25 Ken Kaneki Quotes From The Popular Manga Series

These Ken Kaneki quotes from Tokyo Ghoul reveal his internal struggle with his identity and depression.

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What are the benefits of reading these Ken Kaneki quotes?

Just who is Ken Kaneki?

Well, he is the main protagonist of Tokyo Ghoul, a Japanese dark fantasy manga series.

These Ken Kaneki quotes will help you:

  • understand the character better
  • impress your manga-obsessed friends
  • relate and cope with your own life struggles

Ken was a human who studied Japanese Literature at Kamii University and lived a relatively normal life.

All of that changed when Rize’s kakuhou, a sac-like organ that is only present in ghouls, is transplanted into him.

This turned him into a One-Eyed Ghoul.

He learned to live as a Ghoul and earned the name Eyepatch.

Author Ishida Sui created the series that chronicles Kaneki’s life struggles while he tries to figure out where he belongs now that he is not a human and is fighting to accept his new reality as a ghoul.

He is captured by Aogiri Tree, which prompts him to finally accept his ghoul side.

Ken puts together a team with the goal of protecting the ones he cares about and “plucking out” people who threaten his new home and way of life.

Keep reading these Ken Kaneki quotes to learn more about the main protagonist of Tokyo Ghoul.

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Best Ken Kaneki quotes about ghouls and death

1. “I’m begging you, don’t make me a killer!” — Ken Kaneki

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2. The pain you feel today will be the strength you’ll have tomorrow.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes about pain

3. “I was wrong. I wasn’t eating ghouls. I’m the one who was being eaten.” — Ken Kaneki

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4. “All the liabilities in this world are due to the inadequacies of the person involved.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes about the world

5. “Never trust anyone too much. Remember, the devil was once an angel.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes about trust

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6. “I won’t forgive anyone who threatens the peace in my life.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Peaceful Life

7. “You’re wrong. It’s not the world that’s messed up; it’s those of us in it.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Messed Up Worlds

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8. ““I won’t pull back, I will press forward, like a centipede.” – Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Not Giving Up

9. “We need to stop fighting and start talking. Because when it comes to the state of the world, you can’t point your finger at ghouls or humans. We’re all to blame.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Importance of Conversation

10. “It’s better to be hurt than to hurt others. Nice people can be happy with just that.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Being Hurt

11. “I don’t care about taking the side of those I cannot see. I fight for those close to me. And it just so happens that they’re mostly ghouls.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Fighting

12. “Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn’t mean they are bad people. It means they’re human.” — Ken Kaneki

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Ken Kaneki Quotes About Bad Choices

13. “I think what’s necessary is the ‘right distance.’ Instead of mutually tramping on each others’ existence, we should just respect each other a little more.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Respect

14. “We have to break a chain of grief.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Grief

15. “Sometimes you’re confronted with the ugly parts of yourself that you don’t want to see, but books can also tell you a lot about the things you didn’t notice when you’re just trying to get through somehow.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Books

16. “Donato has to keep proving himself. He wants to prove just how valuable he is. Isn’t that the case with you as well?” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Proving Yourself

Cool Ken Kaneki quotes about himself

17. “If you were to write a story with me in the lead role, it would certainly be… a tragedy.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Tragic Characters

18. “What’s wrong isn’t me, what’s wrong is the world!” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Bad World

19. “Never kick me when I’m down, because when I get up… you’re f*cked.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Revenge

20. “I have to learn by experiencing things myself.. that’s all I can do.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Experience

21. “Anyone who tries to take my friends from me will get no mercy.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Friends

22. “I’m tired of not being able to do anything.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Being Powerless

23. “I wanna be nice, but everyone annoys me.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Being Nice to Others

24. “This world is survival of the fittest. The strong eat.’ ‘Who is strong?’ I am. Me.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Strength

25. “I keep it all inside because I’d rather the pain destroy me than everyone else.” — Ken Kaneki

Ken Kaneki Quotes About Pain

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Which of these Ken Kaneki quotes is your favorite?

What is Ken Kaneki like?

Fans of the series know Kaneki is a gentle soul who rarely ever harms another person unless he feels forced.

He has a profound fear of being alone and recognizes that he will have no one if he hurts people around him.

The thought of being alone haunts him and is a big factor in his protective nature.

This is one thing that makes the series easy to relate to.

Kaneki undergoes several personality shifts as the series progresses.

When he fully accepts his ghoul side and allows it to consume his human side, his changing hair color notes the change.

One part of his personality that doesn’t change is his love of books.

Throughout the entire series, Kaneki is an avid reader.

This is likely because of a memory of his late father, and their shared love of reading.

What do you think of the Tokyo Ghoul series and Ken Kaneki?

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  1. David

    February 10, 2023 at 2:16 AM

    I really like that you describe the character as well

    • Danielle Dahl, Managing Editor

      February 10, 2023 at 12:45 PM

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