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If Japanese animation is more your jam than politics, art, or classical writers, the following words and phrases might resonate with you a little more than those which are written or spoken by people with whom you have no affinity. Motivational and thought-provoking, this list will inspire you to make changes in your life so you can reach the things which you might have previously thought unattainable.

Proving that success doesn’t have to be conventional, these anime quotes can be applied to many different areas of your life, in a way that resonates far better than anything in the mainstream arena ever could.

Many of these anime quotes come from the characters themselves, as well as anime writers and editors, and actors who appreciate the genre, too. But although they span the world between fiction and real life, each of the quotes in this collection can provide wisdom and inspiration for succeeding in whatever you want to do.

If you’re a fan of all animation, you’ll also need to check out these Naruto quotes and these Disney quotes.

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The point being, creativity is where it starts. Creativity is what made the first anime – which used knock-off, Disney inspired drawing techniques – gripping enough to viewers to catch on.

“The point being, creativity is where it starts. Creativity is what made the first anime – which used knock-off, Disney inspired drawing techniques – gripping enough to viewers to catch on.” – J Sensei

Like many other kids, I liked watching anime.

“Like many other kids, I liked watching anime.” – Takashi Murakami

If nobody cares to accept you and wants you in this world, accept yourself and you will see that you don’t need them and their selfish ideas.

“If nobody cares to accept you and wants you in this world, accept yourself and you will see that you don’t need them and their selfish ideas.” – Alibaba Saluja

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While you’re alive, you need a reason for your existence. Being unable to find one is the same as being dead.

“While you’re alive, you need a reason for your existence. Being unable to find one is the same as being dead.” – Naruto Uzumaki.

You can’t win a game by doing nothing. And if someone else wins it for you then you haven’t accomplished anything. Life is the same way.

“You can’t win a game by doing nothing. And if someone else wins it for you then you haven’t accomplished anything. Life is the same way.” – Junichirou Kagami

No matter how deep the night, it always turns to day, eventually.

“No matter how deep the night, it always turns to day, eventually.” – One Piece

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No matter how hard or impossible it is, never lose sight of your goal.

“No matter how hard or impossible it is, never lose sight of your goal.” – Monkey D Luffy

The last ones standing are the victors. Only the strongest. If you want to be the last one standing become strong.

“The last ones standing are the victors. Only the strongest. If you want to be the last one standing become strong.” – Tobio Kageyama

Just like games, no matter how well you have things lined up in your life, there’s always something to keep you on your toes.

“Just like games, no matter how well you have things lined up in your life, there’s always something to keep you on your toes.” – Junichirou Kagami

When I was starting as an anime director I wanted to be known for great things. I never wanted to be known for some overblown toy commercial.

“When I was starting as an anime director I wanted to be known for great things. I never wanted to be known for some overblown toy commercial.” – Yoshiyuki Tomino

It’s more important to master the cards you’re holding than to complain about the ones your opponent was dealt.

“It’s more important to master the cards you’re holding than to complain about the ones your opponent was dealt.” – Grimsley

If you keep on hiding your true feelings, who is going to be happy? If you are sad, you should say it out loud!

“If you keep on hiding your true feelings, who is going to be happy? If you are sad, you should say it out loud!” – Haruhi Fujioka

If you don’t take risks, you can’t create a future!

“If you don’t take risks, you can’t create a future!” – Monkey D. Luffy

Moving on doesn’t mean you forget about things. It just means you have to accept what’s happened and continue living.

“Moving on doesn’t mean you forget about things. It just means you have to accept what’s happened and continue living.” – Erza Scarlet

It’s just pathetic to give up on something before you even give it a shot.

“It’s just pathetic to give up on something before you even give it a shot.” – Reiko Mikami

Anime has sent me all over the world, introducing me to people who have touched my life in indescribably profound ways.

“Anime has sent me all over the world, introducing me to people who have touched my life in indescribably profound ways.” – Steven Blum

I do enjoy animated movies. I really love anime and movies like ‘Spirited Away’ and ‘Howl’s Moving Castle.’

