The 20+ Best Ghost in the Shell Anime Quotes

It's one of the most influential anime of all time, but what are the best quotes from Ghost in the Shell? This 1995 anime film inspired so many future anime (and even non anime films) to come, and these memorable Ghost in the Shell quotes will help you understand why.

The villain of this film is the Puppet Master, so of course this list includes quotes from him - “All things change in a dynamic environment. Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you.” Other great Ghost in the Shell quotes come from Major Kusanagi and Batou, the former being the main protagonist of this film (and following series.)

Do you have a favorite quote from Ghost in the Shell (1995)? Speak with your votes by voting up your top picks on this list, and downvote any that didn't really stand out to you.


  • It's Reflection
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    17 VOTES

    It's Reflection

    “Because I see you in myself. As a body sees its reflection within a mirror.”

    -Puppet Master

  • Cyborgs
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    13 VOTES


    “I guess cyborgs like myself have a tendency to be paranoid about our origins.”

    -Major Motoko Kusanagi

  • A Dynamic Environment
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    46 VOTES

    A Dynamic Environment

    “All things change in a dynamic environment. Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you.”

    -Puppet Master

  • Overspecialize
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    41 VOTES


    “If we all reacted the same way, we'd be predictable, and there's always more than one way to view a situation...It's simple: overspecialize, and you breed in weakness. It's slow death.”

    -Major Motoko Kusanagi

  • Intangible Memory
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    Intangible Memory

    “Man is an individual only because of his intangible memory. But memory cannot be defined, yet it defines mankind.”

    -Puppet Master

  • Modern Science
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    30 VOTES

    Modern Science

    “And can you offer me proof of your existence? How can you, when neither modern science nor philosophy can explain what life is?”

    -Puppet Master