90 Anime Quotes to Motivate & Inspire

These anime quotes are full of lessons that you can apply to your own life in the real world.

If anime hasn’t been a part of your life before, you may not understand the excitement and devotion of its fans.

While it’s often thought of by people that don’t understand it, or haven’t tried watching it as provocative, violent, and even a little taboo, there are many that see the creativity, inspiration, and motivation that it shares.

The art, fantasy, designs, colors, and costumes tap into our too often repressed imagination.

It awakens something within that motivates and inspires us for life.

These 50 anime quotes paint a beautiful picture of how an often overlooked work of art does just that.

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Anime quotes to see the benefitthat it has on creativity and imagination

1. “When it comes to anime, there are endless possibilities. A character can have superhuman powers or shape-shift or have any combination of features. There are no limits with anime. The scenes are not restricted to what can realistically be filmed on a set with physical people, which means a show could have ghosts, pirates, samurais, or space cowboys. Anything could happen. And it will look beautiful in the process. It might even inspire you to start drawing yourself.” – January Nelson

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2. “Anime characters have some of the craziest, wildest designs you’ll ever see in the entertainment world. Some designs defy physics, others defy reality itself. And others are so breath-taking it’ll blow you away. That’s why anime is so compelling and fun to watch.” – Theo J Ellis

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3. “A lot of anime series and movies are visually stunning. Studio Ghibli films such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke are great examples of amazing quality animation and character designs with background artwork that could be framed and hung in an art gallery.” – Brad Stephenson

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4. “Many anime shows have distinctive art styles that incorporate colors in beautiful and vibrant ways. Being exposed to all of these colors regularly can positively impact your mood, or maybe even help you pay attention to the vibrant colors around you in your daily life.” – Kayla Matthews

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5. “Anime nerds are used to jumping into highly fictionalized shows and use their imaginations much more regularly than your average person. As a result, they’re generally much more creative and open minded than others.” – Kayla Matthews

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6. “Anime are filled with characters with heroic qualities that we, as humans, should look up to. These characters possess the nearly inhuman qualities of never giving up, always chasing your dream, protecting what you care for, giving your all, and helping others. We can respect and admire these characters for what they try to accomplish and it gives us inspiration to take what they are doing and to add that to our lives. These characters motivate us to become better people.” – Quazar

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7. “The point being, creativity is where it starts. Creativity is what made the first anime – which used knock-off, Disney inspired drawing techniques – gripping enough to viewers to catch on.” – J Sensei

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8. “Through picturesque fantasy lands, superhuman feats, and general wow-factor shenanigans, drawing out a sense of childlike wonder is where anime really thrives. It’s where you should thrive, too – as, when all the other features are removed, that genuine wow-factor is also found in just about every successful creative campaign.” – Make it Pop

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9. “It is argued that anime supports an array of transcultural creative practices that span across borders, hybridize content and even force the creation of new types of text and distribution.”  – Rayna Denison

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10. “As seen throughout animation history, one of the main reason why anime films, shows and anime art in general, is able to succeed would be because the Japanese artist made full use of their creative gift to reach out to people. The Japanese knew that anime art does not necessarily need to be shown solely to children, but to everyone as well. With the use of anime art, along with complex and diverse storylines that are akin to human nature, people all over the world took to anime films and shows.” – Jon Mumford

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11. “There are days when nothing goes right. There are days when you stumble and fall. There are days when you just want to cry. To cry a lot. To sleep a lot. Or even eat a lot. It’s alright, as long as you pick yourself up again.” – Yuki Takeya

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12. “It may be hard right now, but you must silence those thoughts. Stop counting only those things that you have lost. What is gone, is gone.” – Jinbei

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13. “Remember this… no matter where you go, the strength of your mind and spirit is the most powerful magic of all.” – Princess Emeraude

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14. “It’s just pathetic to give up on something before you even give it a shot.” – Reiko Mikami

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15. “Every journey begins with a single step. We just have to have patience.” – Milly Thompson

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16. “If nobody cares to accept you and wants you in this world, accept yourself and you will see that you don’t need them and their selfish ideas.” – Alibaba Saluja

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17. “The ticket to the future is always open.” – Vash The Stampede

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18. “Whatever you do, enjoy it to the fullest. That is the secret of life.” – Rider

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19. “Power comes in response to a need, not a desire. You have to create that need.” – Goku