“I do enjoy animated movies. I really love anime and movies like ‘Spirited Away’ and ‘Howl’s Moving Castle.’” – Nicolas Cage

Power comes in response to a need, not a desire. You have to create that need.

“Power comes in response to a need, not a desire. You have to create that need.” – Goku

I’m totally addicted to Japanese anime, and spend way, way, way too much time watching it.

“I’m totally addicted to Japanese anime, and spend way, way, way too much time watching it.” – Connor Jessup

The ones who accomplish something are the fools who keep pressing onward. The ones who accomplish nothing are the wise who cease advancing.

“The ones who accomplish something are the fools who keep pressing onward. The ones who accomplish nothing are the wise who cease advancing.” – Celica Arfonia (Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records)

It doesn’t do any good to pretend you can’t see what’s going on.

“It doesn’t do any good to pretend you can’t see what’s going on.” – Yuuya Mochizuki

People who continue to put their lives on the line to defend their faith become heroes and continue to exist on in legend.

“People who continue to put their lives on the line to defend their faith become heroes and continue to exist on in legend.” – Naruto Uzumaki.

I want you to be happy. I want you to laugh a lot. I don’t know what exactly I’ll be able to do for you, but I’ll always be by your side.

“I want you to be happy. I want you to laugh a lot. I don’t know what exactly I’ll be able to do for you, but I’ll always be by your side.” – Kagome

The technology in making games and in making anime is really similar. There are common concepts.

“The technology in making games and in making anime is really similar. There are common concepts.” – Satoshi Tajiri

It’s not always possible to do what we want to do, but it’s important to believe in something before you actually do it.

“It’s not always possible to do what we want to do, but it’s important to believe in something before you actually do it.” – Might Guy

If you wanna make people dream, you’ve gotta start by believing in that dream yourself!

“If you wanna make people dream, you’ve gotta start by believing in that dream yourself!” – Seiya Kanie

A lot of anime series and movies are visually stunning. Studio Ghibli films such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke are great examples of amazing quality animation and character designs with background artwork that could be framed and hung in an art gallery.

“A lot of anime series and movies are visually stunning. Studio Ghibli films such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke are great examples of amazing quality animation and character designs with background artwork that could be framed and hung in an art gallery.” – Brad Stephenson

Remember the lesson, not the disappointment.

“Remember the lesson, not the disappointment.” – Holo The Wise Wolf

The moment you think of giving up, think of the reason why you held on so long.

“The moment you think of giving up, think of the reason why you held on so long.” – Natsu Dragneel

Remember this… no matter where you go, the strength of your mind and spirit is the most powerful magic of all.

“Remember this… no matter where you go, the strength of your mind and spirit is the most powerful magic of all.” – Princess Emeraude

A person can change, at the moment when the person wishes to change.

“A person can change, at the moment when the person wishes to change.” – Haruhi Fujioka

Every journey begins with a single step. We just have to have patience.

“Every journey begins with a single step. We just have to have patience.” – Milly Thompson

To act is not necessarily compassion. True compassion sometimes comes from inaction.

“To act is not necessarily compassion. True compassion sometimes comes from inaction.” – Hinata Miyake

Although I’m weak and full of flaws, I will never stop moving forward. No matter who I am, no one other than myself will create my own existence. No matter what others may think or feel, I will still move forward as myself.

“Although I’m weak and full of flaws, I will never stop moving forward. No matter who I am, no one other than myself will create my own existence. No matter what others may think or feel, I will still move forward as myself.” – Oz Vessalius (Pandora Hearts)

You need to accept the fact that you’re not the best and have all the will to strive to be better than anyone you face.

“You need to accept the fact that you’re not the best and have all the will to strive to be better than anyone you face.” – Roronoa Zoro

I refuse to let my fear control me anymore.

“I refuse to let my fear control me anymore.” – Maka Albarn

Don’t be upset because of what you can’t do. Do what you do best, live as carefree and optimistically as you can, because some people aren’t able to do that.

“Don’t be upset because of what you can’t do. Do what you do best, live as carefree and optimistically as you can, because some people aren’t able to do that.” – Keima Katsuragi

Whatever you do, enjoy it to the fullest. That is the secret of life.

