Caption Your Next Moon Pic With One Of These Iconic Lunar Quotes

It’s hard to deny the magic of the moon—especially when it’s full and lights up the night sky with an incandescent glow. There’s a reason why Frank Sinatra wrote, “fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars,” and why so many song lyrics reference the enchanting, twinkling disco ball in the sky. Something about the way the moonlight glistens is just so romantic—not to mention, captivating.

Whether you're looking at a new moon or a stunning full moon, can anyone blame you for snapping a pic of the lunar lady in all her celestial glory? But after taking the perfect photo, how do you even begin to honor the moon in a caption? When paying homage to the silver orb, you want your love letter to grab the attention of followers and strike a cord, which requires a li'l creativity. Luckily, we did the hard work for you.

For the moments when casual moon-gazing sends you into a profound reflection sesh or has you reminiscing about your loved ones, there’s a quote out there that can put your complex emotions into words. From Oscar Wilde and Toni Morrison to Taylor Swift and BTS, many great minds have waxed poetically about the waxing crescent (and, of course, other phases of the moon).

Without further ado, here are over 100 of the best moon quotes that will fit whatever mood you’re in and take your Instagram post out of this world.

Best Moon Quotes

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1. “I am not a person who reaches for the moon as long as I have the stars.” —Gertrude Ederle

2. “It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.” —Galileo Galilei

3. “We are going to the moon that is not very far. Man has so much farther to go within himself.” —Anaïs Nin

4. “The Moon is magic for the soul and light for the senses.” —Unknown

5. “It would’ve been better to have slept and dreamed than to watch the night pass and the slow moon sink.” —The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

6. “For the Earth itself is a blossom, she says, on the star tree, pale with luminous ocean leaves.” —Rolf Jacobsen

7. “Cheap little rhymes, a cheap little tune, are sometimes as dangerous as a sliver of the moon.” —Langston Hughes

8. “And when I looked, the moon had turned to gold.” —Billie Holiday

9. “Be both soft and wild. Just like the Moon. Or the storm. Or the sea.” —Victoria Erickson

10. “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” —Oscar Wilde

11. “I’m as old as the moon and the stars, and as young as the trees and the lakes.” —Afrika Bambaataa

12. “I will never be a morning person, for the moon and I are much too in love.” —Christopher Poindexter

13. “He could well imagine what the Moon had given her: pure solitude and tranquility. That was the best thing the Moon could give a person.” —Haruki Murakami

14. “The sun watches what I do, but the moon knows all my secrets.” ―J. M. Wonderland

15. “Don’t ask for the moon. We have the stars.” —Now, Voyager (1942)

16. “Oh, how you shine with your heart full of moonlight and your soul full of stars.” —Unknown

17. “The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.”—Carl Sandburg

18. “I like to think that the moon is there, even if I am not looking at it.” —Albert Einstein

19. “I saw the crescent, you saw the whole of the moon.” —The Waterboys

20. “Ask for the moon: you will be surprised how often you get it.” —Paulo Coelho

Moon Quotes About Love

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21. “I always look up at the moon and see it as the single most romantic place within the cosmos.” —Apollo 13 (1995)

22. “‘Cause I never knew, I never knew you could hold moonlight in your hands ‘til the night I held you. You are my moonlight.” —Ariana Grande

23. “The moon is the reflection of your heart and moonlight is the twinkle of your love.” —Debasish Mridha

24. “If I offer you the moon on a string, will you give me a kiss, too?” —Sarah J. Maas

25. “Will this be moon love, nothing but moon love? Will you be gone when the dawn comes stealing through?” —Frank Sinatra

26. “Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.” —E.E. Cummings

27. “You’ll always know the reason why we could’ve had the moon and the sky.” —Sade

28. “Love you to the moon and to Saturn.” —Taylor Swift

29. “Moon river, wider than a mile, I’m crossing you in style someday. Oh, dream maker, you heartbreaker. Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ your way.” —Audrey Hepburn

30. “What a little moonlight can do. Wait a while ‘till a little moonbeam comes peepin’ through.” —Billie Holiday

31. “Let me be your moon.” —Alexandra Vasiliu

32. “In this city by the sea, walk the memories: just me and the lavender moon. She knows my heart belongs to you.” —Haroula Rose

33. “Well it’s a marvelous night for a moondance, with the stars up above in the skies. A wonderful night to make romance ‘neath the cover of October skies.” —Van Morrison

34. “I like being the moon to your sun.” —Nikki Giovanni

35. “It’s a supernatural delight, everybody was dancin’ in the moonlight.” —King Harvest

36. “Half moon, night time sky, seven stars, heaven’s eyes. Seven songs on seven seas, just to bring all your sweet love home to me.” —Janis Joplin

37. “At night, when the stars light up my room, I sit by myself talking to the moon, trying to get to you.” —Bruno Mars

38. “The sun loves the moon so much that he dies every night to let her breathe, and in return, she reflects his love.” —Jeffrey Fry

39. “The one we danced to all night long, the moon like a spotlight on the lake.” —Taylor Swift

40. “Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly, then your love would also change.” —William Shakespeare

41. “If the moon smiled, she would resemble you.” —Sylvia Plath

42. “And if I could give you the moon, I would give you the moon.” —Phoebe Bridgers

