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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.

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All Might Remembers Why He Fights In 'My Hero Academia'
All Might Remembers Why He Fig... 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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Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 20 Most Inspirational Anime Quotes Of All Time
Photo:  Bungo Stray Dogs/Studio Bones

“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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Saitama is listed (or ranked) 4 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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