The Wisdom of Anime Characters

alex atkins bookshelf wisdomWhere can wisdom can be found? Certainly one can turn to the Bible and literature in general to find timeless wisdom. However, these great books do not have a monopoly on wisdom. If you look carefully enough, you can find wisdom in some of the most unlikely places — like anime (Japanese animated films). Yes — some anime characters can actually shed some light on life and the human condition. The anime-obsessed folks at Daily Infographic reviewed all the classics searching for that wisdom that is deserving of a wider audience. Here are some of the anime characters and the life advice they share:

Iron (Avatar the Last Airbender): “It is important to draw wisdom from different places. If you take it from only one place, it becomes rigid and stale.”

Makoto Konno (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time): “You don’t get to choose when or who you meet. However, you do get to choose who you hold onto.”

Jiraiya (Naruto): “Knowing what it feels to be in pain is exactly why we try to be kind to others.”

Mewtwo (Pokemon: the First Movie): “I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.”

Ging Freecss (Hunter X Hunter): “You should enjoy the little detours to the fullest, because that’s where you will find things more important than what you want.”

Simon (Gurren Lagaan): “We evolve beyond the person that we were a minute before. Little by little, we advance with each turn.”

Vash the Stampeded (Trigun): “It is a virtue to devote one’s self to something, firmly believing in one’s own ideals. But that does not mean it’s alright to belittle the ideals or feelings of others.”

Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist): “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.”

The Baron (The Cat Returns): “Whenever someone creates something with all of their heart, then that creation is given a soul.”

Ymir (Attack on Titan): “Do you always want to live hiding behind the mask you put up for the sake of others? You’re you — and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

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