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40 Uncle Iroh Quotes That Prove He is the Best Character on The Show


Uncle Iroh Quotes


Uncle Iroh is the most loved and admired character in the series – Avatar, The Last Airbender. His words of wisdom can be seen throughout the series and help various characters. Here, I am compiling some of his quotes which are very inspiring.


"Perfection And Power Are Overrated. I Think You Are Very Wise to Choose Happiness and Love."

A powerful and bold statement by Uncle Iroh, which we all need to understand and assimilate into our lives. In order to become a perfectionist, we often ignore that there is no use in being perfect at something if you don't enjoy doing it.


Similarly, there is no use of power if you don't use it for the welfare of society. On the other hand, happiness and love make our lives beautiful and contented.


"There Is Nothing Wrong with a Life of Peace and Prosperity. I Suggest You Think About What It Is That You Want from Your Life."

When Zuko, Uncle Iroh's nephew, was confused about what he truly wanted in his life. At that moment, Uncle Iroh enlightened him with his wise words. A wealthy and prosperous life is really good, but even if you have less money and valuables, but you are happy, then the latter is also an equally good life.


To sum up, we can say that what actually matters is what we want from our lives, as long as we are contented and happy with what we have achieved, it is a good life.


"While It Is Always Best to Believe in Oneself, A Little Help from Others Can Be a Great Blessing."

When Zuko heard the above line from Uncle Iroh, he realized that he could always turn to his uncle for support and help.


We are always told that we should believe in ourselves, and it's very important to do so, but that doesn't mean that you should never ask anyone for help. In fact, sometimes big targets become achievable only because of teamwork.


"Failure Is Only the Opportunity to Begin Again, Only This Time, More Wisely."

This is something we often get to hear from our mentors and elders. According to Uncle Iroh, failures should not be considered as a setback. In fact, they are a chance to get up and start again with better preparation. They are an opportunity to learn not to regret.


"The Best Tea Tastes Delicious Whether It Comes in A Porcelain Pot or a Tin Cup."

By this Uncle, Iroh wants to point out that outside beauty or look doesn't matter if you are a good person at your heart. It doesn't matter which type of cup of tea is served. What is important is how it tastes. Similarly, it doesn't matter if a person is rich or poor, handsome or ugly what matters is how he is as a person.


"It's Time to Look Inward and Start Asking Yourself the Big Questions...Who Are You, And What Do You Want?"

In our life, there comes a certain point where we have to find out the purpose of our life, and for this, we need to focus on ourselves and introspect.


The answer lies in our hearts only. We just need to discover it. Uncle Iroh, who is usually gentle with his words took a strict stand and asked Zuko to find his goal only then he can work for it.


"Pride Is Not the Opposite of Shame, But It's Source...True Humility Is the Only Antidote to Shame."

Humility is a virtuous quality to have and we all should learn it. As Uncle Iroh said that it is the only antidote to shame. If you have the courage to accept your flaws without any shame and work on them to make yourself a better person, then you have achieved humility.


"Sharing Tea with A Fascinating Stranger Is One of Life's True Delights."

Meeting new people and establishing warm relationships with them is a great human virtue. Earlier, most of the cultures promoted this, but these days in our busy schedules, we have forgotten this important virtue.


In the series, Uncle Iroh meets Toph, who is fighting from the opposite side still Uncle Iroh prepares for tea, and both spend together and bond well.


"Follow Your Passion and Life Will Reward You."

Passion is something you love to do and you are really good at it. Obviously, you will enjoy doing something you love so one should always follow his passion and then he can achieve great things in life.


"Many Things That Seem Threatening in The Dark Become Welcoming When We Shine Light on Them."

This is a very interesting quote by Uncle Iroh, and it has a deep meaning hidden in it. Many times, we are afraid of doing a particular thing or task because we aren't prepared well for it, but once we do better planning and prepare well, the same task becomes much simpler.


So, how we see things depend on our frame of reference.


"At My Age, There Is Only One Big Surprise Left, And I'd Just as Soon Leave It a Mystery."

Uncle Iroh is an old character in the series, but his knowledge, wisdom, and strength all are still legendary. He doesn't reveal much about his afterlife in the spirit world and chooses to be silent about it as one has to discover this afterworld himself.


"Good Times Become Good Memories, But Bad Times Make Good Lessons."

Life is a wave with crests being good times and troughs being hard times. We often curse and crib when we are going through bad times, but this isn't the right attitude.


According to Uncle Iroh, good times become beautiful memories, but bad times make good lessons that last for a lifetime and help us in tackling future situations. So, in a way, bad time teaches us a lot of things.


"In The Darkest Times, Hope Is Something You Give Yourself, That Is the Meaning of Inner Strength"

When everything seems to be falling apart, and we are just about to accept our defeat, at such time, we need to pick ourselves up no matter how difficult or miserable the situation is, and we have to give hope to ourselves. This is what we call inner strength, as per Uncle Iroh. This is very important as we have to fight our own battle, and when we learn to reassure yourself, we become stronger than the rest.


"It's Important to Draw Wisdom from Many Different Places...If We Take It from Only One Place, It Becomes Rigid and Stale."

This is actually similar to an old saying we have often heard from our elders. Knowledge and wisdom can come from any person and anywhere. Many of us have heard the story of a prince who got inspired to get his kingdom back from enemy by a spider who was trying to build its web with a lot of effort.


So, even a tiny creature like a spider taught the prince value of perseverance and hard work, similarly, we should try to learn from any source.


"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."

This is one of the most enlightening quotes by Uncle Iroh, which tells us that you can find light i.e., enlightenment, if you really want it, but if you do not try to seek it you will only find darkness as your wisdom is covered by a cloud of doubts and fear.


