23 Awe-Inspiring Quotes from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Quotes are a perfect way to share human experiences. No matter who you are, or where you’re from, we can all take something away from these eloquent messages. Here are 23 awe-inspiring quotes from the universally acclaimed American animated television series, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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1. The true mind can weather all the lies and illusions without being lost. The true heart can touch the poison of hatred without being harmed. Since beginningless time, darkness thrives in the void, but always yields to purifying light.

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Avatar Aang

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2. Revenge is like a two-headed rat-viper. While you watch your enemy go down, you’re being poisoned yourself.

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  3. If you want to be a bender, you have to let go of fear.

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Uncle Iroh, Dragon of the West

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4. Perfection and power are overrated.

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5. Its time for you to look inward and begin asking yourself the big questions: Who are you? and What do you want?

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6. It is important to draw wisdom from different places. If you take it from only one place it becomes rigid and stale.

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7. Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source. True humility is the only antidote to shame.

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8. There’s nothing wrong with a life of peace and prosperity. I suggest you think about what it is that you want from your life, and why.

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9. You think you’re any different from me, or your friends, or this tree? If you listen hard enough, you can hear every living thing breathing together. You can feel everything growing. We’re all living together, even if most folks don’t act like it. We all have the same roots, and we are all branches of the same tree.

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Firelord Sozin

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10. Without you, all my plans are suddenly possible. I have a vision for the future, Roku.

– Firelord Sozin’s last words to Avatar Roku, and the beginning of the 100-year war

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Katara, Last Waterbender of the Southern Tribe

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11. No! I will never, ever turn my back on people who need me…

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Mai, The One-Girl Revolution

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12. I guess you just don’t know people as well as you think you do. You miscalculated. I love Zuko… more than I fear you.

– Mai confronting Princess Azula and essentially committing treason

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Ty Lee

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13. Growing up with six sisters who looked exactly like me. It was like I didn’t even have my own name. I joined the circus because I was scared of spending the rest of my life as part of a matched set. At least I’m different now. Circus freak is a compliment!

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Ursa

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14. No matter how things seem to change. Never forget who you are.

– Ursa’s last words to her son, Prince Zuko.

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Princess Azula

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15. It’s because they haven’t made up their minds. They’re waiting to see how this ends. I can see your whole history in your eyes. You were born with nothing so you’ve had to struggle, and connive, and claw your way to power. But true power, the divine right to rule, is something you’re born with. The fact is, they don’t know which one of us is going to be sitting on that throne and which one is going to be bowing down. But I know. And you know.

– Princess Azula, The Coup of Ba Sing Se

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Firelord Ozai

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16. You will learn respect. And suffering will be your teacher.

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Jeong Jeong, The Deserter

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17. Destiny? What would a boy know of destiny? If a fish lives its whole life in this river, does he know the river’s destiny? No! Only that it runs on and on out of his control. He may follow where it flows, but he cannot see the end. He cannot imagine the ocean.

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Koh, The Face Stealer

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18. Tui and La, the moon and ocean, have always circled each other in an eternal dance. They balance each other. Push and Pull. Life and Death. Good and Evil. Yin and Yang.

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Wan Shi Tong, One Who Knows 10,000 Things

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19. You think you’re the first person to believe their war was justified?! Countless others before you have come here, seeking weapons, weaknesses or battle strategies!

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Sokka

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20. I’m gonna tell you something crazy. I never told this to anyone before. But honestly, I’m not sure I can remember what my mother looked like. It really seems like my whole life Katara’s been the one looking out for me. She’s always been the one that’s here. And now when I try to remember my mom, Katara’s face is the only face I can picture.

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Guru Pathik

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21. You have indeed felt a great loss. But love is a form of energy, and it swirls all around us. The Air Nomads’ love for you has not left this world. It is still inside of your heart, and is reborn in the form of new love.

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22. The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation. Things you think are separate and different are actually one and the same. We are all one people, but we live as if divided.

