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The 20 Most Inspirational Anime Quotes Of All Time 

Anna Lindwasser
Updated June 14, 2019 7.3k votes 2k voters 50.7k views 20 items

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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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All Might Remembers Why He Fights In 'My Hero Academia'
All Might Remembers Why ... is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 20 Most Inspirational Anime Quotes Of All Time
Photo:  Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood/Studio Bones

"How can you move forward if you keep regretting the past?"

After a failed attempt at Human Transmutation leaves Edward with two missing limbs and his brother Alphonse with no body, one might expect him to spend the rest of his life wallowing in regrets. But strong-willed and stubborn Edward thinks of the past as something to grow from, which keeps him moving forward no matter the difficulties.

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Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 20 Most Inspirational Anime Quotes Of All Time
Photo:  Assassination Classroom/Lerche

"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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L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 20 Most Inspirational Anime Quotes Of All Time
Photo:  Death Note/Madhouse

"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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