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20. “If you don’t like your destiny, don’t accept it. Instead, have the courage to change it the way you want it to be.” – Naruto Uzumaki

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21. “Human beings are strong because we can change ourselves.” – Saitama

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22. “Remember the lesson, not the disappointment.” – Holo The Wise Wolf

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23. “The circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant, but it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” – Pokemon

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24. “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 (Assassination Classroom)

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25. “Just walk the path you believe in. And don’t forget, you’re the main character of your own life story!” – Glenn Radars (Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records)

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26. “I refuse to let my fear control me anymore.” – Maka Albarn

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27. “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.” – Gildarts Clive (Fairy Tail)

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28. “Although I’m weak and full of flaws, I will never stop moving forward. No matter who I am, no one other than myself will create my own existence. No matter what others may think or feel, I will still move forward as myself.” – Oz Vessalius (Pandora Hearts)

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29. “Even if you’re weak, there are miracles you can seize with your hands if you fight on to the very end.” – Uryuu Minene

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30. “In this world, there’s no such thing as ‘failure’ in the first place. The one who knows the ‘ways to win’ more than anyone is also the one who’s experienced the most ‘mistakes’. In other words… You could say ‘failure’ is equal to ‘success’… Couldn’t you?” – Toriko (Toriko)

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31. “The moment you think of giving up, think of the reason why you held on so long.” – Natsu Dragneel

32. “You can do anything you put your mind to do. You shouldn’t second guess yourself just because of one little mistake. You have the same abilities you’ve always had.”

33. “The difference between the novice and the master is that the master has failed more times than the novice has tried.” – Koro-sensei (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu)

34. “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.” – All Might (My Hero Academia)

35. “The ones who accomplish something are the fools who keep pressing onward. The ones who accomplish nothing are the wise who cease advancing.” – Celica Arfonia (Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records)

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36. “When you convince yourself you can’t do anymore, you’re finished. Even though you may still have some strength left that you’re just unaware of.” – Yomikawa Aiho

37. “You can’t sit around envying other people’s worlds. You have to go out and change your own.” – Shinichi Chiaki

38. “I don’t think I’ll learn anything if I don’t try to do something about it on my own.” – Chizuru Hishiro

39. “You can’t win a game by doing nothing. And if someone else wins it for you then you haven’t accomplished anything. Life is the same way.” – Junichirou Kagami

40. “Do not think about other things, there is only one thing you can do. So master that one thing. Do not forget. What you must imagine is always that you, yourself, are the strongest. You do not need outside enemies. For you, the one you have to fight is none other than your own image.” – Archer

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41. “We can’t waste time worrying about the what if’s.” – Ichigo Kurosaki

42. “No matter how hard or impossible it is, never lose sight of your goal.” – Monkey D Luffy

43. “An excellent leader must be passionate because it’s their duty to keep everyone moving forward.” – Nico Yazawa

44. “No matter how deep the night, it always turns to day, eventually.” – One Piece

45. “Do not think about other things, there is only one thing you can do. So master that one thing. Do not forget. What you must imagine is always that you, yourself, are the strongest. You do not need outside enemies. For you, the one you have to fight is none.”

46. “If you can’t do something, then don’t. Focus on what you can do.” – Shiroe

47. “What you can’t accomplish alone, becomes doable when you’re with someone else.” – Taichi Yaegashi

48. “The last ones standing are the victors. Only the strongest. If you want to be the last one standing become strong.” – Tobio Kageyama

49. “If you wanna make people dream, you’ve gotta start by believing in that dream yourself!” – Seiya Kanie

50. “Smile. Not for anyone else, but for yourself. Show yourself your own smile. You’ll feel better then.” – Rintaro Tatewaki

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51. “The world isn’t perfect. But it’s there for us, doing the best it can… that’s what makes it so damn beautiful.” — Roy Mustang

52. “To know sorrow is not terrifying. What is terrifying is to know you can’t go back to happiness you could have.” — Matsumoto Rangiku  

53. “Whatever you lose, you’ll find it again. But what you throw away you’ll never get back.” — Kenshin Himura

54.“When you give up, that’s when the game ends.” — Mitsuyoshi Anzai

55. “If you don’t take risks, you can’t create a future!” — Monkey D. Luffy

56. “A person can change, at the moment when the person wishes to change.” — Haruhi Fujioka

57. “People, who can’t throw something important away, can never hope to change anything.” — Armin Arlert

58. “People who continue to put their lives on the line to defend their faith become heroes and continue to exist on in legend.” — Naruto Uzumaki.

