“Tokyo Ghoul” is one of the most popular manga series where its main protagonist, Kaneki, undergoes a major transformation both physically and emotionally. As he tries to figure out where he belongs, he reaches some profound realizations about life. Here are 20 quotes from him for you to reflect on.
Kaneki is the main protagonist of “Tokyo Ghoul”, a Japanese dark fantasy manga series. Although he was a normal college student at the beginning of Tokyo Ghoul, Kaneki went through a drastic transformation when he turned into a Ghoul.
The word Ghoul is translated approximately to eater species. It is a carnivorous and cannibalistic humanoid species that is only able to feed on the flesh of humans and other ghouls.
Along the way, Kaneki says some memorable lines about life in general. We gathered 20 of the most poignant of these quotes for you to reflect on.
Kaneki's quote: “We need to stop fighting and start talking. Because when it comes to the state of the world, you can’t point your finger at ghouls or humans. We’re all to blame.” | Image: AmoDays
“The pain you feel today will be the strength you’ll have tomorrow.”
“All the liabilities in this world are due to the inadequacies of the person involved.”
“Never trust anyone too much. Remember, the devil was once an angel.”
“We need to stop fighting and start talking. Because when it comes to the state of the world, you can’t point your finger at ghouls or humans. We’re all to blame.”
“It’s better to be hurt than to hurt others. Nice people can be happy with just that.”
Kaneki's quote: “This world is survival of the fittest.” | Image: AmoDays
“I don’t care about taking the side of those I cannot see. I fight for those close to me. And it just so happens that they’re mostly ghouls.”
“Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn’t mean they are bad people. It means they’re human.”
“Sometimes you’re confronted with the ugly parts of yourself that you don’t want to see, but books can also tell you a lot about the things you didn’t notice when you’re just trying to get through somehow.”
“I think what’s necessary is the ‘right distance.’ Instead of mutually tramping on each others’ existence, we should just respect each other a little more.”
“But you know what the best thing about pain is? It tells you you’re not dead yet!”
Kaneki's quote: "Why is it that the beautiful things are entwined more deeply with death than with life?" | Image: AmoDays
“Eventually, you will break and become useless, once that happens, you’ll break and become discarded.”
“I won’t forgive anyone who threatens the peace in my life.”
“Pain is your friend, pain is your ally.”
"Why is it that the beautiful things are entwined more deeply with death than with life?"
"What's wrong isn't me, what's wrong is the world!"
Kaneki's quote: “Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn’t mean they are bad people. It means they’re human.” | Image: AmoDays
"Human relationships are chemical reactions. If you have a reaction then you can never return back to your previous state of being."
"It's better to be hurt than to hurt others. Nice people can be happy with just that."
“I don’t want someone to see the good in me. I want someone who sees the bad and still wants me.”
“This world is survival of the fittest.”
“I keep it all inside because I’d rather the pain destroy me than everyone else.”
Kaneki's quote: "Pain is your friend, pain is your ally." | Image: AmoDays
Author Ishida Sui created this series to chronicle Kaneki’s life struggles while he tries to figure out where he belongs now that he is no longer human. Kaneki fights to accept his new reality as a ghoul. He later puts together a team with the goal of protecting the ones he cares about.
Regardless of “Tokyo Ghoul” and Kaneki being fictional, some of Kaneki’s struggles are relatable to our own. So whenever you want to reflect on your own life challenges, these quotes are a great pit stop.
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