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Prince Zuko

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23. Growing up, we were taught that the Fire Nation was the greatest civilization in history and somehow, the war was our way of sharing our greatness with the rest of the world. What an amazing lie that was! The people of the world are terrified by the Fire Nation! They don’t see our greatness – they hate us! And we deserve it. We’ve created an era of fear in the world. And if we don’t want the world to destroy itself, we need to replace it with an era of peace and kindness.

– Prince Zuko, confronting his father, Firelord Ozai

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Got an Avatar: The Last Airbender quote you like that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments!

Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of my favorite television shows of all time, and it influences a lot of my writing.

If you’re not watching it, you should be.

Comments (40)
  1. Ian. B July 13, 2014 at 1:43 am

    “Is it your own destiny? Or is it a destiny that someone else has tried to force on you?” -Iroh
    (Book 2 earth, ep 18)

  2. merkel July 15, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Good one, Ian B! That whole conversation in Lake Laogai is inspired (goes along with #5 on this post). Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Lori October 29, 2014 at 7:23 am

    “Harsh words won’t solve problems, action will.” – Aang

  4. Luke Schepers November 30, 2014 at 3:15 am

    “You must never give into despair. Allow yourself to slip down that road and you surrender to your lowest instincts. In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength”

  5. Kyra Hardy April 26, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    These are all fantastic quotes. Very inspiring and all from a Nickolodeon show.

  6. Hai May 13, 2015 at 12:39 am

    “I don’t know the answer. Sometimes life is like this dark tunnel. You can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you just keep moving, you will come to a better place.”
    – Uncle Iroh

  7. Kristian May 13, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Hey, this post was a while ago, but this show is amazing, that quote about how separation is an illusion is so insightful. It makes you really wonder, can we ever unite as a humanity? I love Avatar: The Last Airbender. Best show ever made.

    • Merkel May 13, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      I agree, Kristian. The episode(s) where Guru Pathik is teaching Aang about the chakras in the season finale of Book 2 is so good. I love how everything connects in the end, especially with the chakras and Toph learning how to metalbend.

  8. Ria June 8, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Some friendships are so strong, they can transcend lifetimes.
    -Roku

  9. Yiska July 8, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Wow, thank you Merkel!
    the last airbender taught me a lot (:

  10. Ghab July 17, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Avatar TLA is one of my favorite cartoon ..so i’m about to share this,

    “I don’t care what i look like , i’m not looking for anyone’s approval , i know who i am..
    It’s from toph ..
    My favorite character in ATLA.

  11. Macer November 12, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    My favorite funny quotes by uncle are as follows:

    “Who would have thought that, after all these years, I would return to the scene of my greatest military disgrace…as a tourist!” Book 2

    “I know your not supposed to cry over spilled tea, but [cries] it’s just so sad!” Book 2

    Iroh: “Are you so busy fighting you cannot see your own ship has set sail?” Zuko: “Uncle, we don’t have time for your sillty proverbs!” Iroh: “It is no proverb, look!” Zuko: “MY SHIP!” Iroh: “Maybe it could be a proverb?” Book 1

    [smiling] “At my age, there is really only one big surprise left, and I’d just as soon leave it a mystery.” Book 2

    Iroh: “Yuck! This tea is nothing more than hot leaf juice!” Zuko: “That what all tea is, uncle!” Book 2

    Zuko: “I’m sick of tea!” Iroh: “Sick of tea? That’s like being sick of breathing!” Book 2

    “You’re looking at the rare white dragon bush. Its leaves make a tea so delicious it’s heartbreaking! That, or it’s the white jade bush, which is poisonous.” Book 2

    [getting a massage] “Aahh…this is what I’ve been missing. Who knew floating on a piece of driftwood for three weeks, with no food or water, and sea vultures waiting to pluck out your liver, could make on so tense!”

