Capricorns are sometimes stereotyped as buttoned-up stick-in-the-muds who work hard and never relax. And while it’s true that these sea-goats are ambitious and goal-oriented, they’re also tons of fun. Capricorns make great bosses and coworkers, true, but they’re also known for being loyal friends who are always there for you when you need them—and they tend to have a dark or dry sense of humor.
As earth signs, Capricorns are concerned with the material world—they focus on the things they can touch and hear, rather than abstract ideas (and that’s why they’re one of the signs least likely to believe in astrology). Like all earth signs, that also means Caps are particularly ~sensual~ (not to mention great in bed). As cardinal signs, they’re natural leaders who have no qualms about stepping up to take charge. Ruled by Saturn, planet of limitations and structure, they’re responsible and practical—they were born grown-up.
To get an idea of Capricorn’s overall vibe, look at a list of Capricorn celebs—Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton, Dolly Parton, FKA Twigs, Regina King. Whatever their field, they’re at the top of it—and they got there with lots of hard work, a no-nonsense attitude, and plenty of empathy.
Whether you’re a Capricorn yourself or you want to celebrate a Cap friend/S.O./family member, you’re in the right place.
Here are some quotes about Capricorns.
“Capricorns are exceptionally abiding friends and will be there for the people who mean the most to them, especially in moments of emotional distress.” —Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac by Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky
“I think it’s never too late to learn—or it’s a lesson that’s good to continue learning — that you need to treat everyone on a set with respect.” —Allison Brie, Capricorn, Entertainment Weekly interview
“I very seldom compromise. I am a Capricorn.” —Carolina Herrera, the Wall Street Journal interview
“[Capricorns] often try to mask their feelings because they are afraid of exposing too much of themselves. Never mind that their fears are unfounded; this is how they feel. Even at their most open, Capricorns will be pretty hard to fathom.” —The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woofold
“Capricorn is the sign of success. This is why you’ve earned the reputation of being a hardworking, business-savvy money magnet.” —Astrology for Happiness and Success by Mecca Woods
“You are perfectly cast in your life. I can't imagine anyone but you in the role. Go play.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda, Capricorn, Twitter
“Capricorns take themselves very seriously and don’t love feeling vulnerable. Letting people in deeply is not something they do lightly, but once they do, they tend to be very loyal.” —Astrology for Real Relationships by Jessica Lanyadoo and T. Greenaway
“Preferring to become friends first, the Capricorn lover likes to build a solid foundation in all areas of life. Capricorns know that love takes work and that it’s more than a feeling.” —Emmalea Russo for Cosmopolitan.com
"I’m not that much of a serious person. I’m a Capricorn. I just get on with it." —FKA Twigs, WFPK interview
“With an incredible drive and energy, the Capricorn Sun person wants to pursue a path of growth and purpose."—Zodiac Signs: Capricorn by Kelsey Branca
“I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way. I am looking forward to helping as much as I can.” —Kate Middleton, ABC News interview
“A relationship with a Capricorn is built around tangible, physical connection. Capricorn needs to spend quality time with their lover. " —Aliza Kelly for Cosmopolitan.com
“Capricorn is the mature, assertive daddy of the zodiac.” —Jake Register for Cosmopolitan.com
"Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.” —Michelle Obama, Capricorn, Oregon State University commencement address, 2012
"I never understood the idea that you're supposed to mellow as you get older. Slowing down isn't something I relate to at all. The goal is to continue in good and bad, all of it.” —Diane Keaton, AARP interview
“Well, I think the thing about love is that even though the things around us change, we as human beings, a lot of the ways we interact, and the ways we love each other is timeless. It requires trust, honesty, commitment, romance, and physical chemistry.” —John Legend, Capricorn, ELLE interview
"You either learn from your experiences or go back and do the same thing, and I learned from my experiences.” —Mary J. Blige, Capricorn, New York magazine interview
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” —Dolly Parton, Capricorn, Twitter
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.