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Fruits Basket Quotes From the Manga and Anime Series

These Fruits Basket quotes from your favorite characters are just what you need while you wait for the highly anticipated reboot Fruits Basket: Prelude! 

If you aren’t sure what Fruits Basket is, then you have come to the right place!

Fruits Basket is a Japanese manga series originally serialized in the semi-monthly Japanese shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume from 1998 to 2006. It was written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya.

You might think this is a strange name for a manga series, but the title comes from the name of a popular game played in Japanese elementary schools. The game is a bit like musical chairs and tag.

The series follows the story of Tohru Honda, a young orphan girl who meets Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Sohma. She learns that the thirteen members of the Sohma family are possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac. Most everyone knows of the 12 animals of the zodiac: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and the boar.

The missing 13th animal, according to legend, is the cat. However, all 13 animals are part of the curse attributed to the Sohma family. They transform into their animal forms when they are weak or feeling stressed.

Their animal forms are also triggered when they are embraced by anyone of the opposite sex that is not possessed by a spirit of the zodiac. Enjoy these Fruits Basket quotes!

Don’t forget to also check out these Attack on Titan quotes from the popular manga franchise.

Fruits Basket quotes from Tohru Honda

1. “The scariest and the most painful thing is to be hated by someone you truly love.”― Tohru Honda

2. “It’s not always easy to see the good in people. In some people, you might even doubt that it’s there at all.” ― Tohru Honda

3. “My mom told me it’s better to trust people than to doubt them. She said that people aren’t born with kind hearts.” ― Tohru Honda

4. When we’re born, all we have are desires for food and material things. Selfish instincts, I guess. ― Tohru Honda

5. “She said that kindness is something that grows inside of each person’s body, but it’s up to us to nurture that kindness in our hearts.” ― Tohru Honda

6. “A conscience grows, just like the body. It’s bred within your heart. That’s why the shape of people’s kindness is so different.” ― Tohru Honda

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7. “You can erase my memory, but afterwards, promise you’ll still be my friend?” ― Tohru Honda

8. “My happiness comes from the kindness of those around me.” ― Tohru Honda

9. “I don’t think anyone is born with a reason to live. It’s something you have to find for yourself.” ― Tohru Honda

10. “Mr postman! It’s terrible, you see! They’re animals!” ― Tohru Honda

Fruits Basket quotes from Kyo Sohma

11. “Stupid ocean!!! Ya want me to kill you? Huh??” ― Kyo Sohma

12. “Yo…Are you ready for me to break your neck…Rat-boy?” ― Kyo Sohma

13. “If you love someone, they could make you sad. They could even make you feel lonely sometimes. But, that someone can also make you happier than you’ll ever be.” ― Kyo Sohma

14. “I’m gonna take my place as a true member of this family!” ― Kyo Sohma

15. “Tohru, I can’t stand not being with you…I…because I love you.” ― Kyo Sohma

16. “Maybe I’m not perfect. Maybe I have a long way to go. But someday…someday I’ll be able to stand and walk on my own. Without hurting anyone…and without being a burden.” ― Kyo Sohma

17. “Be selfish. Say what you want once in a while. It’s okay to let yourself be sad.” ― Kyo Sohma

18. “I love you. When did I start to love you so much?” ― Kyo Sohma

19. “I want to possess her… to make her belong to me, and only me.” ― Kyo Sohma

20. “You know… you really are something…” [to Tohru] ― Kyo Sohma

Fruits Basket quotes from Natsuki Takaya

21. “We have just witnessed a classic example of what I like to call ‘misdirected rage’.” ― Natsuki Takaya.

