Anime Underground The 20 Most Inspirational Anime Quotes Of All Time  

Anna Lindwasser
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Life presents all sorts of challenges, and sometimes you need encouragement to pursue your goals, better yourself as a person, or feel inspired to do what brings you joy. Optimism can come from anywhere - for anime fans, inspirational anime quotes can imbue a range of helpful life lessons.

By watching anime characters' trials and tribulations, and their responses to these challenges, viewers are often able to learn important life lessons. After all, it's not an entirely new phenomenon for anime to positively affect people's lives; uplifting anime quotes are a great reminder of how the medium offers more than mere entertainment.

Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 20 Most Inspirational Anime Quotes Of All Time
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"Whether a fish lives in a clear stream or a water ditch, so long as it continues swimming forward, it will grow up beautifully."

Koro-sensei brims with inspirational advice, but this quote in particular resonates more than others. It shows no matter how difficult your initial circumstances may appear, if you keep going, you'll eventually arrive somewhere better. This is something his students - preteens with a variety of personal challenges - truly need to hear. Tt's applicable outside the anime, too.

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Saitama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 20 Most Inspirational Anime Quotes Of All Time
Photo:  One Punch Man/Madhouse

"Human strength lies in the ability to change yourself."

When Saitama says this line, it lands with more impact than it would from anyone else - this dude trained himself so hard he developed the ability to defeat any opponent with a single punch. He harnessed his human strength and changed himself, thereby turning this quote into a reality.

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All Might Remembers Why He Fights In 'My Hero Academia'

All Might Remembers Why He Fig... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 20 Most Inspirational Anime Quotes Of All Time
Photo:  My Hero Academia/Studio Bones

“If you feel yourself hitting up against your limit, remember for what cause you clench your fists! Remember why you started down this path, and let that memory carry you beyond your limit.” 

When you face an insurmountable challenge, keeping your motivation at the forefront of your mind helps you progress. Superhero All Might pushes himself to the limit daily - he definitely follows his own advice. In All Might's mind, the limit does not exist.

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Gildarts Clive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 20 Most Inspirational Anime Quotes Of All Time
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"Fear is not evil. It tells you what your weakness is. And once you know your weakness, you can become stronger, as well as kinder."

Fear is a crucial emotion, but people quickly dismiss it as a sign of weakness. Gildarts Clive clarifies that though fear may serve as a sign of weakness, it also offers a chance at growth. By determining your fear, you also learn what holds you back, thereby letting you ponder how to overcome it. Wise words from a powerful mage.

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