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20 Quotes From Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion tackles heavy topics such as human identity, ambition, desire, regret and self-worth. Characters in the series are deeply flawed and spend a lot of time reflecting on personal issues. As such, the show is a goldmine of quotes on the subject of what it means to be human.

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“Mankind’s greatest fear is Mankind itself.” - Gendo Ikari

Gendo  Neon Genesis Evangelion



“Why Shinji? Exactly why did you come here? You mustn’t run away. You must confront your father, and you must confront yourself.” - Misato Katsuragi

Misato Neon Genesis Evangelion



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

Misato Neon Genesis Evangelion



“Living alone is fine with me. I’m alone anyway.” - Shinji Ikari

Shinji Neon Genesis Evangelion



“The reason he seems so withdrawn is because he’s afraid of being hurt.” - Ritsuko Akagi

Ritsuko Neon Genesis Evangelion



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

Rei Neon Genesis Evangelion



“I’m the one who deserved to be hit! Not you! I’m a coward! I’m dishonest! I’m sneaky! And a wimp!” - Shinji Ikari

Shinji Neon Genesis Evangelion



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

Misato Neon Genesis Evangelion



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

Rei Neon Genesis Evangelion



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

Rei Neon Genesis Evangelion



“This song is good. Singing brings joy and revitalization of the human soul. I think that song is the highest achievement of the Lilim culture.” - Kaworu Nagisa

Kaworu Neon Genesis Evangelion



“The fact that you have a place where you can return, home, will lead you to happiness. That is a good fact.” - Kaworu Nagisa

Kaworu Neon Genesis Evangelion



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

Kaworu Neon Genesis Evangelion



“Humans cannot create from nothingness. Humans cannot accomplish anything without holding on to something. Humans are not gods.” - Kaworu Nagisa

Kaworu Neon Genesis Evangelion



"Humans forget their foolishness and repeat their mistakes. If humans do not redeem themselves willingly, they will not change.” - Seele

Seele Neon Genesis Evangelion



“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

Misato Neon Genesis Evangelion



“Any new position from which you view your reality will change your perception of its nature. It's all literally a matter of perspective.” - Maya Ibuki

Maya Neon Genesis Evangelion



“Your truth can be changed simply by the way you accept it. That's how fragile the truth for a human is.” - Kozo Fuyutsuki

Fuyutsuki Neon Genesis Evangelion



“Anywhere can be paradise as long as you have the will to live. After all, you are alive, so you will always have the chance to be happy. As long as the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth exist, everything will be all right.” - Yui Ikari

Yui Neon Genesis Evangelion



“Burying memories is man's way of surviving. But there are some things a man should never forget. Yui taught me that one irreplaceable thing, Shinji. That is the reason I come here, to confirm that commitment.” - Gendo Ikari

Gendo Neon Genesis Evangelion


Some of these quotes are uplifting and some are heartbreaking. The characters of Evangelion face issues that viewers can relate to and we can see ourselves in their shoes. Evangelion does not shy away from any type of human emotion and it provides a valuable insight into what it means to be human.

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