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The 20+ Best Neon Genesis Evangelion Quotes

After all these years, Neon Genesis Evangelion is still one of the most influential anime series of all time. With that being said, what are the best Neon Genesis Evangelion quotes from the series that have stuck with you to this day? To answer that question, let's rank the greatest Neon Genesis quotes with the help of your votes.

Following the insecure (and for good reason) Shinji Ikari, Neon Genesis Evangelion is not only one of the greatest mecha anime of all time, but one of the greatest anime period. Not all the Neon Genesis quotes on this list are inspirational, especially when Gendo speaks them - "Mankind's greatest fear is Mankind itself." If this anime has somehow evaded you, do yourself a favor and watch it immediately!

Vote up your favorites Evangelion quotes on the list below, and downvote any that aren't that memorable to you. List includes quotes from Shini, Gendo, Rei, Asuka, and more. 


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  • Over And Over Again
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    159 VOTES

    Over And Over Again

    "I still don't know where to find happiness. But I'll continue to think about whether it's good to be here... whether it was good to have been born. But in the end, it's just realizing the obvious over and over again. Because I am myself."

    -Shinji Ikari

    159 votes
  • Cannot Love Or Trust Other
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    251 VOTES

    Cannot Love Or Trust Other

    "Those who hate themselves, cannot love or trust others."

    -Rei Ayanami 

    251 votes
  • Are You Afraid Of Other People?
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    170 VOTES

    Are You Afraid Of Other People?

    "Are you afraid of other people? I know that by keeping others at a distance you avoid a betrayal of your trust, but you must endure the loneliness. Man can never completely erase this sadness, because all men are fundamentally alone. Pain is something man must carry in his heart, and since the heart feels pain so easily, some believe that life is pain."

    -Kaworu Nagisa 

    170 votes
  • Diminishing The Darkness
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    97 VOTES

    Diminishing The Darkness

    "Man fears the darkness, and so he scrapes away at the edges of it with fire. He creates life by diminishing the Darkness."

    -Rei Ayanami 

    97 votes
  • God Knows I'm Not Perfect
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    94 VOTES

    God Knows I'm Not Perfect

    "So f*cking what if I'm not you?! That doesn't mean it's okay for you to give up! If you do, I'll never forgive you as long as I live. God knows I'm not perfect either. I've made tons of stupid mistakes and later I regretted them. And I've done it over and over again, thousands of times. A cycle of hollow joy and vicious self-hatred. But even so, every time I learned something about myself."

    -Misato Katsuragi 

    94 votes
  • We Spend All Our Lives
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    67 VOTES

    We Spend All Our Lives

    "Understanding 100% of everything is impossible. That's why we spend all our lives trying to understand the thinking of others. That's what makes life so interesting."

    -Ryoji Kaji 

    67 votes