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Progressive Quotes That Prove 'Adventure Time' Is The Most Insightful Show on TV 

Crystal Brackett
Updated May 19, 2020 6.7k votes 1.7k voters 101.3k views 19 items

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For a "kids' cartoon," Cartoon Network's Adventure Time has some surprisingly deep moments and seriously real life advice. The quotes in the show are often the types of tidbits that everyone, not just kids, should try and live by. From internal relationship struggles to even questioning the very existence of the universe, Adventure Time touches on some pretty adult topics in a way that really hits home with audiences of all ages. This list compiles some of the most mature and insightful Adventure Time quotes that everyone should try and live by.

What can you expect from a cartoon where the main character is an adolescent boy named Finn living his life as the last human in a post-apocalyptic world with help from a shape-shifting dog named Jake? Well, there's tons of intricate and meaningful conversations as Finn grows up and deals with his own relationships and the relationships of others around him, especially considering the Land of Ooo is already a complicated place. 

Keep reading below and remember to vote up the surprisingly adult Adventure Time quotes. Once you've done that, make sure to check out these other shows like Adventure Time.

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"I'll still be here tomorrow to high five you yesterday, my friend."
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This quote is insanely deep. The full quote from Old Tart Toter goes like this:

"This cosmic dance of bursting decadence and withheld permissions, twists all our arms collectively. But, if sweetness can win, and it can, then I'll still be here tomorrow to high five you yesterday, my friend. Peace." 

Whoa. Even though the universe is complicated and intricate, we're all experiencing it together. Making it through life with best intentions may be hard, but even Old Tart Toter knows you can make it through and find your own happiness. So in the future, he'll be there to give you that high-five he knew you deserved yesterday.

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"'Creepy' is just another label we use to distance ourselves..."
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While trying to ignore some creepy girls that have manifested simply because Finn believes in their creepiness, Finn and Jake try as hard as possible to act like they are totally not creeped out by the incredibly creepy blank-eyed girls. While doing his best to ignore them, Finn says something super introspective about mental awareness and sticking demeaning labels on things that we don't quite understand ourselves (i.e. stigma): 

"I say 'creepy' is just another label we use to distance ourselves from stuff we don't understand. Or that it reminds us of something in ourselves that we're not comfortable with. It just ain't a real thing, ya know? Unless you choose to believe it."

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"People make mistakes. It’s a part of growing up..."
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It's OK to make mistakes, they're a part of growing as a person. Sometimes mistakes make you doubt yourself or get you down, and sometimes big mistakes can seem devastating or even life altering. The Duke of Nuts explains to Finn that no matter how old you are, you're still going to make mistakes:

"Hey, it's OK. People make mistakes. It’s all part of growing up, and you never really stop growing."

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"Everything ahead of us is totally unknown."
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In "Another Five More Short Graybles," Jake asks a contemplative Jake, Jr. why she seems so "in the dumps." Jake Jr. gets pretty real when talking about the future, all of which is completely unknown. And that's exciting, but also scary. 

"I'm just thinking about the future, I guess. We're on, like, the bleeding edge of history. Everything ahead of us is totally unknown and there's no guarantee that things are going to be all right. It's exciting, but it's also pretty scary. You know?"

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