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Top 25 Best Anime Quotes of All Time

As picked by the writers of MAL Featured, here are our favorite quotes from anime! Some will make you laugh, others will make you think. This collection of anime quotes represents just how vast the world of anime is!

by MAL_editing_team
Mar 14, 2016 11:37 PM | 669,885 views

MAL Writers' Favorite Anime Quotes

If you've been a long-time reader of our Featured section, you'll have seen that we have a diverse range of writers from different countries and fandoms! Below we've collected our favorite anime quotes from shows that are just as diverse as we are!

You'll see cool or memorable anime lines and quotes from different characters, and even characters that think the same thing, even though they are from very different anime! Some anime quotes apply to real life, some maybe only make sense with context. Either way, these quotes from our beloved anime characters will strike a chord with you! See how many of these anime quotes you recognize!


Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works

Unlimited Blade Works Archer I am quote

"I am the bone of my sword
Steel is my body and fire is my blood
I have created over a thousand blades
Unknown to Death, Nor known to Life
Have withstood pain to create many weapons
Yet, those hands will never hold anything
So as I pray, Unlimited Blade Works."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer CriticalAndroid


Howl no Ugoku Shiro (Howl's Moving Castle)

Calcifer Howl's Moving Castle Howl quote may all your bacon burn

"May all your bacon burn"

~Anime Quote chosen by writer RJames84

Charles Beams

Eureka Seven

Charles Beams Eureka Seven quote

"Freedom is something that you need to actively acquire. It's not something that's given with no strings attached. To be free means to take responsibility, and to prepare yourself for what's to come."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer samcook

Deneil Young

Uchuu Kyoudai (Space Brothers)

Uchuu Kyoudai Deneil Young all we do is live until the day we die quote

"All we can do is live until the day we die. Control what we can...and fly free!"

~Anime Quote chosen by writer kami_nomi

Edward Elric

Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist Edward Elric Fullmetal Heart quote

"A lesson without pain is meaningless. For you cannot gain something without sacrificing something else in return. But once you have recovered it and made it your own... You will gain an irreplaceable Fullmetal heart."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer Aiwin

Gildarts Clive

Fairy Tail

Gildarts Clive Fairy Tail quote fear is not evil

"Fear is not evil. It tells you what weakness is. And once you know your weakness, you can become stronger as well as kinder."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer Ascension1101

Gintoki Sakata


Gintoki Gintama quote I'm busy protecting what's right in front of me

"The country? The skies? You can have them. I’m busy just protecting what’s right in front of me. I don’t know what’ll happen to me in the future, but if something has fallen at my feet, then the least I can do is pick it up."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer NyxStovell


One Piece

Dr. Hiluluk quote people die when they are forgotten One Piece

"When do you think people die? When they are shot through the heart by the bullet of a pistol? No. When they are ravaged by an incurable disease? No. When they drink a soup made from a poisonous mushroom!? No! It’s when they are forgotten."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer Law_Light

Ikki Kurogane

Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (Chivalry of a Failed Knight)

rakudai Kishi no Cavalry Ikki quote
"In order for a mediocre man to defeat a genius, he has to become a monster."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer Kvasir369


Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)

Akatsuki no Yona Jae-ha

"If you simply obey orders without question to protect your master, that isn't your greatest wish, but your greatest tragedy."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer akirajasmine

Kaitou Kuroba

Magic Kaitou 1412

Kaitou Kuroba Magic Kaitou 1412 quote

"I'm not here tonight as the son of Touichi Kuroba, your mentor in magic, nor as the second-year high school student you call 'Young Master'. Tonight I'm the one they're all talking about. I'm the villain putting on a show."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer melodius

Kenshin Himura

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan

Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin quote what you throw away you'll never get back

"Whatever you lose, you'll find it again. But what you throw away you'll never get back."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer HazColumn


Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star)

Hokuto no Ken Kenshirou you're already dead quote

"You are already dead."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer MisterD98


Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World (Kino's Journey)

Kino quote the world is not beautiful

"The world is not beautiful, and that is why it is beautiful."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer RilakkuLina


Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei Kuu quote

"Inside my mind, there's a beautiful cup. A very beautiful, clear cup. And tiny drops kept falling into it, 'drip, drip, drip', slowly but steadily, everyday. And today, I felt the cup had finally become completely full."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer Littoface

Mikasa Ackerman

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

Mikasa Ackerman Attack on Titan the world is cruel

"The world is cruel, but also very beautiful."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer JoWinterfeld

Mitsuyoshi Anzai

Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk Coach Anzai

"When you give up, that's when the game ends."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer futarochan89

Motoko Kusanagi

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Ghost in the Shell Motoko Kusanagi quote

"We weep for the blood of a bird, but not for the blood of a fish. Blessed are those with a voice. If the dolls could speak, no doubt they'd scream, "I didn't want to become human."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer Cato5

Satsuki Kiryuuin

Kill la Kill

Satsuki Kiryuuin Fear is Freedom quote

"Fear is freedom! Subjugation is liberation! Contradiction is truth! Those are the facts of this world! And you will all surrender to them, you pigs in human clothing!"

~Anime Quote chosen by writer AlanV

Son Gokuu

Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball z Goku quote

"I am the hope of the universe. I am the answer to all living things that cry out for peace. I am protector of the innocent. I am the light in the darkness. I am truth. Ally to good! Nightmare to you!"

~Anime Quote chosen by writer NicWat10

Usagi Tsukino

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon Usagi quote

"You can't judge how beautiful a girl really is by the way she looks."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer enchantedsloth

Yuu Himura

ef: A Tale of Memories

ef a tale of memories yuu quote

"There are no miracles in this world. There is only coincidence and necessity, and what people make of it."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer llezur17

Yuuko Ichihara


Yuuko xxxholic quote

"There is no such thing as a coincidence in this world. There is only the inevitable."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer Ai_Sakura

Yuuta Takemoto

Hachimitsu to Clover (Honey and Clover)

Honey and Clover quote Yuta

"As time passes, the day will come when everything will fade to memories. But those miraculous days, when you and I, along with everyone else, searched together for just that one thing, will continue revolving forever somewhere deep in my heart, as my bittersweet memory."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer Yukisakura7

Ending Title Card

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop you're gonna carry

"You're gonna carry that weight."

~Anime Quote chosen by writer une3valentine

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