140 Watership Down Quotes on Finding Your Home

2. “All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first, they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.” – Frith
3. “If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill, they kill. But they don’t sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures’ lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality.” – Hazel
4. “They forgot the ways of the wild rabbits.” – Fiver
5. “He fought because he actually felt safer fighting than running.” – Holly
6. “If there’s going to be a story, don’t you think I’ve got as good a right as anyone to choose it?” – Bigwig
7. “Frith may have made it, but Fiver found it.” – Hazel
8. “There’s terrible evil in the world. It comes from men.” – Holly
9. “Prince Rabbit, if you cannot control your people, I shall find ways to control them.” – Frith
10. “My people are the strongest in the world.” – El-ahrairah
11. “We all have to meet our match sometime or other.” – Holly
12. “Men will never rest till they’ve spoiled the earth and destroyed the animals.” – Holly
13. “El-ahrairah, your people cannot rule the world, for I will not have it so.” – Frith
14. “Animals don’t behave like men.” – Hazel
15. “My Chief Rabbit has told me to stay and defend this run, and until he says otherwise, I shall stay here.” – Bigwig
16. “There isn’t any danger here, at this moment. But it’s coming—it’s coming.” – Fiver
17. “The truth is, you’re just a silly show-off.” – Fiver
18. “That settles it. I won’t go without him.” – Bigwig
19. “You needn’t worry about them. They’ll be all right, and thousands like them. If you come along now, I’ll show you what I mean.” – El-ahrairah
20. “You are closer to death than I.” – Fiver
21. “You can nearly always find someone to punish if you try hard enough.” – Captain Chervil
22. Dandelion: “If we meet again, Hazel-rah, we’ll have the making of the best story ever!”
Hazel: “And you’ll be the one to tell it!”
23. “Bigwig was right when he said he wasn’t like a rabbit at all.” – Holly
24. “I don’t like this idea of yours at all Hazel.” – Holly
25. “You can’t call your life your own, and in return, you have safety—if it’s worth having at the price you pay.” – Holly
26. “All other elil do what they have to do and Frith moves them as he moves us. They live on the earth and they need food.” – Holly
27. “The rabbits became strange in many ways, different from other rabbits.” – Fiver
28. “They knew well enough what was happening. But even to themselves, they pretended that all was well, for the food was good, they were protected, they had nothing to fear but the one fear; and that struck here and there, never enough at a time to drive them away.” – Fiver
29. “You say buck rabbits don’t dig—but they could if they wanted to.” – Blackberry
30. “For the first time ever, rabbits didn’t go scurrying away.” – Groundsel
31. “A rabbit who does not know when a gift has made him safe is poorer than a slug, even though he may think otherwise himself.” – El-ahrairah
32. “They’d altered what rabbits do naturally because they thought they could do better.” – Blackberry
33. “A rabbit has two ears; a rabbit has two eyes, two nostrils. Our two warrens ought to be like that. They ought to be together—not fighting.” – Woundwort
34. “A lot of your rabbits are unhappy now and it’s all you can do to control them, but with this plan, you’d soon see a difference.” – Woundwort
35. “I have learned that with creatures one loves, suffering is not the only thing for which one may pity them.” – El-ahrairah
36. “I think we ought to do all we can do to make these creatures friendly. It might turn out to be well worth the trouble.” – Hazel
37. “If a rabbit gave advice and the advice wasn’t accepted, he immediately forgot it, and so did everyone else.” – Hyzenthlay
38. “I know there’s been some trouble, but the best thing will be to try to forget it.” – Hazel
39. “I believe he’d have hunted like the elil if he could.” – Holly
40. “He was a fighting animal—fierce as a rat or a dog.” – Holly
41. “What we need is to find a safe place soon.” – Hazel
42. “He was trying to do something that Frith never meant any rabbit to do.” – Holly
43. “Think of the miles of danger. Everyone’s frightened and tired as it is.” – Hazel
44. “Come back, you fools! Dogs aren’t dangerous! Come back and fight!” – Woundwort
45. “That wasn’t why they destroyed the warren. It was just because we were in their way. They killed us to suit themselves.” – Holly
46. “I’d rather succeed in doing what we can than fail to do what we can’t.” – Hazel
47. “This is a bad place, but we’ll soon get out of it.” – Hazel
48. “Something to give us shelter at a pinch. Let’s go up to the copse and look round. We might as well take our time and make quite sure where we’d like to have them. We don’t want to have to do the work twice.” – Hazel
49. “My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today.” – Hazel
50. “He was brave, all right. But it wasn’t natural, and that’s why it was bound to finish him in the end.” – Holly
51. “I know it’s wrong to ask for even more now, but my people are in terrible danger. I propose a bargain: my life for theirs.” – Hazel
52. “Rabbits need dignity and above all the will to accept their fate.” – Silverweed
53. “There is not a day or night but a doe offers her life for her kittens, or some honest captain of Owsla his life for his Chief Rabbit’s. Sometimes it is taken, sometimes it is not. But there is no bargain, for here, what is, is what must be.” – Frith
