40+ Best Inspiring Iroh Quotes

Uncle Iroh is a fictional character from Nickelodeon’s animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. He is the master of inspiration with his infinite wisdom. To honor this wise and lovable old man who loves tea so much, we have collected some of his most inspirational quotes.

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

“Be careful what you wish for, admiral. History is not always kind to its subjects.”

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again. Only this time, more wisely.”

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“Sometimes, the best way to solve your own problems is to help someone else.”

“Good times become good memories, but bad times make good lessons.”

“It is usually best to admit mistakes when they occur, and to seek to restore honor.”

“It’s time for you to look inward and start asking yourself the big question: who are you and what do you want?”

“Sharing tea with a fascinating stranger is one of life’s true delights.”

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“Hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength.”

“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.”

“While it is always best to believe in oneself, a little help from others can be a great blessing.”

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

“It is important to draw wisdom from many different places. If we take it from only one place, it becomes rigid and stale.”

“Destiny is a funny thing. You never know how things are going to work out. But if you keep an open mind and an open heart, I promise you will find your own destiny someday.”

“Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not.”

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“Perfection and power are overrated. I think you are very wise to choose happiness and love.”

“You sound like my nephew, always thinking that you need to do things on your own without anyone’s support. There is nothing wrong with letting people who love you help you.”

“You must never give in to 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.”

“It is time for you to look inward, and start asking yourself the big questions. Who are you? And what do you want?”

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“You are going through a metamorphosis, my nephew. It will not be a pleasant experience but when you come out of it. You will be the beautiful prince you were always meant to be.”

“Are you so busy fighting you cannot see your own ship has set sail?”

“Many things that seem threatening in the dark become welcoming when we shine light on them.”

“Is it your own destiny? Or is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you?”

“You have light and peace inside of you. If you let it out, you can change the world around you.”

“Even in the material world, you will find that if you look for the light, you can often find it. But if you look for the dark, that is all you will ever see.”

“There are reasons each of us are born. We have to find those reasons.”

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“You are not the man you used to be. You are stronger and wiser and freer than you ever used to be. And now you have come at the crossroads of the destiny. It’s time for you to choose. It’s time for you to choose good.”

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

“You must look within yourself to save yourself from your other self. Only then will your true self reveal itself.”

“Protection and power are overrated. I think you are very wise to choose happiness and love.”

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“I was never angry with you. I was sad, because I was afraid you’d lost your way.”

“Lightning is a pure expression of firebending without aggression. It is not fueled by rage or emotion the way other firebending is. Some call lightning the cold-blooded fire. It is precise and deadly like Azula. To perform the technique requires peace of mind.”

“Understanding others, the other elements, the other nations, will help you become whole.”

“It is the combination of the four elements in one person that makes the Avatar so powerful. But it can make you more powerful too.”

“Follow your passion and life will reward you.”

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“There is energy all around us. The energy is both yin and yang — positive energy and a negative energy. Only a select few Firebenders can separate these energies. This creates an imbalance. The energy wants to restore balance, and in the moment the positive and negative energy come crashing back together, you provide release and guidance, creating lightning.”

“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 one so tense!”

“There is nothing wrong with letting people who love you, help you. Not that I love you. I just met you.”

“I know you’re not supposed to cry over spilled tea, but it’s just so sad!”

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

“More tea, please!”

“Zuko, it’s time we had a talk…about your hair. It’s gone too far!”

“Ick! This tea is nothing more than hot leaf juice!”

“The only thing better than finding something you are looking for is finding something you weren’t looking for at a great bargain!”

“It’s a lovely night for a walk. Why don’t you join me? It would clear your head. Or, just stay in your room and sit in the dark. Whatever makes you happy.”

“You should know this is not a natural sickness. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying tea.”