National Unicorn Day is marked annually on April 9 to celebrate the beautiful, horned, rainbow–printed mythical creature.

According to Britannica, unicorns appeared in early Mesopotamian artworks, and was referred to in the ancient myths of China, Greece and India. The creature is a symbol of love, purity, enchantment, and magic.

Here are some quotes, courtesy Everyday Power, to share on this day:

1. “‘The unicorn’, she said, ‘was a marvelous beast, shining with honor, wisdom and strength. Just to see him strengthened the soul.’” – Megan Lindholm

2. “A unicorn is just a horse with a point of view.” – Ron Sexsmith

3. “I thought unicorns were more… fluffy.” – Terry Pratchett

4. “The unicorns were the most recognizable magic the fairies possessed, and they sent them to those worlds where belief in the magic was in danger of falling altogether. After all there has to be some belief in magic- however small- for any world to survive.” – Terry Brooks

5. “It’s not a unicorn – it’s a horse with a sword on its head that protects my hopes and dreams.” – Tad Quill & Gabrielle Allan

6. “The unicorn is not known for its horn, beauty, or purity; but for it’s strength and courage as one.” – Nicole Beckwith

7. “Unicorns are immortal. It is their nature to live alone in one place: usually a forest where there is a pool clear enough for them to see themselves — for they are a little vain, knowing themselves to be the most beautiful.” – Peter S. Beagle

8. “This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affections glow and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at any moment we may see the unicorn.” – Bernard DeVoto

unicorn For centuries, people have pondered the existence of unicorns, which were frequently depicted in medieval tapestries and European folklore. Photo: Creative Commons