Iroh’s Inspirational Quotes

“General Iroh” or “Uncle” is a fictional character from Nickelodeon’s Cartoon Series, Avatar : The Last Airbender. He is called as, “Dragon of the West” because he supposedly slew the last two dragons in the world (but In order to protect them, he lies and fabricates a story about him having actually slain the last dragon, thus stopping any further hunts from being conducted), as well as his particular aptitude for breathing fire during combat. He inspired me a lot for his Easygoing, friendly, and dryly good-humored characteristics. Below are some of the quotes by him taken from various sites around the web.

► 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. Its time for you to choose. Its time for you to choose good.

► Protection and power are overrated. I think you are very wise to choose happiness and love.
There are reasons each of us are born. we have to find those reasons.

► 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.

► [Drawing the Fire Nation symbol in the dirt] Fire is the element of power. The people of the Fire Nation have desire and will, and the energy and drive to achieve what they want.

[Drawing the Earth Kingdom symbol] Earth is the element of substance. The people of the Earth Kingdom are diverse and strong. They are persistent and enduring.

[Drawing the Air Nomad symbol] Air is the element of freedom. The Air Nomads detached themselves from worldly concerns, and they found peace and freedom. [pause] And they apparently had great senses of humor.

[Drawing the Water Tribe symbol] Water is the element of change. The people of the Water Tribes are capable of adapting to many things. They have a sense of community and love that holds them together through anything.

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

[he draws straight lines separating the four symbols]  Understanding others, the other elements, the other nations, will help you become whole.

[He draws a circle around the whole, uniting the four symbols into one] 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.

► Prince Zuko, pride is not the opposite of shame, but it’s source. True humility is the only antidote to shame.

► 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.

► 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.

► I always tried to tell you that Pai Sho is more than just a game.

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

► Euch! This tea is nothing more than hot leaf juice!

► Sick of tea? That’s like being sick of *breathing*!

► [Iroh has just watched a group of boys accidently kick a ball through a window] [to the boys] It is usually best to admit mistakes when they occur, and to seek to restore honor. [Angry Man coming to the window] But not this time. Run!

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

► [cut to Iroh on a hilltop under a tree. He builds a makeshift altar and places a picture against it] Happy birthday, my son. If only I could have helped you.

[sings, crying]
Leaves from the vine
Falling so slow
Like fragile, tiny shells
Drifting in the foam
Little soldier boy
Come marching home
Brave soldier boy
Comes marching home.

► [crying] I was never angry with you. I was sad, because I was afraid you’d lost your way.

► Even if I did defeat Ozai, and I don’t know if I could, it would be the wrong way to end the war. History would see it as just more senseless violence. A brother killing a brother to grab power. The only way for this was to end peacefully is for the Avatar to defeat the Fire Lord.

► No. Someone new must take the throne. An idealist with a pure heart, and unquestionable honor. It has to be *you*, Prince Zuko.

► 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.

► Goodbye everyone. Today, destiny is our friend. I know it.

► You know, Prince Zuko, 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.

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

► So I was thinking about names for my new tea shop… How about… the Jasmine Dragon? It’s dramatic, poetic… has a nice ring to it.

► We have a chance for a new life here. If you start stirring up trouble, we could lose all the good things that are happening for us.

► 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.

► I was about to ask you the same thing. What do you plan to do now that you’ve found the avatar’s bison?

► Are you going to keep him locked up in our appartment? Should I make some tea for him?
AND THEN WHAT? You never think these things through. This is exactly what happened when you captured the Avatar at the North Pole. YOU HAD HIM AND THEN YOU HAD NOWHERE TO GO!

► I’M BEGGING YOU, PRINCE ZUKO! It’s time for you to look inward and start asking yourself the big question: who are you and what do YOU want?

► [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!

► So this is how the great commander Zhao acts in defeat… disgraceful! Even in exile my nephew is more honorable then you. Thanks again for the tea. It was delicious.

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

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

► No! Zuko! You must never give into dispair. 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.

► [to Zuko] It’s a lovely night for a walk. Why don’t you join me? It would clear your head. [no response]
Or, just stay in your room and sit in the dark. Whatever makes you happy.

► That’s true. But you are clearly outmatched.

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

► Your critical decision – what you did beneath that lake. It was such a conflict with your image of yourself that you are now at war within your own mind and body.

► 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.

► You sound like my nephew. Always thinking you need to do things on your own without anyone’s support.