54. “Go—now, or we’ll kill you!” – Hazel
55. “It’s you who’ll be killed!” – Holly
56. “It had just killed. I saw blood on its lips.” – Violet
57. “Some gave their lives.” – Groundsel
58. Hazel: “Where are you going?”
Fiver: “Away, to the hills.”
Hazel: “By yourself, alone? You’ll die!”
59. “We weren’t good enough for the General.” – Groundsel
60. “My courage, my spirit is so much less than it was.” – Hyzenthlay
61. “Hazel’s not dead.” – Fiver
62. “So cold—so very cold.” – Fiver
63. “Hazel’s been shot.” – Blackberry
64. “You see this? They did it to me. It’s an identification mark. Tells you when you can be above ground.” – Holly
65. Fiver: “I am sorry for you with all my heart; but you cannot blame us, for you came to kill us if you could.”
Vervain: “Blame you? Blame you for what?”
Fiver: “For your death. Believe me, I am sorry for your death.”
66. “Hazel, look—the field—it’s covered with blood!” – Fiver
67. “I don’t think Pipkin’s got any idea what really happened, but I have.” – Fiver
68. “It wasn’t we who wounded Holly.” – Speedwell
69. “He made rabbits bigger than they’ve ever been—braver, more skillful, more cunning.” – Groundsel
70. “Well, it’s not going to be easy, but I’m afraid we don’t have much choice. We’ll start off as soon as I’m fit to travel.” – Hazel
71. “If my authority goes, where will yours be in half a day.” – Woundwort
72. “Who’s going to be first into that field? I can still run.” – Acorn
73. “I told you I would kill you myself! There’s no white bird here, Bigwig.” – Woundwort
74. “Get away, you damned white bird!” – Woundwort
75. “I told you once that I was trying to impress you—I hope I have.” – Bigwig
76. “No, I cannot. I am busy. The fox and weasel are coming. If you want to bless me, you’ll have to bless my bottom.” – El-ahrairah
77. “Fancy her, do you? She’s called Hyzenthlay. But I’d look elsewhere if I were you; she’s a troublemaker. The Council’s got their eye on her.” – Chervil
78. “You’re trying to eat grass that isn’t there. Why don’t you give it a chance to grow?” – Fiver
79. “Look, Bigwig, when have I ever asked to see the chief rabbit before?” – Hazel
80. “There’s a dog loose in the woods!” – Bigwig
81. “How clever of you to think of it. You very fine bird.” – Blackberry
82. “Come and try, you cracked-brain slave driver!” – Bigwig
83. “You got no brains! You no plan! You need mates for plan! Listen—I got plan for you. Wing better. I go fly; fly for you. I find mates.” – Kehaar
84. “You look hungry! Rats getting too clever, I suppose?” – Hazel
85. “Keep still if you can, poor old chap.” – Acorn
86. “He tell me the plan?! I know the plan!” – Kehaar
87. “I was so tired and confused, I actually began to wonder whether you knew where you were going. I could hear you in the heather, saying ‘Not far now,’ and it was annoying me. I thought you were making it up. I should have known better. Frithrah, you’re what I call a Chief Rabbit!” – Blackberry
88. “We never should have left.” – Pipkin
89. “Go back? After all we’ve been through?” – Hazel
90. “Oh, but you don’t understand. The system is breaking down.” – Hyzenthlay
91. “A new warren?! Out of the question!” – Woundwort
92. “Look. Look. That’s the place for us. High, lonely hills, where the wind and the sound carry, and the ground’s as dry as straw in a barn. That’s where we ought to be. That’s where we have to get to.” – Fiver
93. “What’s happening back home, I wonder? Think, when we lived in our own burrows? Dry, soft, warm bodies.” – Pipkin
94. “Back to the warren!” – Blackberry
95. “Embleer Frith, you fools! That warren’s nothing but a death hole! Yes, let’s help ourselves to a roof of bones!” – Fiver
96. “Our warren, destroyed!” – Holly
97. “Men came. Filled in the burrows. Couldn’t get out. There was a strange sound. Hissing. The air turned bad. Runs blocked with dead bodies. I couldn’t get out. Everything turned mad. Warren, herbs, roots, grass, all pushed into the earth.” – Holly
98. “We want to go back and find out.” – Pipkin
