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: I'm an important person you see. I have a tower, a wonderful tower it was, tall and grand. Helena
: Are you? Valentine
: Of course. Helena
: Where is your tower then? Valentine
: We aren't talking... We had an argument, you see.
: Riddle? Riddle. So have you thought of an answer yet? Gryphon
: You can't pass. I give up, I think, no wait, wait... Fine. What's the answer? Helena
: Okay. It's a herring. Gryphon
: But a herring isn't green. Helena
: You can paint it green. Gryphon
: But a herring doesn't hang on a wall. Helena
: You can nail it to a wall. Gryphon
: But a herring doesn't whistle! Helena
: Oh, come on. I just put that in to stop it from being too obvious.
: [Trying to summon Valentine's tower to stop from being consumed by shadow swarm
] You know, sometimes it helps to apologize to others, even if it isn't your fault. Valentine
: I'M SORRY.
: If I tell you something weird... will you think I'm crazy? Valentine
: Yes. I expect so.
: Right... this is where I stop. Helena
: Giants Orbiting? Valentine
: Sounds a bit iffy, doesn't it? I'll be here when you get back. If you get back.
: All those kids in there want to run away and join the circus. Helena
: Great, they can have my life. I want to run away and join real life.
: Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Valentine
: Absolutely. If we put little wheels on the bottoms of our shoes, we could just roll around everywhere...
: You're hurt. Wait here. Helena
: What about you? Valentine
: Oh, I'm a panther. I shall slip unnoticed through the darkness... like a dark, unnoticeable slippy thing.
: You pathetic creep! Valentine
: Rocks and logs can bite like dogs, but words will never hurt me!
: You need a pretty frock and a happy smile. Helena
: A smile? Black Queen
: With a smile on your face everything will seem brighter because from now on we are... what? Helena
: I don't know. Black Queen
: Tell her. Black Queen's Guard
: Uh, not at home to Mr. Grumpy, your majesty. Black Queen
: [during opening credits, playing with sock puppets
] Ha! You may think I'm a hardhearted black sock, but underneath this dark woolly exterior is a naked pink foot.
: Listen, I don't want you tiring her out. Helena
: What do you think I'm going to do? Take her dancing?
: Where's your fruit? I brought you fruit yesterday.
[looks over at other patient; leans in close to Joanne
: She didn't take it, did she? Did she? Joanne
: [looks over; chuckles
: She lost her teeth yesterday. I said: "If Mum were here, she'd find them. She's amazing at finding things." She said: "If your Mum could find them, she must be a miracle worker." Joanne
: They'll be staring her in the face. They always are. Helena
: They were in the fridge.
: You useless, cake-hogging coward! Valentine
: I did not hog that cake!
: This place is ready to collapse into a heap of rubble. It can't be safe. Helena
: You're such a coward. It's perfectly- WAAAAHH!
[she falls through a hole in the floor
: [looking down the hole
] Coward, eh? I prefer to think of myself as... Prudent. Cautious. And unlike some people I could mention, STILL UP HERE!
: I want to run away and join real life. Joanne
: Real life? You couldn't handle real life.
: [of the Shadow Princess, her double in the real world, who's probably having a good time
] Yeah, eating chips and snogging boys and smoking and everything!
: I'm not anyone
: I'm... me!
: Of course, if I use the Mirrormask it may upset things a bit. But you can't run away from home without destroying somone's world.
: What did you say your name was? Helena
: Helena. Valentine
: Helena. Helen. Helen-nun-nuh... it's a bit drab, isn't it? You know, you should think about changing that. Go for something with a bit of dignity and style, mixed with a bit of romance. Something like... 'Valentine'. Helena
: Why? What's your name? Valentine
: [talking about the charm
] What does it look like? Prime Minister
: I don't know. Helena
: Well... how big is it? Prime Minister
: I don't know. Helena
: Well... what kind of places could it be in? Prime Minister
: I don't know. Helena
: What do you know? Prime Minister
: I think I'd know it if I saw it. Helena
: Would you? Prime Minister
: I don't know... What if I have seen it and I didn't know it. What if it was the chicken!
: No no no, it's really gotta feel like it's being rejected. Grr, horrible, offensive, badly constructed book.
[flies away on book
: Right, umm... Nasty... Poorly paced book, with a soppy ending that I didn't believe in FOR ONE MINUTE!
[flies after Valentine
: It's not your dream, mom, it's mine. Joanne
] That's the kind of thing people say in dreams.
: You know, I've always wanted to work in the circus. Helena
: Um, good. You'd have made a lousy waiter.
] Yeah... What?
: You are not my boyfriend, you know, even if this is my mom's dream.