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

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

► Because understanding the struggle between your two great-grandfathers can help you better understand the battle within yourself. Evil and good are always at war inside you, Zuko. It is in your nature, your legacy. But there is a bright side. What happened generations ago can be resolved now, by *you*. Because of your legacy, you alone can cleanse the sins of our family, and the Fire Nation. Born in you along with all the stife is the power to restore balance to the world.

► A man needs his rest.

► 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!

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

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

► 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 postive and negative energy come crashing back together, you provide release and guidance, creating lightning.

► Things will never return to normal. But the important thing is, the Avatar gives Zuko hope.

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

These are from “Legend of Korra”

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

► Sometimes the best way to solve your own problems is to help someone else.

► 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.

► Many things that seem threatening in the dark Become welcoming when we shine light on them.

99 responses

  1. Vicki

    He’s so wise. Even his quotes make me feel peaceful. And everytime I read or hear Leaves From The Vine, I feel like crying.

    Thanks for posting~:)

    August 7, 2011 at 6:47 am

    • It’s my pleasure:)

      August 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      • Nahaylem

        One of your quotes is incorrect. “Perfection and power are overrated” not “Protection and power”

        March 24, 2013 at 12:06 am

      • Thank you. If you do a Google search In some places including IMDB it’s “Protection and power” but in some websites it’s “Perfection and power”. No idea what to put since I don’t have the video where he says this.

        March 24, 2013 at 12:13 am

  2. Nilesh

    I’ve been searching for this. keep up the good work.

    August 31, 2011 at 9:39 am

  3. timotheous128

    This is great! I was actually looking for a list of quotes, and this is one of the better ones I found. Bravo!

    September 3, 2011 at 8:49 am

    • Thank you. Enjoy yourself:)

      September 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      • timotheous128

        Hahaha! Long time no see! I just got alerted that you subscribed to my blog, so I had to come by and say thank you!

        And also, where did you get that front page image of Iroh and the little boy? I’d love a hi-res version for my desktop!:)

        November 30, 2011 at 9:15 am

      • Hehe!! Yes, thought to follow your blog since I found it pretty interesting. Don’t mention it:)
        Well, I barely have time to write and I’m not a good writer like you.
        Here you’ll find that image and some other images you might like. I googled them and found😉

        November 30, 2011 at 9:28 am

      • timotheous128

        Haha, you’re too kind.:)

        And thanks for the link! I’ll have to poke around.

        November 30, 2011 at 9:59 am

      • My pleasure:)

        November 30, 2011 at 10:01 am

  4. AdamP

    I love Uncle Iroh. He’s such a wise man. When I saw the actual actor on another TV show (obviously I didn’t recognize his looks O.o), I IMMEDIATELY recognized his voice and just grinned…. Thanks for posting all of these! After reading each one I can picture exactly what episode and what was going on, and I love it.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:53 am

    • Then I guess you like Avatar as well. Thank you for commenting:)

      September 8, 2011 at 8:59 am

    • Sir Piddles

      Too bad mako, the voice actor of iroh in season two had died soon after recording the episode tales of ba sing se….

      March 24, 2014 at 11:40 am

  5. Zachery Taylor

    Thank you, General Iroh is an inspiration to me. Even though he has great power, he always shows peace, wisdom, and a love for tea😉

    September 13, 2011 at 6:22 am

  6. Samuka

    Such an interesting character, made the show what it is for me. We can all learn from him!

    October 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

  7. Zaku

    These quotes are really inspiring, and your post is actually better than others [that I’ve browsed so far].

    Iroh is such a wise man, except for that time when Jet almost spotted him.

    Anyway, thank you very much Mr. Anuradha.

    December 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    • Indeed, they’re inspiring😉
      Thank you. I found those quotes from various websites and made them available at one place.

      December 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm

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  9. mnoom

    Some are wrong consider revising other wise great job C:

    January 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    • Thank you. Can you please show me which parts to be revised? B’cause I got them from other websites and didn’t have time to revise😉

      January 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

  10. Nutto

    Anuradha did you collect those quotes with your boyfriend?

    May 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm

  11. I hit the “I like it!” button on my StumbleUpon bar, and was surprised to be the first. So, hey, let’s hop you get more traffic now, yeah?:)

    May 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm

  12. kingleberry

    Gold. Thank you. – Long live ATLAB and Mako.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm

  13. Childhoodfan

    There is a lot of symbolism and lessons to be learned in this series, and a lot of people don’t realize it! I’ve always been particularly fond of Iroh and his morals, along with how he carries himself. This is a great page!

    August 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

    • What you’ve said is true friend:) It’s what made me to have inspiration towards this character. Thank you for the comment and following my blog.