99. “I’m from a warren where life is free. Where you can do as you wish. I’ve come to bring you all out of Efrafa.” – Bigwig
100. “It keeps getting worse and worse wherever we go. Where are we going?” – Silver
101. “Hazel. Hazel—you know me, don’t you? I’ve come to ask if you’d like to join my Owsla. We shall be glad to have you, and I know you’d like it. You’ve been feeling tired, haven’t you? If you’re ready, we might go along now.” – El-ahrairah
102. “You didn’t know about the road, did you? And you don’t know what there is in front of us.” – Hawkbit
103. “We could put Fiver and Pipkin on it and make it float again. It might go across the river. Can you understand?” – Blackberry
104. “There’s something very queer about the warren this evening.” – Fiver
105. “You pay for it! The food, the warren, but no one must ever ask where anyone was or speak of the wires!” – Fiver
106. “And probably get killed for wounding Captain Holly? An Owsla officer? Talk sense, for Frith’s sake!” – Bigwig
107. “Bigwig! Listen, you’re in a snare! A snare! And what did they tell you in Owsla? Think!” – Hazel
108. “Let’s remember it. It might come in handy again sometime.” – Blackberry
109. “But I’m in a mist! Everything’s bad! Oh, I have got a funny feeling in my foot!” – Bigwig
110. “Come out and I will bless you instead.” – Frith
111. “You want to run, I’ll run with you.” – Bigwig
112. “That sort of thing’s all right for does, but not for us.” – Bigwig
113. “Fiver, there’s been some trouble.” – Blackberry
114. “What was it you wanted to say to me?” – Hazel
115. “Well, there’s no need to do any serious digging, is there?” – Bigwig
116. “You stupid bunnies!” – Kehaar
117. “The whole place is snared! Everywhere, every day!” – Fiver
118. “Can you run? I think not.” – The Cat
119. “Imbleer Frith. I’ll blind him. I’ll blind him!” – Woundwort
120. “Not can’t—won’t.” – Blackberry
121. “I’ll kill them.” – Bigwig 
122. “Damn cat jump me, farm cat.” – Kehaar
123. “I know we paid for it.” – Groundsel
124. “Piss off! What for help me?” – Kehaar
125. “Cherry dew, cherry dew. Knee deep, knee deep, knee deep.” – Dandelion
126. “Perfect landing.” – Kehaar
127. “What’s happened? Where are the others?” – Hazel
128. “You saved Pipkin and me, didn’t you?” – Fiver
129. “Listen carefully.” – Bigwig
130. “We want to go back.” – Acorn
131. “Rabbits live close to death and when death comes closer than usual, thinking about survival leaves little room for anything else.” – Richard Adams, Author
132. “Human beings say, ‘It never rains but it pours.’ This is not very apt, for it frequently does rain without pouring. The rabbits’ proverb is better expressed. They say, ‘One cloud feels lonely,’ and indeed it is true that the sky will soon be overcast.” – Richard Adams, Author
133. “The rabbits mingled naturally. They did not talk for talking’s sake, in the artificial manner that human beings and sometimes even their dogs and cats do.” – Richard Adams, Author
134. “To rabbits, everything unknown is dangerous.” – Richard Adams, Author
135. “They want to be natural, the anti-social little beasts. They just don’t realize that everyone’s good depends on everyone’s cooperation.” – Richard Adams, Author
136. “There is nothing that cuts you down to size like coming to some strange and marvelous place where no one even stops to notice that you stare about you.” – Richard Adams, Author
137. “To come to the end of a time of anxiety and fear! To feel the cloud that hung over us lift and disperse—the cloud that dulled the heart and made happiness no more than a memory! This at least is one joy that must have been known by almost every living creature.” – Richard Adams, Author
138. “Then his sense of adventure and mischief prompted him. He would go himself and bring back some news before they even knew that he had gone. That would give Bigwig something to bite on.” – Richard Adams, Author
139. “Many human beings say that they enjoy the winter, but what they really enjoy is feeling proof against it.” – Richard Adams, Author