In 1986, David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly starred in the fantasy musical, Labyrinth. The live-action movie – which also included a cast of puppets, created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop – told the story of a young girl on a journey to rescue her baby brother from the clutches of Jareth, the Goblin King.

If you have never watched Labyrinth, then you are missing out. The movie is packed with a memorable cast of characters, a wealth of great songs, and some truly fun lines of dialogue.

Speaking of which… in this post I am offering up a selection of the best quotes from Labyrinth. These are the lines which fans love to recite time-and-time-again.

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The best Labyrinth movie quotes

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Sarah – “Give me the child.”

Jareth – “Sarah, beware. I have been generous up ’til now. I can be cruel”

Sarah – “Generous? What have you done that’s generous?”

Jareth – “*Everything*! Everything that you wanted I have done. You asked that the child be taken. I took him. You cowered before me; I was frightening. I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for *you*! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations. Isn’t that generous?”

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Jareth – “So, the Labyrinth is a piece of cake, is it? Well, let’s see how you deal with this little slice…”

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Goblin – “Your mother is a fraggin’ aardvark!”

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Jareth – “You have thirteen hours in which to solve the labyrinth, before your baby brother becomes one of us… forever.”

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Jareth – “And Hoggle, if she ever kisses you, I’ll turn you into a prince.”

Hoggle – “Y-you will?”

Jareth – “Prince of the Land of Stench!”

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The Worm – “If she’d ‘ave kept on goin’ down that way she’d ‘ave gone straight to that castle.”

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Jareth – “It’s only forever, not long at all.”

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Sarah – “Give me the child. Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great…”

Sarah – “For my will is as strong as yours, my kingdom as great… Damn.”

(takes the Labyrinth book out of her pocket)

Sarah – “I can never remember that line.”

(reads lines)

Sarah – “You have no power over me.”

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Sarah – “You’re him, aren’t you? You’re the Goblin King! I want my brother back, please, if it’s all the same.”

Jareth – “What’s said is said.”

Sarah – “But, I didn’t mean it.”

Jareth – “Oh, you didn’t?”

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Sarah – “Okay, let’s handle this thing logically. What exactly have you sworn?”

Didymus – “I have sworn with my life’s blood, none shall pass this way without *my* permission!”

Sarah – “Well… May we have your permission?”

Didymus – “Well I, uh… I… that is, uh… hm… Yes?”

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Jareth – “I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave.”

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Sarah – “You’re horrible!”

Hoggle – “No, I ain’t. I’m Hoggle.”

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Sarah – “That’s not fair!”

Jareth – “You say that so often, I wonder what your basis for comparison is?”

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The Worm – “’Allo.”

Sarah – “Did you say… hello?”

The Worm – “No, I said “‘allo,” but that’s close enough.”

Sarah – “Oh… you’re a worm, aren’t you?”

The Worm – “Yeah, that’s right.”

Sarah – “You don’t by any chance know the way through this labyrinth, do you?”

The Worm – “Who, me? No, I’m just a worm. Say, come inside, and meet the missus.”

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Jareth – “Your eyes can be so cruel, just as I can be so cruel.”

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Jareth – “Sarah, go back to your room. Play with your toys and your costumes. Forget about the baby.”

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Jareth – “Hello, Hedgewart.”

Sarah – “Hogwart.”

Hoggle – “Hog-gle!”

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Jareth – “Turn back, Sarah. Turn back before it’s too late.”

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The Worm – “Things are not always what they seem in this place. So you can’t take anything for granted.”

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Jareth – “Ah, what have we here?”

Hoggle – “Oh, uh, nothin’.”

Jareth – “Nothing? Nothing? NOTHING? Nothing, tra la la?”

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Sarah – “Through dangers untold. And hardships unnumbered. I have fought my way here to the castle; beyond the goblin city, to take back the child that you have stolen. My will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom as great…”

Jareth – “Stop! Look what I’m offering you. Your dreams.”

Sarah – “My kingdom as great… my kingdom as great… damn, I can never remember that line.”

Jareth – “I ask for so little. Just fear me. Love me. Do as I ask, and I shall be your slave.”

Sarah – “You have no power over me!”

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Ludo – “SMELL BAD!”

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Ludo – “Goodbye, Sarah.”

Didymus – “And remember, fair maiden, should you need us…”

Hoggle – “Yes, should you need us, for any reason at all…”

Sarah – “I need you, Hoggle.”

Hoggle – “You do?”

Sarah – “I don’t know why, but every now and again in my life – for no reason at all – I need you. All of you.”

Hoggle – “You do? Well… WHY DIDN’T YOU SAY SO?”

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And finally…

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Jareth – “You remind me of the babe.”

Goblin – “What babe?”

Jareth – “The babe with the power.”

Goblin – “What power?”

Jareth – “The power of voodoo.”

Goblin – “Who do?”

Jareth – “You do.”

Goblin – “Do what?”

Jareth – “Remind me of the babe.”

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If you’re a fan of Labyrinth (and who isn’t?), then you may wish to know that a novelisation of the movie is currently available.

The book, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Novelisation, is a 272-page tome, which recounts the movie in paperback form. The book is part of a collection of Jim Henson-based novelisations, and features a beautiful cover from illustrator, Brian Froud.

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Novelisation is available from all good book stockists, including Amazon UK.

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