“Whatever you do, enjoy it to the fullest. That is the secret of life.” – Rider

The ticket to the future is always open.

“The ticket to the future is always open.” – Vash The Stampede

An excellent leader must be passionate because it’s their duty to keep everyone moving forward.

“An excellent leader must be passionate because it’s their duty to keep everyone moving forward.” – Nico Yazawa

Fear is not evil. It tells you what your weakness is. And once you know your weakness, you can become stronger, as well as kinder.

“Fear is not evil. It tells you what your weakness is. And once you know your weakness, you can become stronger, as well as kinder.” – Gildarts Clive (Fairy Tail)

Human beings are strong because we can change ourselves.

“Human beings are strong because we can change ourselves.” – Saitama

I love comic books and I love anime.

“I love comic books and I love anime.” – Samuel L. Jackson

You can’t sit around envying other people’s worlds. You have to go out and change your own.

“You can’t sit around envying other people’s worlds. You have to go out and change your own.” – Shinichi Chiaki

In this world, there’s no such thing as ‘failure’ in the first place. The one who knows the ‘ways to win’ more than anyone is also the one who’s experienced the most ‘mistakes’. In other words… You could say ‘failure’ is equal to ‘success’… Couldn’t you?

“In this world, there’s no such thing as ‘failure’ in the first place. The one who knows the ‘ways to win’ more than anyone is also the one who’s experienced the most ‘mistakes’. In other words… You could say ‘failure’ is equal to ‘success’… Couldn’t you?” – Toriko (Toriko)

When you hit the point of no return, that’s the moment it truly becomes a journey. If you can still turn back, it’s not really a journey.

“When you hit the point of no return, that’s the moment it truly becomes a journey. If you can still turn back, it’s not really a journey.” – Hinata Miyake

Whether a fish lives in a clear stream or a water ditch, so long as it continues swimming forward, it will grow up beautifully. – Koro

“Whether a fish lives in a clear stream or a water ditch, so long as it continues swimming forward, it will grow up beautifully. – Koro” – sensei (Assassination Classroom)

When it comes to anime, there are endless possibilities. A character can have superhuman powers or shape-shift or have any combination of features. There are no limits with anime. The scenes are not restricted to what can realistically be filmed on a set with physical people, which means a show could have ghosts, pirates, samurais, or space cowboys. Anything could happen. And it will look beautiful in the process. It might even inspire you to start drawing yourself.

“When it comes to anime, there are endless possibilities. A character can have superhuman powers or shape-shift or have any combination of features. There are no limits with anime. The scenes are not restricted to what can realistically be filmed on a set with physical people, which means a show could have ghosts, pirates, samurais, or space cowboys. Anything could happen. And it will look beautiful in the process. It might even inspire you to start drawing yourself.” – January Nelson

It may be hard right now, but you must silence those thoughts. Stop counting only those things that you have lost. What is gone, is gone.

“It may be hard right now, but you must silence those thoughts. Stop counting only those things that you have lost. What is gone, is gone.” – Jinbei

It is argued that anime supports an array of transcultural creative practices that span across borders, hybridize content and even force the creation of new types of text and distribution.

“It is argued that anime supports an array of transcultural creative practices that span across borders, hybridize content and even force the creation of new types of text and distribution.” – Rayna Denison

To know sorrow is not terrifying. What is terrifying is to know you can’t go back to happiness you could have.

“To know sorrow is not terrifying. What is terrifying is to know you can’t go back to happiness you could have.” – Matsumoto Rangiku

Many anime shows have distinctive art styles that incorporate colors in beautiful and vibrant ways. Being exposed to all of these colors regularly can positively impact your mood, or maybe even help you pay attention to the vibrant colors around you in your daily life.

“Many anime shows have distinctive art styles that incorporate colors in beautiful and vibrant ways. Being exposed to all of these colors regularly can positively impact your mood, or maybe even help you pay attention to the vibrant colors around you in your daily life.” – Kayla Matthews

Do not think about other things, there is only one thing you can do. So master that one thing. Do not forget. What you must imagine is always that you, yourself, are the strongest. You do not need outside enemies. For you, the one you have to fight is none other than your own image.

