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

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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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    "'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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    "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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    "You got to focus on what's real, man."

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    Sometimes reality and thoughts can get so jumbled up that nothing makes sense and you start coming up with crazy scenarios that don't exist anywhere else but in your head. When this happens to Finn, Jake is there to give him some sage advice. 

    "You're getting all hung up, all hung up on imaginary problems.You've gotta focus on what's real, man!"

    It's quickly followed by Jake asking, "see this cup? This is literally my favorite cup." He then throws it out the window and says, "now it's not real, so I don't care about it anymore."

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    "You contain the soul memory of a million dead stars."

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    The sun gives a long speech to the Psychic Ancient Tandem War Elephant, who is going through a bit of an existential crisis. The sun reminds PATWE that everything is connected and life isn't quite as bad as it may seem. And in so doing, the sun channels Carl Sagan's famous quote: "Our Sun is a second- or third-generation star. All of the rocky and metallic material we stand on, the iron in our blood, the calcium in our teeth, the carbon in our genes were produced billions of years ago in the interior of a red giant star. We are made of star-stuff."

    "I'm more ancient than you. Someday, I will engulf the solar system. What was and what will be is meaningless. Meanwhile, you should wonder: are you just a two-headed pile of meat on a crash course with the cosmic dump? Or do you contain the soul memory of a million dead stars? How do you light a candle without a match?"

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