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Short Moon Quotes

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43. “I feel like the moon is a very beautiful woman. She’s in control.” —Ravyn Lenae

44. “Shoot for the moon; you might get there.” —Buzz Aldrin

45. “Darling, the moon is still the moon in all of its phases.” —Isra Al-Thibeh

46. “Take her to the moon for me, okay?” —Inside Out (2015)

47. “You are my Earth, to you I am just a moon.” —BTS

48. “And the moon breaks the heart of the ocean.” —Zora Neale Hurston

49. “It’s a marvelous night for a moon dance.” —Van Morrison

50. “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.” —J.R.R. Tolkien

51. “The moon is a loyal companion.” —Tahereh Mafi

52. “Go slowly, my lovely moon, go slowly.” —Khaled Hosseini

53. “How many ways can you describe the sky and the moon?” —Toni Morrison

54. “The Moon was so beautiful that the ocean held up a mirror.” —Ani DiFranco

55. “I’ll place the moon within your heart.” —David Bowie

56. “We ran as if to meet the moon.” —Robert Frost

57. “There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.” —George Carlin

58. “The moon in her chariot of pearl.” —Oscar Wilde

59. “Remember the moon, know who she is.” —Joy Harjo

60. “If you strive for the moon, maybe you’ll get over the fence.” —James Woods

61. “If I tell you there’s cheese on the moon, bring the crackers.” —Tyronn Lue

62. “She and the moon could always be found playing in the darkness.” —A.J. Lawless

63. “On the moon, we have everything.” —Shirley Jackson

Inspiring Moon Quotes

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64. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” —Les Brown

65. “To buy a cake…to howl at the moon…to know true happiness…I am happy.” —C. JoyBell C.

66. “The sun shall not smite I by day, nor the moon by night. And everything that I do shall be upfull and right.” —Bob Marley

67. “Before the moon I am, what a woman is, a woman of power.” —Ursula K. Le Guin

68. “Everyone is asleep. There is nothing to come between the moon and me.” —Enomoto Seifu-jo

69. “Just as we chose to go to the moon, we know it’s never too soon to choose hope.” —Amanda Gorman

70. “The moon is too close. I want to go further.” —Shirley MacLaine

71. “Life is too short to not have fun; we are only here for a short time compared to the sun and the moon and all that.” —Coolio

72. “Be both soft and wild. Just like the moon. Or the storm. Or the sea.” —Victoria Erickson

73. “Don’t worry if you’re making waves just by being yourself. The moon does it all the time.” —Scott Stabile

74. “Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the Moon.” —Paul Brandt

75. “We are never alone. We are all wolves howling to the same moon.” —ATTICUS

76. “Just like moons and like suns, with the certainty of tides, just like hopes springing high, still I’ll rise.” —Maya Angelou

77. “I am the sun and moon and forever hungry, the sharpened edge where day and night shall meet and not be one.” —Audre Lorde

78. “You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars.” —Gary Allen

Deep Moon Quotes

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79. “There’s something enchanted about night. All those heavenly bodies, shooting stars, the crescent moon, celestial phenomenon.” —Luanne Rice

80. “If he’s the darkness, then you’re his moon, and the moon wasn’t made to be caged.” —Hafsah Faizal

81. “The moon is the first milestone on the road to the stars.” —Arthur C. Clarke

82. “And the sun and the moon sometimes argue over who will tuck me in at night.” —Hafitz

83. “I am going to notice the lights of the earth, the sun and the moon and the stars, the lights of our candles as we march, the lights with which spring teases us, the light that is already present.” —Anne Lamott

84. “But even when the moon looks like it’s waning…it’s actually never changing shape. Don’t ever forget that.” —Ai Yazawa

85. “Sometimes the light can be so hard to find. At least the moon at the window, the thieves left that behind.” —Joni Mitchell

86. “What would be enough to make you happy…what about the ringing of bluebells? Or a ribbon of sunshine? Or a garland of moonlight?” —Sarah J. Maas

87. “As different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.” —Emily Brontë

88. “So imagine that the lovely moon is playing just for you. Everything makes music if you really want it to.” —Giles Andreae

89. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” —Anton Chekhov

90. “If I could ask God one thing, it would be to stop the moon. Stop the moon and make this night and your beauty last forever.” —A Knight’s Tale (2001)

91. “Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters, and which they see as they look up to them, though they are ever so far away from us, and each other.” —Sojourner Truth

92. “I love to think that animals and humans and plants and fishes and trees and stars and the moon are all connected.” —Gloria Vanderbilt

93. “Always remember we are under the same sky, looking at the same moon.” —Maxine Lee

94. “Drag me to the moon, to catch a star and seize its brilliance as I’m swept up in amorphous dust.” —Bradley Chicho

95. “Don’t even try to talk to me when I’m watching the moon. That’s my moon, baby.” —Wendelin Van Draanen

96. “The moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen.” —Shannon L. Alder

97. “The moon’s a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there.” —John M. Grunsfeld

98. “Moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne

99. “Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.” —Rita Mae Brown

100. “The moon is always jealous of the heat of the day, just as the sun always longs for something dark and deep.” —Alice Hoffman

101. “There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.” —George Carlin

102. “Blue moon, you saw me standing alone; without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own.” —Billie Holiday

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