"Sometimes the best way to solve your problems is to help someone else"

There are times when we don't have a clue about what to do, and at those times, we should try to help someone who needs us. Maybe we will find answer to our problem also by helping them.


This is because there are many people with similar problems and when it comes to helping someone else, we have a calm mind and plan to help them with whereas when it comes to solving our own issue, we start having doubts in mind.


"It is usually best to admit mistakes when they occur, and to seek to restore honor"

Don't try to run away from your mistakes when you make them. Instead Uncle Iroh says that accept your mistake immediately and try to mend for it as soon as possible. This will minimize the harm and loss and in near future you won't regret about it.


"Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not"

We humans have limited control over things it is nature that is powerful, and therefore things that are meant to happen in life will happen anyway, no matter how much we try to control or stop them.


"Be careful about what you wish for, Admiral. History is not always kind to its subjects."

Here Uncle Iroh tells us that one should not be over-ambitious. Over the course of history, we have seen how great emperors and generals were crushed down because they were over-ambitious and nature has its own way of dealing with such people. So, set your goal, which is achievable and follow a path which is morally right and acceptable to achieve it.


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

Have you ever come across any instance where a person is doing something just because he was told to do so by others and not because he really wants to do so. Uncle Iroh wants to convey the message that the path which you are following must be set by yourself and not imposed upon you by others.


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

Sometimes we become so involved in a certain thing that we forget that it is time to move on from this thing and start working for the next target. Uncle Iroh points out that we must know when is the time to move ahead in life.


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

As per Uncle Iroh, we all have a light within us and if we open this light to the world, we can change things. The light refers to the knowledge and wisdom, and by sharing it with others, we can make the world a better place to live on.


"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."

Metamorphosis is a process in which an organism loses old skin and gets new skin. Similarly, sometimes we need to forget some things about the past and learn better things.


The period under training is very tough and might seem unpleasant, but once it is done, we realize how it has transformed us into a better human beings.


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

Everyone who is born on this earth has a special reason for being here, and we have to find this reason and hence identify our goal and achieve it, thus fulfilling the purpose behind our birth. No human is useless, everyone has their own part to play and then depart.


"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 well."

Uncle Iroh tells his nephew that once you have learnt the skills, it is the time for you to make some decisions that will shape your future life. Destiny may offer you multiple paths it is up to you which path you want to take and is it good or not.


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

Devil and Angel both reside in our mind and sometimes when this devil side starts dominating, we need to look for the angel within us to save ourselves from the demon. We need to win over this demon and achieve a state where the mind is free from any negative thoughts.


"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."

At times things seem to be getting out of hand. We feel like we have lost our direction and now we don't know what to do. In such a situation, what we need to do is continue moving on the path on which we are, and eventually you will find your way but don't just stop in the middle of a journey.


"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."

We have often heard people saying that destiny plays its own games and we are mere pawns, but does it mean that we should leave everything to destiny? No, this isn't the right way, and Uncle Iroh says that if one keeps an open heart and mind, then we can find our own destiny.


"I was never angry with you. I was sad because I was afraid you'd lost your way."

This was said by Uncle Iroh to his nephew. In the same way, sometimes our parents seem to be angry with us while in real they are not angry, but they are scared and sad about you assorting towards wrong path.


"You must never give into despair. Allow yourself to slip down that road and you surrender to your lowest instincts."

Never ever give up just like most of the great mentors Uncle Iroh also advises that we should never give in to despair. When the path looks difficult take a few steps back and give yourself rest and introspect.


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

Here Uncle Iroh tells us about lightening and how it is different from other firebending techniques. Lightening is fierce and deadly, but it is not fuelled by rage or emotion; instead it requires a peaceful mind. So, here we learn that sometimes in difficult situations like wars we need to maintain peace of mind and it can help in winning.


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

Understanding the people, things, and nature around you is very important. It helps you and adds a dimension to your personality. A person who understands others can only help them with their problems.


"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."

Uncle Iroh says that four elements are there and their combination makes Avatar extremely powerful, but that doesn't mean that one should limit himself at these four elements. You can even become more powerful if you work harder.


"The only thing better than finding something you are looking for is finding something you weren't looking for at a great bargain!"

Uncle Iroh highlights that sometimes in search of gold, we end up finding diamonds and this is the best thing, but it happens only when you are working hard to find gold.


"You should know this is not a natural sickness. But that shouldn't stop you from enjoying tea."

Life will give you unexpected challenges which will be difficult, but even at that time, you should not stop yourself from enjoying life. The happiness and peace which comes from within will give you the courage to face challenges.


"Yes, you have. You struggled. You suffered. But you have always followed your own path. You've restored your own honor. And only you can restore the honor of the Fire Nation."

To achieve or establish something great, the path is full of hardships, and there is a lot of struggles, but that shouldn't deter you from your path. Because in the end the hardships and pain endured by you will not go in vain.


"There is energy all around us. The energy is both yin and yang — positive energy and negative energy. Only a select few Freebanders 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."

The whole universe exists because of different energies. Positive and Negative energies should be balanced and we should prevent anything that will harm this balance. In our life when there is more negative energy around us, we start feeling lost and disturbed and, in such situation, we need to restore the balance as said by Uncle Iroh.

"Forgive my nephew; he is not an initiate and has little appreciation for the cryptic arts. Power in firebending comes from the breath, not the muscle!"

Uncle Iroh was asking for forgiveness on behalf of his nephew. Here he has highlighted that fire bending is more about your breathing technique instead of physical power. In fact, in most of the fighting techniques, breath is more important, and having a control over it can make you win battles.


"There is nothing wrong with letting people who love you, help you."

Our family and friends love us a lot and there is nothing wrong in letting them help or support you. After all their love and faith makes you even stronger.




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