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The Best Himura Kenshin Quotes

Updated November 1, 2018 1.3k votes 185 voters 4.6k views25 items

"Whatever you lose, you'll find it again, but what you throw away you'll never get it back." This just might be the best Himura Kenshin quote of all time, but there are so many other great ones that deserve recognition. Let's rank the most epic quotes from Himura Kenshin, the sword-wielding protagonist of the classic anime Rurouni Kenshin. The order of these Himura Kenshin lines and speeches is directly influenced by your votes, so don't be shy about letting your opinion be heard.

So many Himura Kenshin quotes have deep implications that really make you think. For example, Himura has this to say about life and death: "You can die anytime, but living takes true courage." Another inspirational Himura quote is: "Helping other people is the best way to make up for your mistakes." When you think about Himura's former life as an assassin and the fact that he wields a sakabatō (blade that cannot kill,) it makes sense that he would say so many meaningful and uplifting things.

What is your favorite quote from Kenshin Himura? Regardless if it's from the original anime series or the OVAs, vote up the Himura lines that really stuck with you long after watching.


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    Double-Edged Sword

    "You'll only realize that you truly love someone if they already caused you enormous pain. Your enemies can never hurt you the way your loved ones can. It's the people close to your heart that can give you the most piercing wound. Love is a double-edged sword, it can heal the wound faster or it can sink the blade even deeper."

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    Living Takes True Courage

    "You can die anytime, but living takes true courage."

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    Defeat Isn't An Option

    "I want you to understand something. If you should lose, not only does your future end, but also the future of the one you are trying to protect. Defeat isn't an option for the sword that protects others. You should keep that thought engraved in your heart."

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    The Moment You Understand Love

    "The moment you find the courage to give up your life for someone... Would be the moment you understand love."

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