      August 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm

  14. Eli

    My favorite Iroh quote: “Zuko, you must look within yourself to save yourself from your other self. Only then, will your true self reveal itself.”

    September 14, 2012 at 2:51 am

    • Such a wise character, Iroh is:)

      September 14, 2012 at 7:26 am

    • JustANobody

      unless I’m mistaken, that was Zuko impersonating Iroh when trying to find himself.

      April 1, 2013 at 8:52 am

  15. Epis Raton

    Avatar is the greatest show ever!

    September 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

  16. I love avatar… This is a great post. And I like your blog too. It’s pretty awesome

    September 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    • Thank you for your comment. So is your blog. I went through some of the posts, Nice. I added it to my friends list !!!:)

      October 1, 2012 at 8:07 am

  17. Carla

    :) I love it

    October 16, 2012 at 11:52 am

  18. He’s my favorite character. Thanks for this! ^__^

    October 25, 2012 at 6:20 am

  19. reekingthoughts

    Reblogged this on Webwater.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm

  20. avatarlover31

    whenever i hear leaves from the vine i tear up a little. it’s so sad how the voice actor of Iroh (Mako) died and thats why they named the firebender Mako in the legend of korra😥 sniffle its also sad how Iroh’s son died at war it made a really good twist on the show though.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:58 am

  21. Taylor

    oh my goodness i love iroh. everytime i hear his quotes i feel wise. one of my favorite characters❤

    November 25, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    • He’s one of my fav. characters too. Thank you for commenting. Peace😉

      November 26, 2012 at 12:12 am

  22. TJ

    Iroh is a true insparation

    February 8, 2013 at 8:07 am

  23. really inspiring

    February 8, 2013 at 8:52 am

  24. Tophee

    The way of the white lotus is peace, beauty, truth, and wisdom. If we all were to abide by that philosophy, then the world would know peace.

    February 11, 2013 at 12:39 pm

  25. abram

    you should put the one when Zuko remembers going to the air temple before joining Team Avatar…it went something like “keep and open mind and an open heart and something about destiny

    March 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

  26. Brian

    i remember a quote by Iroh said that Zuko remembered which was something about clouds. The quote was said when Zuko and Sokka were at Boiling Rock and and had no way out when they were stuck so Zuko thought of a quote from his uncle. Add it which I would like to read.

    April 12, 2013 at 7:54 am

    • Brian

      Never mind, I found it. “Sometimes, clouds have two sides, a dark and light, and a silver lining in between. It’s like a silver sandwich! So, when life seems hard, take a bite out of the silver sandwich!”

      April 13, 2013 at 12:38 am

      • Thank you for mentioning it😀 I’ve added it to the list.

        June 1, 2013 at 8:17 am

  27. EmekaV

    Iyam a gr8 fan of avater…damn…i wish i culd b as wise as Iroh..funny n intellectual as Sokka,playful as Aang, Tough as Toph,caring as katera, strict as Zuko…d list goes on..mehn dese characters maks u a real n a lady’s guy ;-)…. Iyam a gr8 Fan of UNCLE Iroh…his voice alone is wisdom. Woow..tanx fr d gr8 work postin if nt all..most of his wise quote. Me personally will try to use it as my daily life qoutes n work on dem..tanx God bless.
    Emeka frm Nigeria😀

    April 26, 2013 at 12:23 am

  28. Reblogged this on j3llyfiish.

    May 30, 2013 at 3:08 am

  29. Orselina

    Iroh is my hero. I want to be him when I grow up.

    June 4, 2013 at 4:48 am

  30. JOVAN

    a real man speaks always of the truth, with enthusiasm and humility its pure power…
    i like his words especially this one…..” LOVE IS HARD WHEN YOUR YOUNG”

    June 26, 2013 at 11:20 pm

  31. Caitlyn

    The silver sandwich was from Zuko. Not iroh

    July 13, 2013 at 10:24 pm

  32. Caitlyn

    I’ve been trying to find a quote that iroh said about dreams and how they’re caused by something and eating spicey food before bed.

    July 13, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    • Couldn’t find something like that. Do you remember where you saw it?

      July 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      • Caitlyn

        I have no idea. I thought it was in book two or at least when they were in iroh’s tea shop.

        July 24, 2013 at 3:38 am

    • Ali Shoukry

      It was in ” The Promise – part 3 ” comic book that followed the animated series

      February 10, 2016 at 9:03 pm

  33. Reblogged this on The story of my life and commented:
    Uncle Iroh is by far one of my favorite characters in A:TLA

    August 17, 2013 at 3:21 am

  34. Zach

    Sadly, his best quote is not anywhere in this list, or in the comments, according to my search. “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 find yourself in a better place.”