“Do not think about other things, there is only one thing you can do. So master that one thing. Do not forget. What you must imagine is always that you, yourself, are the strongest. You do not need outside enemies. For you, the one you have to fight is none other than your own image.” – Archer

The world isn’t perfect. But it’s there for us, doing the best it can… that’s what makes it so damn beautiful.

“The world isn’t perfect. But it’s there for us, doing the best it can… that’s what makes it so damn beautiful.” – Roy Mustang

I take time to watch anime. I don’t know whether I’m allowed to, but I do it anyway.

“I take time to watch anime. I don’t know whether I’m allowed to, but I do it anyway.” – Larry Wall

My kids love anime, but I don’t show them the really graphic stuff.

“My kids love anime, but I don’t show them the really graphic stuff.” – Brad Bird

Even if you’re weak, there are miracles you can seize with your hands if you fight on to the very end.

“Even if you’re weak, there are miracles you can seize with your hands if you fight on to the very end.” – Uryuu Minene

The circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant, but it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.

“The circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant, but it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” – Pokemon

Anime characters have some of the craziest, wildest designs you’ll ever see in the entertainment world. Some designs defy physics, others defy reality itself. And others are so breath-taking it’ll blow you away. That’s why anime is so compelling and fun to watch.

“Anime characters have some of the craziest, wildest designs you’ll ever see in the entertainment world. Some designs defy physics, others defy reality itself. And others are so breath-taking it’ll blow you away. That’s why anime is so compelling and fun to watch.” – Theo J Ellis

If you don’t like your destiny, don’t accept it. Instead, have the courage to change it the way you want it to be.

“If you don’t like your destiny, don’t accept it. Instead, have the courage to change it the way you want it to be.” – Naruto Uzumaki

When you give up, that’s when the game ends.

“When you give up, that’s when the game ends.” – Mitsuyoshi Anzai

Don’t be so quick to throw away your life. No matter how disgraceful or embarrassing it may be, you need to keep struggling to find your way out until the very end.

“Don’t be so quick to throw away your life. No matter how disgraceful or embarrassing it may be, you need to keep struggling to find your way out until the very end.” – Clare

Anime are filled with characters with heroic qualities that we, as humans, should look up to. These characters possess the nearly inhuman qualities of never giving up, always chasing your dream, protecting what you care for, giving your all, and helping others. We can respect and admire these characters for what they try to accomplish and it gives us inspiration to take what they are doing and to add that to our lives. These characters motivate us to become better people.

“Anime are filled with characters with heroic qualities that we, as humans, should look up to. These characters possess the nearly inhuman qualities of never giving up, always chasing your dream, protecting what you care for, giving your all, and helping others. We can respect and admire these characters for what they try to accomplish and it gives us inspiration to take what they are doing and to add that to our lives. These characters motivate us to become better people.” – Quazar

We can’t waste time worrying about the what if’s.

“We can’t waste time worrying about the what if’s.” – Ichigo Kurosaki

I too will obtain everything that I desire. Not because someone asked me to do it, but because I know in my heart that I have something worth fighting for.

“I too will obtain everything that I desire. Not because someone asked me to do it, but because I know in my heart that I have something worth fighting for.” – Julis Alexia Van Riessfeld

Whatever you lose, you’ll find it again. But what you throw away you’ll never get back.

“Whatever you lose, you’ll find it again. But what you throw away you’ll never get back.” – Kenshin Himura

Smile. Not for anyone else, but for yourself. Show yourself your own smile. You’ll feel better then.

“Smile. Not for anyone else, but for yourself. Show yourself your own smile. You’ll feel better then.” – Rintaro Tatewaki

When you convince yourself you can’t do anymore, you’re finished. Even though you may still have some strength left that you’re just unaware of.

“When you convince yourself you can’t do anymore, you’re finished. Even though you may still have some strength left that you’re just unaware of.” – Yomikawa Aiho

If you really want to be strong… Stop caring about what your surrounding thinks of you!

