons are creatures of air, warmth, and pure joy. Despite their great size, they are as light as a summer cloud, and consequently need no wings for flying. They swim in the air of heaven as fish swim in water. Seen from the earth, they look like slow lightning flashes. The most amazing thing about them is their song. Their voice sounds like the golden note of a large bell, and when they speak softly the bell seems to be ringing in the distance. Anyone who has heard this sound will remember it as long as he lives and tell his grandchildren about it.
  • And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
    And prevailed not
    ; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
    And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
  • I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?
    • John Lennon, quoted in Secret of the Dragon's Eye : Book One (2007) by Derek Hart
  • I'm an outlaw, not a hero. I never intended to rescue you. We're our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.
  • I desired dragons with a profound desire. Of course, I in my timid body did not wish to have them in the neighbourhood, intruding into my relatively safe world, in which it was, for instance, possible to read stories in peace of mind, free from fear. But the world that contained even the imagination of Fбfnir was richer and more beautiful, at whatever cost of peril.

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