  12. Amy November 13, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    No one can give you your honor, it’s something that you earn for yourself by doing what’s right.
    -Zuko

  13. Surya November 25, 2015 at 9:56 am

    “Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not” – Iroh at Ba Sing se to zuko

  14. Barath January 26, 2016 at 10:31 am

    “Please don’t choose revenge. Let your anger out and then let it go”- Aang ( The Southern Raiders)

    “The way of the sword doesn’t belong to one nation. Knowledge of arts is open to all of us”- Master Piandao

    “You must open your mind to new possibilities”- King Bumi

    “Be decisive”-Avatar Roku , helping Aang to defeat Ozai

    You must actively shape your own destiny and the destiny of the world”- Avatar Kuruk

    “Selfless duty calls you to sacrifice your own spiritual needs and do whatever it takes to protect the world.”- Avatar Yang-chen.

    • Merkel January 27, 2016 at 3:26 am

      These are some awesome quotes that I didn’t add. Thanks for sharing your Avatar knowledge with us. I especially love the one from Piandao. That one is so relatable to real-world too 🙂

  15. Another Fan February 21, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    zuko, you have to look within yourself, to save yourself from your other self, only then your true self will reveal itself…

  16. Sara H. March 18, 2016 at 12:47 am

    “While it is best to believe in one’s self, a little help from others can be a great blessing.”

    – Uncle Iroh

  17. Mike101 May 7, 2016 at 4:13 am

    This show is addicting to watch. I hope I’m not the only one still watching… Anywho, these are two quotes I like…

    “Set a course for the light” -Zuko (book 1 episode 1/2 i forgot), I think it’s one of the most underrated quotes in the series. A real foreshadowing for Zuko’s character development.

    This is from the Puppetmaster:

    Sokka: People disappearing in the woods. Weird stuff during full moons. This just reeks of Spirit World shenanigans.

    Aang: I bet if we take a little walk around town, we’ll find out what these people did to the environment to make the spirits mad.

    Sokka: And then you can sew up this little mystery lickety-split, Avatar style.

    Just a classic Sokka remark. Gotta respect it haha

    • Merkel May 8, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      You my friend are not the only one still watching! I’ve watched this show so many times and I have to say I never caught that foreshadowing from Zuko. That’s an awesome quote to add! And yeah, Sokka . . . love his corny sense of humor haha. Thanks for sharing these.

  18. aylia May 18, 2016 at 2:32 am

    my favorite is ” Even though you’ll probably fail over and over and over again, you can’t not try because you’re afraid you’re going to fail”

  19. Casey May 28, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    There’s always something. Not that you would understand. You’re like my sister. Everything always came easy to her. She’s a Firebending prodigy, and everyone adores her. My father says she was born lucky. He says I was lucky to be born. I don’t need luck, though. I don’t want it. I’ve always had to struggle and fight and that’s made me strong. It’s made me who I am.

    • Merkel July 15, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      Absolutely love this one. Really lays out the conflict between brother and sister early on before we have even seen Azula. Great foreshadowing for the final moments of the last episode of season 1, when Ozai sends Azula on her mission. Thanks for sharing this great one!

  20. Gary Smith October 9, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Merkel, may I have permission to reprint this article on the Whole Human site?http://www.wholehuman.emanatepresence.com/avatar—the-last-airbender—start-here.html

    I would give credit to you and a link.

    Thank you.

    Gary

  21. Tia C January 12, 2017 at 6:51 am

    yo, you forgot my fave quote! the one that moved me the most, nearly brought me to tears.

    “MY CABBAGES!!!!!”
    ~Cabbage guy

  22. Xuer February 9, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Are there anyone who has watched the Avatar in mandatin chinese? I would like to know how is the sentence “Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not” said in the series. I do have chinese friends who could probably translate it ok, but would like to know how it’s particularly said in the series. Thanks if anyone could help quickly!

    • Merkel February 9, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      Hi, I’m afraid I can’t help as I haven’t seen the show in Mandarin, but hopefully someone reading this can help you!

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