“If you really want to be strong… Stop caring about what your surrounding thinks of you!” – Saitama

A dropout will beat a genius through hard work.

“A dropout will beat a genius through hard work.” – Rock Lee

Simplicity is the easiest path to true beauty.

“Simplicity is the easiest path to true beauty.” – Seishuu Handa

Just walk the path you believe in. And don’t forget, you’re the main character of your own life story!

“Just walk the path you believe in. And don’t forget, you’re the main character of your own life story!” – Glenn Radars (Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records)

Through picturesque fantasy lands, superhuman feats, and general wow-factor shenanigans, drawing out a sense of childlike wonder is where anime really thrives. It’s where you should thrive, too – as, when all the other features are removed, that genuine wow-factor is also found in just about every successful creative campaign.

“Through picturesque fantasy lands, superhuman feats, and general wow-factor shenanigans, drawing out a sense of childlike wonder is where anime really thrives. It’s where you should thrive, too – as, when all the other features are removed, that genuine wow-factor is also found in just about every successful creative campaign.” – Make it Pop

People, who can’t throw something important away, can never hope to change anything.

“People, who can’t throw something important away, can never hope to change anything.” – Armin Arlert

Anime nerds are used to jumping into highly fictionalized shows and use their imaginations much more regularly than your average person. As a result, they’re generally much more creative and open minded than others.

“Anime nerds are used to jumping into highly fictionalized shows and use their imaginations much more regularly than your average person. As a result, they’re generally much more creative and open minded than others.” – Kayla Matthews

Sometimes, people are just mean. Don’t fight mean with mean. Hold your head high.

“Sometimes, people are just mean. Don’t fight mean with mean. Hold your head high.” – Hinata Miyake

What you can’t accomplish alone, becomes doable when you’re with someone else.

“What you can’t accomplish alone, becomes doable when you’re with someone else.” – Taichi Yaegashi

There are days when nothing goes right. There are days when you stumble and fall. There are days when you just want to cry. To cry a lot. To sleep a lot. Or even eat a lot. It’s alright, as long as you pick yourself up again.

“There are days when nothing goes right. There are days when you stumble and fall. There are days when you just want to cry. To cry a lot. To sleep a lot. Or even eat a lot. It’s alright, as long as you pick yourself up again.” – Yuki Takeya

Life is like a pencil that will surely run out, but will leave the beautiful writing of life.

“Life is like a pencil that will surely run out, but will leave the beautiful writing of life.” – Nami.

Anime is intended to have ambiguous features. That’s part of the art form.

“Anime is intended to have ambiguous features. That’s part of the art form.” – M. Night Shyamalan

If you feel yourself hitting up against your limit, remember for what cause you clench your fists! Remember why you started down this path, and let that memory carry you beyond your limit.

“If you feel yourself hitting up against your limit, remember for what cause you clench your fists! Remember why you started down this path, and let that memory carry you beyond your limit.” – All Might (My Hero Academia)

People become stronger because they have memories they can’t forget.

“People become stronger because they have memories they can’t forget.” – Tsunade Naruto

I don’t think I’ll learn anything if I don’t try to do something about it on my own.

“I don’t think I’ll learn anything if I don’t try to do something about it on my own.” – Chizuru Hishiro

As seen throughout animation history, one of the main reason why anime films, shows and anime art in general, is able to succeed would be because the Japanese artist made full use of their creative gift to reach out to people. The Japanese knew that anime art does not necessarily need to be shown solely to children, but to everyone as well. With the use of anime art, along with complex and diverse storylines that are akin to human nature, people all over the world took to anime films and shows.

“As seen throughout animation history, one of the main reason why anime films, shows and anime art in general, is able to succeed would be because the Japanese artist made full use of their creative gift to reach out to people. The Japanese knew that anime art does not necessarily need to be shown solely to children, but to everyone as well. With the use of anime art, along with complex and diverse storylines that are akin to human nature, people all over the world took to anime films and shows.” – Jon Mumford

If you’re gonna insist on gambling and then complain when you lose, you had better work on your game.

“If you’re gonna insist on gambling and then complain when you lose, you had better work on your game.” – Hatsu Kominato

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