The Book of The Lion King
In the African savanna the young lion Simba is heir to the throne. His destiny is to become the next ruler of the Pride Lands. He has a wise father Mufasa to prepare him for this task. However, his father tragically dies before Simba is ready to assume the throne. Simba discovers his life purpose through the help of many beloved friends and family.
A curious young Simba is instructed by his father Mufasa. Mufasa teaches Simba about the circle of life. He also teaches Simba how to be a good king.
- Mufasa: “Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.” Young Simba: “But, Dad, don’t we eat the antelope?” Mufasa: “Yes, Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.”
- Mufasa: “There’s more to being a king than getting your way all the time.”
- Mufasa: “Simba, I’m only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.”
After the tragic death of his father Simba is saved by Timon and Pumbaa. They offer Simba advice to help him cope with his past and move forward with his life.
- Pumbaa: [to Young Simba] “You know, kid, in times like this my buddy Timon here says: you got to put your behind in your past.” Timon: “No, no, no. Amateur. Lie down before you hurt yourself. It’s You got to put your past behind you.”
- Timon and Pumba: “Hakuna Matata! It means no worries.”
After Simba is visited by his childhood friend Nala, he faces questions about who he is and what he needs to do. As Simba tries to discover his place and purpose in life he receives guidance from Rafiki and his deceased father.
- Rafiki: “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it.”
- Mufasa’s Ghost: “You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of life.”
- Mufasa’s Ghost: “Remember who you are. You are my son and the one true king. Remember who you are.”
Other words of wisdom to consider from varying characters.
- Scar: “I’m surrounded by idiots.”
- Zazu: “… cheetahs never prosper.”
- Mufasa: “Before sunrise, he’s your son.”