    September 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

  35. Suki :D :D

    COUNTLESS essays this page has helped me through, nice to see another person obsessed with avatar

    September 16, 2013 at 7:59 am

    • It’s such a nice series that one cannot live without being obsessed😉

      October 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm

  36. Ben

    “Brave soldier boy
    Comes marching home.”
    dem feels.

    Thank you Captain for making this page!

    September 27, 2013 at 6:46 pm

  37. Am I the only one who couldn’t help reading this with Mako’s voice? He did such an amazing job, the voice actor who replaced him sounded very much like him but I could tell the difference.

    October 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm

  38. Shane

    Iroh is my favourite character😀 The avatar wouldn’t be as good without him. He’s like that turtle from Kung Fu Panda. So wise and inspirational… I hope i’m like that when im old :3

    October 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    • Yes definitely. And also like Uchiha Itachi in Naruto if you have watched it😉

      November 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm

  39. Well there. It’s missing a few great quotes now.

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

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

    “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.”

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

    November 13, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    • These are quotes from “Legend of Korra”. Thanks for sharing. I’ll add them😉

      November 15, 2013 at 10:12 pm

  40. Reblogged this on Mask.

    November 17, 2013 at 5:55 am

  41. One of the better written characters I’ve come across, in any way shape or form. Truly magnificent.

    December 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm

  42. Reblogged this on Diversity of the Teen Mind: My Mind and commented:
    Because Iroh could be my role model when I get a niece/nephew of my own :3

    April 6, 2014 at 10:53 am

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    a user in his/her brain that how a user can be aware
    of it. Therefore that’s why this piece of
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    April 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm

  44. Brownie

    Another one from Korra that i enjoyed very much
    Like Yahimo once wrote: Instinct is a lie told by a fearfull body hoping to be wrong.
    It means:
    When you base your expectaions only on what you see you blind your self to the posibilities of a new reality

    July 22, 2014 at 9:44 pm

  45. Sophia

    I miss Uncle Iroh! Feels like he was my uncle in real life… If I had a spirit guide I’d want it to be him! ^_^ Thanks for putting this together!!

    August 11, 2014 at 4:44 am

    • Sophia

      May Mako’s beautiful soul rest in peace!

      August 11, 2014 at 4:48 am

  46. Sophia

    Anuradha, let’s make a real Order of the White Lotus!

    Please! We could dedicate ourselves to developing and supporting change leaders around the world! And on a local level we could support kindness, tolerance, and respect for others. We could expose people to new cultures, belief systems, and values with an aim towards opening up their minds.

    Headquarters could be the White Lotus Tea House. A free-thought and free-speech zone where people are given access to various philosophies from many different cultures.

    It would be the kind of place where people help each other find the right way to live and the right attitude. A place that doesn’t charge for tea or access to the wisdom of others. A place that encourages people to be the best that they can be, without ever judging them or discriminating or treating them unfairly.

    We could encourage people to critically think and develop strategies by teaching chess/shatranj, mah-jong, pai-sho, and karuta. We could expose people to cultural arts and encourage them to try new things. Also, there are lifestyles that need to be made available to people who find that the more things they have, the less happy they are. Some people have to struggle to be happy, or else their lives feel meaningless.

    The Order could host guest speakers who have achieved expertise in their craft, obtained a meaningful way of life or philosophy they would like to share, or individuals looking for help with local “kick-starter” type projects.

    It would be a sincere but not too serious Order. We would need an ethical code too… Veracity, justice, beneficence, humility, and the like….

    Most of all, I hope to give people something to overcome, even if it’s just themselves.


    August 11, 2014 at 5:29 am

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  48. Iroh: 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.

    December 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

  49. Mannat Singh

    “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.”
    “Many things that seem threatening in the dark Become welcoming when we shine light on them.”
    “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.”
    “You must never give into dispair. 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 usually best to admit mistakes when they occur, and to seek to restore honor.”
    “You have light and peace inside of you. If you let it out, you can change the world around you”
    “Sometimes the best way to solve your own problems is to help someone else.”

    Those are my favorite posts from the page. Great job, and keep up the good work!

    January 27, 2015 at 6:13 am

  50. rohstar

    Reblogged this on Rohan Maheshwari.

    June 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm

  51. Mike

    this is really good, I’ve also been looking for a page like this. A good quote you might want to add is “set course form the light”-Zuko(episode 1 or 2 from book 1), although not from Iroh, it’s very underrated

    August 11, 2015 at 8:37 am

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