22. “To forgive or not to forgive…are those my only choices?” ― Natsuki Takaya

23. “Because even the smallest of words can be the ones to hurt you, or save you.” ― Natsuki Takaya

24. “Don’t get lost. Give it a try. Go find the place that you’re wishing for.” ― Natsuki Takaya

25. “Those who hurt others will also hurt themselves.” ― Natsuki Takaya

26. “To forgive or not to forgive… are those my only choices?” ― Natsuki Takaya

27. “We have just witnessed a classic example of what I like to call ‘misdirected rage’. I believe the technical term is being an ass.” ― Natsuki Takaya

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28. “It’s all very simple. But maybe because it’s so simple, it’s also hard.” ― Natsuki Takaya

29. “People aren’t born with kindness, it grows with them…” ― Natsuki Takaya

30. “Let’s try our best? I hope that someday the many, many tears that were shed will be worth it.” ― Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket quotes from Akito Sohma

31. “There’s no guarantee that I’ll be loved.” -to Tohru ― Akito Sohma

32. “I’m going to end it. All of it.” -to Shigure, about the curse ― Akito Sohma

33. “Kyo is free. And that room is to be destroyed.” -to the maid ― Akito Sohma

34. “Why is she so cruel? She only says such cruel things!” -speaking of her mother to Hatori ― Akito Sohma

35. “You’d sleep with anyone as long as they’re female.” (to Shigure) ― Akito Sohma

36. “They will not become fed up with me! We’re tied together, our bond! Ours is a world that you can never touch!” -to her mother ― Akito Sohma

37. “Hi Yuki! As always, you’re alone, aren’t you? You’ve always been such a lonely child.” -to Yuki ― Akito Sohma

38. “If I start to cry, you’ll quickly get annoyed. If I make a fuss, you’ll quicky get angry. You’ll hate me, and ABANDON ME.” -to Tohru ― Akito Sohma

39. “I’m different. I have a “special existence.” I have been given an “eternal promise.” And everyone is waiting for me. So, I’m wanted. Because.. that’s what father said.” -speaking to her mother ― Akito Sohma

40. “You win. You’ve taken my place. Everyone doesn’t like me anymore, but everyone likes you. You’re feeling very good now… Thanks to you, I’m all alone. I’ve mistakenly become the bad guy. You must be feeling very good now!” -to Tohru ― Akito Sohma

Fruits Basket quotes from Yuki Sohma

41. “It’s nice… people giving birth because they want children.” ― Yuki Sohma

42. “Don’t smash it with your bare hands and EAT it!” ― Yuki Sohma

43. “Maybe I wanted… to be NEEDED… By something… That wouldn’t exist without me.” ― Yuki Sohma

44. “Thank you for always… Listening to me. Thank you for always… accepting my weakness.” ― Yuki Sohma

45. She was chasing me? Just to say hello? And she didn’t go… to anyone else, did she? ― Yuki Sohma

46. When I was very young… …My world consisted only of Akito, my mother… …And whatever I could glimpse through the sliding paper door.” ― Yuki Sohma

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47. “Yeah… I believe you. Hey. If the snow keeps piling up like this, how about we go make footprints in the snow together? It’s a promise… ― Yuki Sohma

48. It’s not like I suddenly became stronger, nor did anything change. My body still trembles, but I’ll keep facing my fears. What’s important is… the desire to improve… which stems from weakness. ― Yuki Sohma

49. You have to live with it. Even if they’re hopeless, or if you’re appalled by them, or angry with them… children can’t switch their parents. Just like parents can’t switch their children. There’s no ‘reset’ button… so… you have to deal with what you’ve got.” ― Yuki Sohma

50. “I wish I could’ve lived my life without making any wrong turns. But that’s impossible. A path like that doesn’t exist. We fail. We trip. We get lost. We make mistakes. And little by little, one step at a time, we push forward. It’s all we can do. On our own two feet.” ― Yuki Sohma

What these Fruits Basket quotes teach us about life

Throughout the series, Tohru learns of the hardships and pain faced by the afflicted members of the Sohma family. She is a kind and generous person with an innately nurturing personality who helps them heal from their emotional traumas.

While doing so, she learns about life and also herself. One of my favorite quotes from Yuki is the one where he wishes he could have lived his life without “any wrong turns.” He mentions how we push forward and that is all we can do, on our own two feet. Quote the life lesson from the last of the family members to have the curse removed.

The original manga wasn’t adapted to an anime television series until 2001. It consisted of 26 episodes. A second anime television series adaptation, produced by TMS Entertainment and directed by Yoshihide Ibata, premiered in April 2019.

The reboot anime series is a co-production of Funimation, who released the series through a partnership with Crunchyroll. A compilation film titled Fruits Basket: Prelude will premiere on February 18, 2022.

Were you a fan of the series? Which character was your favorite? Let us know using the comment section below.

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