59. “While you’re alive, you need a reason for your existence. Being unable to find one is the same as being dead.” – Naruto Uzumaki.

60. “Life is like a pencil that will surely run out, but will leave the beautiful writing of life.” – Nami.

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61. “People become stronger because they have memories they can’t forget.” – Tsunade Naruto

62. “Simplicity is the easiest path to true beauty.” – Seishuu Handa

63. “Don’t be so quick to throw away your life. No matter how disgraceful or embarrassing it may be, you need to keep struggling to find your way out until the very end.” – Clare

64. “It doesn’t do any good to pretend you can’t see what’s going on.” – Yuuya Mochizuki

65. “A dropout will beat a genius through hard work.” – Rock Lee

66. “Sometimes, people are just mean. Don’t fight mean with mean. Hold your head high.” – Hinata Miyake

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67. “To act is not necessarily compassion. True compassion sometimes comes from inaction.” – Hinata Miyake

68. “When you hit the point of no return, that’s the moment it truly becomes a journey. If you can still turn back, it’s not really a journey.” – Hinata Miyake

69. “Being weak is nothing to be ashamed of… Staying weak is !!“ – Fuegoleon Vermillion

70. “If you really want to be strong… Stop caring about what your surrounding thinks of you!”


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71. “I take time to watch anime. I don’t know whether I’m allowed to, but I do it anyway.” — Larry Wall

72. “Anime is intended to have ambiguous features. That’s part of the art form.” — M. Night Shyamalan

73. “Like many other kids, I liked watching anime.” — Takashi Murakami

74. “I’m totally addicted to Japanese anime, and spend way, way, way too much time watching it.” — Connor Jessup

75. “When I was starting as an anime director I wanted to be known for great things. I never wanted to be known for some overblown toy commercial.” — Yoshiyuki Tomino

76. “I do enjoy animated movies. I really love anime and movies like ‘Spirited Away’ and ‘Howl’s Moving Castle.’” — Nicolas Cage

77. “The technology in making games and in making anime is really similar. There are common concepts.” — Satoshi Tajiri

78. “My kids love anime, but I don’t show them the really graphic stuff.” — Brad Bird

79. “Anime has sent me all over the world, introducing me to people who have touched my life in indescribably profound ways.” — Steven Blum

80. “I love comic books and I love anime.” — Samuel L. Jackson

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81. “If you keep on hiding your true feelings, who is going to be happy? If you are sad, you should say it out loud!” — Haruhi Fujioka

82. “It’s more important to master the cards you’re holding than to complain about the ones your opponent was dealt.” — Grimsley

83. “You need to accept the fact that you’re not the best and have all the will to strive to be better than anyone you face.” — Roronoa Zoro

84. “Don’t be upset because of what you can’t do. Do what you do best, live as carefree and optimistically as you can, because some people aren’t able to do that.” — Keima Katsuragi

85. “It’s not always possible to do what we want to do, but it’s important to believe in something before you actually do it.” — Might Guy

86. “I too will obtain everything that I desire. Not because someone asked me to do it, but because I know in my heart that I have something worth fighting for.” — Julis Alexia Van Riessfeld

87. “If you’re gonna insist on gambling and then complain when you lose, you had better work on your game.” — Hatsu Kominato

88. “I want you to be happy. I want you to laugh a lot. I don’t know what exactly I’ll be able to do for you, but I’ll always be by your side.” — Kagome

89. “Just like games, no matter how well you have things lined up in your life, there’s always something to keep you on your toes.” — Junichirou Kagami

90. “Moving on doesn’t mean you forget about things. It just means you have to accept what’s happened and continue living.” — Erza Scarlet

Which of these anime quotes is your favorite?

There is a lot that we can learn from the world of anime.

A fantasy world where anything is possible allows the creativity of your brain to kick into gear.

You can find inspiration and motivation that you can apply to your own life in the real world.

Simple lessons learned by fictional characters can easily transfer to the situations that you face everyday with a little imagination.

As you watch and hear these inspiration words in situations outside of your own, you will feel a stirring within that motivates you to action.

You can use the anime quotes above to get started or listen for your own inspiration quote to apply to your life.

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