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The 21 Most Inspirational Anime Quotes Of All Time

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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.

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    Coach Ukai Talks About Hinata's Unwavering Spirit In 'Haikyuu!'

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    "Because people don't have wings, we look for ways to fly."

    During their practice game with Nekoma, Hinata refuses to give up even though his spikes are being blocked. Coach Ukai praises him for giving it his all and remembers his grandfather's words about Karasuno's legendary player, the "Tiny Giant." Much like his idol, Hinata proves that through hard work and dedication, even people are capable of flying.

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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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  • “Stop pitying yourself. Pity yourself, and life becomes an endless nightmare.”

    A famous inspired Osamu Dazai, a character from Bungo Stray Dogs. Thanks to this affiliation, he constantly grapples with thoughts of suicide and extreme self-pity, which gives him plenty of insight into how negativity can prove damaging.

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  • "Being alone is better than being with the wrong person."

    L spends most of his life alone, giving him tremendous insight into the value of solitude. He knows his own company far exceeds that of others, who tend to disrespect, misinterpret, or disappoint him. While L's case takes things to the extreme, his views make a profound impact in a culture where companionship is readily available almost anywhere. Every so often, a little alone time works wonders.

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