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Evangelion Quotes From the Controversial Anime Series

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Evangelion (Neon Genesis Evangelion) is a 90s Japanese anime television series and these Evangelion quotes come from all your favorite characters.

If you have heard of the show, you might have heard it was also a bit controversial.

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Why is Evangelion controversial?

Well, it mostly comes down to the violence.

It isn’t your typical cartoon violence.

The level of violence is much bloodier, darker, and often brutal than other animes.

It can be downright frightening!

Despite this, the show is quite popular and can be watched on various streaming channels like Netflix, Google Play, YouTube, and VUDU.

If you haven’t seen it before, and are a fan of anime, you should give it a go.

The multilayered approach and how the writers can make anime tropes seem unique is impressive.

Technically speaking, the blocking and framing are also superb.

Who wouldn’t want to watch a show about violent monsters descending upon Earth to destroy humanity?

The hero, Shinji, is a reluctant young man, who joins a small squad of pilots under the command of his unfeeling father to drive back their enemies.

Keep reading through these Evangelion quotes to learn more about the characters and the show that is an important part of anime history.

Don’t forget to also check out these anime quotes to motivate and inspire you.

Also, check out our most popular quote article, a list of short inspirational quotes for daily wisdom. 

See the rest of our quote database for even more inspirational ideas and thoughts.

Evangelion Quotes from Rei Ayanami

1. “Those who hate themselves cannot love or trust others.” — Rei Ayanami

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Evangelion quotes from Rei Ayanami

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2. “You misunderstood from the very beginning. You just believed what you wanted to believe.” — Rei Ayanami

Misunderstood Evangelion quotes

3. “Man fears the darkness, and so he scrapes away at the edges of it with fire.” — Rei Ayanami

Evangelion quotes about man fears the darkness

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4. “Man made from man and woman.” — Rei Ayanami

Evangelion quotes about man made from man and woman

5. “That’s because you thought that everyone else felt the same as you do.” — Rei Ayanami

Evangelion quotes thats because you thought that everyone else felt the same as you do

6. “You never understood anything.” — Rei Ayanami

Evangelion quotes about you never understood anything

7. “Then what is your heart for?” — Rei Ayanami

Evangelion quotes about then what is your heart for

8. “The things I possess are a life and soul. I am a vessel for a soul.” — Rei Ayanami

Evangelion quotes about life and soul

9. “Very strange. I feel as if my body is melting.” — Rei Ayanami

Evangelion quotes about very strange. I feel as if my body is melting

10. “You don’t want to be by yourself, correct? We are many, but you are alone. You hate it don’t you?” — Rei Ayanami

Wise Evangelion quotes

Evangelion Quotes from Misato Katsuragi

11. “Giving up halfway is worse than never trying at all.”  Misato Katsuragi

Evangelion Quotes from Misato Katsuragi

12. “Sometimes you need a little wishful thinking just to keep on living.”  Misato Katsuragi

Evangelion quotes about thinking just to keep on living

13. “Never underestimate the ability of the human-animal to adapt to its environment.”  Misato Katsuragi

Evangelion quotes about never underestimate the ability of the human-animal to adapt to its environment

14. “Part of growing up means finding a way to interact with others while distancing pain.”  Misato Katsuragi

Evangelion quotes about growing up

15. “Stop lying to yourself and realize that you *do* have options. Then… accept the choices you’ve made.” — Misato Katsuragi

Inspirational Evangelion quotes

16. “The power’s still on. There’s still time. Shinji, listen to me… from now on, you’re on your own. You’ll have to make your own decisions. No one can do it for you.”  Misato Katsuragi

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Evangelion quotes about the power

17. I’m not gonna feel sorry for you. If you don’t like feeling pain, then you can just sit here and let them kill you! Crying isn’t going to solve anything either!” — Misato Katsuragi

Evangelion quotes about feeling the pain

18. “The one who deserves to survive is the one who has the will to make it happen. He wished for death. He ignored his will to survive and chose to die for a false hope. Your survival is not a mistake, Shinji.” — Misato Katsuragi

Evangelion quotes and sayings

19. “That doesn’t mean it’s okay for you to give up! If you do, I’ll never forgive you as long as I live. God knows I’m not perfect either. I’ve made tons of stupid mistakes and later I regretted them. And I’ve done it over and over again, thousands of times. A cycle of hollow joy and vicious self-hatred. But even so, every time I learned something about myself.” — Misato Katsuragi

More Evangelion quotes

20. “You hate yourself, don’t you? That’s why you hurt others. Deep down you know you suffer more when you cause someone else pain… than if you just let yourself get hurt. But Shinji, that was your decision, so it makes it a valid choice. That’s what you wanted. So, that makes it worthwhile.” — Misato Katsuragi

Evangelion quotes about hate yourself

Evangelion Quotes from Kaworu Nagisa

21. “The thread of human hope is spun with the flax of sorrow.”  Kaworu Nagisa

Evangelion Quotes from Kaworu Nagisa

22. “You are delicate like glass, especially your heart.”  Kaworu Nagisa

Evangelion quotes about you are delicate like glass, especially your heart

23. “Man cannot erase this sadness, because all men are fundamentally alone.”  Kaworu Nagisa

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Evangelion quotes about man cannot erase this sadness

24. “Whether I live or die makes no great difference. In truth, death may be the only absolute freedom there is.”  Kaworu Nagisa

Relatable Evangelion quotes

25. “Pain is something man must carry in his heart, and since the heart feels pain so easily, some believe that life is pain.”  Kaworu Nagisa

More Evangelion quotes

Which of these Evangelion quotes is your favorite?

Another reason for the show’s controversy, and unfavorable reviews, was because of the last two episodes.

Critics and viewers found them confusing and too abstract.

However, in 1997, the creators released The End of Evangelion, which provided some clarity.

This led to a series of four films called Rebuild of Evangelion, which can be viewed on Amazon Prime.

The series was quite successful and is credited with the “rebirth of the anime industry.”

The cultural icon reached record-breaking sales in Japanese markets through film, manga, home video, and other products in the Evangelion franchise.

The show has spanned from the early 90s through 2021, which is no easy feat!

The show deals with a myriad of human emotions and teaches some valuable life lessons, which you might have noticed in these Evangelion quotes and sayings.

What are some of your favorites from the series?

Let us know in the comment section below.

Danielle Dahl, Managing Editor
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