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The 15 Most Inspirational Iroh Quotes From 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'

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Uncle Iroh is undoubtedly the purest person in the Avatar universe. Regarded by some as the Mr. Rogers of the four nations, Prince Zuko's Uncle Iroh is the most supportive force in his life. A great wise old man character, Iroh has some of the best and most inspirational quotes in the series. 

In Avatar: The Last Airbender, the audience meets Iroh after his enlightenment. Before that, he was a General and firebender, allying with the force that nearly conquered the world. With a character so interesting and with so much backstory, there's no wonder why his proverbs speak to so many people. 

Browse through the most inspirational Iroh quotes from the Avatar series, and make sure to vote up your favorites.

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    We Must Continue To Learn With An Open Mind

    "It is important to draw wisdom from different places. If you take it from only one place it becomes rigid and stale."

    A proverb that strikes a meaningful chord to most, Iroh speaks to the importance of drawing inspiration from many sources and perspectives. In order to grow into the most complete versions of ourselves, we have to constantly learn and listen from those around us. Especially those who are different from us. In this particular scene, Iroh demonstrates the redirection of lightning he learned from studying waterbenders. 

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    Telling Zuko To Make The Best Of Life

    "Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not."

    Upon Prince Zuko's arrival in the Earth Kingdom, he worries that behind the massive walls he'll be unable to live an ideal life. Iroh reminds him that life is constantly happening, even when you are not paying attention. It is worthless to worry about not living when you are doing exactly that.

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    Stresses The Importance Of Humility

    "Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source. True humility is the only antidote to shame."

    If one thing is evident in the Avatar series, it's the experience of failure. In their training, Zuko grows angry and impatient after failing to perform an advanced firebending move. Uncle Iroh stresses that to have total control over our actions, we have to own up to them. Displaying true humility is the only way to make room for growth.  

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    It's Okay To Ask For Help

    "While it is always best to believe in oneself, a little help from others can be a great blessing." 

    Uncle Iroh truly saw the best in everyone. He took down the man who attempted to harm and rob him, then continued to offer him fighting advice and brew him a cup of tea. Iroh continued to engage the man, and seeing that he had much more to offer to the world, put faith in him. The man responded by stating no one has ever believed in him before. 

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